Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
One should Not tie down on the side stand.
Proper use of 4 tie downs with the front wheel chocked or against truck or trailer bed would be the 2 forward straps pulling forward and down. The rear 2 straps should pull directly to the side or just slightly forward. The rear straps should not pull rearward, unless there is no front tire chock.
If there is No front tire chock and you have a pair of Heavy straps and a pair of lighter straps, use the heavy Straps pulling rearward, because one can stop a vehicle 5 times faster than it can accelerate.
Finally, use rubber bunjie cords or rubber snubbers to engage the eyes of the 'S' hooks and keep some tension on the 'S' hooks if you hit a giant chuck hole which compresses the bike suspension more than your tie downs did or the bike sways during a sudden lane change/ collision avoidance.
The use of a fork spring saver, which limits the compression of the front suspension will also make a tighter/ more secure / less wobbly/ less bouncy load.
The use of bunjie cords on the 'S' hooks is the best tip.
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