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post #1 of 7 Old 09-11-2017, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Trouble in Raleigh

So, in the rush to evac from Hurricane Irma,I didn't tie down my bike correctly. Who knew the kickstand would fold up in the middle. Now I'm in Raleigh for a couple days and can't ride. Lesson learned.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-11-2017, 01:17 PM
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I leave my kickstand down all the time for insurance/stability when I tie it down (4 points) and trailer it. You mentioned that you didn't tie it down properly - what caused it to bend like that? Did the tiedowns fail while enroute?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-11-2017, 02:48 PM
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Just bend tke kickstand back straight, reinforce it with bolts/nails/rods/whatever and Gorilla tape, and ride on!
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-11-2017, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Construction patches on I95 bounced the bike around breaking one of the straps.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-12-2017, 12:38 PM
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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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post #6 of 7 Old 09-12-2017, 06:48 PM
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I borrowed a nice aluminum trailer to bring my KLR home. Never trailered a bike before I left the side stand down despite the trailer having a wheel chock.
The side stand had minimal clearance from the trailer bed, but all the bouncing made a nice wear mark in the trailer decking. I felt bad and compensated the owner for the damage as its not easily repaired, and more cosmetic
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-21-2018, 12:54 PM
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I have put my stand down when transporting as a bit of insurance if the bike falls toward the left. Even with the stand down, there's over 3 inches of free space when the bile is verticle.
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