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post #1 of 21 Old 02-11-2018, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer restraint?

We bought a 7x16 enclosed trailer with rear door ramp.

My son has a BMW S1000RR, mine of course the ‘16 KLR.

Pit-Bull lists a nice restraint system for his bike, but not the same type for the KLR.
I have an email and phone message to them asking about KLR. No reply yet so I’m asking here what other type restraint system you all might be using to secure the KLR to a wood floor, or if you know if the concours or versys model could be the same mounting for the Pit-Bull that they do offer?

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-11-2018, 08:53 PM
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Nice, You can sleep in that!

As long as you load the front suspensions on the bikes using tie-downs ~ nothing special needed. Maybe I don't understand ... Probably a wood floor where you can add any hackle you need. Make sure you keep some tongue weight on the trailer and hitch (a few hundred pounds) as you lay out the bench, carriage, tools, fuel, etc. - but let the axles carry most of the weight -

Most off these you have to customize yourself (or pay a ton for a simple addition).
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-11-2018, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah we have lots to do to make it our own. It is new and pretty much a base model with no add-ons.

Build a work bench.
Lighting.
Battery system and charger/solar.
Gear and tools anchoring.
Venting. probably 2 RV roof vents, maybe with the solar powered fan.
Floor covering. Considering one piece linoleum.

As Just a start.....

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outdoorgb and campfire like this.

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post #5 of 21 Old 02-12-2018, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Pit-Bull got back to me and unfortunately they said no plans to make their restraint for the KLR.. Bummer.

Guess I'll go with these recessed hooks, $22 from Amazon...


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First step would be to get wheel chocks and figure out their position before adding the tie down points to the trailer. I prefer ratchet straps (Powertyes are my favorite but even cheapies from northern tool will do). I don't care for covered trailers because you can't tell when a strap comes loose ...
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Dan,
Be certain to use a bunjie cord between the eye of the upper tie down hook and the eye of the Lower Tie Down Hook.
This will keep the lower hook engaged onto the floor plate rings, when one hits chuck holes, G-outs or sharp turns, which compress the suspension. Or use tie down straps with a snap-hook at the bottom, like Ancra's Red Snappers.

Also a PC racing / MSR Mini fork spring support will keep the front tighter, by not allowing front suspension movement in the 1st place.

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The Gen 2 is hard to tie down without bothering the fragile plastics.

Consider those tie downs that bridge the handlebars with cuffs or install tie down plates on the lower triple tree.

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Canyon Dancer stainless steel Strap Rings & 2 longer bolts on the lower triple clamps is the answer to that issue Tom. I move the 8 x 55 LH bolt (brake hose side) to the RH side and then only need 1, K#, 130BA0860 / 8 x 60 bolt for the LH side.

Usually better than using the Canyon Dancer handlebar harness on bikes with fairly open fender to fairing clearance anyways.

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Yes! Canyon Dancer was the brand of strap that SLO-KLR and I used for trailering to Utah. Couldn't remember the brand.

The rings on the lower triple is definitely better than the handlebar harness as you never know when you might need to take the Ride of Shame, or just plain need to strap it down when the handlebar harness isn't to hand.

Plus, if you have guards the harness is useless.

Thanks Paul!

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