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12-18-2018 06:54 PM
Toney In my cargo trailer, I tie the tires to the floor, then I tie the handlebars (in the center by the key) using ratcheting straps & soft ties to a 2x4 that has eye bolts in it. The 2x4 goes across the trailer (side to side) above the bars and it fits into mounts on the wall I got at Northern Tools. That way I'm not compressing the shock or forks. I could roll the trailer and the bikes would stay put.

These: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...8567_200658567

mount to this track that is on the walls
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...8449_200658449

I use these too: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...8521_200658521

The front tire goes into these: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...2637_200692637

11-22-2018 10:05 AM
Voyager
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Originally Posted by DPelletier View Post
Yep, buy quality straps.

Dave
And restrain the bike such that no single failed strap will let it fall. Generally, if the tires are blocked so they canít move side to side or front to back and four straps are used, the failure of a single strap will not be catastrophic.
11-21-2018 10:43 PM
insan3guy
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Originally Posted by pdwestman View Post
Never wrap a strap around a flat edge. Not even a rounded flat edge like angle iron, without a piece of carpet to absorb the abuse.

I urge people to use a bunjie cord between the eye of the upper hook to the eye of the lower hook, this keeps the hooks engaged even if the suspension compresses (and the strap goes slack) from a speed dip, pot hole or the sway of the bike around a corner or sudden swerve to miss a dog/kid.

The use of a Mini Fork Spring Saver or 4 x 4 x 8 inch piece of wood between the front tire & the front fender mount really makes a solider tied down package.
To add onto this, be sure to take steps to make sure the tires don't move around on the floor. Even if you have a wheel chock on the front, the rear can still dance around. This happened to me and my zx6r when we were coming back from the track - the rear had moved about 6 inches to the side and was in danger of slipping out from one of the straps. And also put rags under the straps. Keeps the bike nice and helps keep everything in place
11-21-2018 07:07 PM
pdwestman Never wrap a strap around a flat edge. Not even a rounded flat edge like angle iron, without a piece of carpet to absorb the abuse.

I urge people to use a bunjie cord between the eye of the upper hook to the eye of the lower hook, this keeps the hooks engaged even if the suspension compresses (and the strap goes slack) from a speed dip, pot hole or the sway of the bike around a corner or sudden swerve to miss a dog/kid.

The use of a Mini Fork Spring Saver or 4 x 4 x 8 inch piece of wood between the front tire & the front fender mount really makes a solider tied down package.
11-21-2018 12:47 PM
DPelletier Yep, buy quality straps.

Dave
11-21-2018 12:27 PM
RTW My bike dropped from the trailer in transport because of a failed strap.
02-13-2018 04:12 PM
dan filipi So for the KLR, weíre getting a Pit-Bull tire chock for the front tire, and using 4 of the recessed closed eye hooks in the floor.
It will be ratcheted down from 4 points, 2 front at the forks using the Canyon Dancer strap rings, the rear strapped at the rack handles.

The BMW will use only the Pit-Bull restraint on the rear axle. Maybe a tire chalk too, though they say itís not needed.
02-13-2018 04:11 PM
campfire But be careful, the next thing you know is you're taking everything along!

02-13-2018 04:08 PM
campfire I looked around and really wanted something versatile so I could haul other things too. I installed these "L" tracks that came as a kit, then ordered some extra hooks and circle plates for the center. 4' Motorcycle Tie Down System







I'm using them in my 6X10 with a ramp, and they have worked out great. They are low profile, and very sturdy.
I "borrowed" an idea I saw on-line and made some simple tie down plates for the front end of my Gen II, and they are really nice as a solid point.






Very nice looking trailer, love the V-nose.
02-13-2018 03:15 PM
DPelletier I have three trailers and transport everything from forklifts, scissor lifts, cars to motorcycles. The HD recessed floor tiedowns similar to the ones pictured earlier have over double the capacity to hold a 4000 lb car (4 tie downs) if you have a 3/4" plywood floor in good condition. For motorcycles, I use two good quality straps on the front against a chock or the front wall and two on the rear from the rack down. I also install a strap between the handlebars and rear racks on both bikes as a safety.

Cheers,
Dave
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