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Old 07-18-2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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2 bikes in the back of a truck.

What is the the best way to tie down 2 sport bikes in the back of a truck. I know it can be done because I have seen pictures of it done but I'm not sure how to do it.
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Old 07-18-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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best way to secure em is obviously with straps if u dun have the specific equipment to secure it in the bed. Usually one facing forward and the other facing the rear is the best. To get em up there... i would try to find a ditch where your truck can be driven into where the truck bed would basically be level with the ground and move the bikes into the bed that way... inclined ramps are imo trying to get bikes into any standard to lifted trucks...
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i have loaded up two bikes facing the same direction in a Chevy Colorado before. the trick is to run the straps from the clipons to the bed hook in a way so that they dont rub on any of the bikes.
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i have loaded up two bikes facing the same direction in a Chevy Colorado before. the trick is to run the straps from the clipons to the bed hook in a way so that they dont rub on any of the bikes.
he speaks much wisdom, we had a strap to my neighbors chop cut cause it rubbed on my front rim when on my trailer.....I saw it in time to avert 'spensive disaster
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Straps? I thought i could just put a bunch of zip ties together and they would be fine. :laughing9 Just kidding.

I guess I wasn't clear enough. I haul mine around all the time in the back of my truck but I was looking for advice on how to get a second one in there. I guess facing the opposite way is the way to go it sounds like, straped down individually. Correct?
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My friend and I were in Galveston a couple of years ago and got caught in a pourdown. We loaded the bikes in his truck and he dropped me off at my house on his way back to College Station. Notice the crappy tie down job on my bike. I rode down there and wasn't prepared to haul it back.

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Are the black and yellow bikes straps going through the wheel of the other bike? You didn't strap down the back of the bikes?
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You only need to strap the front of the bikes down and also make sure the bike is pulled down evenly especially if you are going on a long ride make sure to leave it in gear
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What is the the best way to tie down 2 sport bikes in the back of a truck. I know it can be done because I have seen pictures of it done but I'm not sure how to do it.
use cyclecynches... instead of canyondancers... you're grips and throttle tube will thank you at the end of the trip (by not breaking)

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You only need to strap the front of the bikes down and also make sure the bike is pulled down evenly especially if you are going on a long ride make sure to leave it in gear
Actually, you should always leave your transmission in neutral when you haul your bike...If the transmission is placed in gear, shift forks flex under the load and weight of the motorcycle as it moves. Same goes with the clutch and drive chain. These parts are easily damaged. Place the transmission into Neutral and properly secure motorcycle with quality tie-down straps.

You should also make sure your kickstand is up while hauling....If left down, it can cause small cracks in your frame underneath the bed, as the kickstand creates a small pressure point where it rubs/bumps against the bed while being hauled down the road.

You can fit two sport bikes facing forward in the bed of almost any truck...
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Are the black and yellow bikes straps going through the wheel of the other bike? You didn't strap down the back of the bikes?
I believe the straps are going through the Aprilia's wheels, and no, we didn't strap down the back of the bikes. We loaded them in the middle of a tunderstorm and he needed to get back to College Station, so we just wanted them to be secure enough to get from Galveston to Humble. I never strap down the back of mine anyway. I've hauled it from Houston to College Station and back numerous times with no problems. I just don't drive like the village idiot, and everything is ok.
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