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Old 03-15-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Best way to strap a bike down, in the back of my truck ?

Wanna know how you guys strap down yalls bikes. I wanna make sure I do this the best way possible. Don't wanna Jack my bike up. Thanks
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Use a Cycle Cinch on the bars and 2 tie down straps.
If you can afford it a Baxley chock or equivalent is a good long term investment.
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Canyon Dancer with two tiedown straps on the front, and two tiedown straps on the rear.
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Ima look the cinch and canyon dancer up I have no idea what they look like thanks
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I'm not a big fan of the Canyon Dancer. It's design puts stress on the switch housings. I've seen more than a few bikes have the locating pin snapped off by them.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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Funny you say that I just read some reviews that said something similar to what you just said.
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Cycle Cinch and tie downs are the best bet. I have two sets of canyon dancers and two sets of cycle cinch. The Canyon Dancers will work in a bind or short distance if needed. Canyon Dancers can cause some issues as Patrick mentioned, and also can be harder on the grips.

Best bet, although it depends on your bike and where the tie down points are in your truck, is to use straps with built in soft ties. Use those on the lower triple clamps (terminology?). Just make sure it clears the fairing if applicable; on a Tuono, tard, SV, no problem, although it may be on a CBRNINJAZXR1ETC. I've seen bars bend on a VStrom from too much pressure, never an issue with the triples.

Kick stand UP, not down, and some sort of straps or bungees to keep the rear wheel centered. Does not have to be cranked on, just keep the rear from moving around and the rear will be light due to front strapped down.
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Yeah I have a zx6r , I glad I asked because I might have caused serious damage thanks guys
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You also have to spend 10 minutes getting your grips back in place.

The best thing is to have a naked bike so you can soft tie on to the lower triple....

Edit: Looks like another old and wise man beat me to the punch on both issues
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Don't pull it down til the forks bottom. Just pull it down until it feels secure. A little wobble is OK, too tight and your fork seals could start leaking.
If you want the BEST way, IMHO, get a PitBull trailer restraint (works in a truck too).
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Cylce Cinch all the way. I haul both mine and the ol ladies bike with them. From Ozark mountains to Houston traffic, never a problem. Its the only way I can haul our bikes side by side in the bed of my superduty. I bolted a d-ring in the bed of my truck to make it easier.
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Use a Cycle Cinch on the bars and 2 tie down straps.
If you can afford it a Baxley chock or equivalent is a good long term investment.
AMEN TO THE BAXLEY CHOCK!

I am in love with mine. It allows me to strap the bike down LIGHTLY, yet it prevents any real side-to-side movement.
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Don't pull it down til the forks bottom. Just pull it down until it feels secure. A little wobble is OK, too tight and your fork seals could start leaking.
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I use a cycle cinch, a baxley, and I 4-point strap the bike. I may be , but its the result of experience: I totalled a 1300 mile bike when it bounced out of a front strap on Oklahoma roads.
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soft ties and tie downs to this:
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Lots of good info you guys are awesome thanks !
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I took a 2 x 10 and bolted a captive type bike chaulk to it. and some rubber matting on the underside, then standard tie downs.

Since my truck bed is shorter than my bike the thought was the board would take some weight off the tailgate especially when loading.

I think it will work but have not tried it out yet. since I have a trailer.
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