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Old 07-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Tie down straps

Where is a good place to buy tie down straps locally for hauling your bike? Just haven't found any I like so far. Just looking for the nylon ratchet type a couple inches thick.

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #2
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Dang bro, unless your gonna tie down a Boss Hoss, regular 1" tiedowns are fine.

I have hauled bikes all over the country with zero problems using 2 tiedowns on the front.
IMHO, get somebody with experience to show you how, nothin to it. , if your on the south side I'll show ya.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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what he said. walmart. I picked a packet of 4 for $12-13 I think.

I like the tie downs with a soft loop already built in. I got my last set for about $25 at cycle gear. Link to follow.
(http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...06W2NK-ST2BP_G)

I also don't use ratcheting type. The cam buckle ones have never released on me, since I loop and knot the loose ends.

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Cycle Gear has expensive ones designed for "motorcycle purposes." Home Depot (or any hardware) has heavy duty tie-downs for less.
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thx, just coming from the 400 pound motorcycle club to the 800+ pound bike has me paranoid using the same straps that held down my old bikes.
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I bought the loops at cycle gear for the forks. I use the ratchet just mainly cause I can get it more secure, plus the truck driver side of me won't use the slip style,lol. but anyway, I use one on each side of the fork and I will use one on each passenger peg to keep the from jumping around. and before anyone says it, yes I have had my bikes jump so bad that it repositioned the bike and was lucky it didn't fall over.
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Cycle Gear has expensive ones designed for "motorcycle purposes." Home Depot (or any hardware) has heavy duty tie-downs for less.
Going to drop by Lowe's on the way home see what I can find. Thx
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thx, just coming from the 400 pound motorcycle club to the 800+ pound bike has me paranoid using the same straps that held down my old bikes.
I would not worry, those 1" straps are rated 1000 lbs each.
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I suggest motorcycle specific ones I have seen the hooks break and straighten out, if its just a dirtbike then fine, but my babies its worth a few extra dollars, drop a 1098 over and it costs WAY more than a set of tiedowns
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Don't forget a Cycle Cinch or Canyon Dancers. They will make it much easier and better for the bike. I prefer a Cycle Cinch over Canyon Dancer. You will still needs straps.
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I've tried many different ratchet tie downs over the years, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc. So far, the ones I like the best came from Drop-tail trailers.

http://www.droptailtrailers.com/tie.html
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Don't forget a Cycle Cinch or Canyon Dancers. They will make it much easier and better for the bike. I prefer a Cycle Cinch over Canyon Dancer. You will still needs straps.
+1 these things are awesome. About $25 or 30 from cyclegear probably less online, and they make tying it down a 1 minute job.
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And they dont screw up your grips or mar the forks
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If you're close to Harbor Freight they have quite a few different ones and pretty cheap.
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Don't forget a Cycle Cinch or Canyon Dancers. They will make it much easier and better for the bike. I prefer a Cycle Cinch over Canyon Dancer. You will still needs straps.
Only use these on bikes with clip-ons though. Riser/handlebar setups with any amount of pullback (meaning anything but broomstick bars) will just flip the bars once you start compressing the forks.
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Only use these on bikes with clip-ons though. Riser/handlebar setups with any amount of pullback (meaning anything but broomstick bars) will just flip the bars once you start compressing the forks.
+1

My ATV handlebars kept twisting with Cycle Cynch and I couldnt figure out why. In the end, it was the bike bouncing up and down on the trailer and the bar twisting on the clamp. Not a big deal - it could be twisted back to normal when you take it off the trailer - but not suitable...

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I say splurge and get the better ones made for bikes. The ones they sell at Home Depot/Walmart are pretty cheapy.
Get some Ancras and some soft ties or the ones with the soft ties built-in.
Cycle Gear and most motorcycle shops carry them.

The difference I have seen is that Ancras have little teeth, in the buckle part, that bite the strap, the cheap ones have grooves that don't seem nearly as secure.
Also the strap matl is a little softer on the Ancras so the buckle gets a better grip. The cheapos have a thinner, harder strap that seems like would allow slippage easier.
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I just use the cheap ones from Walmart. They are rated way above 800+ lbs.

If your worried about cushioning just do what I do. Buy a cheap $5 pillow while you are there at Walmart and stick it under the strap.
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