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Old 08-08-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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question about tying down front of bike

hey guys, just wanted some opinions on alternative, possibly safer less suspension reliant and i had two ideas dunno if they'll work or make the suspension any less stressed but here they are:

1- instead of using the hooks to strap to the bike put both hooks on the same tie down point and use the big loop if you will to strap the lower triple tree down, since its lower on the bike it may hold it better

2-using both hooks in the same tie down loop, wrap the straps around the lower fork legs on my right-side-up forks. pulling from the angular side may make it more stable and also since its not suspension reliant relieves the suspension entirely not having to worry about busitng fork seals or breaking components.

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has anyone tried this and can comment on any pluses or minuses to the above?

edit: also has anyone had REAL good luck with cambuckle tie downs? my friend had some when he was trying to strap down his touring bike, someone reccomended them to him and there was just no way they were going to work...i wouldnt even trust them on a ninja 250 MAYBE a dirtbike (one that i didnt care about), you simply cannot get them tight enough or atleast i cant.
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canyon dancer or cycle cynch to get the mount points further apart and will significantly reduce the amount of load you have to put on front suspension....going from the fork legs directly would not be an option for me.
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You only need a small amount of force holding the bike down, work to get more lateral force to keep the bike upright and let the bike's suspension to the job of keeping it planted.

As for cambuckles, I dont prefer them, but they do prevent you from getting the strap TOO tight and risking putting too much load on the suspension. When I have used them, I always tie the slack off right past the cam to prevent the strap from loosening. I can get a cambuckle tight, but I dont trust it not to loosen.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:40 AM   #5
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Get a strapless system if you're worried about putting stress on your front suspension. Also making your anchor spots for the straps as far away and as even between the two will allow more of the tension from the straps be transferred to stabilizing the bike instead of compressing the front forks.
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Get a strapless system if you're worried about putting stress on your front suspension. Also making your anchor spots for the straps as far away and as even between the two will allow more of the tension from the straps be transferred to stabilizing the bike instead of compressing the front forks.
yeah, a wheel chock would be ideal.
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the type of straps that the canyon dancers offer can actually be made with some fancy knotting of the straps you already have. theirs are just sewn shut if i remember correctly.

one can easily discard (or just not use) the hook on the end of one strap and tie a simple (secured) knot making loops to strap over the handlebars, i just didnt realize that having them on the bars (spaced further apart) is actually that beneficial, i was actually thinking the opposite that closer together would be better, but now that i realize this i'll have to try looping around the handle bars next time and see how that works.
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Absolute best way is to get a quality wheel chock that holds the bike up
Then you can tie down on the frame, low, near the pegs, and just suck it down enough to preload the suspension at ride height.
The bike can then float along just like it was being ridden. No extra wear and tear on the seals, or chances of damaging controls.
I don't have any real good pics, but you can see the basic idea...
In the second pic, the front 3 bikes are in good chocks, and the two in the back and one in the bed had to be tied the old school way.
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Home depot has some motorcycle straps for 23 dollars or something. Really they have the canyon dancer built in basically and they seem really sturdy
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #11
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So just what the 773H are we talking about????

Strapping the bike in a truck or dropping the front end so it looks super badass areodynamically goes 300mph but just messes up the performance it was originally designed to achieve?
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:54 PM   #12
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I don't wanna mess up my forks. They're really expensive lol
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I always use a wheel chock, but I would not rely on it for front tie down. I wouldn't trust my bike to only one pair of straps either. One goes and kiss byebye to your bike.

I use a front wheel chock and 4 tie downs. Plus a ziptie on each of the turn buckles to shut them tight. Bring a wirecutter to cut zipties before unload.
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Canyon dancer and rachet straps are what I use... I use a strap on both wheels to stop the bike from jumping around and two straps on the canyon dancer.
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I dont even like canyon dancers : [ they can jack some stuff up to.

I just use reagular ol' racket straps. Im to cheap for the strapless restraint system .
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i have a wheel chock on my trailer plus two straps aint going nowhere especially a sport bike stiffer suspension you don't have to tie down as tight. for dirt a 2x4 in between the tire and lower triple. easy
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Avoid canyon dancers, they can break the throttle pin off and wreak havoc on the grips especially in the warmer weather.
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I have some canyon dancers for sale lmao

They always mess up with my clips ons and pull em in/out jack em up
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i prefer cycle cynch over the canyon dancers, the way they pull down doesn't put stress on other parts of the bike. nothing beats a good wheel chock though.
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Avoid canyon dancers, they can break the throttle pin off and wreak havoc on the grips especially in the warmer weather.
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