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Old 10-08-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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Does bike need to be in neutral for trailering?

Serious question. I've never put mine in neutral, but somebody is arguing about it, and since I'm not an expert, I thought I'd ask rather than assume I'm right.

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Old 10-08-2015, 09:35 PM   #2
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I've always put it in gear to keep it from ever rolling. How is the bike being secured in the trailer? Chock and straps?
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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Ive always left mine in gear
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Old 10-08-2015, 09:36 PM   #4
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On the trailer? No. I have always left mine in gear to help them stay in their chocks.
I've hauled both race bikes and street bikes from one end of the country to the other that way for over 35 years.
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:10 PM   #6
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I don't know what the I'm doing but I leave mine in gear, too. Glad to hear that seems like the correct thing
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:59 PM   #7
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Here's my take on the subject;

If you secure the bike properly, it shouldn't matter if it's in gear or not. The bike will be completely immobilized and unable to so much as rock back and forth a little bit.

And if you're incompetent at securing the bike and it is allowed to rock back and forth on it's straps, then I sure as wouldn't want it to be in gear, rocking back and forth on my transmissions gears.
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yeah, about that. thats what happens when your at the meet and you leave your phone at the table and use the bathroom lol.

i was going to say i keep my bike not in gear.

reported me Noobs? no noobs over here, must be on your end
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Here's my take on the subject;

If you secure the bike properly, it shouldn't matter if it's in gear or not. The bike will be completely immobilized and unable to so much as rock back and forth a little bit.

And if you're incompetent at securing the bike and it is allowed to rock back and forth on it's straps, then I sure as wouldn't want it to be in gear, rocking back and forth on my transmissions gears.
It's not going to mess up anything unless your transmission was already bad to begin with. That's why most sports bikes have Cush drive. Although a bike rolling back completely upright is highly unlikely but I'd rather keep it in gear to prevent it because I do not want to be paying for a new bike if it falls off the trailer and causing an accident.
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I don't think it matters, but I use neutral when transporting. Never really thought about and never had an issue.
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Why would you put it in neutral? That's like parking a car on a hill and making it a point to take it out of gear.
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I use STS. So, it literally doesn't matter. But you gotta roll it into the stand sooo neutral.
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Why would you put it in neutral? That's like parking a car on a hill and making it a point to take it out of gear.
If you strap your bike in properly, there is no issue. I don't "put it in neutral", I leave it in neutral. I push it on the Kendon, grab the straps and am good to go.

Your analogy about parking is idiotic.

I don't disagree with either answer, I'm just presenting what I do. In 25 plus years, no issues.
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Your analogy about parking is idiotic..
It's really not. It's akin to relying on the emergency brake to keep the car from rolling, when it takes five seconds to put it in gear to ensure that it won't roll.
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It's really not. It's akin to relying on the emergency brake to keep the car from rolling, when it takes five seconds to put it in gear to ensure that it won't roll.
No. It is not akin to it at all.

You are wrong. I'm not arguing the point further.

Do what you want.
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No. It is not akin to it at all.

You are wrong. I'm not arguing the point further.

Do what you want.
Hey guess what bro? Putting your parked car on an incline in gear in case your emergency brake fails is the same exact concept as putting the bike in gear in case a strap fails. It's an extra margin of safety. To say "it's not akin at all" while going out of your way to leave it in neutral is idiotic, lazy and careless.
Keep doing what you want brah, just let me know what your truck looks like so I can make sure I don't get stuck behind you.

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I can't think of a single reason n would be better than in gear
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