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Old 04-07-2008, 11:45 AM   #1
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Trailering a SS bike

How do you strap down your bike in the back of your pickup or on a tralier? I have a flatbed trailer with rails and a ramp, but I may just use my Ford Ranger since it's one less thing to carry/worry about. My main question though is how to strap my F4 down good enough so it won't move(obviously) but I also won't damage anything. I don't have a canyon dancer either.

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Old 04-07-2008, 11:50 AM   #2
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get the canyon dancers without them u going to scratch something better to spend $50 then $200-$300 on new stickers or paint!
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without a canyon dancer, put the hooks of your tie downs on the upper triple tree...make sure the strap isn't rubbing the plastics....I used to have to run the straps inside the fairings (depens on your mounts for tie down)....I would suggest a canyon dancer if you can. best $30 bucks you can spend for transporting the bike.
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:08 PM   #5
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CANYON DANCERS SUCK.....I REPEAT.....CANYON DANCERS SUCKKKKKKK!!!!

Cycle Cynch, is a WAY better option. worth the extra bucks. cycle cynch is designed to pull down.....canyon dancers pull off to the side. which in turn not only slowly pulls the grips off your bike, but your bike can still sway side to side.

http://cyclecynch.com/

patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited carries these also....i gave away my canyon dancers after i tried the cycle cynch's.
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CANYON DANCERS SUCK.....I REPEAT.....CANYON DANCERS SUCKKKKKKK!!!!

Cycle Cynch, is a WAY better option. worth the extra bucks. cycle cynch is designed to pull down.....canyon dancers pull off to the side. which in turn not only slowly pulls the grips off your bike, but your bike can still sway side to side.

http://cyclecynch.com/

patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited carries these also....i gave away my canyon dancers after i tried the cycle cynch's.
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get the canyon dancers without them u going to scratch something better to spend $50 then $200-$300 on new stickers or paint!
+1. Crazy name but they're awesome.

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+1. Crazy name but they're awesome.

they call em canyon dancers because your bike dances around on the trailer with em on

they are crapppppy crapppppy crapppppppppppppy.

i'd rather tie down my triple than use those.
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I know a guy who has these and they work GREAT

about 95% as good as those that cost 350 bux
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:31 PM   #11
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Old 04-07-2008, 12:35 PM   #12
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Pick up a set of soft loops at walmart for about $3.50. Run them through the lower triple clamp. One on each fork. Attach your straps to the soft loops. Run Your rear straps go to the rear sets, as close to the frame as possible.

Since most people already have straps this option costs less than $5.00 and is a very secure way to strap down the bike. Will not damage any paint or plastics if you do it right.
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yeah they hold up my bike and its a big !
Do you use the tie-downs as well, or just the wheel chock?
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Do you use the tie-downs as well, or just the wheel chock?
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they call em canyon dancers because your bike dances around on the trailer with em on

they are crapppppy crapppppy crapppppppppppppy.

i'd rather tie down my triple than use those.
hmmm, I've had zero problems with my canyon dancers...

never an issue of grips sliding off or bike dancing around:/:

maybe it's user error
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hmmm, I've had zero problems with my canyon dancers...

never an issue of grips sliding off or bike dancing around:/:

maybe it's user error
try using the cycle cynch, you'll see the difference.

the canyon dancers only work WELL if you strap the living out of the front end....which ruins the fork seals.

if they are remotely loose, the bike will dance around. with the cycle cynch, i only ratchet the tie downs like 3 clicks (about 1" in fork compression) and it holds nice and firm. to get the same from the canyon dancers, i had to get about 2-3" of fork compression.
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try using the cycle cynch, you'll see the difference.

the canyon dancers only work WELL if you strap the living out of the front end....which ruins the fork seals.

if they are remotely loose, the bike will dance around. with the cycle cynch, i only ratchet the tie downs like 3 clicks (about 1" in fork compression) and it holds nice and firm. to get the same from the canyon dancers, i had to get about 2-3" of fork compression.
agreed. to get my bike stable with the canyon dancers i had to compress my forks the same, and every time after i'd unload the bike, the fork seals will have seeped from being compressed so long. and not to mention having to replace the grips everytime i used it. even destroyed a set of stock grips that were glued on the clip-ons. unless they're safety wired, they're going to get ruined. worst 35 bucks i ever spent.
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diff. strokes for diff. folks I suppose....

no leaky seals that I've seen....and my grips are safety wired? Oh well, back to the original question....

just run the tie downs to the upper triple....worked for me for several years prior to getting a CD...and I've been happy with my CD for a year or so now.
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I use a canyon dancer and ratcheting tie downs....never had a problem.....

tie down at each end of the canyon dancer and then a 3rd one looped around the back tire and hooked on each side of the trailer to keep the back end from moving around.
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