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Old 03-15-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Properly tying down bike with Wratchet Straps

I'm fixing to load my bike onto a U-Haul trailer, and I had bought some 8foot wratchet straps that were recommended to me by some on this site. My question now is where is the ideal place to wrap the straps around the bike? Or how to properly hold it down?

Since this is my first time, I'm not certain as to the best place on the bike to wrap the straps around, but I'm assuming one strap above the tank, and one strap above the passengers?

Help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:48 PM   #2
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You really only need to strap the bike down from the triple clamps or the bend in the hanldlebars/base of clip ones. If you use the bars, be carfeul as you can overcompress and bend them.

If you can control the front forks, you can control the bike. Then you will only need to tie on to some easier to handle points on the rear to keep the rear of the bike from bouncing left to right.

What type of bike is it? If at all possible, I recommend the lower triples and snug it down to compress the forks (but don't over compress and blow the seals out).

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You really only need to strap the bike down from the triple clamps or the bend in the hanldlebars/base of clip ones. If you use the bars, be carfeul as you can overcompress and bend them.

If you can control the front forks, you can control the bike. Then you will only need to tie on to some easier to handle points on the rear to keep the rear of the bike from bouncing left to right.

What type of bike is it? If at all possible, I recommend the lower triples and snug it down to compress the forks (but don't over compress and blow the seals out).

Hope this helps.

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Staton, thanks for the response. I have a ninja 250r. You'll have to forgive me, but I'm not very familiar with motorcycle parts and related terms.. Where exactly on the front forks will the strap wrap around?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:13 PM   #8
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use soft straps for the tie point on the triple tree. hook your ratchet straps to the soft straps and crank it down
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:25 PM   #9
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Staton, thanks for the response. I have a ninja 250r. You'll have to forgive me, but I'm not very familiar with motorcycle parts and related terms.. Where exactly on the front forks will the strap wrap around?
The lower triple is the metal piece under the steering head that is connected to the forks. You may be able to reach up under the fairings and loop your strap around the back side and over the lower triple on each side against the leg. You can then take one loop around the hook and cinch the strap snug against the fork and lower triple. You would then want to attach the other end of the strap to a low mount on the trailer. You would need to be careful that the plastics aren't stressed against the straps. If your tie down points on the trailer are fairly spread out, then you might have a problem with that. If that is the case, you go around the top of the fork tube where the clip on is attached and pull the straps down to the more outward tie down spot and they should clear the faring.

Soft ties are a great way to go as are a cycle cinch or canyon dancer type set up, but I was assuming you don't have acces to those right now. I have some spares you can borrow if you will return them, I am in the Katy area, just let me know and you can borrow them and I can show you on one of my bikes how I tie a bike down.

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use soft straps for the tie point on the triple tree. hook your ratchet straps to the soft straps and crank it down
+1 btw, where can I pick up a few of those?
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try CG... they might have some. I have had mine for years.
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Found some stuff to help...

http://www.discountramps.com/article...e-tie-down.htm

http://www.pingelonline.com/load_your_ride.htm
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Thanks to all of y'all for the replies. I actually already arrived at my destination with my bike safely in tact (haha). Turns out I had lying around the house a soft-strap that hooked onto the handlebars, which in turn hooked to the wracket straps. It was quite a spectacle looking into the U-Haul trailer as it looked like a spider web of straps surrounding my bike.. LOL
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Try a Cycle Cynch. You'll trash your dancer. Promise.


Gary, Northern Tool sells the soft ties for motorcycle use. I'd HIGHLY recommend a CycleCynch. Best $40 you can spend.
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I got a CycleCynch that I just bought for $50 bucks, which I used this past weekend for hauling my bike during my vacation trip to California. It was used twice, once to get the bike there, and once to get the bike back, other than that, its practically new, and works really well.

I am selling mine if you want it, as I wont need it anymore. FYI, I used the CycleCynch with also a front wheel stand bought from Harbor tools, but you have to screw the stand to the floor of the trailer. With both items, and the bike was pretty stable and secure. If you want the stand, I am also selling that.
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