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Old 05-27-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Anyone have a good way to use tie downs for this bike? The wide front end is tough to clear with tie downs close to center of bars.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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? I don't see how it's different than any other bike. Although getting it in pickup with a 9" lift is interesting.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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This is how I do it

See this post...not mine but this is how I do it minus the rear tie down.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=726

I usually tie thru the rear wheel back to the rear edge of the trailer. It ties the back down but still leaves the rear suspension to move. ( I always found tie the rear down by a point on the frame that it bounced up and down and would go slack/taught all the time)

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Old 05-28-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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If you want a no scratch alternative, get a set of tie-down extensions....don't know if that is what thay are called, but picture a short peice of tie-down with closed loops at both ends. Run each through lower triple clamp/fork tube and then connect your regular tie-downs to the loops. Only downside is there is much less strap needed and thus pulling it to compress fork is more difficult. However, with a bike this size you should be using a heavy-duty ratchet tie-down anyhow.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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Anyone have a good way to use tie downs for this bike? The wide front end is tough to clear with tie downs close to center of bars.
I wrap my tie-downs around the forks above the lower triple clamp. The rear goes around the passenger peg brackets or luggage racks.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:16 PM   #6
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If you want a no scratch alternative, get a set of tie-down extensions....don't know if that is what thay are called, but picture a short peice of tie-down with closed loops at both ends. Run each through lower triple clamp/fork tube and then connect your regular tie-downs to the loops. Only downside is there is much less strap needed and thus pulling it to compress fork is more difficult. However, with a bike this size you should be using a heavy-duty ratchet tie-down anyhow.
That's what I do. Here's a link to the ones I use: http://www.amazon.com/Ancra-45214-10...ncra+tie+downs

You just loop them around a the fork tube just above the lower triple and then strap them down from there. Very easy and away from all bodywork.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:16 PM   #7
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Although my 990 has never been on a trailer, I have an interesting (to me, anyway) setup for my EXC.

The trailer has wheel chocks, so the bike is rolled up into the chock. I thne use two short legnths of chain with carabiners on each end between the trailer bed and the footpegs.

So, bike in the chock, lean the bike way over to the left side. Snap the chain to the trailer and to the peg. Then lean the bike to the right, pulling hard on the right side of the bars- this will compress the suspension, as the left footpeg is tied down via the chain. Pull REALLY hard on the handlebar and carefully (DON'T CATCH YOUR FINGERS) snap the right side chain into place on the right footpeg.

And you're done.

The two chains are very tight from the suspension springs, and very sturdy. Bike(s) sit solidly in place.

Just because it gives me the heebie-jeebies, I add tiedowns to the triples, but they are usually a little loose. I also have a heavy strap from the rear tire to the trailer bed.
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:19 PM   #8
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Oh- I also cut off the hooks on all my tie-downs and substitute REAL climbing carabiners I buy used off ebay. Not the cheesy hardware store versions- check the rated stregnth on those- it's not much.

And use soft-ties.

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Old 05-29-2013, 06:28 AM   #9
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good idea! I shall try to replicate your work...I guess just hacksaw the hook off?
Thanks.
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good idea! I shall try to replicate your work...I guess just hacksaw the hook off?
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For the industrious, a hacksaw will work fine. For the lazy like myself, I use a power tool with a cutting wheel- but be careful not to melt the strap.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #11
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That's a great reply! I like humor with a message. I'll probably go the lazy way as well. Thanks for schooling me in the art of working smarter, not harder.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
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I echo the method of using the lower triples. Currently on a trip with the bikes in tow behind our camper (for the first time) and have experimented with several options thus far. The best method by far is to wrap around the fork legs just above the lower triples as described above.

Also, I just picked up a set of Pro Taper tie downs. Really only because it's what the store had, but they are great! Heavy Duty appx 2" wide strap, with a swiveling caribiner attachment for the trailer side. Then a built in soft loop for the triples keeps the hook away from anything that you don't want damaged or scratched. The strap has a big hand loop to pull with and a velcro strap to secure the excess with. I've only had them one day, but the bike didn't budge at all, the straps didn't slip at all, and this was in some good cross winds, rain, and less than smooth roads. I am quite impressed.

http://www.protaper.com/products/tie-downs

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Old 05-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #13
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That's what I do. Here's a link to the ones I use: http://www.amazon.com/Ancra-45214-10...ncra+tie+downs

You just loop them around a the fork tube just above the lower triple and then strap them down from there. Very easy and away from all bodywork.
+1 for the Ancra soft ties! They also come in 12" These allow you to tie to places not possible with hooks.

Going to the fork leg just above the lower triple clamp will give you the best tie angle. All ties must pull the bike forward or to the side, never backwards
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