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Old 07-19-2014, 11:26 PM   #1
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Tie down straps

What are the best straps to tie your bike down while trailering?
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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NOT the cheesy ratchet straps you get at auto parts stores.

Go to a moto store and get the ones that have a loop at the buckle end for putting around handlebars, and pull them tight, then knot the slack end so they can't loosen.



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Old 07-20-2014, 09:14 AM   #3
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Not the Cheesy Ratchets - yes.

How about the non-cheesy Ratchets?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Keeper-8-...0?N=5yc1vZc2dn



I bought these about 5 years ago and they flat out rock. I have NEVER regretted spending money on these things. And I've never once looked for a different style.
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:01 AM   #4
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The ones I use I went to my local bike shop and asked if I could have some that come off bikes that are delivered. They're blue. They work perfectly. They were free.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:01 AM   #5
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Ratchet ones are most secure because they are less likely to slip. Just be smart about how tight you crank them.

Protip: If they have hooks that don't clip put a piece of duct tape around the hook so it can't pop off if you hit a bump. I witnessed ONE tie down pop off from a trailered bike. It friggin cartwheeled a couple times before the other strap let go. Not my bike and not my trailer but it was ugly.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #6
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I bought some sort of Goodyear ratchet straps at Sam's Club a while back. The ratchet is really good on them, actually. Since the strap was so long, I cut the strap down to about 5' with a hook and threw that in the corner of my garage. With the remaining 5', I stitched up a loop on one end that I can slide the rest of the strap through for wrapping around the bars/frame/forks. I now have a set of four motorcycle ratchet straps and regular ratchet straps combos.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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ancra straps go around the forks/triples

I have wheel chokes though


HF straps for secondary/ back up
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:39 PM   #8
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I get the part about more than just hooks at the point of connection. I'm new to trailering bikes and have had the hook ends fall off.

How much should I compress the bike suspension?
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:25 PM   #9
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My favorites are the Keepers. So much so that I use them exclusively for my own bikes. I've sold hundreds of these and folks always come back. They are the only non-tool product I sell - I believe in them that much.

www.rrrtoolsolutions.com

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CargoBuckles... never looked back... http://www.immioutdoors.com/products/cargobuckle/
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Old Yesterday, 06:15 AM   #11
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Pro taper

Check them out. Best non ratchet straps by far.
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Old Yesterday, 06:43 AM   #12
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These look really good - just wish they were not so expensive:

http://www.blackandgray.com/camsureMain.php
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KTM straps are my favorite. They have a carabiner on the end that goes to the truck/trailer. The other end is a soft strap. If going long distance, I use another carabiner to lock this soft strap in place instead of the provided hook. The webbing is thick and wide, the cam buckle is secure. Big fan.

Being an ex raft guide I'm partial to ancra/NRS straps for lots of other things but motorcycle tie downs is not one of them. One thing I do like the ancra straps for is to secure the back wheel from bouncing to one side. I'll either use two and pull on the rim in either direction or one and do a loop around the tire before going to the other side

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Old Yesterday, 08:43 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Harley Beemer View Post
Check them out. Best non ratchet straps by far.
+1, if for no other reason than the swivel (which, makes a lot of sense).
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powertye big daddy straps.
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