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Old 12-08-2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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Motorcycle towing

Howdy Folks,

I've got a tow strap. The good thing is that I've never had to use it. The bad thing is, I don't have the slightest idea HOW to use it!

So...what is best way for one motorcycle to tow another motorcycle? Where should the strap be connected to towing cycle? Where should the strap be connected to the towed cycle? (I bet if you need to be towed you feel like your on the toad cycle )

I imagine the two cycles have to travel offset from each other because of the possibility of the strap getting caught in the wheels, but how do you handle having to be towed on a tight single track?

Hope I never get toad...

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hope I never get toad...

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:07 PM   #3
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Here's a real good article on towing with dirt bikes from Super Hunky:

http://www.superhunky.com/articles/Towingtips.php
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:12 PM   #4
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Wrap it around your neck? Then it won't jerk the bike around.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:34 PM   #5
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Unfortunately we have plenty of practice towing.

We always go from footrest to footrest with about 8 foot of strap with a loop at each end. any longer and probs on corners. any shorter and probs with snagging on the tyres. keep the back bike next the hedge.
You can use the same rope to pull bikes out of bog holes.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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Unfortunately we have plenty of practice towing.

We always go from footrest to footrest with about 8 foot of strap with a loop at each end. any longer and probs on corners. any shorter and probs with snagging on the tyres. keep the back bike next the hedge.
You can use the same rope to pull bikes out of bog holes.
Neat advice - not sure what that smilie means but it seemed appropriate
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:34 PM   #7
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:48 PM   #8
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Yes, that does help a lot! While towing with the tow strap connected as pictured, does the towed bike stay to the right of the towing bike so that the strap does not hit the wheels?

Are those SweetCheeks I see on your seats??? How do you like them?

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Old 12-08-2009, 11:16 PM   #9
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On our recent Baja trip we had to tow a bike for over 40 miles on a gravel/dirt road.

After a couple of false starts we settled on Jesse bag racks on my bike and the crash bars on my buddy's bike...

MSR tow strap with a soft tie at each end







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Old 12-09-2009, 11:49 PM   #10
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What is the tow strap replacing? Your engine, so you no longer need your throttle hand, so I usually hold onto the tow strap with my right hand.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:24 PM   #11
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My friend and I have towed each other home with a tow rope attached to both bikes handle bars a few times. Worked pretty well. I might try the footpeg approach next time.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:09 AM   #12
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Not something I like to do 'cos it can go badly wrong but the one time I did it, I towed a rider with considerable towing experience - long term Brit bike owner back in the '80s - who said the answer is for the towed rider to wrap the rope/strap around one of the fork stanchions a couple of times and then hold the end so it could be released at any time.
Let go and the rope pulls free but the wraps ensure that the towed rider does not need to use strength to hang on. Using the stanchion minimises the offset pull on the steering.
Never tie the rope to the towed bike was his advice, or you have no means of stopping independently of the tower.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:02 AM   #13
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....a picture is worth a thousand words.

I remember one time when one guy fastened his bike to the one in front with a rope. We were out play ice racing, one bike broke, so they towed it out. When they got to the end of the trail at the trucks, they looked back and found the guy being towed had fallen off and the guy towing quite literally obliviously was dragging the bike up the trail.

No one was hurt.

Take Super Hunky's advice, wrap it around the crossbar and hold the end with your left hand. The pull isn't strong enough to overcome the wrapping effect and if you need to do so, you let go of the end and the rope/strap will just pull off the bike and you come to a safe stop. That way your picture won't have to be a thousand words when you don't have the bike dragged up the trail or road...

and I think you know what a majority of those words would have been...
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:07 AM   #14
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Not something I like to do 'cos it can go badly wrong but the one time I did it, I towed a rider with considerable towing experience - long term Brit bike owner back in the '80s - who said the answer is for the towed rider to wrap the rope/strap around one of the fork stanchions a couple of times and then hold the end so it could be released at any time.
Let go and the rope pulls free but the wraps ensure that the towed rider does not need to use strength to hang on. Using the stanchion minimises the offset pull on the steering.
Never tie the rope to the towed bike was his advice, or you have no means of stopping independently of the tower.
BINGO!

A rope or strap tied to the towed bike can be a recipe for disaster, especially at any road speeds.

If you do fasten the two bikes together... good luck to you, you might just need it!
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