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Old 07-16-2014, 05:48 AM   #1
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Trailering question...

Hi All,

I'm going to need to trailer both of our scooters soon. In a couple of weeks for a short ride to our new house, then in September for vacation.

Here's my problem: I've tied down my motorcycle plenty of times with no issue, but I can't figure out where to tie the scooters down. With all the body work, I don't want to damage them. The handlebars are shrouded in plastic, so that's out.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:09 AM   #2
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You don't say what type of scooter you want to trailer. We use Canyon Dancers on the handle bars. Some people use Jetting bar ends http://shop.jettin.com/Blue-Aluminum...uminumblue.htm with grooves for tiedowns. I suspect there are other brands as well. For the rear I use either the grab bar appropriately protected to strap down on most of our scoots.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:10 AM   #3
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Hi All,

I'm going to need to trailer both of our scooters soon. In a couple of weeks for a short ride to our new house, then in September for vacation.

Here's my problem: I've tied down my motorcycle plenty of times with no issue, but I can't figure out where to tie the scooters down. With all the body work, I don't want to damage them. The handlebars are shrouded in plastic, so that's out.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Yaniv
I use a Canyon Dancer Bar harness on the handlebars and soft ties on the passenger grab rails and then four tiedowns.

Here's a pic of the bar harness:

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:11 AM   #4
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My bad. A Buddy Blackjack and a Scarabeo 200.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:39 AM   #5
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I removed all the front plastics and put them in the trunk. Then I was able to easy strap down my Cub clone on the trailer.
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Old 07-16-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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I use a Canyon Dancer Bar harness on the handlebars and soft ties on the passenger grab rails and then four tiedowns.

Here's a pic of the bar harness:

+1 on the Canyon Dancer. Outstanding product. Soft ties in the back work nicely.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:17 AM   #7
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Canyon dancer hit the switches on my Reflex. I hooked a tie down over each grip and a tie down between those.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:30 AM   #8
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I use a tie-down strap I got from ebay years ago. It works fine on my scooters and solves the problem. Search ebay with "motorcycle handlebar tie-down".
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Old 07-16-2014, 09:15 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll go with the Canyon Dancers. I think they're adjustable, right? The Scarabeo will require the XL, since the bars are about 36" apart. I want to be able to use them if we upsize the bikes at some point. Is there any issue with buying them big right now?
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Old 07-16-2014, 04:31 PM   #10
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I have a couple of pairs of tie downs that have loops on the strap that I put on the hand grips, then snug the scoot down by sitting on the seat and compressing the forks. If I am going for any length of time I will take another loop, bring it thru the loops on the grips and back on itself, keeping the tie downs from pulling the grips off. If that contacts the bodywork, I tape a microfiber cloth on the strap where the contact is. Essentially does the same thing a canyon dancer does. I think that is what Mark is saying above.

If your tie down straps don't have loops, you can always use soft ties on the grips. One tip - I will strap the front wheel to the chock/rail to ensure there is no back and forth movement of the scoot. That keeps things from loosening up.
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Old 07-16-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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Get a pair of Canyon Dancers and be done with it. The problem with using the soft loops on the grips is that they not only distort the grip, but can break the plastic throttle tube - ask me how I know!
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:14 AM   #12
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Don't over compress your scoot's suspension. That way lies no only messing up the suspension but bending your handlebars and other "damage" attributed to canyon dancers or other handle bar harnesses. Your scoot should be using its own shocks and suspension to absorb bumps. You only need it tight enough that it there is equal support on both sides so it doesn't fall over when you turn or hit rough roads. Securing the front wheel in a properly fitted and secured chock means you don't have to worry about cranking down anything, just secure the rear against sideways slipping using rails or screwed down 2x2 along side the tires and balanced straps.
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Old 07-18-2014, 03:14 PM   #13
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Don't over compress your scoot's suspension. That way lies no only messing up the suspension but bending your handlebars and other "damage" attributed to canyon dancers or other handle bar harnesses. Your scoot should be using its own shocks and suspension to absorb bumps. You only need it tight enough that it there is equal support on both sides so it doesn't fall over when you turn or hit rough roads. Securing the front wheel in a properly fitted and secured chock means you don't have to worry about cranking down anything, just secure the rear against sideways slipping using rails or screwed down 2x2 along side the tires and balanced straps.
+1 on being careful about over-compressing....these arent MX bikes. And securing the rear properly takes much of the stress off of the forward straps.

And by all means never transport on its center or side-stand.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:33 PM   #14
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Front only

I was taught to tie the front end only.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:31 PM   #15
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I disagree about tying the front only. If you get hit or the trailer gets hit, what's going to keep the rear of the scooter from moving significantly ? That's where the weight is and you don't want that getting loose.
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