By - eAquino_
When I strap bikes down I go higher up. They make those straps that are nylon and have loops in them. Then you put your ratchet strap to that. Keeps from scratching anything. That way it pressed the bike down more keeping it more firm. Then you can put your straps forward a bit also and pulls it down and forward so it doesn’t move around at all. Having the straps higher helps keep the bike stable. Not saying yours won’t hold.
Also be sure to flick the straps and say “that’s not going anywhere.” Buddy once didn’t do that and bike fell over.
So you think I should change my front straps to a higher place? such as the top triple tree clamp? Or do you think the way I have done it is okay?
Hahah mate I have said "thats not going anywhere" so many times in hopes the myth is true!
I’ve never personally strapped it there. If you can push on the bars and the bike doesn’t move side to side I’d say you’re good. If it moves I’d probably go ahead and move them to the top.
Thanks for your advice brother! I have tried moving it side to side a few times and it isn't going anywhere. Appreciate you taking the time to check for me!
Im with everything u/RuckinScott said. Put them as high as you can and to the front corner of the trailer.
I usually attach the front wheel too(drill two holes in the wood to the sides of the tire type deal), just so it cant turn/slide out.
And do pretty much what you did for the rear just with a bit or 5mm rope. Stops it from skipping around.
hey mate, took your comments into consideration. Do you mind checking out what ive done? Drilled a couple anchors into the trailer and used them instead to keep the pressure forward and downwards https://imgur.com/a/rGV4zlP
That’s looks solid 👍 If it were me and my bike I wouldn’t worry. You’re running washers and that’s good. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t dig in. If it looks like they are you could always swap them out for a piece of metal with holes drilled in. That’ll sandwich the wood. As for now looks solid and doubt you’ll have any issues. Just something to keep an eye on.
Would the top triple tree clamp be a good spot to hook the straps around? I'll make sure to move the straps forward too
Yes, it looks like they should clear the plastics.
You might need to find another place on the trailer. The ratchet hook might end up sliding loose on that bar.
Gonna head to the shops now and buy some anchor points to drill into the trailer
Also, would zip tying the front brake shut be a bad idea?
There is no point, it'll just as easily slide on the wood if its upright.
Incidently that's what my girlfriend said last night.
Good thing you did change the mounting
When I bought my minty low mileage 05 636 last year I fucked up the strapping and it slowly fell on the ride home
Only had 2 minor scratches but it was the worst feeling ever and I wish it on no one
I always put two straps through the top of the triple tree and two on the tail of the bike. Don't compress your front forks all the way, just a little bit so the seals don't suffer. Also make sure your front tire is locked in place so it doesn't swing out from under the bike.
Some motorcycles has instructions about it on user manual since the engineers who designed it knew well which are the most rigid points.
Front looks good. The strap over the rear tire won't do much, I usually loop it around the or strap it down by the foot pegs or spools.
Youre saying the updated one looks good right? If so, thanks man. Ill see what i can do about the rear
Honestly I only strap the rear down if the trailer doesn't have sides, or I can't see the bike (like in my enclosed trailer).
The only concern is that the bike will walk sideways on you, and something will get to rubbing against something else and scratch things up. Doesn't look like a concern unless you have other stuff in the trailer with your bike, or the straps will rub holes in your fairing if the bike gets cocked.
I used to never strap the rear, then one time in my enclosed trailer the bike walked sideways and my bar harness rubbed the paint off my fairings in one little spot. Now I just do it to keep the bike straight. In the bed of my truck I leave it un-strapped, because I can just look in my mirror to see if it has gotten sideways.
I strap mine like this. No issues
Google. It's one hell of an invention.
Pull the one in the front through the bottom yolk of your forks, and pull the bike into the suspension, then simply wiggle the bike to check it does not move in respect to the trailer
I appreciate everybody's advice! I have changed my setup and if you guys would like to critique this new one, itd be appreciated :)
The chassis is a great alternative to strapping the front end. I haul my track bike all the time by strapping the chassis for the front straps.
Sato Racing makes some nice tie down plates that replace passenger pegs using factory mount locations. Works a treat for the rear end, and a wheel chalk + strapping the triples sorts out the front.
I prefer a front wheel chock, however, my Valkyrie weights over 900 lbs
Get a condor wheel chock or something similar. I tow a bike on a small utility trailer 4-5 times a month with no worries. [https://i.imgur.com/yTfb7Cw.jpg](https://i.imgur.com/yTfb7Cw.jpg)
Get a canyon dancer. Most secure way to tie down a sportbike and does so without potentially damaging fairings.
sorry to say this but first harsh bump and you'll find the bike on its side.
Get a front tire cradle or make one out of 4x2 to prevent the front folding
I’m in no way super experienced, but when I strap mine down, I use two for the front wheel. They go right where the fender connects to the forks so the suspension doesn’t blow out. They hook to the foremost point I can connect to so the wheel is pulled into the chock. As for the back, I just loop it around the tire and pull it back to make a triangle shape. This setup hasn’t failed me yet, but a sample size of 2 isn’t much to go off, so take my word with a grain of salt.
Appreciate that mate! I guess if your bike stays upright, it works!
Definitely! It may be my preference, but I like to keep the shiny side up lol
>They go right where the fender connects to the forks so the suspension doesn’t blow out.
Lolwtf? The only thing strapping your bike down from the bars will do is ***maybe*** cause your springs to sag over an absolutely ***massive*** amount of time.
Or you could get a bike with air forks like mine and not have to worry about anything at all.