How to Load and Tie Down a Motorcycle in a Truck or a Trailer

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 7:34 | Permalink

    So, how do you get it secured into a truck bed? I only came to this video
    because the title spesifically says “truck”. Visibly you lied, shame on
    you.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 7:55 | Permalink

    it looks like you may have answered this already but don’t you have to
    secure the back tire? I would be loading in a pickup. Cam straps with soft
    loops in the front and ratchet’s in the back with soft loops for excellent
    measure? Also, I have a small Ford Ranger where the tie-down points are
    located more at the top of the bed as opposed to the bottom of the bed –
    will they subdue work? Thanks
    

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 8:07 | Permalink

    thanks very informative.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 8:20 | Permalink

    Fantastic video. Helped refresh in loading and securing my rocket. 

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 8:57 | Permalink

    2:14 it’d be a shame if he drop the clutch

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 9:40 | Permalink

    thanks for the info, very helpful

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 10:03 | Permalink

    Is it ok to tie the straps nearly the bike’s front axle instead of the
    handlebars? I’ve used this with success a number of times, but would
    appreciate your views on the same.
    Also, I generally use four points to tie down the bike, two at the front
    axle and two using either the passenger footpegs or a part of the frame.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 10:42 | Permalink

    So, how do you tie it down on a trailer with a flat floor?

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 11:12 | Permalink

    Wow! I’ve been riding since ’81 and transporting my bike since about ’93.
    I learned some cool tricks from this video to help me load my bike lonely
    safer and simpler than I have been doing. Thanks!

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 11:16 | Permalink

    Man what a job on this video!! Very useful tips I learned in it and I’ve
    been loading dirtbikes in trucks my whole life. Thanks a lot!

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 11:34 | Permalink

    What about the rear tire?

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 12:03 | Permalink

    Nice demonstration. I prefer a solid floor on the trailer though so my
    foot does not accidently go down through it.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 12:20 | Permalink

    Very excellent demonstration. I have never trailered my bike, but it looks like
    I will have to soon.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 13:18 | Permalink

    Yes. the springs need to be compressed “some” not “all” the way. As we have
    mentioned, ratchet straps result in bikes been set far too tight which
    results in hurt to fork seals, not to mention all the tip-overs we’ve
    seen when ratchet straps release all at once. We’ve even seen bikes spring
    past the side-stand and out of the bed of a truck to the ground when a
    ratchet-strap was released. Every manufacturer ships bikes nearly the world
    and every pro-level race team using cam-lock straps.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 13:33 | Permalink

    @NORTY50 If you tie down a bike so tightly that it bends the heli-bars, you
    are probably making your straps too tight.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 14:17 | Permalink

    Oh yes…and to the question of “how quick do I drive”? Like on my
    Ally Hellcat and FJR, I NEVER exceed the speed limit! ((;

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 14:56 | Permalink

    How do you unload the bike safely? By letting it roll down while riding the
    front brake to keep it smooth?

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 15:50 | Permalink

    I live in NYC and friction straps seems to always loosen after hitting the
    100s of pot holes we have. After I went to ratchets never had a problem.
    There’s nothing like looking back at a bike being trailered and seeing the
    whole thing bouncing up and down with the road. Riding out of state I reckon
    the friction straps would be excellent enough.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 15:55 | Permalink

    Ducati 848

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 16:49 | Permalink

    I use ratchet tie downs also. To solve the “jerkiness” of them I dripped
    some Teflon lubricant on the gear mechanism. It’s a lot smoother now. But 1
    of my straps is certainly ruined from 2 harsh northern NY winters +
    salt… lol nothing like tieing a keg down in a snow storm. I subdue prefer
    their tightening skill compared to other straps though. It’s hard to go
    incorrect with a 1,500lb rated ratchet strap and an only 450lb dirt bike
    that’s already mostly supported by the truck bed.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 17:24 | Permalink

    Nice video. Here’s a coupla things I’d mention: 1. If you have “Heli-bars”
    you may want to not use Canyon Singer equipment as it’ll cause add’l stress
    on the bars. 2. Leaning the bike side to side to cinch the tiedows, you
    must check for clearance with your rotors and the sides of the rails. 3.
    When loading the bike up the ramp, you must check for clearance with
    “lowers” and the sides of the rail. For this wits, it’s surpass to push
    (with help from a friend) rather than use the engine.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 18:12 | Permalink

    @DiCairo If we know the question correctly, we’d recommend adding a
    bar to the tongue of the trailer (like a “T”) with eye-bolts on the ends,
    so you can have nice wide tie-down points. You could use giant U-Bolts to
    fasten it in place. You may also want to find/borrow a more appropriate
    trailer. Additionally, we would NOT tie the bike down to a pit-bull stand.
    Place-Bull really makes a rear-stand called a “trailer restraint” that is
    designed for that purpose.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 18:53 | Permalink

    @hiimbong Yep, thats the 848 that replaced the Army SV. The only way to
    keep the grips in place with either the CanyonDancer or the Cycle Cinch is
    to protection wire your grips.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 19:25 | Permalink

    I have a hard time with the “not compressing the springs too much” advice.
    If you have a bouncy trailer the suspension travel can be so much that the
    strap’s hook comes undone when you go over bumpy roads and your dirt bike
    cascade over. In my experience there needs to be a lot of tension.

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    Posted 11/16/2014 at 20:20 | Permalink

    how stupid do you hav to be to not be able to strap in a bike lol