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Offline Shane1550

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Canyon cages
« on: June 02, 2013, 12:45:34 am »
Here is a question I could not find answer to. I may be planning to haul my C-14 in the back of my pickup. I will have a wheel chock on the front and the bike will probably have canyon cages installed before leaving. My question is can I secure my straps to the crash bars without any issues? Are the bars strong enough to handle this without the bike strapped down anywhere else? Any input would be appreciated.

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 01:40:46 am »
I don't have a set, but in answering your question I'd think of how they are fastened to the bike. Assuming you installed them, you should hopefully remember! :)

If it's attached to frame and block with decent bolts (as I suspect it likely is), you're probably pretty safe.

Others who have them can probably give you more real info, but that's how I would look at it.

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 02:24:36 am »
I think the front cages should be okay.

They're fastened via the motor mounts, and are VERY securely attached.

I'm not so sure about the rear ones though -- They're attached to a single bolt in the frame, and to the passenger foot pegs.

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 02:36:41 am »
Here is a question I could not find answer to.


Sounds like a question for Gumby.

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=9353.msg126518#msg126518



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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 12:20:35 pm »
That I can flex the rear bars (or at the the mount point) with my hand makes me think they're not the best place to use straps.
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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 10:31:23 pm »
Shane,
Another way might be to use the "choker" strap. it has two cuffs that slip over your grips and eyelets made into the choker for ratchet straps to attach to the truck tie-downs. This "choker can be had for about 30$ and I have personally used them dozens of times on all different types of bikes with no problems at all.
Note: do not use on very tall tubular bars on heavy bikes, i.e. HD, you run a serious risk of bending the bars. They allow very secure tie down with no touching of any painted or coated surfaces.  Found an actual brand name at MC superstoreCanyon dancer bar harness. 26.95$
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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 09:07:30 am »
That I can flex the rear bars (or at the the mount point) with my hand makes me think they're not the best place to use straps.

You can flex the MCE small rear guard bars with your hand? WOW!  :beerchug:
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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 09:59:51 am »
Not sure I'd use a Canyon Dancer on these cast aluminum bars.

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2013, 12:56:23 pm »
gPink,
These cast aluminum bars are quite strong. I have used this setup on many different bikes including my own personal 2012 connie, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. You have to use a little common sense when tying down though. Don't try to bottom out the front shock with strap tension. I also used to drive a tow truck as a half job/ half keep me amused kinda thing, for several years. I used this same method to tie down probably close to 100 different bikes. only problem I ever had was bending the bars on a dresser HD that had very tall bars. That is why I say don't use on that type of bars.
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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 01:25:03 pm »
Thanks everyone for all the replies.

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 01:54:35 pm »
That I can flex the rear bars (or at the the mount point) with my hand makes me think they're not the best place to use straps.

You can flex the MCE small rear guard bars with your hand? WOW!  :beerchug:


At the mount point being the operative phrase.
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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2013, 01:58:52 pm »
You should be fine strapping your bike down via the Canyon Cage. It's a very sturdy product mounted to substantial points on the bike. As someone above said, though, I'd probably avoid strapping the bike down by the rear guards. I was actually going to post that same photo that fartymarty did from a customer who sent it to me a while back.

Is there a reason you can't use generic tie-downs with soft straps somewhere near the handle bars? Usually when I tie a Connie down I do so using this method and it's worked countless times. However, our trailer is specifically set up to haul the bike this way. Basically the straps go down through the interior of the bike (along the front suspension) and attaches to hooks in the floor of our trailer.

EDIT: I just reread the OP and realized you're transporting the bike in the back up a pick-up. I'm assuming that's why you're looking for methods alternative to generic tie-downs. My bad!
« Last Edit: June 03, 2013, 02:01:10 pm by MCEnterprises »

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Re: Canyon cages
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2013, 12:36:19 am »
Ah man, somebody posted my pic already.  Thanks Marty  :great:  I have been busy washing my bike after 1,500 miles of Bun Cooler bugs when I got home today.

Like Ryan said they mount to very sturdy points on the bike. I would not have let that tow truck move if I felt my bike was not secure. If the driver would of let me I would of sat on my bike for the 30 miles into town.  :motonoises: