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Offline Heith_Treglown_VA

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Best way to tie-down trailering
« on: December 03, 2008, 06:25:00 pm »
I am going 400 miles to pick up my new 99 Connie,but my family is going with me.I need to know the safest way to tie it down to the trailer.What are the best anchor points on the bike front/rear?Thanks.  

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 07:34:00 pm »
On the front use tiedown straps to attach to the lower triple clamp, and then use ratcheting tiedowns. Compress the forks about 50-60 percent. No more than that.    http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/images/Dscn3093.jpg  http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/images/Dscn3092.jpg    For the rear use regular tiedowns to the pass grab handles, going back at a slight angle. On the rear its mostly for added stability. Not the main mounting point. I sat on the bike and had my wife take up the slack. So the amount of compression was no more than evert day loading when I ride.    http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/images/Dscn3091.jpg    On the front since mine was in the back of the truck, I also used a wheel chock. Some do this w/o the chock. Most M/C trailers have the chock built in. If your using a utility trailer, you could consider this too. Optional. I did it though.    3000 miles this way in the back of the truck in summer 2006.     2003 Concours  COG #6953  http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 07:42:00 pm »
Some people use things called Canyon Dancers, which attach to the bars. From all the threads I read, I did not think this was the best way.     Having said that I also met a guy at the 2006 National Rally in Hill City that told me they use Canyon Dancers as "backup" on the front, with the shown method being the primary. The guy told me he had a tiedown break once. Thats all it takes. Said he had done it plenty of times in the past w/o a problem. Then one day it happend. So I think in the future if I haul it again, I might get the Canyon Dancers and do the "backup" thing too.     That would be the all out way to secure it.  2003 Concours  COG #6953  http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008, 07:49:00 pm »
Thanks Sly Bones,I am thinking you didn't use the center stand,you just had the the bike free standing in the support of the harnesses.  

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008, 07:54:00 pm »
Correct. No center stand. Free floating.  2003 Concours  COG #6953  http://mysite.verizon.net/slybones/Concours/connieMain.htm
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 09:10:00 pm »
Be sure to tie front wheel to front of trailer if there are no chocks.  If it is a wood floor trailer a 2x4 on each side of the wheels will prevent movement.  Luck on your trip.  
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2008, 09:31:00 pm »
Thanks Dave,that's a great idea with the 2x4.  

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008, 01:03:00 pm »
Also you could put the front wheel into a corner of the trailor to help stabilize it.    ++++++++++++ on multiple tie downs.  We had one break while trailoring son's 86.  It almost went out of the trailor in a curve as the strap left side strap broke while taking a sharp right hander.      1990 Aint she a pretty Tomato (the bike ofcourse)  wedshots albums   http://community.webshots.com/user/sawfiler64/albums/most-recent
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