Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars


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Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:37 pm



It's common knowledge amongst Goldwing folk that you do not "cinch down" a Goldwing for transport by its crash bars, as the bars are not made for resisting pressure in that direction. Even the GWRRA article on transporting your Wing specifically says "Do not attach tie-downs to either the front or rear safety ("crash") bars; they are not designed for downward forces which could cause frame damage."

So...with this in mind, I find it curious that in this Honda-produced video, at the 6:00 mark, they show workers clearly cinching GL1800's down in their crates, ready for shipment all over the world - by their crash bars!






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Re: Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:40 pm

Just for curiosity's sake, here's another similar video - not showing the fastening down, but it does show some of the building process:




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Re: Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars

Postby rodee71 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:21 pm

I had not heard of not using the crash bars for tying down the machine and did just that taking my bike in to get the rear tire replaced last month. As far as I can tell, there's been no harm done, but then again, I wouldn't know here to look for any. What kind of damage should I be looking for?

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Re: Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars

Postby themainviking » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:37 am

Chances are there would be no damage. It would take a sideways force to cause any. I think the reason they do not want them cinched down by the crashbars is that it would allow pretty much all the weight of the bike to bear on a very low point, which could break them suckers right off or bend them. Higher tie down points eliminate this lever/fulcrum possibility. When in the crates, they can only move a limited amount to each side, I would think. Thank you WingAdmin for those videos. They were very informative.
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Re: Fastening wings down for transport by crash bars

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:10 pm

I can't see the video here at work but I can say this. I have hauled my VTX to Tennessee a couple of times and used the handlebars in front and the grab rails in the rear and used the crash bars and the grab rails once. I have tied down the wing and used the crash bars front and rear and never had an issue with either.




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