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Stretch56
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Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby Stretch56 » Sun Dec 06, 2009 10:48 pm



Just purchased a 86 1200 Aspencade. Is it OK to strap it to the trailer with the crash bars, or should I hook them somewhere else?



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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:06 am

Welcome!

The crash bars are not a good place to strap, for a couple of reasons: a) they are not designed to resist downward pressure and can deform or break when you go over bumps, and b) they are too close to the trailer floor, and do not give you enough leverage keeping the bike upright.

Take the side covers off the bike and use soft straps directly on the bike frame. Ideally, the strap will form a 45 degree angle going from the bike down to the trailer. You'll want to strap the front wheel in place to keep it from rolling fore and aft as well. The bike should be strapped down tight enough that the suspension is about halfway compressed. And it should go without saying that you should NOT have the center stand down, unless you don't care about damaging your bike AND your trailer. :)

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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby DCoxson1969 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:51 am

That is good information to post, because I had the same issues when I trailored my bike home for the first time. I had straps run all over that bike because I was not comfortable with the positions I had the straps in. Thanks again Admin for your outstanding responses.
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Stretch56
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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby Stretch56 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:23 pm

Thanks Admin. for the great advice, first time trailering something with all the goodies. Can't hook the straps to the handle bars on this one.
Can you let the air ride down, hook the straps then air it up to 30 psi or so?

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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby Stretch56 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:36 pm

The side covers just below the seat just pop off? I assume that is the cover you are refering to, the seat doesn't have to come off does it? Thanks for the help.

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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:55 pm

I wouldn't hook to the handle bars - the handle bars on a Goldwing are fairly large, and there is lots of leverage, all being concentrated at the top of the triple tree - and that area is definitely not designed to take that kind of load.

As for deflating the suspension, strapping it up, then re-inflating...excellent idea!

The side covers (left side covers the battery, master fuse and solenoid, right side covers the gas tank) pop right off without having to remove the seat.

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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby Stretch56 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 8:12 pm

Thanks for all the input, I'm hauling it home Friday. I would rather ride it but to cold for that right now.

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Re: Hi just joined the Goldwing crowd.

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Dec 10, 2009 2:14 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I wouldn't hook to the handle bars - the handle bars on a Goldwing are fairly large, and there is lots of leverage, all being concentrated at the top of the triple tree - and that area is definitely not designed to take that kind of load.

As for deflating the suspension, strapping it up, then re-inflating...excellent idea!

The side covers (left side covers the battery, master fuse and solenoid, right side covers the gas tank) pop right off without having to remove the seat.

I would say just make sure it is down tight with out inflating. Don't relie on the air suspension to take up the slack.What would happen it it leaks like mine does. just a thought!!
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