Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end


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HondaWalt
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Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end

Postby HondaWalt » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:13 am



I have just completed assembling and partially designing a utility trailer to carry 2 street motorcycles long distance (2800 + miles to go).
The question I have is about securing the front end of my 1980 GW 1100 with straps. It has a full factory fairing (most know the front fairing extends just short of the handle bar ends) which leaves me asking for ideas where to attach the 2 front hold down straps to this bike? I have wheel chocks installed for each machine and rear points on each machine for tieing to the trailer. I must point out that the strap criteria I'm following is that absolutly No strap contact is to be made against the motorcyles or straps themselves in any cris-cross or other manner. In short only the rubber coated hooks of the tie down straps are to be in contact with the motorcycles metals. This reasoning comes from horror stories told by others that learned there lessons the hard way.
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Re: Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end

Postby slingshotm » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:39 am

Found this in DIY area. Worked really good for me.

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=14030

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Re: Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end

Postby themainviking » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:07 am

Well, if you think those rubber coated hooks on the tie straps are the be all and end all of secure tiedown, you have another lesson coming during your trip, where the hook slips off, and then beats your motorcycle to death in the wind made by pulling at 70 to 80 miles an hour. The recommended method of attaching tiedowns to your bikes is with soft ties, which are tie straps with loops on both ends which are looped over a frame component or the triple tree of the bike and have the hooks of the tiedown hooked in the loose end of the soft ties. Soft woven rope can be used instead, but is only as secure as the knots you tie. Soft ties are not inexpensive, and you should have a couple of extras along, because if you do not, then some of the ones you are using are going to wear out. It is murphy's law. Check your tie downs at EVERY STOP, whether for fuel or food or just a rest stop. The most secure bike tiedown is the one that is constantly checked. And if anyone thought that the most secure place to put a tiedown on the front end was on a handlebar, think again. Think Triple Tree. Slingshotm posted a link to a tie down tutorial. It is a factual and safely used method.

Incidentally - I have a toy hauler (a trailer with living quarters and a seperate garage - fully enclosed) in which I have hauled my Goldwing, in the soft tie suggested manner, and I have had soft ties shred and come apart, and they were not exposed to weather, or wind stresses. Check those ties. Did I mention that you should check those tiedowns?
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Re: Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end

Postby tfdeputydawg » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:56 am

As noted Soft Ties around the lower triple tree plate. Ratchet straps pulling forward. DO NOT compress the forks more than a couple inches lest you may cause fork seal failure!

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Re: Ideas to strap secure the Bikes front end

Postby HondaWalt » Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:16 am

Guys Thanks for the suggestions...these suggestions provide much needed food for thought and the possible predictions for failure!
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