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tie down GL1500

Postby smack67 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 am



Guys,
What points do you all use to tie down your bike in the back of a pickup truck?



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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:28 pm

A gl1500 in a pickup. Will it fit? You will need a long bed to fit it into the bed without resting the rear wheel on the tail gate. I wouldn't trust that with such a heavy bike. The best places to tie down the 1500 is, using soft straps, over the triple tree feeding the strap under the front fairing. Remove the side covers and strap the rear down across the lower frame. It isn't recommended to use the rear crash guards but some folks do it. I would recommend using a wheel chock of some sort to keep the front wheel secure.

Edit: I know that is more information than you asked for but in some cases more is better.
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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:31 pm

I agree - I would really not be trusting a truck tailgate to hold up a GL1500.

In any case, have a look at How to tie down Goldwings for transport for information on this.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby smack67 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:25 pm

It's an 8 ft bed so it will fit without using the tailgate. I was just curious as to how to tie it down. You have answered my question though. I have to use my old chevy because my beautiful wife doesn't want to ride 8 hours yet, but I am working on her.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:41 pm

You can use the saddlebag guards too. When I went over an embankment the tow truck driver used them with a strap and let it gather at the trailer hitch and pulled the bike back up the embankment with no problems at all. They are bolted to the frame. You could use the engine guards too. I have.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby bustedwing » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:04 pm

Well Smack,as long as you are gettting her to ride sometime and not letting that nice bike go to waste in such a short riding season as we have, then bide your time. She will eventually come around. Then remember to appreciate her a little more too.
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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby robb » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:16 pm

It will fit in a longbed truck, fit in my Ford Dually on slight angle. Get a 6x6 block of wood to rest under bike. I took the seat off and used a 2" ratchet strap and it did not move for trip.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:24 pm

robb wrote:It will fit in a longbed truck, fit in my Ford Dually on slight angle. Get a 6x6 block of wood to rest under bike. I took the seat off and used a 2" ratchet strap and it did not move for trip.


You really don't want to secure the bike solid to the truck (with the piece of wood). You want the bike's suspension to take up bumps, not jar the frame with the bumps directly - same reason you don't put the bike on its center stand for transport.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby robb » Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:33 am

Bike will not take a beating if shocks are working properly on truck. If you bounce around on the inside it will bounce in the back, that was my flatbed dump truck. Mu dually rides as good as my town & country van. By placing the block under bike there is no load on suspension.

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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby redial » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:08 pm

My qualifier is that I have never trailered/carried a GW[color=#408000].

However, I have trailered a number of vehicles across some of the more desolate roads in Oz, (Australia), and I find that like the car carriers do, I put the straps around the wheels, and hold the vehicle to the trailer by locking the wheels with (big) tiedown straps. That way, the suspension is doing the work of supporting the vehicle, and leaves the body work to 'float'. You are not compressing the shock absorbers nor the springs, just holding the wheels in place and let the rest do what it normally does on the road.

I am willing to listen to other people's view, and I must admit there is little room on a GW to pass the straps through and around the wheels like there is on a car or truck, but I do not like the idea of compressing the body down so that it will stay in place, but at the same time will jar the suspension without it having the opportunity to "bounce" as it would normally.
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Re: tie down GL1500

Postby robb » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:43 pm

By placing block under bike and strapping will only keep bike from sliding around. It only secures side to side motion while allowing bike free movement front to back.




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