Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Orlando, FL area
Tie down locations on bike.
I was watching some YouTubes on the best way to tie down a bike, and I saw a couple that are different from what I've always done, but make sense.
They said to always tie a bike down using the front forks but at a point that does not compress the forks. You wrap a soft-strap around the fork as high as possible but not in the compressive part of the fork. So you can ratchet the straps pretty tight (straps will not loosen due to bike suspension movement) and you are not compressing the forks. This said to be better because it allows the bikes suspension to still work as trailer hits bumps and doesn't put any force on forks that could cause a seal to blow.
It makes sense to me. What do you think?
I have another thread about tying down my bike on my RV carrier - but wanted to post separately here because this method would be used regardless of the trailer or carrier you have. Assuming the method makes sense to all.
Here is a photo mockup of what I'm talking about (red lines show strap tied to forks below point where forks compress).
2014 V-Star 1300 Deluxe, Bag guards and trim rails, Custom Dynamic LED tail/turn, Signal Dynamics BackOff module, Pathblazer headlight strobe, Yamaha Passing Lamps, E.D. Pass seat. Memphis Shades lowers, O2 sensor by-pass.