This weekend i'm picking up my first bike. A V Star 1100 Custom. Its about 100 miles away and I have access to a trailer to haul it back home. The only thing is that I dont want to have to drill holes in the bottom of the trailer becasue its not mine for a chock. Is there a good way to haul it back with just ratchet straps? I have tons and tons of them. I've never hauled a bike on a trailer before, and help is appreciated. Thanks!
glad you asked!
First and foremost, the trailer MUST have a front "stop", preferably at least 12" high (higher is "gooder") You need to roll the bike onto and put the front wheel right up against the front lip. If you can't do that as step 1, find a different trailer.
When you have the front tire up against the stop, momentarily let the bike rest on its kickstand while you organize your straps. When you've got it fully strapped, the bike will be in gear, standing upright, kickstand UP. A rear chock is always a good idea, and if the trailer has a wooden floor you can use nails/screws to keep the chock in place.
My preference would be NEW, 600lb ratchet loadstraps. Inspect carefully for rips/separations, etc. Run at least two from the front of the bike using the upper front forks as leverage points. MAKE SURE the straps cannot slip down during transit. It is IMPERATIVE the straps remain solidly anchored and able to exert balancing forces against each other.
Adjust tension so that bike will stand perfectly upright on its own. Attach at least FOUR additional straps using SOLID leverage points (shocks, frame, etc) and adjust to ensure an even strain on both sides. If you want to use additional straps, you'll get no argument from me. It should go without saying that you'll want the straps attached to the bike as high as possible to help compress the front forks when you ratchet down.
Once you have the critter secured, raise the kickstand. Check the strap tensions after the first mile, and thereafter every 25 miles until you're satisfied they aren't loosening.
Oh. And welcome.