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Well the time has finally come...VACATION!

I plan on trailering my 2006 Strat and would like to have some pointers.

My trailer is a heavy duty 14' open trailer; the type you generally see yard maintenance crews use. I will have many ratcheting straps with good anchors.

Initial advice was to place 800 lb motorcycle over the dual axle of the trailer. Do you agree?

Do I keep the bike in gear? Where do I place the straps? Being so heavy with no support in the middle of the trailer bed, do I stand it upright and then gradually cinch the straps tight to keep it upright?

Never trailered a motorcycle, but have with 4x4's. This is a bit different since it only has two wheels.

Greatly appreciate your help. Leaving tomorrow afternoon for mostly 12+ hours of highway driving.

Thanks,

Kevin
 

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I would add a wheel chock for the front wheel.

There are various schools of thought but I always trailer with the tranny in neutral.

Two straps from the triple tree area pulling the bike down and forward (into the wheel chock)
Two more off the back end of the bike pulling the bike down and toward the rear of the trailer.
As an added "piece of mind" I also run a strap off both sides of the rear tire directly to the side of the trailer to keet the back wheel from hopping off to one side or the other (It wants to do that on bumpy roads)

In route, stop often to check the strap tightness, especially if you encounter rain.

Don't cover the scoot because the tarp will do more harm than good to the paint and chrome due to flapping in the wind.
 

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Does the trailer have a front "lip"? Something about a foot to 18" high? If not, I'd rent an m/c trailer. The bike should be positioned forward on the trailer with the front wheel snug against the front barrier, then secured as Stratowart suggests (using straps in very good condition and inspected prior to securing the bike).

The end objective is to have the bike standing straight up, kickstand UP, in neutral, snugged by at least 4, preferably 6, straps. The tightening of the triple tree straps should compress the front suspension enough to keep tension on the straps and keep the bike from bouncing. Likewise the rear straps.

I concur with not using a tarp, but have used thin styrofoam padding to cover the windshield to protect it from road debris kicked up by the towing vehicle.


This isn't a great picture, but it should give you a pretty good idea of the finished effort:



Good luck.:)

PS- If you're still confused, ask any HD owner; they're experts at trailering:D:D

OK, OK, j/k....:)
 

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another thing i did on my trailer was to mount two 1x2's about 1 inch wider than the rear wheel via screws and liquid nails along the back half of my trailer. It wound up being perfect for keeping my rear wheel from hopping left or right.
 
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