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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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question about trailering

Hey y'all- For 25 years I've always been able to ride my bike wherever I've gone. Now, for the first time I'm going to have to trailer my bike- about 400 miles, from Santa Fe to Tucson (for service). My question is, when securing the bike in the trailer (a U-Haul) is one set of tie down straps in the front of the bike enough, or is a second set in the rear recommended?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-31-2010, 09:46 AM
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Personally, I always strap both front and back.
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In my truck I always only use the front straps. Trailers can be a bit bouncy though so you may want to use rear straps to prevent it from swinging sideways.
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For 40 years I have hauled bikes all over the place, in truck beds and on trailers, with only the front tied down. That being said, I also check frequently that nothing is moving around. I have found that a small bike facing backwards will tend to swing a bit side to side, but never when facing forward.

That said, when I have friend's bikes in the trailer with mine I usually will tie all of them in place at the back (not 'down', just laterally) to make my friends feel more comfortable.

If you have 4 tie-downs with attachment points at the rear, then why not use them? But I wouldn't go buy a set just for this.

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I don't like to compress my front forks during transport, so I don't secure the front at all. I push the bike into a Baxley wheel chock, lock it in, and then secure the bike laterally, at the mid-point of the bike. Super-secure, and no front fork compression.
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Two tie down straps in the front are enough.

You should find a way to keep the rear from hopping. If the trailer has an open bottom, a bungee cord around the trailer and rear wheel is enough.
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I always use 4 tie downs. Which is cheaper, tie downs or parts for MV Agustas? One guy brought his BMW R1200GS up to our local shop with a U-Haul and one of the tie down rings pulled loose from the bottom of the trailer. I know he was glad he used 4 tie downs.
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hmmm. Thanks for all the replies. I should have known there would be lots of opinions. I own only one set of straps, and don't have a wheel chock, so maybe the front set and some rope to hold the bike laterally at the rear, or Cag's bungee suggestion. Hopefully, I won't have to report back with a "If only I bought a second set of straps" story...
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I don't like to compress my front forks during transport, so I don't secure the front at all. I push the bike into a Baxley wheel chock, lock it in, and then secure the bike laterally, at the mid-point of the bike. Super-secure, and no front fork compression.
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Tie-downs are $10/set--Just buy another set.

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