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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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straps and chains?

I have never transported my bike before and i have a small flatbed trailer. First of all where do i tie it down and what other considerations should I think of... thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-15-2005, 07:39 PM
 
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Get one of these, it is called a "Canyon Dancer"


You will also need to mount a good wheel chock.
Check these out

Those are the cheap ones, but they will work.

These are better
I like the Pitbull one better.

Mount the chock & mount some "D" rings on both sides of the chock. Then slide the front wheel in the chock & slide the "Canyon Dancer" on the bars. Then run rachet straps from the ends on the dancer to the "D" rings mounted on the floor of the trailer. EVENLY tighten the straps slightly compressing the forks & that is about it. I usually mount the "D" rings about 12"-18" in front of the chock.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 08:41 AM
 
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The canyon dancer is very helpful. Otherwise you can tie around the top of the tripple tree.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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silly question, but i assume you put it on the center stand... do you keep it in gear?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 04:08 PM
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The Canyon dancers are great but you need to be careful if you have clipons (bolt on handle bars That "clipon" directly to the forks) make sure they are tight and don't pull too hard. Otherwise
Tie to the tripple tree, make sure straps are not rubbing on the plastic. Locate the ends of the tie downs as far away from the bike as possible to increase the triangle affect

Also don't pull down too hard on the straps. You can damage your shocks. Only pull the front forks about half way! Let the shocks absorbe some of the ride. A wheel chock is nice but you can wedge the bike against the back of the cab in a truck or strap the front wheel down or from both sides if possible.

I don't think you should put it on the stand.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2005, 10:57 PM
 
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I usually tie the rear down from each rear foot peg too.
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