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According to the manual, tie down points are lower triple clamp (which i dont really need as i have a nice cradel for the front so will just tie off to keep from moving back). Now the back says the swingarm. anyone use something different and have a pic of how you tie your baby down? If ya use the swing arm ..do ya have a pic of her tied down so i can get an idea of where to put the tie down point on my trailer.

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if your on a lift table or trailing it down the road NEVER NEVER not tie down the front end.
Its so easy to do and gives you insurance on not tipping over. Go off the bottom triple tree.

for the rear foot pegs or tire so it doesn't hop sideways. It will if your trailering it

only a fool would take a chance with a pride and joy
 

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On my lift table I use a jack under the engine & wheel choke of the lift

Then I drilled 4 new holes into the table to ty-down 4 straps onto 4 pegs .... Not tight, just right ....

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On my lift I added 2 wratchet tie downs with tie points. Run straps through crash bars on either side . Keeps it straight up. And of course there is the front wheel clamp too.
 

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When I have trailered my bike, I tie it down by going through the triple trees on each side going forward to the tie down location, then I use another strap through the rear wheel straight back to another tie down location.

3 straps used. 100% solid mounting.
 

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When trailering in I always use 4 tie downs. In front I use loop straps either around the true/fork tube or lower handlebars to my tie down strap. Mostly I've always used Pingel wheel chock. In the rear I use bag guards or foot boards/pegs.

On the lift table ALWAYS tie downs in front. Unless working on the front then in the rear. My trike I don't always tie down. Not to worried about it tipping. I do clamp it in the wheel vice though.
 

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The last 2 posts are about trailering ... That's not the OP question ... But still interesting ....

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The last 2 posts are about trailering ... That's not the OP question ... But still interesting ....

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Uhhh, having read the OP'ers post, trailer tie down IS the question, and I quote his last sentence "If ya use the swing arm ..do ya have a pic of her tied down so i can get an idea of where to put the tie down point on my trailer."

Just saying :grin
 

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Uhhh, having read the OP'ers post, trailer tie down IS the question, and I quote his last sentence "If ya use the swing arm ..do ya have a pic of her tied down so i can get an idea of where to put the tie down point on my trailer."

Just saying :grin
Oooouuuups .... Yes sir you are correct ... Ha ha
Good one ..

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The front end is the most important tie down.
the rear is to prevent it hopping sideways. With the vibration bumping going down the road the bike will hop sideways.
You can tie down to the rear wheel foot pegs or swing arm. The tie down don't have to be overly tight just kinda firm.
never have bike ride on kick stand and don't over power front tie downs you can blow fork seals. For front end if you have very slight sideways wiggle it should be good.
sure youtube has some videos
 

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The front end is the most important tie down.
the rear is to prevent it hopping sideways. With the vibration bumping going down the road the bike will hop sideways.
You can tie down to the rear wheel foot pegs or swing arm. The tie down don't have to be overly tight just kinda firm.
never have bike ride on kick stand and don't over power front tie downs you can blow fork seals. For front end if you have very slight sideways wiggle it should be good.
sure youtube has some videos
I totally agree with John here. The important point in to NOT to put to much downward pressure on the forks. That's bad. Just tight enough to prevent the front wheel from lifting off the trailer. Sideways tension is much more important .really just common sense.
 

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I have a buddy who had one of those "nice cradles" for his toyhauler. I met him at a campground a few years ago and when he lowered the rear cargo door of the rig he got a lesson in why you really need to tie down the front regardless of the fancy wheel cradle front chock.

As far as the back end, I use soft tie straps looped around a spoke on the rear wheel then hooked back into themselves. They're a pain in the butt to put on under the bags and with the brake caliper in the way but they do the job. I haven't been comfortable with the footpeg mounts and with the bags you can't reach the swingarm.
 

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tie down

I installed these on my 2011 XC. Work great whether on a lift or on my trailer. That way I don't have to snake a tie down strap up through the triples or up under the fairing.

steviej
got these gonna ruogh em up and bed liner spray them..help blend in to the frame
 

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I go under the bags and through the wheel. Use one of the spokes as u point of contact. Unless you have actual "spoked wheels" that would be a serious no no!! Lol
 

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the reason you tie down the rear is cause it will slide sideways. you can use passanger pegs swingarm even wrap strap around rim.
you don't need a lot of pressure on it just enough so the wheel doesn't move sideways.
 

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For any of you that have lowered your bike and are putting it on a trailer.
Put a 2x4 under trailer ramp to raise it so you don't catch the bottom of the bike going into the trailer
 

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For any of you that have lowered your bike and are putting it on a trailer.
Put a 2x4 under trailer ramp to raise it so you don't catch the bottom of the bike going into the trailer
I used to use a 2x4 then one weekend i wanted to play around with my welder so I made an extension to my trailer ramp that give me more of a gradual rise in the ramp.it adds 18" which is about the same lift a 2x4 gave me. Plus i had fun :)
 
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