From the files of the VN750 Yahoo group
Question: Discussions on tying a bike for hauling on a trailor or in a truck.
HAULING A MOTORCYCLE ON A TRUCK OR TRAILER: While there are many tie-down techniques (some good, some better), I figure what works out for you is best. But remember, there's no such thing as too many straps! Here's a list of the "top 10" suggestions I pulled out of the two articles.
Compressing the forks to where they bottom out can blow a fork seal or sag-out fork springs.
Make use of the triple tree tie as a tie down point. Itís stronger than using your handle bars An additional secure point on the bike is the lower fork below the dust boot and it reduces fork compression.
Use a chock for the front tire when you can to keep the wheel from turning and/or hitting the front wall. Also, tying down the front break lever will reduce movement.
Given a pick-up with multiple tie down spots, do a "V" at each tie down point.
Use soft nylon straps on bike parts instead of "S" hooks including hooks with plastic covers.
With multiple tie down points, all the compression needed is someone sitting on the scoot.
After the first 5-10 minutes on the road and after the ties get wet, stop and check all ties.
Place soft cloth or tie covers between ties and scoot's chrome and paint where the tie may rub.
Pull up kick and center stands that can scrub a hole through a bed liner and paint.
Layout your ties before loading bike for quicker/easier/safer tie down.
Secure the loose ends of your tie downs so they do flap in the wind and beat paint or chrome off the bike
TECH TIP: I've trailered bikes through all kinds of snow storms, blizzards, and generally nasty, and the only time I've had any damage was when I covered the bikes. I strongly recommend that you leave the bike uncovered. Even the softest of covers can scuff the paint on your bike when it starts flapping in the wind. The only time I cover trailered bikes now is when they are sitting in the motel parking lots for the night. It keeps away prying eyes and hands.
TECH TIP: If a person is trailering a bike or hauling one in a pickup, the handlebars may be OK for a tie down, but I for damn sure would not do that with a big bike, no matter what make. My buddy and I have trailered bikes a number of times. Tying to the triple tree, using ratchet tie downs, lets us get it down really snug. I mean to almost full compression of the shocks. Neither of our bikes has ever moved I have seen bikes tied at the handle bars leaning all over the place. This is not good and not for me. We can only hope these guys donít have to learn the hard way.
TECH TIP: Not to dispute MCN, however, I have an awful lot of miles behind me using the handlebars to tie down large bikes. I use soft straps on the handlebars and pick up the bars at the closest point to the fork that I can...such that I miss the windshield.
TechTips are quotes from VROC members
I have always used a 4 point tie-down as a minimum. You want to secure the bike from side to side, front to back so it does not shift or sway during transport. With a trailer DO use the kickstand. We've used one in a pickup too and just placed a block of wood under it. If you have it secured it's not going to scuff anything anyway. After we have tied the bike down we give a trial "push" front, back, left, right. the bike shouldn't move. Since you are using a wheel chock you can also secure the front wheel in the chock.
One last note.. whenever possible, have someone assist you in loading and unloading. Most trailering accidents with loading and unloading seem to happen solo
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