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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Strapping Bike Down...???

Well got the ramps fixed up and all seems good loading & unloading the bike...
The straps I ordered seem to me to be a bood bit of overkill, and I could put a lot more down force on the bike than necessary, I believe...
I don't believe I should bottom out the forks and shocks, or should I...???
About how much compression do y'all put on the forks & rear shocks to have a good steady hold, they shouldn't be pulled down solid should they...???
When I put the bike in by myself I put the kickstand down, and lean the bike on the stand with the front tire against the front of the bed and park, then I strap the left side just tight with the pull tight straps, then go to the right side and strap it down with the ratchet straps, and rachet it till it stands streight and vertical...
Is this somewhere in the neighborhood of how it should be...???
I've done quite a bit of hauling, but I've not done any bike hauling that I can remember, so I'm pretty dumb on the bike strapping bit...lol...
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Ideally, the kick stand should be up, so that the bike will float at ease, once the straps are tied down, you can then release the stand.
The bike should stand up straight with correct tension, but yet be able to move with the vehicle. Do not bottom out the suspension, you need some float in there, a bit like a suspension bridge.
If the ties are anchored correctly at the bike, the bike will not be able to fall over.

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I did forget to mention that the kick stand would be up... I just have the bike at that angle (on the kick stand) when I put the left straps on tight, then when I ratchet the right side till the bike comes up streight I put the stand up......
I was just wondering if that gave about the right compression on the forks and rear shocks, or should I put a bit more...???
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sounds like you have it right old dog.
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You DON'T want to bottom out the forks!! There's a high chance of blowing a fork seal if you do!
Tighten the front straps enough to hold the bike upright, with some tension, but not a whole lot, then use two straps on the back end and make them tight enough to hold the bike from falling over.
IMO, it's best to put the front tire into the corner of the bed, and the rear tire in the opposite corner of the rear of the bed.

Also, if you have the straps as wide as possible where they're attached to the truck, they'll hold the bike steady much better than if they are more straight up & down.


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First, all my 8 straps (2 each) are snug-snug tight. Second, it's EXTREMELY important to bungee cord the strap-HOOKS so there is possibility they could come loose. Lastly, bring a bicycle hand pump to set the rear shocks back to spec at the destination.

Just my 2 cents!
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First, all my 8 straps (2 each) are snug-snug tight. Second, it's EXTREMELY important to bungee cord the strap-HOOKS so there is possibility they could come loose. Lastly, bring a bicycle hand pump to set the rear shocks back to spec at the destination. Just my 2 cents!
Thanks Folks, nu4noobie I did get the straps with the J type hooks that have a latch on them so they won't come loose like the S type hooks...
Good idea on the bicycle pump too, I happen to have a bicycle fork pump that I use for the rear shocks, but I hadn't thought of taking it with me to tune them after they had been compressed for a while......
BTW-Welcome nu4noobie, just noticed this was your 1st post...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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