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    Fred Trimble
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    I'm embarrassed to ask this, but..

    I'm going on a trip next month with a buddy and we're thinking of hauling the bikes on a trailer part way.... (waits for the scorn from the members). I have never loaded a bike on a trailer before and need some advice on how to strap them down. My buddy's bike only has a side stand (it's a HD). I will be riding a R1200RT. I searched the site and only found one hit with the search term 'trailer', so it appears I have to subject myself to ridicule.

    So, compress the forks & rear suspension? Sidestand or centerstand for my bike? How do I keep them from moving forward or backward? Any other things I should be aware of? Thanks for any help.
    Fred Trimble
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    Rocky Bow BMW Riders #197 bogthebasher's Avatar
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    Trailering

    Try this entire group of threads on the 'other' forum...

    http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthread...oard=27&page=1
    Ken
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    BUBBAZANETTI
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    it's cool man, no worries, i trucked my bike to the rally last month.


    tele-levers strap down a bit differently in the front than a standard telescopic fork, but the basic idea is that the front does nearly all the work, a strap across the back is just to keep the rear end from moving around, it's not even all that necessary. no sidestand or centerstand should be used.

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    RSPENNACHIO
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    Not that I know from experience but the people on the BMW sporttouring site occasionally trailer there bikes...

    http://www.brownmotorworks.net/Servi...f/tiedown2.pdf

    These instructions and pictures will fix you right up.

    If I were to ever trailer my bike I would use a screw lock carabiner instead of the "S" hook (on the tie down). You can ususlly slide the carabiner into the sewn loop on the tie down. Then once secured to the soft strap your bike will be very secure. Another tip, Walmart has a 2-pack of soft straps for $6, they are $17 a pair at the motorcycle store.

    Your Harley buddy should have all kinds of trailering stuff!

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    Suffering the indignity

    We trailered our bikes two weeks ago to western PA where we dropped off the truck, trailer and dog with family to continue on to Mid Ohio. It would have cost me $800 to have someone watch the dog at our house while we were gone but dropping him with family was free.

    Oh the indignity as we trailer our way down the road passing HD riders who were actually riding!

    Seriously, we all do what we must. If reasons prevent you from riding, load the bikes and go.

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    Bikes, Guitars, and ... beemokat's Avatar
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    Nothing wrong with trailering.
    Wherever you go, there you are.

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    Fred Trimble
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    Thanks for the tips and lack of, um, , guys. RiderRob, your tip is what I was looking for.
    Fred Trimble
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    A Useful TIP:)

    If you're using a wooden floor trailer, NO bike rails? Use 2"x4"sx8' and "deck screw" them to the floor for rails(for the tires) and this makes the bikes much more secure from sliding sideways. I do this and its perfect on my trailer. An open utility trailer. The wooden rails remove so easy when no bikes are hauled. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeemoKat View Post
    Nothing wrong with trailering.
    Dan

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    2-up and havin' fun sugarhillctd's Avatar
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    Just a couple of final thoughts. Years ago I trailered for two seasons when I was doing amateur roadracing.

    Be sure that the tie-downs are good quality and NOT worn. It never hurts to double up on the front ones (two per side) but it does hurt if you only use one per side and one fails.

    Once on the road, stop a few times and give everything a once over (kinda' common sense). Things tend to move around.

    Good luck.
    John & Cathy
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    Einzelkaempfer Whiplash's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35675 View Post
    So, compress the forks & rear suspension? Sidestand or centerstand for my bike? How do I keep them from moving forward or backward? Any other things I should be aware of? Thanks for any help.
    Compress slightly ONLY the front fork, one strap for each side, not rear suspension. You can tie a strap on the rear sides, so it doesn't bounce around so much, but no compression.
    NEVER, put a bike on any kind of stand, center or side.
    Should have a chock securely mounted on the trailer for each bike.
    Little tip,... don't have the fuel tanks full.
    Be safe and have fun.
    RS Rennsport, Whiplash Motorsport Group
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    I would recommend a Wheel Lock brand or a Condor wheel hold. I have the Wheel Lock brand. I am very impressed with the assurance knowing that my bike is not going too fall off the trailer.
    There is nothing wrong with trailering. It is whatever makes YOU comfortable. I use my trailer to haul the bike to the dealer for definative repair. Nobody should insult you for trailering.

    Take Care & Ride Safe
    Pat Carol
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