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    2014 R1200RTWC Using straps to tie down bags and so on

    I was trying to use my Helen Twowheels tie down straps on the new RT. There are no round frame tubes to loop the webbing around in the area near the rear seat. The frame supports in the area have very sharp edges. It looks to me like the webbing would be cut in short order. Has anyone seen metal tie down loops that use the mounting screws in the area where the hard bags attach to the frame? Any ideas on using tie downs in some other way?

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    I will have some photos of a very ugly kluge to post very soon. Lots of time to work on it now that the bike will be sitting in the garage for weeks, months?
    I am so happy I still have my old R850R!

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    The kluge. Not all that happy with it.


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    Hadn't heard of this product before, looks interesting. I use ROK straps around the passenger grabrails, similar idea to the Helen TwoWheels straps. My feeling is that the edges of the rail have enough of a radius that chafe won't be an issue. The video on the H2W site shows them securing the straps to some sort of slotted plate, which would have to be worse than the passenger rail in terms of chafe. Of course it's a demo video and that particular setup may not work too well in real life.

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    The kluge, version 1

    I picked up some pre split pipe insulation and several stainless circular pipe clamps. All stuff in Lowe's plumbing aisle. All very cheap. I attached the Helen Twowheels web strap to the grab rail, covered the grab rail with a bit of the pipe insulation and placed the clamps on each side to keep the strap from sliding on the grab rail. I don't think this is a real solution, but it's a start. I still wish I could somehow use one of the several large screws in the frame to connect the straps.
    Problems remaining (1) I am not confident the strap won't slide on the grab bar under serious acceleration. (2) It is ugly.

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    Why don't you either, 1) put the pipe insulation on the strap and do away with the hose clamps, OR 2) get a large piece of rubber hose, like radiator hose, and secure it to the rail with zip ties (look neater than hose clamps) and then secure the strap around that.
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    I used to put the straps on the grab rails of my 05RT like you show , but NO rubber or clamps and never had any issues...once cinched down,(really cinched ya know) they did not move, or damage the finish. Dude...it's anRT...not a SS1000 unless it's tweeky loose to start with, it' s not leaving.

    On H's R12R, there is just enough space between the case mounting rail to push a strap thru...just ahead of front tab.
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    I have had good luck with "spec" quality nylon wire ties with the mounting holes to put an attachment point wherever I want-
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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    I used to put the straps on the grab rails of my 05RT like you show , but NO rubber or clamps and never had any issues...once cinched down,(really cinched ya know) they did not move, or damage the finish. Dude...it's anRT...not a SS1000 unless it's tweeky loose to start with, it' s not leaving.

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    I agree with Steve. My wife made straps like the one in the picture and I have attached them to the grab rails, rear rack, frame, ect. of our K1200RS and K1300S and nothings moves as long as it's snugged down.
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    OmegaMan, where can those type nylon ties be purchased? I've never seen that kind before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195455 View Post
    OmegaMan, where can those type nylon ties be purchased? I've never seen that kind before.
    Probably any electrical supply, a W.W. Graingers or McMaster Carr. They are really made so you can put a screw through the loop/eye and then close the tie as usual. You may even find them at a home improvement store.
    I like to get the ones that are UV rated. The good thing is you can put one anywhere and remove anytime.
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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195455 View Post
    Thanks!
    Your welcome! I think there is a major supplier of truck repair parts in Deland.....the name escapes me, but they would be good to check.
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    Just happened to be at a Harbor Freight today and they have them.

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    RT luggage rack.

    I realize that this is the WC forum, but 2013 RT's luggage tray looks very similar. Because I could't buy an RT specific rack and like some people, I did not want to scuff the paint. I made myself one out of aluminum sheet metal and powder coated it at a local shop. I did use buttom brackets of GS style Best Rest unit, and I did not drill any holes on bike's rack. It takes me few minutes to bolt onto the bike and it doesn't leave any scratches which was my intent.IMG_4186.jpg
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