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Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System

Posted By Louise Powers #212117, Thursday, August 13, 2020

Trailering a motorcycle was not something I ever thought I would do on a regular basis. I have occasionally loaded my GS in the back of a truck to move it across the country with me, or strapped down little dirt bikes to haul to places like Moab and ride. This process has always involved ratchet straps, or a combination of wheel chocks and ratchet straps, and a lot of annoyance on my part. I am a fairly small individual, and wrestling a suddenly unbalanced 600-pound bike is not something I have any interest in doing. My back hurts just thinking about it!

This past spring, I became a full-timer in a toy-hauler and hit the road with my truck, travel trailer, R 1250 GS and a geriatric cat. I jumped at the offer to have my friend Shawn Thomas install a Pit Bull Restraint system in my trailer. I had seen the ease with which bikes were loaded into his trailer using these, and it was a no-brainer for me. I made the trip from my home state of Colorado to California to meet friends for a class at California Superbike school, and at the end of the weekend, we made our way to his house.

Prior to this trip, I attempted to order one of these restraint systems online from Pit Bull’s website, but began to get confused by what pieces and parts I needed to put it together for my bike. I assumed I would be able to go to the website, type in the make and model of my bike, and there would be the kit I needed to purchase. That wasn’t the case - and it makes sense. You might not want to buy all of it together all the time, as you may want extra pieces for hauling bikes in more than one vehicle, or the correct fitments for hauling more than one kind of bike in the same trailer. I asked Shawn to just put together the correct parts I needed, and I’d pay for it. Instead, he called up his local BMW dealer and ordered one; that was the easy way to accomplish the task. 

The Pit Bull was there and waiting when I arrived, and I was excited to get it installed. My toy hauler has a sealed underbelly, so removing that was the first part of the task. Next, we rolled the bike inside so I could determine where I wanted it to live, place the plate, and mark the floor for the four required bolts. All that was left was to drill the holes, bolt the plate down with the included hardware, and reseal the trailer. Dealing with the underbelly was the most difficult part, and something most truck or trailer owners will not have to deal with. A few minutes, a couple of easy steps, and I was ready to lock down my bike and roll out. No obnoxious straps necessary.

My No Boundaries toy hauler is made to be towable off-road. It is rugged and has big knobby tires on it, just like my bikes usually do, and I have taken it off-road with the bike in the back. Bouncing around in the back of the toy hauler over rough roads and painful washboard, the GS now stays perfectly still. When I unload the bike at a campsite, all I have left on the floor is a low-profile plate with four bolt heads sticking up. I roll my carpet over the top of it, and once again the party palace is a-swingin’!

Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System, MSRP starting at $309.95. Additional bike-specific pin sets available starting at $89.95; floor mounting plates are $33.95. The system for K and R bikes (2005-19) is $329.95, but is not compatible with K 1600, R 1200 RT or R nineT models with low exhausts.

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Bryan C. Henderson says...
Posted Saturday, August 15, 2020
I use the Pit bull system for my 12S and HP2 Sport. I had Marc Parnes make a custom mount for my BST carbon wheel rear wheel, so this system is easily adaptable to almost any wheel set.
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