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Re: 6 point strap in... Hauling your Big Dog

Discussion in 'How-To' started by Gas Man, Apr 29, 2007.

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  1. Gas Man

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    Well due to some electrical problems with my dog it had to get its first trailer ride. I have hauled countless bikes in trucks and trailers of all kinds. Here's a few pointers and some good pics.

    1. NEVER strap down on your handle bars. Big Dogs handles bars are not like clip on's. They are rubber mounted and will not secure the bike.

      The front straps holding down the forks are the 2 most important straps. You could most likely haul the bike with these alone.

      Whenever strapping to anything shiny. Always ensure the strap is covered in some fashion to ensure no scratching. Using sheep skin covered straps, a t-shirt, a rag, a towel, something.

      A 6-point strap is always best. Its not always needed but in case one strap fails. You have 5 others to hopefully keep the bike up-right and locked in tight.

      Don't cheap out on straps. ESPECIALLY the 2 most important straps. The ones holding the front forks down, for these, get 2" wide straps with good ratchets.

      Ratchet straps are better. You can use the pull style but NEVER on the front forks. (and yes mine were on the fenders, not the best but its only extra support)

    Here's some pics. Don't mind the black jack under the bike. I was by myself with nobody to hold the bike upright and got inventive. Left it there so when I would be unloading I could do it by myself.

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    The u-haul trailer is a 5' x 9' trailer. It rents for $24.95 + $5 hook up or some BS fee. But it worked great.
     
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    Got her all bundled down Gas......hey were did you get that cool Big Dog sticker for the back of your truck? I have a plate..but looking to get something for the back window of my truck...
     
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    Got it at the dealer... was like $35 or somin...
     
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    maybe I will call Vicki and see if she's got them......I just got a couple more shirts from her yesterday......
     
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    I'm sure she does... heck full throttle might have them.. most dealers do.
     
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    now were did you get those cool little visor or shields for your turn siganls? those look sweet on your bike!
     
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    Great tip Gas Man. :2thumbs:
     
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    Those a HD parts. Don't remember the part number off the top of my head. Got them from who else, Vickie. About $30 a set.
     
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    Thanks Tim.
     
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    Another good tip is to use a bungy cord or ti-wrap and lock down your front brake.

    Later,
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    Great idea Ray. :2thumbs:
     
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    Ray.. I have done that before and I have also hauled bikes and ensured they are in gear. Either way for the same reason. But this was also the first time I used a black jack under it as well.

    Blitz, those straps this time on this trailer in the center weren't ratchet style. I would have normally used ratchet style however due to the trailers in-addiquite lack of hooks on the center sides... I didn't want to put major tension on the fenders. They were more so just in case straps over doing any real holding down.

    And for the 4x4... as I said... I had a black jack under the rear. Same thing. You can see it in the first 2 pics... at the time the ratchet was even still on it. However, in the defense to others that don't do this. Its just part of extra procautions.

    I have hauled my other bikes too many times to count. Even for good distances. I could load 1 bike in the truck, the trailer and 2 more bikes in about 20 mins. Of coarse that was with rockets and canyon dancers.
     
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    And I was actually worried a bit and kept checking it...

    The seat. Not alot but sometimes the suction cups get loose when its colder out. When you're riding its not a issue... our fat asses are holding it down. But when trailering... well you get it...
     
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    Gas, just another piece of advise. Never leave the bike in gear when trailoring. If for any reson the bike lurches forward or backwards, you can brake the gears in the tranny. I like you have trailored bikes all over the place, especially when I use to do trackdays.:2thumbs:
     
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    I hadn't thought about that, I always leave it in gear when I have my bike in my truck.
     
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    Here's another tip - BE SURE THE GAS IS OFF!

    Our local dealer was hauling 6 Dogs in a closed trailer, going to an Easy Rider show 300 miles away. They stopped part way to check the load, and discovered gas drooling out from under the back door. When they opened it up, the whole floor was wet - overwhelming smell of gas. It's a wonder it didn't blow before they got it all aired out. Apparently the loaders had failed to ensure the gas was turned off on each bike.
     
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    I didn't leave it in gear.

    After hearing about a few dogs starting themselves and lurching forward cause they were in gear. I ALWAYS park the dog in nuetral!!!!
     
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    Another example

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    how can it start with the keys in your pocket,[ thay are in your pocket ant thay????????]
     
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    All excellant info. So many times you see the front straped only. When I bought my bike in N.C. (180 miles away) the dealer provided the straps and tied it down. About 30 miles out of Raleigh the rear had moved about 6". Fixed and added my own straps to the back. My bad for listening to the stealer.:(



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