How to Tie down your Motorcycle (the right Way) Tank Straps



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How to Tie Down a Motorcycle

Incorrectly tying down a motorcycle may lead to it falling out of your truck or trailer and onto the road while you're driving. To keep your motorcycle safe during transport, use an effective procedure to tie it into the bed of your truck or trailer so it won't fall out. Follow these stops on how to tie down a motorcycle.

Steps

  1. Place a motorcycle wheel chock towards the front of your truck bed or trailer.A motorcycle wheel chock is a wedge of metal or another sturdy material placed in front of the motorcycle's front wheel to prevent any movement.
  2. Load your motorcycle into the truck bed or trailer.Push the motorcycle up a ramp, or have some helpers pick up the motorcycle to get it into the truck bed or trailer.
  3. Push the front wheel into the motorcycle wheel chock.
  4. Wrap soft loops around the base of the left and right side handle bars.Soft loops are straps that keep the hooks of your ratchet straps off of your motorcycle to prevent scratching.
  5. Hook your ratchet straps to the other end of your soft loops on the handle bars.Ratchet straps are made for standard tie down applications and help keep your motorcycle firmly secured.
  6. Attach the other end of your ratchet straps to a secure point on your truck or trailer.
  7. Tighten your ratchet straps.Pull the slack out of one strap and tighten it gently. Repeat the action on the other ratchet strap. Each strap needs to be pulled tight enough so the bike will be standing upright with the aid of the straps.
  8. Find a stable component on either side of the rear of your motorcycle.Every motorcycle is a little different, so make sure that the part you choose is a sturdy and structural component of the motorcycle, such as the frame.
  9. Wrap soft loops around each of your stable components on the rear of your motorcycle.
  10. Attach your ratchet straps.Hook your ratchet straps to the soft loops on your motorcycle and to the bed of your truck or trailer.
  11. Tighten the ratchet straps on the back of the motorcycle.Pull the slack from the straps and then pull them tight.
  12. Double check all four straps.Make sure that each one is tight and hasn't become loose during the process of tying down your motorcycle.

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  • Question
    Should the motorcycle be on its kick stand or just held down with the ratchet straps?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It should definitely not be on its stand, just strapped down through the handle bars and back wheel in the front corner of your trailer.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How much pull down do I put on the front shocks?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    50% of any shock provides enough tension, without 'bottoming out' the shock, possibly blowing a seal.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why tie down the suspended parts (handlebars), rather than the wheels?
    Scott Brooks
    Community Answer
    Because only tying the wheels would prevent side to side motion, but would do nothing to keep the bike upright. You need the triangulation of a higher mounting point to keep the bike standing up straight and stable.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Is the wheel chock supposed to be secured to the truck bed somehow?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, but it's really meant to keep the wheel from turning side to side. If it's in a groove in the bed and not slipping, it should be OK.
    Thanks!
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  • Can the rear wheel rest against the tailgate during transport?
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  • Once you're finished strapping down your motorcycle, stand in the floorboard of your truck or trailer and jump up and down to simulate driving on the street. This will give you an idea of how well the motorcycle will ride in the truck or trailer, and will help you determine if need to tighten the straps.
  • To ensure a strong hold, use a ratchet strap with a metal buckle and a tooth-style gripping plate.
  • Periodically check the straps. If you're going for a long drive, get out of your car or truck occasionally and assess your motorcycle's position. Adjust the straps if the motorcycle has shifted.
  • Have a helper hold the motorcycle upright while you're tying it down.





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