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How to Tie Down Your Motorcycle

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Tying down a motorcycle can be a little tricky, especially for those who have never done it before.

It is important to ensure that the bike is properly secured while in transit, so as to avoid any damages or accidents on the way.

Fortunately, there are several easy steps that you can take to make sure your motorcycle is safely and securely tied down before hitting the road.

We’ll provide some useful tips and information on how to tie down your motorcycle so that it remains secure during transport. With these helpful tips and advice, you will be able to confidently strap up your bike with ease.

Steps for Strapping Down a Motorcycle

Take these steps to securely tie down your motorcycle:

  1. Gather the tools you’ll need for tying down your motorcycle, including ratchet straps, wheel chocks, and tie-downs.
  2. Make sure all of these items are strong enough to support the weight of your motorcycle.
  3. Position a front wheel chock at the center of the truck or trailer, lining it up with the ramp so that it is easy to roll the bike right in.
  4. Secure the chock to the floor with bolts.
  5.  Secure the front and rear of your motorcycle using ratchet straps, looping them around the frame of your bike and then firmly securing them to the bed or trailer. Ensure that these straps are tight enough to keep your bike from shifting during transit.
  6. Inspect your motorcycle to make sure that all straps are tight and secure, and that all parts of the bike are securely fastened down. Make any adjustments as needed for extra security before you hit the road.

Following these steps will help you securely tie down your motorcycle and keep it safe during transport.

Make sure to check all straps and tie-downs before each trip, as well as inspect for any damage or wear on the materials you used for strapping your bike down.

Whenever you take a break, check the straps and connections again and adjust as necessary.

What type of straps to use?

When tying down your motorcycle, it is important to choose the right type of straps.

Ratchet straps are a common choice, as they are durable and can be easily tightened by hand.

Bungee cords will not provide enough support and should be avoided if possible. Altogether, you’ll want about six straps, four for the front of the bike, and two for the rear.

Should You Always Tie Down Your Bike?

Yes. Tying down your motorcycle is essential whenever you are transporting it via trailer, truck bed, or even the back of a van.

Properly securing your bike is the best way to ensure it remains safe and secure during transport and prevents any accidental damage from occurring.

By following these simple steps, you can confidently and securely tie down your motorcycle for transport. With the right tools and know-how, you’ll be able to keep your bike safe during trips of any distance.

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Content Editor: Ethan Orenstein

Ethan is not just any motorcycle enthusiast. With a decade of experience riding, maintaining, and restoring a range of motorcycles, Ethan brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Many of the tips and tricks shared on this site are born from hours spent wrenching on personal bikes. Paired with his experience as a journalist covering DMV & insurance topics, MotorcycleZombies.com is a must-visit site for any home-mechanic. Every article has been carefully reviewed and edited to ensure accuracy, authenticity, and simplicity - all to help bring your bike back from the dead and onto the road.

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