As a motorcyclist, there’s nothing more exhilarating than hitting the open road and feeling the wind in your hair (or under your helmet, as the case may be). But sometimes, you need to transport your beloved two-wheeled steed to a new location. And when that happens, it’s important to know how to properly tie down your heavy weight motorcycle.
First things first, let’s talk about the gear you’ll need. You’ll need multiple sturdy tie-down straps (possibly four or five, if your motorcycle is particularly beefy), a solid anchor point (preferably something bolted to the frame of the truck or trailer), and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Now, let’s get down to business. Start by getting your motorcycle into position on the trailer or truck bed. Make sure the wheels are straight and the handlebars are securely locked in place. This is not the time to show off your sweet stunt moves, so resist the urge to pop a wheelie or do a burnout.
Next, take one of your tie-down straps and loop it around the front fork of your motorcycle, securing it to the anchor point on the trailer or truck bed. Make sure it’s tight, but not so tight that it compresses the suspension. We don’t want your motorcycle’s delicate bits getting all bent out of shape.
Repeat this process with the other tie-down strap, securing it to the rear swing arm. Again, make sure it’s tight, but not overly so. You want your motorcycle to be secure, not squished.
At this point, you might be thinking, “But wait! What about the handlebars?” Fear not, my friend. Simply take a soft loop of rope and secure it to the handlebars and the anchor point. This will keep your handlebars from shifting around during transit.
In addition to securing the front fork and the rear swing arm, it’s also important to secure the rear end of the motorcycle. This is especially important if you’re transporting a heavy weight motorcycle, as the rear end can get wobbly and move around during transit.
To secure the rear end, you’ll need a third tie-down strap. Loop it around the rear frame of the motorcycle and attach it to the anchor point on the trailer or truck bed. Make sure it’s tight, but not overly so, and that the strap is positioned in such a way that it will keep the rear end from shifting around during transit.
And that’s it! With the front and rear end all secured, your motorcycle is ready for the road. But, before you hit the highway, double-check everything to make sure everything is secure. Trust me, you don’t want to be that guy (or gal) whose motorcycle goes flying off the back of the truck and into oncoming traffic.
Now you can relax and enjoy the ride (or the drive, as the case may be), knowing that your motorcycle is safely tied down and ready for adventure.
Remember, taking the time to properly tie down your motorcycle will not only keep your ride safe during transit, but it will also give you peace of mind. Happy travels!