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kyled1 05-30-2012 04:57 PM

Tow strap?
 
How many of you bring a tow strap with you on a trip? What kind of strap do you bring? Are there any light weight straps?

Kyle

PineyMountainRacing 05-30-2012 05:01 PM

If off road, and rough terrain, I carry a length of rope. I recently bought a very small block and tackle, hope I never have to use it.

pfarrell 05-31-2012 06:55 AM

MSR makes a dedicated small light motorcycle tow strap.
google it.

kyled1 05-31-2012 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pfarrell (Post 18805029)
MSR makes a dedicated small light motorcycle tow strap.
google it.

Thanks! That's exactly what I'm looking for.

NaeKid 05-31-2012 08:01 AM

I have used tow-straps and tug-straps for getting other Jeeps unstuck when offroad but I have never used one for a motorcycle. Is there a safe way to make it happen? I did a quick YouTube search and found some videos and even found one where they tried to bump-start the bike via tow-strap and ended up dragging the bike sideways.


Good video using tow-strap offroad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lzbMmoM050

Bad video using tow-strap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi6N5Iyqfwk

acejones 06-01-2012 04:26 PM

I can't see much use other than to drag a bike out of a ditch.

going south 06-01-2012 06:26 PM

Few guys I know carry two small ratchet straps 1 inch by 6 foot, for strapping down on the ferry, or pick up truck haul out, or put together tow strap...

P.S. I have seen 4 packs in different lengths at costco & home depot for like $10.oo or so...

pfarrell 06-02-2012 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by going south (Post 18817567)
Few guys I know carry two small ratchet straps 1 inch by 6 foot, for strapping down on the ferry, or pick up truck haul out, or put together tow strap...

P.S. I have seen 4 packs in different lengths at costco & home depot for like $10.oo or so...

some ferries require 4 straps...and depending on traffic, they may or may not be able to give them to you...

Walterxr650l 06-02-2012 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NaeKid (Post 18805450)
I have used tow-straps and tug-straps for getting other Jeeps unstuck when offroad but I have never used one for a motorcycle. Is there a safe way to make it happen? I did a quick YouTube search and found some videos and even found one where they tried to bump-start the bike via tow-strap and ended up dragging the bike sideways.


Good video using tow-strap offroad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lzbMmoM050

Bad video using tow-strap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi6N5Iyqfwk

I read in a magazine many years ago how to safely tow a motorcycle. You wrap the tow strap around the towed motorcycle's handlebars a few turns, then clamp it to the hand grip with your hand. With the right number of turns you can hold it with out strain, but when released it will pull free. It likely will take a couple trys to find the right number of turns. The important thing is the towed rider be able to release if there is a problem, instead of being drug. This method worked well the once or twice I needed towed.

In my opinion neither of those videos showed safe towing.

Walter

Attico 06-02-2012 08:00 PM

2 kayak straps. They are continuous loop and about 15 feet long.

Boatman 06-02-2012 08:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Walterxr650l (Post 18824122)
I read in a magazine many years ago how to safely tow a motorcycle. You wrap the tow strap around the towed motorcycle's handlebars a few turns, then clamp it to the hand grip with your hand. With the right number of turns you can hold it with out strain, but when released it will pull free. It likely will take a couple trys to find the right number of turns. The important thing is the towed rider be able to release if there is a problem, instead of being drug. This method worked well the once or twice I needed towed.

In my opinion neither of those videos showed safe towing.

Walter


What he said ^^^^^^

Done it a few times.

Klay 06-02-2012 09:43 PM

I got a tip recently on a way to tow. Go from footpeg to footpeg with the strap...then the strap doesn't want to pull either of the bikes over and you're going nearer to the center of mass of both bikes. I haven't tried it myself, but I have a friend who was in a tow situation last summer and he said it worked great.

max384 06-02-2012 11:37 PM

I carry 550 paracord with me if I'm going anywhere longer than a couple of hours from home or am camping. Braid it or just loop it several times and it will easily have enough strength to act as a tow rope. This way you have an item that has multiple uses, which is great if you're packed heavy as is, like on a longer trip.

Attico 06-03-2012 05:20 PM

Thats the best way. I towed someone out on a g450x because the wimpy battery died. I don't wrap it, i just step on it. If anything happens, i just want it to slip free.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Klay (Post 18824792)
I got a tip recently on a way to tow. Go from footpeg to footpeg with the strap...then the strap doesn't want to pull either of the bikes over and you're going nearer to the center of mass of both bikes. I haven't tried it myself, but I have a friend who was in a tow situation last summer and he said it worked great.


shu 06-03-2012 05:34 PM

I towed a BMW F650 Dakar 25 or 30 miles in Uzbekistan after it fried its wiring harness. Across pavement, dirt, and a welded steel plate and oil drum floating bridge- greasy and polished and long! :eek1

Uzbekistan
http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/z...eyneuKZ001.jpg

Fried wires
http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/z...genchUZ007.jpg


We used a 20 foot x 1 inch climbing webbing as the tow rope. Tied to my right footpeg and wrapped once around the Dakar's crashbar before ending up at my partner's left handgrip. We got pretty good at keeping the strap tight and making big wide corners.:wink:

Now I usually carry a 15 foot x 3/4 strap with me when I ride out in the backcountry.


...........shu

Ride report if anyone's interested: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=568261


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