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Old 04-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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Good tie down spot

Would this be a good tie down spot for the front? Didn't seem to compress the suspension much but it's very secure in the condor.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Would this be a good tie down spot for the front? Didn't seem to compress the suspension much but it's very secure in the condor.
That's what others seem to do...I might put a soft rag between the straps and the bike.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Why not use the crash bars towards lower front at the weld? I put tie downs on each side of the rear to "center" it and one on either side up front. Just gotta be sure to get the bike fwd with the wheel against a board...
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Here's the BMW document:
http://www.brownmotorworks.net/Servi...f/tiedown2.pdf
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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That's an old document: 1999. On my bike, the service manual actually recommends soft straps on the fat bare metal parts of the handle bars and the rear swing arm. I'll post a picture in a thread this weekend when I get to my shop computer.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:15 PM   #6
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You are not able to compress the suspension at all when tying the bike down that way.
That is a good thing.
The suspension can still absorb road shock and damp it out for you.
That is also good.
The brake lines are there so make sure you are not pulling on them.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:57 AM   #7
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I did it this way in my toy hauler without a front or rear block for the wheels to rest compress against with 0 problems and I went on a 4000mi trip and over many very ruff 4X4 roads. No problems at all.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:36 AM   #8
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You are not able to compress the suspension at all when tying the bike down that way.
That is a good thing.
The suspension can still absorb road shock and damp it out for you.
That is also good.
The brake lines are there so make sure you are not pulling on them.
right on the money. that is the way I started doing it a few years ago. ZERO problems.

when ties come loose it is usually because they loosen and tighten as the suspension bounces up and down. If you attach above the suspension, like the bars, and you are so tight there is no bounce then you are likely to bend something.
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:40 AM   #9
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I bought my bike during an open house at Cross Country BMW in 06.
I asked about the R1150GS Adventure... they had an 04... but no one knew where it was.
Turned up in a trailer for a demo on the proper way to tie down bikes for transport.
Fork tubes for the front tie downs is the method used. That's my way of doing it.
I use the frame loops near the passenger pegs for the rear straps.
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