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Old 03-08-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Kafe Tie Down Clamp for Dualsport & Sport Bikes

Hi Everyone,

I just discovered a sweet new product that solves my tie down problems on my KLR and Hyper. Standard tie down straps, even when used with loop straps, rub against the fairing. I've always had to wrap rags around the straps to protect the fairing. Recently I discoverd Kafe' Tie Down Clamps. http://www.tiedownclamp.com/ They seemed a little pricey ($49) but I bit the bullet and ordered a set. Within an hour of ordering the clamps, I received a personal email from the owner of the company thanking me for my order and telling me to call if I have questions. I recieved the clamps via USPS 4 days later. This morning I loaded up my KLR for a trip to the car wash. The clamps went on easy and secure. I was a little concerned about the clamp on the throttle housing, but it worked slick! I had the KLR tied down easy, fast and secure. The clamps are super heavy duty and I expect them to last a lifetime. Well worth the money. I'm happy with this product and thought I'd pass the info on...




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Old 03-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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These look like they fit the bill should I ever need to trailer my DL. Thanks for posting
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:45 AM   #3
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Be careful not to tighten them down to much you could bend your handle bars.

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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Hmmm. Smells like a shill. No way would a KLR owner spend that kind of coin to tie down their bike, or care about their paint for that matter...



Interesting product, though. I've got canyon dancers which do a similar job. The canyon dancers can deform the grips, though, but that may just be from over-tightening things.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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Hmmm. Smells like a shill. No way would a KLR owner spend that kind of coin to tie down their bike, or care about their paint for that matter...



Interesting product, though. I've got canyon dancers which do a similar job. The canyon dancers can deform the grips, though, but that may just be from over-tightening things.
I can't comment on the shill remark, but traileing the KLR to a car wash?

Something is amiss.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:13 PM   #6
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I can't comment on the shill remark, but traileing the KLR to a car wash?

Something is amiss.
Yup, Something is amiss! I live high in the Colo Rockies(8600') & managed to get in a quick DS ride between snow storms. Rode about 12 miles of somewhat muddy dirt road coated with mag chloride. Wound up with that nasty sticky "mag mud" on the bike. Then next day it snowed again so I trailered to the car wash to get the mag off.

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Old 03-11-2013, 07:20 PM   #7
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Hmmm. Smells like a shill. No way would a KLR owner spend that kind of coin to tie down their bike, or care about their paint for that matter...



Interesting product, though. I've got canyon dancers which do a similar job. The canyon dancers can deform the grips, though, but that may just be from over-tightening things.

I have to admit I'm more accustomed to performance machines. Bought the KLR around Xmas cause I wanted a street legal DS that was LOW MAINT & LOW PRICE. It fits the bill. I've ridden it twice now. Felt pretty ho-hum to me until I got on some dirt roads. Then it was quite PLEASANT and comfortable. I think it'll be lots of fun!

I deformed the grips on my Ducati Hyper using loop straps and tie downs. The Kafe clamps are for the Duc too!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:28 PM   #8
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Those are pretty slick. I have a couple spare hinges and a welder in the garage calling my name...
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:47 PM   #9
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DO NOT USE THE HANDLEBAR AS A TIE DOWN POINT.

Always use the lower triple with a set of soft tie straps around them.

I must have towed 100 bikes that way, and I have seen many handlebars bent, broken and\or having broken throttle tubes from people tying it down there.
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