Need to tie down my 850GSA on trailer

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  1. jmcarter

    jmcarter Been here awhile Supporter

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    At the risk of appearing a complete noob what’s the best option for transport on a trailer? Have always had boxers so easy peasy but need a new approach here. Just loop soft straps around the factory lower crash bars or?

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  2. heatmizr

    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    Yes, But I wouldn't tie too low on them, because the upper part of the bike will have more leverage to tip.
    Without crash bars I always go for the forks above the lower triple tree, but those are not exposed on this bike.
    There's another product called a canyon Dancer that fits over your handlebars and has loops hanging off each end of your handlebar to tie to. I like it but you don't want to torque down on your handlebars as much as you would on your forks.
    Always have the tie-downs on the front part of the bike leading to some tie-down point a bit forward of the bike to hold it forward against the front of the pickup bed. It doesn't hurt to have some way to secure the front wheel so the handlebars don't turn either way.
    You can also tie the rear in the same fashion but some people don't bother with the rear at all.
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  3. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    This is what the owners manual says .... Around the fork tube above the lower triple/yoke on the 850 and above the fork brace on the 750 IMG_20190323_111237.jpg
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    FredRydr Danger: Keep Back 300 Ft.

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    Depends on your wheel chock. I use a front wheel chock, so I cinch down from a spot on each side of the rear subframe or rack, pulling the bike simultaneously (1) down on the rear suspension a few inches, and (2) forward against the chock. I add a strap around the front rim and chock as a safety.

    If you don't use a chock, you'll need more straps and helping hands.

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    jmcarter Been here awhile Supporter

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    Owner’s manual suggestion pretty useless because of the GSA’s driving lights. Suppose I’ll have to remove the lights for trailering. And yes, use canyon dancers on my track scooter but they are a big no-no on heated grips, not to mention the hand guards. Still looking for some substantial upper crash bars to tie onto, even the Altrider version is flimsy looking to me and won’t accommodate the bigger tank on the GSA.
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  6. heatmizr

    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    Good points. You can make a couple soft ties yourself and put them on the handlebar just inboard of the grips maybe.
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    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    Here some pics from the day my GSA arrived.

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    jmcarter Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks! Looks like I need to get off my duff and trial load the bike and move around the trailer’s tie down points to achieve the correct angles on the front.
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    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    one more pic.


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  10. heatmizr

    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    One suggestion, when you tie it down and it works, & you're happy with it, take a picture for the following times.
    When I used to do track days I think the first year we never tied them down the same way twice. We finally got it right and then were consistent after that.
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    Here’s how I got F750GS home from the dealer.
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  12. heatmizr

    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    Perfect. No need to overthink it, long as you have the basics.
    Note the strap on front wheel binding it to chock.
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    2DB6E644-9ED0-4CC7-93BD-66D672BF58BD.png Albeit far more expensive but best way to transport on a trailer - Pit Bull trailer restraint. They have adapters for F850GS. No straps needed.
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    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    Those are cool if you have a dedicated trailer.
    In a truck bed unnecessary, secure the front and the rear will follow.
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    BioStrom Been here awhile

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    The OP has a trailer, and the great thing is it doesn’t have to be dedicated as the only part that stays on the trailer is a flat steel plate. I use the trailer mostly to haul other things and rarely motorcycles, it takes just seconds to snap the quick release attachments back on to haul motorcycles.
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    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    You are spot on. If I transported bikes for a living I would definitely have that device.
    I'm just saying, likely overkill for the occasional transport.
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    BioStrom Been here awhile

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    Is this your thread? I offered up a possible solution for the OP, everyone that replies doesn’t necessarily need your opinion.
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    heatmizr n00b-tastic

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    OP should take all opinions, and make a balanced decision.
    Sometimes it pays to keep it simple. Nuff said. No aggression.
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    jmcarter Been here awhile Supporter

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    As the OP I appreciate all of the input, I now have a way forward. The amount of great info to be derived from advrider is easily worth the occasional detours.
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    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I have a nice Aluma trailer (as seen in my previous post) and the only time our bikes have been on it since 2015 were to transport them to the dealer to trade in and bringing the new bikes back home... We ride everywhere we go... That being said I am really considering the Pit Bull system for the trailer as it totally eliminates tie downs and is so quick and easy to use.
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