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Re: Tie her up and strap her down

Also using canyon dancer and it satisfies me so far.
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Re: Tie her up and strap her down

Canyon dancer here too. Without it, it's impossible to not touch the fairings with normal soft-tie's. They leave some powder on the grips, some grip protection I suppose. And as stated above, don't over tighten. When you see the forks start to compress, that's enough. I only compress my forks about 1/4 of the way. Leaves room for the suspension to dip as needed - without bottoming out - while hauling on bumpy roads.

@Jaybird180 , That PitBull mount is the cat's meow! But I would use front straps for insurance.
All this stuff works great under normal circumstances, but in an extreme situation, which can happen, I want the bike secured as well as possible. Let's say you happen to run in the ditch, but manage to pull it out, or have to slam on the brakes causing a potential jackknife - there's going to be a lot of forces at work trying to rip your bike out of it's security nest.

My current setup is the most ideal I could ask for. I have airbags to lower the pickup. Tailgate is about knee-high. F150, shortbed of only 5-1/2 feet with tailgate closed. Wedge the front tire into the left front corner, lift rear and swing it to right rear corner. Close tailgate, bike sits perfectly as if in chalks. Stuff a small block behind rear tire to keep 'er from rocking those few inches, and tie down front with CanyonDancer and soft-tie straps. The left strap goes to the left rear of the truck bed, the right one goes to the right front. Done many trips this way, at least 30 or so. Even took 'er on a 3000 mile round trip to visit family two summers ago.

I push the RC51, but I started out with smaller bikes, CR250, CRF450, even my VFR, I used to ride up into the bed. Never an accident, and very secure ramp to tailgate. (I watched a guy spin the ramp right out from under him one time! That was funny. A dirt bike, no damage this time.) The hardest part is picking the rear of the bike up by the rear wheel or exhaust brackets to swing it into the corner. Not bad at all.
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Your trucks are so fricking huge! We couldn't believe the size of some of them when we were in California last year, we just don't have anything on the roads of that size, even a Volvo XC90 looks tiny over there, here it's a huge and anti-social car to own.
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@jondog9 - seems you're a "belt and suspenders" kinda guy. I like what you have there with the F-150- that thing seat 5?

I "need" to tow 2 sport bikes to the track. I'm currently looking for a deal on a trailer. Something small enough to tow behind our Odyssey. It worked very well my last 2 trips. My wife and I left the middle row at home and stowed the 3rd row and slept trackside for 2 nights.

FWIW- I bought a set of canyon dancers and will likely buy another set for those rare occasions when I will bring both bikes.

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Your trucks are so fricking huge! We couldn't believe the size of some of them when we were in California last year, we just don't have anything on the roads of that size, even a Volvo XC90 looks tiny over there, here it's a huge and anti-social car to own.
The anti-social eco destroyer in my area is the Hummer. Talk about huge! And 90% of the ones I see are city queens that NEVER touch the off-road. All show. Don't see many now, but they were around a few years ago.
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Re: Tie her up and strap her down

Jaybird, I'd definitely want that pitbull for a trailer. Especially for two bikes, as it seems so easily adaptable. That's a sweet and well engineered piece. I'm partial to pitbull, own 2 front stands (fork lift and bottom clamp lift) and the rear stand. They're the best. imo.
Good luck, looking forward to seeing how you set it up.
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Converted dirt bike trailer. Front wheel secured against stop, rear tight enough that compression over a major bump would not dislodge "J" hooks on ratchet straps, front Canyon Dancer... just tight enough to do same as rear yet not so tight as to torque things out of shape. ATL to Michigan (Grattan) no problems.
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Converted dirt bike trailer. Front wheel secured against stop, rear tight enough that compression over a major bump would not dislodge "J" hooks on ratchet straps, front Canyon Dancer... just tight enough to do same as rear yet not so tight as to torque things out of shape. ATL to Michigan (Grattan) no problems.
Nice work there! She's secure!
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