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A new way to tie down the bike?

A friend sent me these links showing that tying down at the fork is better for the fork seals them selves:

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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

Pulling directly on the wheel bearings and axles? I don't think so.
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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

After towing motorcycles around for over 40 years, I have never had a single problem associated from tying down any bike from the top of the triple clamps. No problems with fork seals, springs etc. and I have never once had one come loose. Having said that, I have never used cheap tie downs either . . .

Seems to me like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist . . . .
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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

I use a SportChalk from Baxley and a Canyon Dancer or bar harness. I use high quality thumbstraps for the front and a ratchet type strap for the rear. I have never had a problem with this setup. Before the SportChalk I would always double strap the front in case of a failure. I learned the hard way coming back from a trip.
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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

I just put the stand down and hope for the best

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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

Use a Strapless Transport Stand...we don't need no stinkin' tiedowns

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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

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Use a Strapless Transport Stand...we don't need no stinkin' tiedowns
Yeah, but how do I break in my suspension then?
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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

My buddy and I actually tried a variant of this method. We lopped the tie down through the space between the brake caliper and fork instead of the front axel. It worked out really well. The bike did not show any instability when trailered for approximately 200 miles.
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Yeah, but how do I break in my suspension then?
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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

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Use a Strapless Transport Stand...we don't need no stinkin' tiedowns
comimg back to Castroville from Laguna Seca in 2004 we were following a new Dodge pickup with a shiny 'busa in the back. Funny it's leaning to the left I thought. Funny the tailgate's down on this full size long bed truck.

Just about then the 'busa walks its way back on it's three point footprint in the bed and bounces off the pavement into a lettuce field.

He din't neeeed no steeeeeking tie-downs, either.
OR a strapless!!!!

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Re: A new way to tie down the bike?

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Use a Strapless Transport Stand...we don't need no stinkin' tiedowns
I was looking into the Strapless Stand when I do get my van.

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