While hooked ties could be used in this situation,
I just got all the same tie-down straps from my Harley dealer......free.
This universal chock will fit almost any situation
I can think of and they are cheap. Vertical and horizontal 2x4's will do the same
for those of you on a tight budget.
SIDE TO SIDE: HOLDING THE BIKE
|Do NOT use the footpeg hangars on a side to side situation. I think they will break, but then again, it's your bike and you can do as you damn well please.|
my article "Bike tie-down without damage", I described holding the top of
the rear tire to
balance the bike vertically. The photo (left) shows how this is achieved with a industrial strap/sling (33 inches hook to hook). You can make one with a piece of rope with loops tied at each end, but I prefer the strap since it spreads the load over a larger area.
A "wrap" around the top of the rear tire was used because many of my bikes are almost totally enclosed with bodywork and I have nothing to attach to. A clean area on the wheel is a nice idea, ground-in dirt will be there forever. A soft rag (terrycloth facecloth) between the nylon strap and the paint really helps keep the wheels looking new.
|The idea is to hold the bike vertically with a minimum of stress and while you'd really like to hold the bike in a central location (front to back), you can hold the bike almost anywhere, as long as you get a near horizontal line with the tie.|
BOTTOM OF REAR TIRE: SIDE TO SIDE
Also in these photos you can see how the bottom of the rear tire is held side to side. These ratchet straps are much longer than the Harleys but perform exactly the same. You can take two (2) Harley straps and put them together and get the same length and results.
If you fail to do this, the bike CAN pivot from under the center axis of the bike. While this is rare, I have seen it happen. All sorts of bad things happen then.
|Also these bottom straps need to be perpendicular to the wheel. If
not, the wheel WILL rotate and the straps will loosen. No.........don't put
the bike in gear to keep the wheel from rotating.
Your transmission will not appreciate that.
This can be achieved in the bed of a pick-up truck and a flatbed trailer if it has STRONG side attachment points (walls, heavy angle iron). A flatbed trailer without walls can be done this way but you MUST go higher on the attachment at the bike. Angle is critical here. The closer to horizontal with the strap, the better.
|In conclusion, this is what works for me in my (pretty typical)
circumstances. This will work for you in many situations
............BUT............every bike is different and every tie-down environment is
different. I wanted to show you what works for me and have you adapt my ideas
to your needs.
When you get done, grab the handlebar and SHAKE the bike. It should NOT move front to rear.
Side to side (top of bike): no more that 1/2 inch. My whole trailer shakes when I try to move my bikes. But the real beauty is that when I bounce up and down inside the trailer, the bike smoothly takes the bouncing with barely a move.
The suspension moves and takes all the motion. The bike is really "free". And that, my friends, is the way it's suppose to be.
My best to all of you,