Best way to secure the S for transport
I'm wondering what's the best way to secure the S for transport. Here's what I'm thinking so far:
1) Use two soft-ties around the front "wheel harness." The reason for this is that then I can use ratcheting tie-downs and crank down to secure the front end of the bike, but the suspension won't be compressed as it would be if I were to secure the tie-downs to a spot higher up on the bike.
2) As a backup, put Canyon Dancers (bar harness) on the bars and secure them to tie-down points that are different from those used for the wheel harness tie-downs. The difference is that I won't crank down hard on the bar tie-downs because they are there only for backup in case on of the main front tie-downs fails, and to prevent the upper part of the bike from bouncing since the suspension won't be compressed by the primary tie-downs. Also, I don't want to crank down on them because I've heard that when using bar-harnesses on bikes with heated grips that the heating elements can be damaged it too much force is used.
3) Use tie-downs (maybe with soft-ties) on the rear peg hangers to secure the rear of the bike. Don't crank down enough to compress the suspension noticeably.
4) Use tie-downs (maybe with soft-ties) somewhere on the sub-frame area as a backup to the main rear tie-downs. Again, since they are backups, don't crank down.
Does that sound like a good plan? Also, I was planning on letting a few pounds out of the tires (especially the front) in order to allow it to compress a bit more easily since the front tie-downs will squeeze the tire, not the suspension. I was going to set the ESA to the hardest pre-load and compression/rebound dampening settings (well, leave them that way since that's the way I always ride anyway).
Otherwise, that's about it.
Also, I'm having trouble finding a way to get my bike out to the West coast within the next 2 weeks. I posted all about it in the Ride Tales forum under the Community section, so if anyone has any suggestions that I haven't tried, I'd appreciate the advice.
As always, Thanks in advance!
Last edited by kl3640; Jun 23rd, 2006 at 2:30 pm.