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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 2010, 8:34 pm Thread Starter
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Question How to trailer and tie down a K1200S

Just purchased a 2008 BMW K1200S and I am making plans to go to Florida and pick it up. I will be putting it on a trailer and bringing it home to North Carolina. Can any one tell me the best way to secure my bike to the trailer.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 2010, 11:45 pm
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Wheel chock for the front wheel. Secure the wheel chock if possible, or set aside a couple of straps for that.
Strap the front forks forward to the trailer bulkhead or sides.
Strap the rear wheel to the trailer deck, with the anchors slightly forward of the wheel.
You're good.
Without the wheel chock, it is pretty much the same, but the wheel chock holds the bike while strapping and unstrapping, keeping the bike really stable.
As long as the wheels are stable and secure, the bike won't go anywhere you don't want it to, and the suspension takes care of everything else. Essentially, the same thing as when you're riding the bike.



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Similiar to what Ray suggested. You definitely don't want to strap on the handlebars. I have trailered my K1300S on a Kendon on several 500+ miles trips without any issues at all.

Here are the instructions from the K1300S owner's manual:
Securing motorcycle for transport
1. Protect all components along which straps are routed against
scratching. For example, use adhesive tape or soft cloths.

2. The motorcycle can tip away to the side and fall over.
Secure the motorcycle against tipping away to the side.

3. Push motorcycle onto transport surface, and do not place on side stand or center stand.

4. Do not pinch components, e.g. brake lines or wiring harnesses.

5. Place front strap over the frame and route downward.

6. Guide the strap through the wheel carrier toward the front and tension downward.

7. Fasten straps at rear on both sides on passenger footrests and tension.

8. Tension all straps evenly; motorcycle should be compressed as greatly as possible.

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A little late but....

better late than never, right? I posted the same question at i-bmw.com and here's how I did it:

Just prior to leaving I removed the rear tie-downs and used a shorter "loop strap" to attached said tie-downs to the rear frame members. I also used loop straps to anchor down the front of the bike but their not visible in the photo.

I drove for a short distance then got out and checked the straps for tightness, I recommend using ratchet style ties down straps!

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Another late response...

I use the pit bull trailer restraint system to trailer the bike to the track. Pretty stable. Only thing I use. If I added a front wheel chock as well, it would really be locked in place.


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Another late response...

I use the pit bull trailer restraint system to trailer the bike to the track. Pretty stable. Only thing I use. If I added a front wheel chock as well, it would really be locked in place.

I was told about this particular chock/restraint system by a good friend who races on weekends. He could not say enough good about it and claims that he uses nothing else to stabilize the bike in his enclosed trailer.

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I was told about this particular chock/restraint system by a good friend who races on weekends. He could not say enough good about it and claims that he uses nothing else to stabilize the bike in his enclosed trailer.
It's nice. Not leaps and bounds better than a good wheel chock, though.
If you have a chock and are happy with it, I wouldn't bother.
But it does look cool.
My only complaint is that it's a little clumsy. You can't get much easier riding into and out of a chock.

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Just curious about not using the handle bars. I just transported a K1200RS using a u-haul motorcycle trailer. I strapped the handlebars (not the grips) and secured the rear. 4 straps total. Compressed the bike while tying down. Not necessarily recommending this approach, but it seemed to work.

In other words, what problem might I encounter from the handles?

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