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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 3:13 am Thread Starter
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Towing a K1200RS

Has anyone had the need to tow a K1200RS. Where is the best point to tie on? (Just in case)


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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 4:00 am
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I would never tow it. Too dangerous! Safer and cheaper in the long run would be to transport it e.g. trailer,or pickup.

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Assuming you are trailering?

I've attached a document that should get you started. You'll need to invest in some straps.

Well the pdf file was too large. I'll try txt file next.

Or, you can go here.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 7:46 am
 
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I've attached a document that should get you started. You'll need to invest in some straps.

Well the pdf file was too large. I'll try txt file next.

Or, you can go here.
Thanks for the link! I'm going to print out a copy of this and keep it with my tool kit just in case I need to educate the tow truck driver.

I did have mine towed once. I was 50 miles from the dealer on the very day I bought it and I got stuck. The tow truck driver was a decent guy, but I don't think he knew exactly how to tie it down (hooked onto the ends of the bars and cranked down tight). I was a bit nervous about it, but at the same time I was pissed that it died after 2 hours of ownership and was half hoping it would have fallen off and been dumped on the side of I-97. It wasn't my happiest day...
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 9:44 am
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James has some good close pictures of tie down points, but I could not find them.
James, are you out there?

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 12:00 pm
 
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Thumbs up Tie the K12rs Down

Here you go, Lee.........

Merry Christmas...Lee and Debbie
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Merry Christmas to you too James

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 1:15 pm
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Canyon Dancer

I use the Canyon Dancer strap. Works like a champ on K12.
See here: http://www.canyondancer.com/

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 2005, 2:37 pm
 
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Without a wheel chock, a strap like the canyon dancer insures the forks don't shift/turn. I would not, however, recommend them as the primary tie-down, as they do put pressure against the turn signal buttons and could do damage. Used with straps as shown in the pics above makes for a good, stable bike.

The service manual shows the rear tie-down points are the frame members that come back to support the side cases. I'll have to check the grab rail (as shown in the pics above) as an alternative next time.

Anyone tie down the tires to the trailer? Always thought that was a must-do.
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Wink Do you need to hold the tire down ?

No, you do not need to.
You can lose one strap and its still together ( when its two bikes ), they are planted as one with the trailer.
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