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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 2010, 9:15 pm Thread Starter
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Trailering bikes

I plan on taking two bikes (mine and my father's FJR1300) cross country for some riding. We can rent an enclosed trailer locally that will fit bikes two side by side, in the trailer (has a ramp to get the bikes up inside).

My main concern - and please help me with this - is how cumbersome and time consuming is it to get the bikes in and out and tied down properly?

What is the process you are using to do this--- such as support the bike with no stands and strap it "down" onto the suspension...? I presume leave all stands "up"... is there a good web site or page anyone can give me on this process- so that I don't scuff up the bikes, wreck the leather seats, or have the bikes flop over.

If I have to spend 2 hours loading and unloading each time we want to ride we may not trailer the bikes.

THANKS in advance!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 25th, 2010, 9:34 pm
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A wheel chock and a couple tie downs and you're good to go. I trailered a bike from texas to chicago this way. The bike hardly moved.

Another option: I installed a pitbull trailer restraint in my trailer. Probably could just use this alone.

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Is it possible that you find an enclosed "bike" trailer to haul the bikes? That way it'll have floor mounted D rings or E track and you should be able to get straps from them as well.

I have a condor style wheel chock in my toy hauler so when I ride the bike in it locks into the chock and I can get off the bike to strap it down without putting the side stand down.

I use two soft straps in the front over the lower fork tubes ans a single strap over the rear tire and under the muffler. I've tried a bunch of different ways on many trips and this seems the most secure. Before I had the wheel chock I pit a plastic wheel wedge type chock behind the rear wheel and had the three straps pulling the bike back onto the wedge and that worked as well.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 26th, 2010, 2:34 pm
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I've trailered using my buddy's enclosed single trailer and I use his LA chock. Couldn't be simpler but you have to adjust the angle so it doesn't flip too far up and crush the front of your belly pan (ask me how I learned that). Just step off the bike, no sidestand needed, and one tie down on each side of the rear footpeg/saddlebag area pulling forward to keep it in the chock. Takes about 5 minutes. Check it after about 20 miles as the straps will be lose.

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This is my trailer. It is an Aluma tilt model. I just tilt it and ride the bike on it into the Condor chock. Then I secure it with two rachet straps and I'm done. The combination of the chock and straps keeps the bike very secure. Takes me about 10 minutes to unhook the straps, sit on the bike and back it off the trailer.





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What exhaust unit is that on your K12? Looks very nice!

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What exhaust unit is that on your K12? Looks very nice!

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Is the Condor bolted to the trailer?

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Is the Condor bolted to the trailer?
Yes, there is a detachable bracket that bolts to the trailer. The condor attaches with a thumbscrew to the bracket.

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what do you have around the front tire to secure it?
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