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How to Safely Tie Down a Motorcycle

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The first time you secure your motorcycle to a trailer or your truck bed can be terrifying – to do it incorrectly means an expensive mistake that could damage your bike or cause injury. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here is the step-by-step process to efficiently secure your motorcycle so you can drive away with confidence.

Tools
Install a motorcycle wheel chock
1

Install a motorcycle wheel chock, and remember to position the straps so that they will pull the bike inward towards the wheel chock.

load the bike into the truck or trailer
2

Once you’ve used a motorcycle ramp to load the bike into the truck or trailer, wrap a soft loop around the base of the left side handle bar and place the hook end of one strap through the soft loop.

Secure the other hook end of the strap to a secure spot in your truck or trailer, preferably on an angle for maximum stability.
3

Secure the other hook end of the strap to a secure spot in your truck or trailer, preferably on an angle for maximum stability.

Pull the slack out of the strap
4

Pull the slack out of the strap and ratchet it a few times.

screw in the lug nuts by hand
5

Repeat these first three steps for the right side handle bar.

Tighten each ratchet strap so that the bike will sit in the upright position on its own.
6

Tighten each ratchet strap so that the bike will sit in the upright position on its own.

Note: Do not compress the front forks, as doing so may cause serious damage to the suspension of the bike.

For the rear of the bike, find a stable part of the bike and wrap a soft loop around it, then proceed to secure the straps to the bike in same fashion as done in the front.
7

For the rear of the bike, find a stable part of the bike and wrap a soft loop around it, then proceed to secure the straps to the bike in same fashion as done in the front.

To ensure stability, periodically check the strap tightness and the condition of the straps along with the load itself before and during the trip.
8

To ensure stability, periodically check the strap tightness and the condition of the straps along with the load itself before and during the trip.

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