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How to Safely Tie Down a Motorcycle

 Updated on: September 24th, 2020

How to Safely Tie Down a Motorcycle

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

Installation

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

Wrap front soft loops
2

Wrap front soft loops

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

Secure Hook End
3

Secure Hook End

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 Stack
4

Pull slack

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

Repeatk
5

Repeat

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

Tighten
6

Tighten

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.
Soft Loop Rear
7

Soft Loop Rear

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.

Double Check
8

Double Check

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