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Basically, you need to immobilise the front wheel. It should sit in a groove or rail, so it can't turn or slide. If you have a wooden floor you can just nail bits of wood to it. It should also rest forward against a wall or something.
Then use tie-downs from a convenient location, like bars, and tie forward and out, so the suspension gets compressed, but not necessarily all the way down.
Then attach one tie-down to the rear, better two.
If your bike has telelever front suspension then you must tie down the front wheel separately and tie the fron of the bike down, but not forward, because the suspension will otherwise not go down and the whole setup becomes unstable.
To avoid scratching buy the sturdy narrow style cambuckle ( steel,not die cast buckles)tie down straps which have a sewn loop at one end of the movable strap. Cut off the hook end, sear it with a match and re- insert it so that the loop end wil now be the retainer. You can then loop that around the handlebar or any frame tube, pass the other end with cambuckle through it and you have a secure and paint/chrome friendly support.
Always carry at least two in your luggage so you can tie your bike down on ferries, emergency transport, support broken luggage. Makes good clothesline too
Thanks for the tips, however ive heard that it's not so wise to tie down from bars but have not heard of any other location in order to compress forks, which apparently is a must. Ive bought a good front wheel trap but am still unsure where to tie down from? Also ive built a short plywood box around trailer to stop debris however any other ideas in order to protect bike (I know tarps are useless)?
Thanks for the advice, I have seen many people tie down by bars, however many articles say the bars are not designed for the stress, also ive heard from many people that no matter how well you tarp a bike flapping will rub off paint as well as damage chrome. If I decide to tie down by bars (which is most likely) how much travel in forks shall i leave, also with back should i rig high on frame as to allow compression of rear shocks, again how much and wear should I fasten?
my experience is you don't need to tie the back-end at all if the front end is properly (by the bars) tied down. Off-road shops sell a device to prevent the forks fully compressing and blowing the seals. It's just a plastic guard ( http://www.dirtbikebook.com/acatalog/GeneralTools.html ), never used one myself. But as said above, depends on the bike. An off-road/trail bike is a lot lighter than your average Harley. I'm guessing if you're worried about damaging chrome you're bike is at the heavier end of the scale?
I would go to a bike shop that sells your style of bike and ask them. They have a financial interest in transporting bikes without marking them, so tend to get it right.
If it's a long trip you could always think about building a basic wooden crate round it, if you're worried about damage. It's not that difficult, and you could probably build it on the trailer itself. A local chippy would probably build it cheap.
[This message has been edited by DougieB (edited 12 January 2006).]
I would trap the front wheel so that it can't slide sideways either with a commercial trap or as mentioned by nailing some 2X4 to the deck. Compress the forks about half way by tying down from the bars and I have never worried about the back end.
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