How do you tie your bikes down?

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6/1/2019 5:01 PM

1. Soft loop straps with the soft loop wrapped around the fork above bottom triple clamp

2. Hook straight on bars

3. Soft loops around bars

Curious as what everyone does. Moto mounts and foot peg mounting systems are excluded as not many people have or use them.

Personally I use #1 with a fork saver. Works awesome and is VERY stable.

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6/1/2019 5:09 PM

3

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6/1/2019 5:11 PM

Never heard of #1 (20+ years)
#3

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Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

6/1/2019 5:14 PM

Recently started using first method as I’m using a shorter bed truck and bike goes in sideways, so soft straps on bars doesn’t work. Otherwise, always have used 3rd method.

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6/1/2019 5:17 PM

MX Dad #27 wrote:

Never heard of #1 (20+ years)
#3

Never did either until I was told it holds your bike better + if you use a fork saver like I do you can legit barely tighten the straps and it will never go anywhere. We use the SRT soft loop straps.

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6/1/2019 5:19 PM

crowe176 wrote:

Recently started using first method as I’m using a shorter bed truck and bike goes in sideways, so soft straps on bars doesn’t work. Otherwise, always have used 3rd method.

Used to use 2 until I finally bought soft loops (SRT brand) with the carabiner. Add in a fork saver from SRT and you can barely tighten the straps and the bike is solid.

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6/1/2019 5:25 PM

I have been hooking to bars next the triple clamps since the 80s and never had any issue.I wedge a 2x4 between the tire and fender so I dont have to compress the suspension. Never had issues.

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6/1/2019 5:30 PM

I use ProTaper straps with integrated soft loops around the bars most of the time. Sometimes I put my bike in the bed of the truck diagonally and go to the pegs, one strap to the front and one to the back.

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6/1/2019 5:59 PM

MX Dad #27 wrote:

Never heard of #1 (20+ years)
#3

Used #1 for 20 years

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6/1/2019 6:19 PM


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6/1/2019 6:19 PM

#1

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2015 Kawasaki KX 250F
2015 GasGas TXT Racing 125
2015 Husqvarna TC 125
2018 KTM 150 XC-W

6/1/2019 6:54 PM

MX Dad #27 wrote:

Never heard of #1 (20+ years)
#3

mwssquad827 wrote:

Used #1 for 20 years


I'll give it a try!











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Better to remain silent and thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

6/1/2019 7:28 PM

Bike Shoe for years....

Paw Paw

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6/1/2019 7:57 PM

mwssquad827 wrote:

This with a fork saver

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6/1/2019 8:07 PM

Old school tie downs on the bars, been doing it since the early 70’s. Works for me.

One of the shops I raced out of when I was in High school, the owner of the shop loaded up and rode with me to a race. He rolled a wore out tire up to my truck and laid in the back against the wheel well. I said we don’t have room for an old tire, it’s not even mounted on a rim. He laughed and said watch this. He rolled his race scooter up to the truck and said grap a fork. We set it in the truck, he laid it over against the tire and closed the tail gate and said us old guys been haulin racein scooters all over Oklahoma and North Texas way before you were born and before they made tie downs, let’s go. We drove 60 miles and It never moved.



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6/1/2019 8:19 PM

#3

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6/1/2019 8:51 PM


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6/1/2019 9:05 PM

#2

When I started riding again after 12 years off I didn’t know what the extra straps were for so I cut them off... hook straight to the bar since 1986!

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Never try to argue with idiots; they will only bring you down to their level.....and being more experienced, they will beat you at their own game!


2006 KX250

6/1/2019 9:59 PM

We have been using these with great results

https://www.bikebinderz.com/

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6/1/2019 10:12 PM

#1 for sport bikes. #2 for dirtbikes.

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6/1/2019 11:18 PM

The loops on the end, hooked over the grips, can save a bike from serious road damage. Seen it work.

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6/1/2019 11:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/1/2019 11:57 PM

#1, especially with 2 bikes on a "mini-truck" -works better angles when hitching the outside tie downs to the side of the tray.

If you haven't tried #1 please try it - once you go above bottom triple you never go back

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"Are you kidding me guy? You know how hard I grease it"

6/2/2019 5:59 AM

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6/2/2019 7:10 AM

Now that I have a computer and can type....

I've been tying to the forks just about the triple clamps for years. There's less tie-down, less stretch and bounce, and the angle is much better. In addition, I _always_ get soft loops with clips so there's no way the bike can come loose- that way I don't even have to tie very tight.

But, I am _strongly_ considering going with MX Mounts, esp in my new toy hauler. It'd be great to be able to get into the hauler w/out crawling thru a bunch of straps like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible I.

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2015 Kawasaki KX 250F
2015 GasGas TXT Racing 125
2015 Husqvarna TC 125
2018 KTM 150 XC-W

6/2/2019 7:15 AM

Front wheel tucked in the right front corner of bed. Cinch strap from left foot peg to front left lower tie down in bed, then cinch strap from right foot peg to left rear lower tie down in bed. Barely any stress on suspension, no soft straps to mess with, no worries about pinched cables or wires. VERY sturdy. Can close tailgate with a 5 1/2' bed.

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6/2/2019 7:18 AM

Used these on my last two bikes. Never given me any problems.

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6/2/2019 7:22 AM

#1 for the last 5 years and will never go back to hooking on the bars

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6/3/2019 11:33 AM

Either 1 or 3 with a fork saver.

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Race Bike: 2018 KTM 350SXF

Other Bikes: 1985 CR80R, 1990 CR250R, 1998 PW80, Giant Stance 2.

Sold: 2016 YZ250F, 2012 CRF250R

6/3/2019 11:35 AM

2 or 3 depending on the tie downs I'm using

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
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6/3/2019 11:43 AM

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