Transporting Your Bike
Hooray it is spring time in the
motorcycle world and for many of us this means loading up the bike on a
trailer or truck and getting it down to Cyclewise / Ducati Vermont for a
I wanted to take this opportunity to
talk with you about something that we see many people have trouble with
or at least have questions about, and that is loading and strapping
down their bikes.
Let me bring just a few of our most important points on this to light, and give some advice from the professionals.
- The first and most important point is DO NOT load or unload alone. Even with the best equipment this
ups your chances of having issues. Bike are heavy and naturally not
interested in standing upright and still on a ramp. This simple mistake
can be very costly to your bike, your truck, or you!
- Our number two
on the list is use good straps and plenty of them, old straps with knots
and nicks are not nearly as strong as they once were, replace as soon as you notice wear and tear.
Rusty or bent ratchets do not hold well under pressure and may release
any time causing your bike to fall. Straps that have been left outside
overtime will break down due to UV damage and also break under preassure.
- Number three on the list is that there is no replacement
for good ramps. Good long ramps with an arch are your best bet to
reduce the chance of belly hanging the bike and to reduce force required to push it up the
ramp. If you have access use the terrain around you such as hills to
ease in loading as it reduces the angle of attack on your tailgate.
- Number four is wheel chocks for your bed or trailer as they help support the front wheel for strapping. Bar harness are also a great tool for easily strapping down a sport bike securely.
- Number five is
kind of a no-brainer but important to bring up. Check, double check and
then stop and check. It is best to double check all your straps before
heading down the road to make sure each tie downpoint is tight. Depending
on the length and road conditions of your journey you will want to stip
and double check all of your staps as they may loosen or shift during
For more tips on loading or help with any motorcycle transportation
needs give a call to us at Cyclewise and we will be happy to help
answer any questions. We carry a large stock of all of the above items mentioned to assist you for safe transporting.
Cyclewise Service Department