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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question How to secure T120 to Single Bike trailer

I'm soon picking up a 2016 Bonneville T120 that i've just purchased and I'm looking for advice on How to secure it to Single Bike trailer for safe transportation

I was going to ride it back but I've decided to use my single bike trailer instead.

I'm old and I worry a little so any safe loading & securing tips like 'where to put the ties downs so they don't come loose if the bike bounces a little' would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance have a good one safe riding
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I used to do this exact thing for a shop, so I can be of some help. I think. Hahaha!

What I would do is to take a ratcheting strap on each side of the lower triple tree to a corner of the trailer (or rail/tie down point). Make sure to put a good amount of tension on the front suspension/straps so it won’t go anywhere.

As for the rear, i’d go around the portion of your frame that has the mounts for the exhaust cans or the bottom shock mounting point on the swing arm.

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Don't compress the forks more than a third of the travel. Depending upon how long on the road this trip will take, check the tension of the straps every hour or so. if a short distance, don't bother. Does this trailer have a front wheel chock or stop on it to keep the bike from moving forward? Maybe put the bike in gear while transporting. I've only used a pickup to transport bikes.
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The best method of tie down are canyon straps. They don't run the risk of scratching bars or controls and they provide the best tie down security due to the way they pull on opposite side bars. Check em out.

http://www.canyondancer.com/originalbarharness
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Don't compress the forks more than a third of the travel. Depending upon how long on the road this trip will take, check the tension of the straps every hour or so. if a short distance, don't bother. Does this trailer have a front wheel chock or stop on it to keep the bike from moving forward? Maybe put the bike in gear while transporting. I've only used a pickup to transport bikes.


This is good advice. Use ratchet straps for each corner, a fifth can secure the front wheel to the front of the trailer in lieu of a chock. I havenít ever put my bike in gear so I canít say if that effective. Itís far easier if you have a friend help you steady the bike, especially when de-trailering because itís just too easy to drop the bike removing the straps...I might have seen that before.
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Don't compress the forks more than a third of the travel. Depending upon how long on the road this trip will take, check the tension of the straps every hour or so. if a short distance, don't bother. Does this trailer have a front wheel chock or stop on it to keep the bike from moving forward? Maybe put the bike in gear while transporting. I've only used a pickup to transport bikes.
It's a purpose built wide axle single bike trailer with a very substantial front wheel location loop.

I've seen some that say tie down and compress the suspension while some say tie it below the suspension so the bike can move on it's suspension.

I guess the main thing is to check the straps before I get onto the motorway and try to keep my speed down to 60mph
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I don't agree with letting the suspension move around. If you do, the straps will become loose easier and when the suspension compresses, the straps at that point will become loose. There will of course be some movement, but you want to minimize any large movement. You want to have the same force on the straps from one side to the other and front to back to keep the bike from listing to one side.
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I use 2 soft hooks wrapped around the fork just above the lower clamp. Then ratchet straps to secure. I compress the forks fairly tight, but not all the way. I then grab the handlebar and shake. If the trailer moves with the bike, youíre ok! Iíve done this with no problems for over 25 years.
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with a very substantial front wheel location loop.
I have to respectfully disagree. That loop is not adequate for a 220 kg bike, it already looks bent.
I'd rather have the suspension compressed than have my bike flopping around at highway speed, however on this trailer you can't compress the front suspension because there are no anchor points forward of the front axle.
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The metal loop that the tyre pulls up to is not bent that's the way it is. It's only to stop the bike rolling forward. It's had a new Triumph rocket on it many times whilst traveling to shows.

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