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post #1 of 26 Old 09-16-2014, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Carrying a rescue/tow strap

I've been looking all over for a 25 foot 1" tow strap with looped ends to carry on the bike but I'm Googled out. I have a 2" one with the metal hooks from Harbor Freight that I carry in the car, but the 1" ones seem elusive or too damn expensive. Does anyone carry a tow strap AKA rescue strap? Obviously, it doesn't need to be rated for 10,000 pounds. I saw a DS rider on YouTube rescue a small drowning cow from a canal once using one and it piqued my interest. I can see the usefulness of it, especially in the woods or waterways.
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I am not sure that towing is very safe, but can be done in extreme situations. Also, I would not carry a strap to rescue a stranded bovine at risk to my bike or myself.

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I do not plan on towing anything with the bike or strap; that was not the intent. It was be used to tie off the crash bars to use for rider assistance, emergency or something like that.

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EXACTLY what I was looking for! How in the hell did I miss those? :-(

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I always carry webbed straps under my seat for securing stuff to my ride and have joined them together to use as a tow rope.

This way they have a multi purpose.

They can even be used to secure a flat tyre onto a rim so you can ride out of trouble or as a bike lift to remove a wheel.

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towing, if done smartly, is perfectly safe. i carry a 15' tow strap

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I always carry webbed straps under my seat for securing stuff to my ride and have joined them together to use as a tow rope.

This way they have a multi purpose.

They can even be used to secure a flat tyre onto a rim so you can ride out of trouble or as a bike lift to remove a wheel.
I like that idea! Thanks!
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I carry a 3/4" nylon strap in my pannier and it's come in handy a couple times through the years to get a stranded bike back into town. I picked it up at Home Depot if I remember right where it started life as a 20' band clamp used in woodworking for gluing up furniture. Just cut off the screw clamp.


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I've got one of these in my kit:
Trail Strap Emergency Motorcycle Tow Strap by Moose Racing 3920-0362 Buddy Tow Chase Harper


We had to put three or four straps together to reach my KLR650 following my dumbass attack last year...







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