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post #1 of 12 Old 05-05-2008, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Towing a bike with strap technique?

Does anyone have a favorite way to tie a tow strap to a bike that needs to be towed out of the boondocks? I know that you just don't tie a rope to the forks and pull away, there is a certain way to route the rope around the bars, etc. I'm talking about one bike towing another after an engine failure. I know it's not a good idea, but sometimes there is no choice where I ride. Thanks.

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I (with other bikes) have always either:

1) Attached to the frame and pulled that way
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2) Attached to the triple tree in some form or fashion

Haven't paid any attention to what is available to grab onto with the Vee, yet. Just haven't thought about it.

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We attach the strap to one of the pegs. Once the bike is moving its easy to keep control of it this way even while at a good clip. I have also pull started bikes this way out in glamis in deep sand.

If there is no strap, you can hang a boot loosely on a passenger peg or other point on the towing bike. Its a bit hard to get going, but once at a bit of speed its easy to stay close to tow bike. If need be its easy to separate your self as well.

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We used to wrap a few loops around whatever point is used then have the towed rider grip the end between his palm and the grip. If things get a little hairy, he can let off the pressure and the strap would unwind fast to release the two bikes from each other.

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Amen to what Slaghammer had to say; but don't know how well that works on the Strom. Took the truck home from work so I can't look, but I think the fairing and windshield would pretty much block any central point to pull from. I don't think I'd want to be pulled from a point outboard of the fairing on a loose gravel road.
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I don't think I'd want to be pulled from a point outboard of the fairing on a loose gravel road.
Yea the peg technique, although very convenient, can be dangerous and needs to be used with caution. But like I said, I have gotten bikes pull started this way even in the deep sand of Glamis.

The hard part is to get going, once moving the lateral force is not very bad. You have to make sure you keep good communication between tower and towed bikes to make sure there is no sudden change of direction.

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Thanks for the replies. I like that one about holding a boot under a rear peg....yikes. I've had two knee replacements already, but I will keep that technique in mind if I am in a pinch. I will wrap the rope around the triple three and one end on the grip just in case I need to let go, good idea. By the way I am not thinking of towing my Wee....has anyone's Wee ever broken down??? I might have to tow my wife's XR250 someday. Thanks for the help again.

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There is only one way to tow a dirt bike.
The bike towing has the strap or tow rope tied to the rear frame in the centre (behind the seat).
The tow rope or strap (I have even used belts joined together) is looped around the cross bar or the centre of the handle bars of the bike being towed and is then held in place with the towed bikes riders hand on the clutch side.
Never ever ever tie the tow rope to the bike being towed it MUST be able to be released by the rider any other method will result in disaster and potentially result in injury to both riders and damage to both bikes.
Towing a bike off road is not easy and cannot be treated lightly you do not want to turn one broken down bike into two damaged bikes and two injured riders. If you are serious with the comment about towing your wifes XR250 then go out one day and practice but make sure that you do it on a nice rutted uphill or in a technical section, none of this open road fire trail stuff that will give you a false sense of how easy things are.
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There is only one way to tow a dirt bike.
The bike towing has the strap or tow rope tied to the rear frame in the centre (behind the seat).
The tow rope or strap (I have even used belts joined together) is looped around the cross bar or the centre of the handle bars of the bike being towed and is then held in place with the towed bikes riders hand on the clutch side.
Never ever ever tie the tow rope to the bike being towed it MUST be able to be released by the rider any other method will result in disaster and potentially result in injury to both riders and damage to both bikes.
Towing a bike off road is not easy and cannot be treated lightly you do not want to turn one broken down bike into two damaged bikes and two injured riders. If you are serious with the comment about towing your wifes XR250 then go out one day and practice but make sure that you do it on a nice rutted uphill or in a technical section, none of this open road fire trail stuff that will give you a false sense of how easy things are.
Thanks for more info mate, it is possible the day may come when I tow my wife's bike, however when she rides with me it is usually on forest service roads and the towing wouldn't be that difficult. From what I gather it might be better to let HER drive the towing bike and I'll be towed just in case we have to separate.

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Just keep in mind that both bikes will have balance issues too. A little practice will acquaint you with the strange balance gremlins.

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