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post #1 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Trailering a Wee

Another riding buddy and I enjoy exploring new twisties in the Catskills, but don't like riding 3 hrs to get there on the slab, each way in 1 day. So, (call me a wuss but) we're renting an open utility trailer from U-Haul - either a 5'x9', or a 6'x12', depending on the tow vehicle and how well the bikes fit on it. (Other bike is a BMW R1200rt or F650)
I'm planning to use 4 ratchet straps on the Wee - 2 on the rear attached to the seat side bars, and 2 on the handle bars.
BTW, I have 1"up & 1" back risers.
I'm also planning to build simple 2"x4" wheel chocks to help stabilize.
I'm open to thoughts re my strap attachment points on the bike, how much pressure I can put on them, and trailer suggestions in general.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 04:09 PM
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Trailering is OK...But riding there is more fun. I've not trailered my Wee yet but I have trailered lots of other bikes.

If you insist on trailering your tie down points seam to be OK, but you may want to use handlebar straps (short pieces of staping that go around your handlebars instead of the hooks) so you don't mess up your handle bars.

Also make sure you strap the wheels down front and rear so they don't bounce around and slip out from under the bike. That is no fun.

Tighten the staps down about as tight as you can, you should compress the front forks pretty good. I know that I will climb on the trailer and push down on the forks and have a friend pull the strap tight. Tighter is better, again you don't want anything moving.

Good luck, and have fun.

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 05:36 PM
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Seems like you have things pretty well figured out.

I don't know how true it is but I've heard you can damage your fork seals if you compress the forks too much. The thought is if you've already compressed the forks and the trailer is hitting bumps and bottoming out the forks it could cause problems.

As I said though it's only something I've heard so I'm not sure if it's true. It seems to make sense to me though.

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post #4 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 05:49 PM
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Check your straps often

I've never trailered the V but we trailer the dirt bikes quite often. One thing to keep in mind with the rachet type straps is that they can and will loosen up, especially if its a bumpy ride. So check them from time to time.

Especially the front ones that are attached to the handlebars.

I installed 2 x 4 front and back on each side of the tires so they cant slide side to side, I also put the front tire hard up aganist the front of the trailer.

Again these are dirt bikes, not sure how the Strom would do.

Good luck and keep the rubber side down.

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 06:51 PM
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You might want to think of another place other than the handle bars to attach those front straps. The handle bars can rotate and/or bend given the amount of force you and/or the road will be applying to them. With the use of "soft ties" finding places to use as tie down points should be much easier.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 07:04 PM
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Front Tie Down Points

I've actually had a set of stock V-Strom bars bend from attaching the tie downs to them while trailering. Not strong enough without a crossbar I'd guess.
Not use tie downs with soft straps attached to the front of the Givi engine/shroud guards.
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 07:20 PM
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I don't compress the forks much anymore when trailering, you can definitely blow the fork seals with too much constant pressure + bumps. The seals have a spring inside them that gets stretched, then you need new seals.

* zip tie the front brake
* put her in gear

Sometimes I put it on the kickstand, tie a strap to the left handlebar and get it mildly tight, then ratchet down the right side. Other times I tie it so the bike is perfectly upright.

If ya just want to half-ass it, you only need two straps. But with your setup you can trailer with confidence.

When I trailer two bikes, I keep adding tension until I can wiggle one bike and the other bike plus the trailer moves in unison. Feel free to tie them together, that always makes me feel better for some reason.

With all that being said, I've never trailered my v-strom

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 07:44 PM
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I have trailered over 5,000 miles. I use ties over the tripple clamp, never the bars. Also tie the rear down at the grab bars. You need to protect the plastic from wear caused by the tie down straps. The grab bars will also wear without protection between the strap and grab bar.
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post #9 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 09:20 PM
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Use Soft Ties around the lower tripple tree. I wouldn't use the handle bars.

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post #10 of 12 Old 09-09-2009, 10:56 PM
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I have pics of how I trailered my Wee home from the purchase in WV.

this one too..... no rear straps in this shot, which I wont trailer without, but it shows the $39 dollar Harbor Freight wheel chock I use.

This nex shot shows the rear straps, I use the passenger peg brackets.

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