Tying down a V-Strom - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
Junior Trooper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 4
Tying down a V-Strom

I have heard there is a better way.

I had been using the soft Canyon Dancer straps, but they scrunch the grips. So I bought the Canyon Dancer with the hard cups, they bent the bar end caps.

I have heard there is a way to hook onto the fork under the cowling. Where exactly would I hook the straps and do I need some kind of special strap?
LittleWillie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 01:53 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Pacific Northwet
Posts: 651
I hook my straps directly to my givi crash bars up front and in the back to the frames for my jesse's.

IIRC the straps can go up inside the fairing and hood to the bars close to the clamps. I haven't done this for a while and then only did it once or twice so my memory could be wrong.

DL1000K8

So what is it, am I a smart*** or a dumb***? Maybe I'm just an ***hole.
10guy is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 01:58 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North central Texas
Posts: 65
Willie
I use soft loops around the fork leg just above the lower triple clamp. Hook the tie down into the loop left sticking out. Examples here; Heavy Duty Motorcycle Strap Kits

Rare is the good deed that goes unpunished



r
V-lust is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 02:08 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
eye.surgeon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central California
Posts: 875
Front straps to crash bars and rear straps to luggage attachment hardware is the way to go. Don't even put straps on the grips, especially the throttle side. Too many moving parts to break up there. The Givi bars make fantastic attachment points up front.

'09 Wee (sold)
2012 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring
2006 BMW K1200LT
eye.surgeon is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 02:30 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
kenneth_moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fort Lauderdale FL
Posts: 2,452
You can avoid compressing the suspension for tie-down. Instead you can pick parts "below" the suspension and use them. At the forks I connect on the lower tubes where the fender mounts. At the back I connect to the swingarm. If you can add a third pair on the rider pegs, all the better.

FWIW: I learned this method unpacking Harleys when I worked at a dealership. This is how they secured the bikes in their shipping crates. We got free racheting tie downs too!

Go hakafugu yourself.
kenneth_moore is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 04:06 PM
Stromthusiast!
Super Trooper!
 
WNCRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Pisgah Forest, NC
Posts: 149
I have been using soft straps just above the triple fork with easy access under the fairing. I use soft straps on the lower footpeg mounting brackets for the rear. I will have to try attaching on the lower tube and see how that works. Don't tie down on the grips, to much wiggle and stuff to break.
WNCRider is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 07:52 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
ThunderEagle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chesterland, OH
Posts: 112
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenneth_moore View Post
You can avoid compressing the suspension for tie-down.
I always thought you were specifically SUPPOSED to compress the suspension when securing a motorcycle for transport?

When I picked up my Wee I had to trailer it home, and the guys at the dealer went up under the faring and over the tripple clamp on the forks in the front. Said that was all I would need, but went ahead and put some tie downs on the luggage rack in the rear to prevent side to side movement.

2009 DL650
Orange Wee Club Member #70
ThunderEagle is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 08:12 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 4,051
Quote:
Originally Posted by LittleWillie View Post
I have heard there is a better way.

I had been using the soft Canyon Dancer straps, but they scrunch the grips. So I bought the Canyon Dancer with the hard cups, they bent the bar end caps.
Hindsight is always 20/20, isn't it?

You should have asked us before tying the bike down, I would have told you to never tie a bike down by the handlebars.
The bars bending can make your bike fall off the truck/trailer/platform.

The other sensible ting to do is to leave the sidestand deployed if you want, but the bike's weight should not be on it. Sidestands bend just as easily as handlebars.

Oh, while I'm on sidesatands: it is not recommended to leave the luggage packed and attached to the bike; that's going to bend the stand over time.

To answer your question, you can loop hooks over the lower triple tee.
Another thing you can do is to clamp the front wheel down if you have the equipment.
SittingDuck is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 09:59 PM
Living the Stereotype
 
Stromin'Nroman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Posts: 11,543
If you really want to know how to tie down a bike, perhaps you should check somewhere other than a V-Strom forum.

Talk to the real experts:

Trailering Tips - Harley Davidson Community

Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.

Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA

DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP

"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Stromin'Nroman is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 09-22-2010, 08:50 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Craig Jackman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Belleville ON, Canada
Posts: 651
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post
If you really want to know how to tie down a bike, perhaps you should check somewhere other than a V-Strom forum.

Talk to the real experts:

Trailering Tips - Harley Davidson Community

'03 DL1000 - "The Vee"
Mod list - Oxford heated overgrips. Garmin GPS w/Aquabox RAM mount. Mirror extenders. Givi V35 saddlebags, engine guards, and Kappa top box. Adventure Tech fork brace, wheel spacer, sidestand foot, and peg lowering kit. Gafler braided front brake & clutch lines. K&N air filter. Pyramid Fenda Extenda. GO Cruise throttle lock. Touratech folding shift lever. Rad guard. GSXR 4 piston brakes with SV Racing brackets. Yosh timing cover. SW Motech center stand and crossbar. Eastern Beaver headlight relay. 12 O'Clock Labs Speedo DRD. Werks clutch basket. Corbin seat.
Craig Jackman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome