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post #1 of 21 Old 08-30-2006, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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How do you tie-down your Strom?

I'm new to the V Strom family. I bought a K7 650 last Saturday. I need to find out a good way to tie-down my bike on my trailer. It looks like if I put soft ties around the fork bridge the straps will rub the fairing on the underside where the straps project out diagonaly. I have seen bikes tied by their grips using a special cross strap that connects between the two grips. I'll experiment- but hoping I can learn from your experience.

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Re: How do you tie-down your Strom?

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I'm new to the V Strom family. I bought a K7 650 last Saturday. I need to find out a good way to tie-down my bike on my trailer. It looks like if I put soft ties around the fork bridge the straps will rub the fairing on the underside where the straps project out diagonaly. I have seen bikes tied by their grips using a special cross strap that connects between the two grips. I'll experiment- but hoping I can learn from your experience.

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I tie down the front end using a Bar-Harness by Canyon Dancer:
http://www.canyondancer.com/
It won't work with most hand guards and you have to be sure that the handlebar clamps are well tightened, but it keeps the tie-down straps away from the bodywork. The passenger peg brackets work well for securing the back end. Hope you like your Wee-Strom as well as I do mine!

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Ummmm , what is a trailer????? I thought those were for BOATS?! :lol: :lol:

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When I sold my Stom the guy had an interesting way. He looped two loops around the lower tree. ( That was a mouthful, loop around loop) With those loopes he hooked the ratchet straps. This way the straps didn't rub on the plastic and you are still up high enough to get enough leverage. Looked to work great, probably the best way that I have ever seen for a bike like the Strom. Not very descriptive I know but I tried.




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post #6 of 21 Old 08-31-2006, 01:51 AM
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I used to do the forks just above the lower triple clamp on my speed triple. Thats not so easy on the Strom. I do like to run a ratcheting tiedown from one side to the other and looped around the rim and tire like in this pic.


It does suprisingly well holding the bike upright but I dont rely on just that to hold it up. I also have built a front wheel chock to isolate the front wheel from turning and it also helps to hold the bike up.

I made it out of scrap 2X4's and 2X6's I had.
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Here is where I tied it off when I transported the bike. No problems, rubbing damage or anything. The bike was rock solid on the trailer and dident even move a quarter of a inch on its journey. Ratchet straps, with bicycle tubing wrapped around them so negate rubbing.

As you can see under the front over the forks worked good, and through the back handholds also worked well. And one through the front wheel for the safety of those behind us.



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Ummmm , what is a trailer????? I thought those were for BOATS?! :lol: :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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