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post #21 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 06:26 PM
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Using Nite Ize Cam jam straps. Very heavy duty -
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post #22 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 06:37 PM
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I used to get the tie down straps BMW used to hold the bikes in the shipping crates. I've been using the same ones for decades.
I have gotten the plastic clip ends and strap from REI and made my own on occasion. Just need a sewing machine and decent thread.
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post #23 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 07:43 PM
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Rok Straps, Rok Straps, Rok Straps, YES, YES, YES.

I too, being a cheap [email protected], (heck, I ride a Vstrom.... not a KLR, but still....) tried bungee cords, used electrical tape on the ends as a desperate attempt to reduce scratches , or even the nets, you know, the really, really nice ten dollar ones that "look" like they'll be just the best thing ever,
well, they stretch out too, or aren't quite big enough.

So, I knew about Rok straps, but man, who wants to drop twenty bucks on a flat bungee cord ? I bought a pair, did my annual 10 day trip, and they are GREAT !! soft scratch free ties and ends, adjustable, strong, stretchy, yeah. the best thing ever....
Best 20 bucks I ever spent, why did I wait soooooooo long. (cause, I'm a cheap [email protected])
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Rok all the way
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post #25 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 07:50 PM
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I carry a set of both large and small ROK straps. I also have a bungee net for those awkward shaped thing that won't hold with straps (eg think maybe a watermelon.)

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Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
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post #26 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by outdoorgb View Post
I use 1/4" bungee cord. Various lengths and it stays tight. Although, I try to pack stuff in my soft and hard luggage as much as tent does not fit.

Here is an example:

I won't use bungee cords with hooks on the end...many people have had some pretty bad eye injuries using this type. And, I can tie a knot.
1/4" bungee cord from your local hardware store. There are plenty of footpegs, indicator brackets, etc to loop it around. I start by making a loop in one end and thread it thought itself around a rear grab handle and go across and back until finding a place to hook the end loop.
As the gear grows or shrinks I just add a new loop in a convenient place, that way the tension is always as you want it.

Perhaps I should try some ROK straps, but I have never had the need for anything better than what I currently use - and its cheap and easily replaceable. Those bungee hooks are damn dangerous, and damaging.
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post #27 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Boriqua View Post
LOve that pic with the Tire on back .. there is another where someone is hauling two. Just happy to see the little beasty can do it!!

anyway .. Alright I bought a pair of the Adjustable Roc straps that go 12" to 42" for boxes, range bag and general smaller lighter wieght stuff and I have these coming for larger stuff. I will probably cut them down to 4' ish and save the rest of the strap for repairs.

and ... I have Ratchet straps in case I want to haul tires!!
What do you get when you add 4 tires + 2 ratchet straps + 1 motorcycle = lots of odd looks from passerby's.
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post #28 of 57 Old 08-14-2019, 09:44 PM
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For what its worth, on my V-2, I made up a couple of loops from load webbing and bolted them to the frame between the front mounting points of the luggage rack and the rack itself. The objective is to have a forward (non-tapered) attachment point for my Rok Straps. That way I can use two pair either as an X or parallel pattern. I keep a pair of the smaller "pack" straps in my tank bag for the rare second story jacket.

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Originally Posted by PerazziMx14 View Post
What do you get when you add 4 tires + 2 ratchet straps + 1 motorcycle = lots of odd looks from passerby's.
That's the pic! I had remembered it being two but I showed that same pic to the wife. Love it!

When I was young and broke and all I had was a bike I strapped all manner of things to it.

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post #30 of 57 Old 08-15-2019, 09:08 AM
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I was just faced with the the same questions as I was shopping for straps last week. I ended up settling on the ROK straps (1 set long and 1 set short), but with some reservations. I would be 100% okay spending an extra couple of bucks on them if the buckles were aluminum, SS, pot metal... anything but plastic. Most reviews on Amazon are positive, but the negative reviews tell of strap failure, usually because the plastic buckle breaks. I still may buy a set of camlock straps like those used to secure kayaks as a backup and cut them down to a manageable size for MC use.
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