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Looking to pickup a 650 this weekend and transport in truck bed. Visually it looks like the lower triple tree tie down points will not work due to potential contact with the body pieces. Can anyone confirm this? If so, are the side black frame/engine a good tie down point or too far back? Or would up on the bars be best to avoid issues. There are no crash bars on the bike.
 

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I used 3 tie downs each side, V2.

Triple tree towards the front, Crash bars to the side, rear frame to the rear.

You could use the handlebars to the side (removed on the images). Helps to have extra loops to attach the hook to rather than hook directly to the bike.

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Tie down on the fork legs right at the front axle, or above where your fender mounts if that is possible on your bike (it isn't on my FJR) - one to each side and then tie down the rear tire. Allows the suspension to do what it wants and you can't get any slack no matter how hard you hit a bump since you are completely below the suspension. My 650lb FJR was rock steady the whole 300 mile trip from where I bought it.

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Looking to pickup a 650 this weekend and transport in truck bed. Visually it looks like the lower triple tree tie down points will not work due to potential contact with the body pieces. Can anyone confirm this? If so, are the side black frame/engine a good tie down point or too far back? Or would up on the bars be best to avoid issues. There are no crash bars on the bike.
One thing that I should note is that a lot of modern pickup tie-down hooks are pretty floppy. So if you are going that route, make sure to test out yours before you commit to using them to strap down a bike. For the $35 it costs to rent a motorcycle trailer from U-haul, it is a much easier way to transport.
 

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One thing that I should note is that a lot of modern pickup tie-down hooks are pretty floppy. So if you are going that route, make sure to test out yours before you commit to using them to strap down a bike. For the $35 it costs to rent a motorcycle trailer from U-haul, it is a much easier way to transport.
These are rated at 661lb each.
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There are a purpose built design that incorporates an eye loop at both ends, and fuzzy padding for the paint. Pass one end through the eye of the strap and choke the handlebar. Criss cross the steering stem. Eye loop at opposing end is for traditional cinch strap hook. This method is very secure as no hook on the handlebar will ever shake loose.
The Harley image (above)looks like a Bozo No-No.
 

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There are a purpose built design that incorporates an eye loop at both ends, and fuzzy padding for the paint. Pass one end through the eye of the strap and choke the handlebar. Criss cross the steering stem. Eye loop at opposing end is for traditional cinch strap hook. This method is very secure as no hook on the handlebar will ever shake loose.
The Harley image (above)looks like a Bozo No-No.
LOL - Bozo transports lots of bikes and it is the most stable way to tie one down. Your mileage may vary, but there is absolutely no way for the bike to detach no matter how hard you hit a bump. I'll have to find it, but he has a picture of a customers trailer that rolled over and the bikes were still solidly locked down to the floor (with the trailer laying on its side)
 
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This is the way I tied down my '12 DL1000.
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  • Ratchet straps with a Soft Tie on the end
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  • Soft Tie around an exposed frame member in front

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!
 
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This is the way I tied down my '12 DL1000.
Good Luck!!!!!!!!!
Thanks. My concerns were all around the front tie downs. I have three available tie downs on each side in the bed. I should be able to easily hit the rear and mid points circled here. I believe if I crisscross the front from the lower tree, there will be no fairing contact. Or potentially right above the fender.
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Buy a decent wheel chock and it makes life a lot easier. It like an extra set of hands. Roll the bike in to the chock and it hold the bike while you tie it down. My personal preference is a Baxley Sport chock but the ones from HF are okay.

With Baxley I use two straps up front pulling down and forward below front suspension and two straps in the rear barely compressing the suspension. I want the bike to float on its suspension not make it part of the truck.
 

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Buy a decent wheel chock and it makes life a lot easier. It like an extra set of hands. Roll the bike in to the chock and it hold the bike while you tie it down. My personal preference is a
Baxley Sport chock......

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Sorry - I screwed up this particular post.
 
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Rear end of your bike— low tie down thru wheel spokes or cast wheel spokes.You’re holding the bike down,not the suspension.Up high is wobbly.
Don’t use handle bars to secure your bike. Seems counter-intuitive to tie bike lower.
 

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While this may not help you this close to picking up your bike, but for future reference, get yourself a canyon dancer bar harness, you will love them. I use mine and then put a couple of straps around the back somewhere just as a back up but I wouldn't hesitate to travel anywhere with just the canyon dancers on.
 

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I picked up a set of these tie downs (on Craigs List) for my KTM where there were no places on the 990 Super Duke for a rear tie down. Only one required and it works great!!!
BTW, they only cost $20 :cool:
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