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    In gear or out while trailering?

    For those of you who on occasion trailer their bike, do you leave it in gear or in neutral?
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    I leave the bike in gear on the trailer. I also leave the bike in gear so I can use the front brake and the clutch as an aid to control the bike as I back it off the trailer.
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    I've transported two bikes in the back of a panel van...not trailering but generally the same thing. In both cases, they were in neutral. Don't see the benefit of being in gear...seems like that might introduce forces into the gear train that are not normally there. My 0.02.
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    I never leave a trailered vehicle in gear. The is no upside and any movement causes gear train wear.
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    In gear. If "forces" on the trailered bike exceed those imposed by 1st gear starts from a stop or high speed engine braking I would be shocked. Properly tied down, however, it hardly makes a difference. I have the front wheel in a chock and strapped to the front rail of the trailer. The only fore-aft movement would be the amount of compression of the front tire.
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    Guess we're going to need a poll on this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Guess we're going to need a poll on this!
    Jeeeeeeeze, hope I'm not going to have to stop poppin' wheeeeeeelies

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    In or Out

    If I ride into the trailer and into the chock leave it in gear if I push it up ramp into trailer and chock leave out of gear so 95% of the time in gear.

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    Neutral is for starting bike on side stand or getting something out of your tank bag or pockets with the engine running. Leave it in gear
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    What is this trailer thing? Is that what HD's ride on when they go to ralley's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesved View Post
    What is this trailer thing? Is that what HD's ride on when they go to ralley's?
    OR- makes it a one person deal when a bike is dropped off for service.......Itís a nice way to bring a bike with you when you travel with a motorhome.
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    in gear or out

    What is this motorhome thing?

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    I leave mine in neutral. With the wheel chock and straps, it's not going to be moving around.
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    The only advantage I can see to having it in gear is that it is less likely to roll unexpectedly when tying it down and untying it again. Once it's secured with the straps it would make no difference if the straps are done right.
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    In GEAR

    [B][B] I always try to wear my GEAR when loading or unloading the trailer as that it seems over the years I have gotten hurt more often with the motorcycle loading it then riding it. Trailers can be dangerous.

    Wayne Koppa
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