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    Hi Michiganders and Wisconsinites. I am thinking about taking the Badger across the Lake on my cross-country trip this year. Has anyone done this before? What kind of tie-downs would you recommend and from where (to purchase)? Thanks - Mark

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    Mark -

    I found some older threads here:

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...Ferry-Tie-Down

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...Tie-Down-Hints

    You can also try going to google and typing "site:forums.bmwmoa.org badger" into the search box...I saw quite a few more threads that seemed to be about this ferry ride.
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    In 2018, Badger tie-downs were of a "mixed condition"... some looked newer & nice, others well exercised & grungy/dirty.

    One thing to remember, the Badger and ALL OTHERS I've used everywhere... Alaska, Mexico, Canadian Maritimes & multiple rides stateside...

    Ferries USE Commercial Quality Equipment; not the stuff you usually see hanging in stores we generally shop.

    It's large & robust for strength & durability.

    Your friend in adapting this equipment is for you to bring multiple "Soft Ties"... preventing their hardware from directly touching the bike.

    Double them up & extend as necessary... they pack tight.

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    I used My Mosko Moto cinch straps on my last Alaska crossing, on the Newfoundland ferries I always use the ones provided. Personally rusty hooks direct to my bikes does not bother me.
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    You might want to consider the fast ferry at Muskegon/Milwaukee (https://www.lake-express.com). Transit time 2.5 hours vs. 4 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    You might want to consider the fast ferry at Muskegon/Milwaukee (https://www.lake-express.com). Transit time 2.5 hours vs. 4 hours.
    Thanks for mentioning this alternative. It might appeal to some riders. But, I am too old to care about an extra hour and a half on a boat if the alternative means I have to go to Milwaukee. I just don't like major cities.
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    Agree

    Not only is Milwaukee unpleasant to drive through if you are heading west which you are the roads from Milwaukee funnel you South and west to northern Illinois or to the Madison area both cluster areas if you go north to miss these areas you might as well take the other ferry. I personally would ride around the north side of Lake Michigan to miss the Milwaukee, Madison areas.
    Edit: cycle gear has a nice set of tie downs

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    The OP seems to be more interested in tie downs for the ferry. Just sayin'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mplisa View Post
    Hi Michiganders and Wisconsinites. I am thinking about taking the Badger across the Lake on my cross-country trip this year. Has anyone done this before? What kind of tie-downs would you recommend and from where (to purchase)? Thanks - Mark
    I've used Ancra Tie downs for decades. You only need 2 of them. https://www.amazon.com/Ancra-49380-1...%2C240&sr=8-10

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHAG View Post
    I've used Ancra Tie downs for decades. You only need 2 of them...
    Any photos of this 2-strap tie-down method?

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    I always replace the hooks on my tie downs with snap links. If a strap with a hooks gets loose the hook can release from its attachment point. A snap link will more likely remain attached and offer at least some restraint.

    I've never ridden on the Badger, but rode ferries to, from and around Alaska. Sometimes they provided straps and sometimes they did not. When they did provide them they were filthy and in poor condition.
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    From the FAQ page on the SS Badger page:

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    Q: Do you provide motorcycle tie-downs? Do I have to tie down my own motorcycle?
    A: Passengers are required to provide two tie-downs per motorcycle. Tie-downs should be adjustable, heavy-duty nylon with a metal S-hook on one end.
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    Itís been a few years since I rode the Badger and at that time they did not provide tie-downs but the attendant there told a guy that didnít have them that they sold them in the office. I didnít actually see if the guy ever got some so I canít confirm that. I brought my own with soft ties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mirider View Post
    Itís been a few years since I rode the Badger and at that time they did not provide tie-downs but the attendant there told a guy that didnít have them that they sold them in the office. I didnít actually see if the guy ever got some so I canít confirm that. I brought my own with soft ties.
    From experience - the tie downs sold in the office are expensive and cheap. Bring your own, ratchet straps work best, soft ties for the bike end, S-hooks work best on the Badger attachment points.
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