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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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    I rode the Badger in July 2019 the faq said bring your own which I did but never used them because there were plenty on the ship that were industrial strength so I just used those with my soft ties.
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    My advice: bring your own. Use them if you need to. Use their's if available and if they work. For absolute sure bring soft ties. Or some good old fashioned rope. Learn some good old boyscout or navy knots too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    My advice: bring your own. Use them if you need to. Use their's if available and if they work. For absolute sure bring soft ties.
    I agree. I like to travel fairly light and it was not a big deal that one trip to carry straps in case we took the ferry.
    I always carry soft ties.

    A lot of ferries you don't need to tie the bike down but there's no way I would not tie down when crossing one of the Great Lakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post

    A lot of ferries you don't need to tie the bike down but there's no way I would not tie down when crossing one of the Great Lakes.
    Ah yes, remember the Edmund Fitzgerald.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    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.
    so true. s hooks bad idea for tiedowns. as are those cam buckles. they can and do slip. only use ratchet straps.

    i have had great experience with Rhino brand stuff.

    https://www.amazon.com/USA-Ratchet-S...M2ECS0GAW7424X
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    you can see how my bike is tied down on the side stand side with the cinch straps, works for me on all the ferries I tie down on
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    crappy photo but you can see she used 3 straps on hers
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    one of the rare times I put it on the centre stand and I don't remember why I did, might have been the location of tie down points in the floor
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    THanks To All!

    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
    Thanks to everyone who answered my query. I am open to suggestions for a circle tour on the UP. Our plan is to cross from Ludington, Overnight in WI, cross back to Ludinton next day and clockwise around the Lake. I will say goodbye to my buddy and then head to Duluth and on to Baudette, the. Home to CA via the high line out to Spokane, then South.

    Thanks all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mplisa View Post
    Hanks to everyone who answered my query. I am open to suggestions for a circle tour on the UP. Our plan is to cross from Ludington, Overnight in WI, cross back to Ludinton next day and clockwise around the Lake. I will say goodbye to my buddy and then head to Duluth and on to Baudette, the. Home to CA via the high line out to Spokane, then South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    POIs
    Soo Locks
    Mackinac Bridge
    Point Iroquois Light
    Great Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point
    Tahquamenon Falls (Upper and Lower)
    Boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    Marquettee (Harbor area)
    Copper Harbor
    Ludington Park Escanaba

    near Gulliver
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    Shipwreck Museum
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    Copper Harbor
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    You need to take a small boat to get to the Lighthouse.
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    Seul Choix Point Lighthouse
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    The ride up to Copper Harbor is special. Nice tree covered road with nice winding curves. Copper Harbor is the Northern most city in Michigan I think. Plenty of cheap hotels and great water views.
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    Up in that area you should try a ride in ďThe Tunnel of TreesĒ
    and take a walk in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore.Ē
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