Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Tie down/anchor points

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2021
    Location
    Amherstview Ontario
    Posts
    14

    Tie down/anchor points

    Need to transport my 05 RT in a utility trailer.
    There is a wheel choc.
    What are the best location for tie down ratchet straps on the bike?
    Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Registered User lkraus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    1,839
    Larry
    2006 R1200RT

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2021
    Location
    Amherstview Ontario
    Posts
    14
    Perfect
    Thanks Larry

  4. #4
    This is from my manual

    Secure the motorcycle for transportation. Make sure that all components that might come into contact with straps used to secure the motorcycle are adequately protected against scratching. Use adhesive tape or soft cloths, for example, for this purpose. The motorcycle can topple and fall on its side. Make sure that the motorcycle cannot topple sideways. Push the motorcycle onto the transportation flat and hold it in position: do not place it on the side stand or center stand. Take care not to trap components such as brake lines or wires. At the front, secure the straps to the top fork bridge on both sides. Pass the straps through the leading link and tighten the straps. At the rear, secure the straps to the rear footrests on both sides and tighten the straps. Tighten all the straps uniformly, the motorcycle's suspension should be compressed as tightly as possible front and rear.

    The method in the video looks wrong, not sure how the attachment at the front compresses the suspension any.
    Shawn Conver
    K4CTD
    2011 R1200RT, 2018 Cummins 2500, 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  5. #5
    Registered User drneo66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Rochester, MN
    Posts
    925
    Quote Originally Posted by tsconver View Post
    The method in the video looks wrong, not sure how the attachment at the front compresses the suspension any.
    The Teleleaver suspension is a little different that traditional forks - this is from the rider's manual (which you can download for free from BMW here: https://www.bmw-motorrad.com/en/service/manuals/rider-manual.html)

    bmw.jpg
    Current: 2007 BMW R1200RT, 2013 F800GS
    Former: 1995 BMW K75S, 2009 BMW G650GS
    MOA Member #:150400, IBA#: 37558

  6. #6
    RK Ryder
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    3,102
    With my R1100RT, I place the front straps as shown in the video. However, rather than one pair of straps, I use two pairs, each to different tie down points. I do this just in case one strap should fail. In such an unfortunate scenario, the bike will still remain stable. The forks do not need to be compressed as the wheel is secured and the bike suspension is free to allow up and down movement.

    The fork tie down method above is not used for my K100 which does not have telelever forks, I run the two pairs of straps from the upper fork brace to the tie down positions on the trailer.

    With both bikes, for the rear, the straps are attached to parts of the frame.

    I prefer to have a second person assist me to walk the bike onto the trailer. However, on occasion when no one is available, with the trailer hooked up to my vehicle, and using a very wide ramp, I will slowly ride the bike onto the trailer into the self locking wheel chock, permitting me to dismount with the bike vertical. All the straps are previously in place on the trailer tie down points and are ready for connecting quickly to the bike. I also have a painted line on the trailer leading to the chock which can be seen when looking down through the bodywork and forks as I approach the chock, which removes the guesswork of the exact position where the front wheel needs to be.

    Since I always park one motorcycle on my bike lift and both trailer and lift are only 8" off the ground, riding the bike onto the trailer is not difficult for me but your results may differ, especially if your trailer's floor has a substantial height off the ground.
    Paul F. Ruffell
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
    Knights of the Roundel #333

  7. #7
    slave to gravity skibum69's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    New Melbourne, NL
    Posts
    3,618
    Wheel chock is good, I always tie my bikes down from the bars with no issues. I like ratchet straps vs cam locks but plenty of cam locks are rated pretty high.
    http://beerthief.ca
    ITSteve: ride in peace my friend
    save $5 on a new SmugMug account, use this coupon 7frrnSRiTt9Fk

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by drneo66 View Post
    The Teleleaver suspension is a little different that traditional forks - this is from the rider's manual (which you can download for free from BMW here: https://www.bmw-motorrad.com/en/service/manuals/rider-manual.html)

    bmw.jpg
    My manual says to use the top fork bridge. I think the front suspension is the same on an 05 and a 2011. I still don't see how attaching to the lower fork bridge can compress the suspension when the spring is above the mount point.
    Shawn Conver
    K4CTD
    2011 R1200RT, 2018 Cummins 2500, 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee

  9. #9
    RK Ryder
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    3,102
    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    I like ratchet straps.
    Same here. .
    Paul F. Ruffell
    Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
    Knights of the Roundel #333

  10. #10
    slave to gravity skibum69's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    New Melbourne, NL
    Posts
    3,618
    To me the fork bridge looks really low making the legs of the bridle holding the bike very short. Just thinking of leverage.
    http://beerthief.ca
    ITSteve: ride in peace my friend
    save $5 on a new SmugMug account, use this coupon 7frrnSRiTt9Fk

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Fargo, ND
    Posts
    1,182
    I hauled my 2018 RT 1500 miles using a wheel chock and ties at the fork bridge so the front suspension was not compressed, plus a couple ties at the rear to stabilize the back end tied through the wheel. No issues at all. You really don't need to compress the suspension depending on where you tie too.

    If you tie higher up so the ties pull the suspension down then you need to make sure you compress the suspension.
    From the only real Fargo, ND!

  12. #12
    slave to gravity skibum69's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    New Melbourne, NL
    Posts
    3,618
    You can see I tied to the bars here. No issue.
    http://beerthief.ca
    ITSteve: ride in peace my friend
    save $5 on a new SmugMug account, use this coupon 7frrnSRiTt9Fk

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2021
    Location
    Amherstview Ontario
    Posts
    14
    Mission accomplished
    Pretty much followed advice given here.
    Tied down at the front fork brace, didnít compress suspension but the front end rode the bumps like I was riding it.
    On the rear, I tied down on the subframe just above rear foot rest.
    All solid and worked like a charm.

    Thanks for all advice given
    Attached Images Attached Images

  14. #14
    The key thing at the back of the bike is just to keep it from moving sideways so the tie downs don't need to be very tight. I usually just tie down the rear wheel.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
    "The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
    http://web.bigbend.net/~glaves/

Similar Threads

  1. Lubec Maine-Anchor Point Alaska
    By mikshaf in forum Ride Reports
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-23-2009, 08:44 PM
  2. How to anchor an Odessy Battery PIX
    By r80r100rt in forum Airheads
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-19-2009, 05:34 PM
  3. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 08-12-2006, 03:12 PM
  4. tank bag front anchor points?
    By Tbdomenz in forum Oilheads
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-31-2003, 05:40 PM
  5. Dragging an Anchor
    By 89587 in forum Flying Brick K-bikes
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-23-2003, 03:14 AM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •