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Old 09-13-2014, 06:32 AM   #1
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Transporting 2 motorcycles

I see the rings on the floor to strap down your toys but does anyone use wheel chalks to stabilize the front end. If you have a different way please show pictures so I can get an Idea..will be transporting a softail and a sportster.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:59 AM   #2
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I've trailered my bike before, never used a chock (chalk is for writing on a chalkboard). If you have it properly strapped down, it won't tip over. Chocking the wheels is best if you are loading and strapping down bikes by yourself. It provides stability while you run your straps.

Personally I park the bike like normal with the stand down. I loosely run a strap to both sides of the handlebars by the risers. I then get on the bike and straighten it up and tighten the straps so it holds itself upright. Once it is upright and secure, I tighten the straps in the front and just start to compress the forks. Don't compress too much... you want it to absorb some bumps. Then I go to the back and strap down the rear, usually from the seat mounts.

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Old 09-13-2014, 07:17 AM   #3
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I really like the wheel chock from Princess Auto (Canada), i believe Harbour Freight in the USA has a very similar model. Usually can be found on sale for $40-50. Makes securing a bike solo very easy. I prefer to use 2" wide straps with a sewn loop on one end, no hooks to touch the bike. I loop through the lower triple trees and then secure to the trailer mounting point. I have those pulling forward into the wheel chock then on strap through the rear wheel pulling backwards. In this pic the rear strap is off already but you get the idea. Second pic i had a strap throught he front wheel to hold it in place as i secured it. Hard to tell from pic but the trailer is on a fair incline.

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Old 09-13-2014, 10:39 AM   #4
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I made up a "portable" single chock system for my TV this summer to accommodate a 650 KLR. I used a 3/4" piece of plywood and drilled holes so that I could place the chock in different positions, depending on cargo placement. I cut the plywood such that it couldn't move around in the TV box. I only hauled one bike, so I was able to use the TV's corner box hooks for my tie-downs.

Do to the length of the bike and my TV's short box, I had adequate clearance between my tailgate and TT power jack assembly to travel with my tailgate down.


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Old 09-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #5
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Cycle gear or harbor freight have free standing front wheel chocks that do not have to be mounted as long as you strap front and rear.
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Old 10-22-2014, 06:13 AM   #6
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I'm thinking of these. They are removable.

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Old 11-12-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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My preferred method of transport is using the Pitbull trailer restraint system. No straps. Plate is bolted to the floor, retainers clip into place on the plate.

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Here is one in the van. It's awesome in the toyhauler since there are no straps, with three or four bikes in the rig it was like navigating through a spider web when I was using chocks.

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Old 01-12-2015, 08:27 AM   #8
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I use this in my cargo trailer. Works fantastically well and folds flat out of the way.

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Old 06-22-2015, 04:30 AM   #9
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gjs1955...so-o-o what did you finally settle with to stow those bikes? Same issue here 2 bikes and I'm not seeing a clear n' easy way I'd feel comfortable with to strap them down. I have trailered them in an open trailer but that method doesn't directly transfer to the toy hauler. Could be I'm nervous about hauling what I can't see because I've had to stop before just to "snug" up straps and/or reseat. Perhaps the solution will stay at jury rigging chocks, I know I ain't gunna buy 'em.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:20 AM   #10
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I have an Octane 222. I haul 2 HD's in mine, a Road King and a Softail Deluxe. I only use straps and have not had a problem. I am in PA and have hauled to Florida and just last week to New Hampshire and back. If they are strapped down properly you shouldn't have an issue.

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