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Old 10-25-2018, 11:46 AM   #1
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Hydralift and securing motorcycle

I have a hydralift mounted on my Monaco Camelot 43DSQ, issue I discovered is to satisfactorily secure my 2012 Road glide CVO I damaged the front fork springs and now will need to change out. I already changed out the rear earlier but we ride double up and was ready. I have used a buildup of lumber under frame to secure draw from straps but that simply a pain in the ass most of the time. My issue is and question I am asking others is:
How do you secure motorcycle without bottoming out springs or shocks?
Has anyone used a biker bar (Biker Bar | B&W Trailer Hitches) on their lift?

Just asking for further feedback and help me decide next steps. I have contacted Hydralift but they are of no help or interest to comment.

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Old 10-25-2018, 05:50 PM   #2
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I have a hydralift mounted on my Monaco Camelot 43DSQ, issue I discovered is to satisfactorily secure my 2012 Road glide CVO I damaged the front fork springs and now will need to change out. I already changed out the rear earlier but we ride double up and was ready. I have used a buildup of lumber under frame to secure draw from straps but that simply a pain in the ass most of the time. My issue is and question I am asking others is:
How do you secure motorcycle without bottoming out springs or shocks?
Has anyone used a biker bar (Biker Bar | B&W Trailer Hitches) on their lift?

Just asking for further feedback and help me decide next steps. I have contacted Hydralift but they are of no help or interest to comment.

thanks,

me
Not on a lift but I've tied down both of my bagger Harleys in my trailer numerous times. I used 2 ratchet straps on each bike. Maybe I got lucky?? But I've never damaged either one. Could it be that your just over tightening? Do you have a picture?
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:34 AM   #3
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I carry a street glide on my hydralift. I bolted retractable ratchet straps to the lift and fork tie down brackets and rear passenger peg tie down brackets. The forks I crank down about half way. The rear ones pull the bike towards the rear, those are tightened snug.I also have a fourth ratchet strap that I wrap around the rear tire. Never had an issue, I've been on some pretty rough roads where you don't even want to look at your rear view camera.
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Old 10-28-2018, 10:49 AM   #4
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If you happen to have any pics it would be appreciated!

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sorry I won't be loading her up for a another month. I will post when I do
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:01 AM   #6
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I have Hydralift. I secure bike with ratchet straps to forks (below compressible part of fork) and frame (just below saddle bags) at rear.

I also have a set of straps going to handle bars, but more for holdign bike while starpping then actual securing (because they will pull handle bars dow out of position if made too tight).

There have been many posts on whether to tie down from frame and lower fork tubes so bike is solid to carrier - or to tie to upper fork area (or handlebars) so bike's suspension can move. I believe it is better to go solid. That way bike is not bouncing and straps don't loosen with suspension movement. The coach's suspension is enough to protect bike.
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Old 11-06-2018, 03:51 AM   #7
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I use this type of strap which I believe adds an element of safety.
https://upcruising.com/product/big-d...m-trailer-kit/
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I know the ad for biker bar says not to use it sideways but I have been doing it for three years now on my lift and locks in perfect and use two front straps for piece of mind. I doubt I need them but I feel better. Best $350.00 I ever spent
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Old 11-16-2018, 05:58 PM   #9
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I tie my bike (Goldwing) down using ratchet straps in my toy hauler. Two on the front fork and two on the center of the frame. The big thing is NOT to over tighten the straps. I only compress the front forks about 1/3 (straps are over the triple tree) and extend towards the front, and the sides only to keep it from moving side to side.
There is no reason to tie it down tight.
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I have carried my Road King and my FXSTSI on my hydralift with excellent results. I tighten down fairly snug front and back, not sure I'm understanding your problem...?....
I can definitely see the bike moving in the rear view camera but it's the hydralift installation flexing when I hit the larger bumps. Hasn't been a problem.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:12 AM   #11
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I have a Overbilt Lift and tie down a street glide. I tie from the frame only and this has minimal effect on the suspension. I tie the front wheel to the lift as well as the rear wheel. (Just be careful not to strap over the valve stem). I use ratchet straps and have traveled many miles w/o any problems.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:04 AM   #12
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How do you secure motorcycle without bottoming out springs or shocks?
Has anyone used a biker bar (Biker Bar | B&W Trailer Hitches) on their lift?
That Biker Bar is pretty neat idea, But I would never use (trust) it alone without straps.

As mentioned earlier, I am pulling the front tire down tight with straps around the upper part of lower fork sections (above fender but below compressible part of forks) so the forks are not being compressed. Then I attach ratcheting straps to the rear frame below seat and pull down on those (which does compress the rear springs some). Lastly i put a set (non-ratchet style) to the handlebar grips (straps are called "Canyon Dancers") just for extra stability (and to hold bike in place while I'm installing the main ratchet straps).
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:20 AM   #13
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I have 4 biker bars that I use in my big trailer. THEY ARE GREAT!!
When I first got one and pulled a trailer with my first coach, I took a corner too tight. The trailer bounced about 6" off the ground. My first thought was the bike is surely laying on the trailer floor.

To my amazement the bike had not moved an inch .
I don't use any additional strapping either.



I recommend the biker bar 100%
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