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Gas Man
02-26-2013, 12:06 AM
I have truck & trailered many bikes of my own and others.

I have bulldog straps now but damn I have done with less. 1" wide ratchet straps from Home Depot. I tell ya, I feel as if I have been lucky. Get some quality straps!

My 1st ever truck towing. I didn't even know better to stand it up and strap it down hard. It was sitting on the kickstand and just side straps to keep it from tipping over.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/chaincrashedit.jpg

I towed the rocket many a time after that... go down south or track. I also started to get better at loading. I had 2 ramps. One for the bike and one for me to walk up. I would load it by myself by starting the bike and idl'ing it up the ramp with it's own power and I would simply walk next to it operating the throttle and clutch. Also notice the ramps are strapped to the truck. This is MORE important when unloading.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/GAP2K5006_zpsd2b94aa2.jpg

Loaded up!
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/GAP2K5009_zpscae7fcb6.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/GAP2K5011_zpsc13e771d.jpg

Then picked up a trailer and a couple more bikes
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/GAP2K5021_zps12ebb12f.jpg

Here you can see the one ramp doubled as a tail gate extender
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/GAP2K5028_zpsa9bbdf56.jpg


Here's a shot with the big dog in a uhaul trailer. I think the charging system was screwed up for this shot. But different bike and therefor different style strapping.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Trailer002a.jpg

Here I was bringing it back from having the custom exhaust done
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Custom/Done027a.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Custom/Done026.jpg

I've even shoved it into my SUV to get the custom exhaust tweaked
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/OUCH/TearDown/haulin004.jpg

Then I also got better at these bikes... got cooler trailers too! Check out how small Brinks is
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Dyno/BackdraftSuperflow007a.jpg

Some may know the other bike on the left...
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Dyno/BackdraftSuperflow009a.jpg
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/BDM/Dyno/BackdraftSuperflow010.jpg

So there's a few pics and a few tips...

Bagger Dave
02-26-2013, 12:14 AM
Yep...those bring back some memories :rockwoot:cool seeing Al Halls Chop!
I have trailered my Big Dog K-9 a few times...and the Harley just once...after dropping off the BD and picking up the Harley last Oct. at Dick Scott Classic Motorcycles in Livonia

Gas Man
02-26-2013, 12:19 AM
Yeah and if all goes right Dave, your trailering days should be done.

Bagger Dave
02-26-2013, 12:26 AM
Yeah and if all goes right Dave, your trailering days should be done.

Yep yep! TRUTH!! :dthumb:

05chop
02-26-2013, 10:19 PM
I did not know everybody sold there dogs

Gas Man
02-27-2013, 12:32 AM
Yeah there is only like 3 left. 2 of those, have multi bike ownership (Cutty and Big House), and then Pig Pen still has his 2003.

RedneckMedic
02-27-2013, 02:22 AM
And PigPen has the coolest Trailer.

I loaded up the shadow in the back of my dads work van once when the clutch cable broke and I didn't have straps so I sat in the back and hold onto it. Should have got some pics.

Then I loaded up the road glide friday into biker bobs truck to have them do some warranty work. Free for them to pick up and since it was snowing didn't delay me getting it to them and I just had to ride onto the lift gate and into the truck.

I really wouldn't want to trailer my bike anywhere now though. Really hoping my utah trips ends up with me in Cali afterwords so then I know I'll never need the trailer excuse just due to distance.

Caveman
02-27-2013, 05:11 AM
I have had much experience hauling bikes in some form or fasion. I have loaded my old Shadow Sabre into the back of my Dakota numerous times with no issues. I did however drop the bike loading onto a flat tiltbed trailer once. that wasn't cool at all. I remember when I was loading into the Dakota was sometimes a little hairy. I had made my own ramp while at Ft Hood out of three 2x6 with short 2x4 cross braces and some ramparts additions. Most times I would back the truck up to a curb and ride through the grass right into the truck. Was a little dangerous though as ramp wasn't wide enough to put feet down if had to stop and reapproach. I would have fallen right off the side. :shrug:
I haven't had the need to move the Ultra any other way than under its own power since I have owned it.

TopShelf Scott
02-27-2013, 06:12 AM
I might know where there is 1 more dog left...:coffee:

Gas Man
02-27-2013, 07:32 AM
Oh snap... I knew I was forgetting one Scott! But in my defense yours is a Beezer Big Dog now! ;)

TopShelf Scott
02-27-2013, 11:38 AM
Oh snap... I knew I was forgetting one Scott! But in my defense yours is a Beezer Big Dog now! ;)

Really.....your gonna go there....Im not even gonna reply to that!

Remo
02-27-2013, 01:55 PM
I have truck & trailered many bikes of my own and others.

I have bulldog straps now but damn I have done with less. 1" wide ratchet straps from Home Depot. I tell ya, I feel as if I have been lucky. Get some quality straps!

My 1st ever truck towing. I didn't even know better to stand it up and strap it down hard. It was sitting on the kickstand and just side straps to keep it from tipping over.
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/ZX9R/chaincrashedit.jpg



I did the same thing when I brought my first bike home a few years back. Left it on the side stand and strapped her down as best as I could. It seemed sketchy but the bike made through the 150 mile+ journey home. I was going to trailer the 04 R1 home when I bought it, since the bike had been sitting for 2 years but after she fired up and I checked my tire pressures I ended up manning up and riding the bike back home.

And like GasMan said, MAKE SURE YOU STRAP YOUR RAMPS DOWN. I usually use 36" bungee rubber cords and hook them to the breakaway links on the trucks trailer hitch but using a strap would probably be better. I lent my ramps to someone once. He did not strap the ramps down (even though I told him to do so and gave him the rubber bungees) and he ended up launching them off the truck as he was riding up them with an ATV, luckily the guy did not get seriously injured.

Gas Man
02-27-2013, 11:45 PM
Really.....your gonna go there....Im not even gonna reply to that!


Yet you did anyway. :lol:

:cheers: bud!!

TopShelf Scott
02-28-2013, 06:29 AM
Lol!!!