Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Re: Nova Scotia-Tie downs on ferry k1200lt
I always carry a few of my own straps. They come in handy, at the very least, as extensions to the truck-duty straps they may give you. Also - even though this may not be the case on the NS ferry - on some St. Lawrence ferries I have been given just a piece of oily rope for tie-down. Yuk!
Here are my hints: use one of your tie-downs to lock the side-stand to front wheel. This way, it will not fold if the bike moves forward when the ship sways.
Also, carry a bunch of disposable painter's gloves. The tie-downs or ropes provided by the crew are often soaked in diesel. You do not want your hands to be stinking and messed up for the rest of the day - and you do not want to put your riding gloves onto that greasy crap. Latex gloves are excellent for shipping straps and for minor maintenance, like checking tire pressure.
Yes, you will be tagged as a snotty BMW-rider, but so what? I had once a bunch of cruiser riders make all kinds of comments while strapping down my bike on a ferry; then, though, I had a good laugh watching them desperately trying to clean themselves.
Still, no biggie. Enjoy the trip!
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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