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post #1 of 6 Old Nov 20th, 2009, 8:55 am Thread Starter
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In gear or not ?

I'm moving my headquarters (household) 2500 miles away.
I 'm buying a trailer to move the bikes.
I pretty much am comfortable with loading and strapping the bikes down...
BUT.....................
Nobody ever seems to mention whether they leave the bike in gear or not...
Ideas ?
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Re: In gear or not ?

I always leave the bike in gear. If strap comes loose don't want bike going to far.

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Re: In gear or not ?

Leaving the bike in gear can help carry some of the longitudinal load (accelerating and braking) and off-load the straps. The straps will stretch a bit no matter how tight you try to pull them.

If you're not using a chock, then it becomes even more important. To me, it makes sense to roll the bike forward against the drivetrain lash. The reason is you can manage your acceleration, but you may have to do some emergency braking.

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Re: In gear or not ?

I never leave my BMW's or dirt bikes in gear. I do use straps front and back.


A mistake I see lots of people making while trailering is having the front straps pulling down and forward and the back straps down and pulling BACKWARD.

Always have the back straps pulling forward just like the fronts, that way if one gets loose there are still three pulling the bike into the wheel chock...

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Re: In gear or not ?

Not.

As you'll see, you are getting every kind of response here...

I always transport my bikes in neutral. As it bounces on the trailer, I do not want it to beat against the drivetrain.

The key to trailering is to fix the front wheel. I strap the sh%% out of it, pulling it into the block. The rear is strapped loosely, just to prevent it from bouncing. If you have an LT, do not strap it by the handlebars: you can break them.

Someone posted official BMW instructions on how to tie down a K1200LT, search the forums.

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post #6 of 6 Old Nov 23rd, 2009, 12:44 pm
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OK, here it is, the word from the Mothership:

BMW K1200 Tie Down Instructions .

I may add that in addition to straps by the fork brace, I take one more strap, wrap it around the lower-front of the rim and pull the wheel into the blocking portion of the trailer. Extra security. On longer trips, I also have 2 independent straps in each side of the fork brace, just in case.

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