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How do you tie an LT down?

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I wish to take my LT along in the back of my toy hauler, but for the life of me can not figure out a GOOD way to tie the beast down. I have seen one method which employed a large steel bar running under the open seat and holding the entire machine down from the top of the frame. I did not care too much for that system. Any suggestions?
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Very nice .... Where did you purchase the front wheel stand?
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Very nice .... Where did you purchase the front wheel stand?

http://www.baxleycompanies.com/LAChock.html

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I have the LA Trailer chocks, and they work great on my 6x12 trailer

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Use a wheel chock

If it is your toy hauler and you can mount a chock, that is the way to go. I rented a toy hauler recently and could not mount one. Using the BMW suggested tie down method on with the slick floor of the toy hauler and no positive forward/rear stops did not feel secure. I made a metal bar for across the frame under the seat as you described and it worked well, but I would use a chock in my own trailer.

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Riders,

I wish to take my LT along in the back of my toy hauler, but for the life of me can not figure out a GOOD way to tie the beast down. I have seen one method which employed a large steel bar running under the open seat and holding the entire machine down from the top of the frame. I did not care too much for that system. Any suggestions?
here ys go this is how I do it and it worked well
http://tinyurl.com/r3m7s

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Yes, I very much like the Baxley Chock. Since I use my toy hauler to drag around my dirt bike and 4 wheeler, I really do not want to mount a fixed chock in my rig, but (being a welder) I may duplicate the baxley to fit my needs; wider supports with rings for securing the movement. Thanks guys.
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As previously stated, DO NOT use the handlebars for any tiedowns.
Use the link Pete gave you. I trailered my LT from New Hampshire to New Jersey on my dirt bike trailer (which was a bit small for the LT, but everything went fine). The dealer even supplied the manpower to load the bike and tie it down. Since my trailer has a wood deck, I simply cut two short pieces of 2x4s and screwed them down into the trailer bed to make a "V" where the front tire goes.

I secured the tiedowns to the front forks, be careful of the fender, brake lines, etc. there's not much room there. I also used the soft ended tiedowns. Just be sure to secure the other end of the front tiedowns to a point on the trailer out toward the sides, and forward of the center of the front wheel.
For the rear, I used the side luggage attachment framework for two other (right and left) tiedowns secured out to the side of the trailer. Since both myself and the dealer guy are somewhat anal, we used a final tiedown around the rear of the rear wheel, and secured that straight back, under the back edge of the trailer to the trailer cross frame.
300+ miles at highway speed, and the LT didn't move even a half inch in any direction.
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I bought a Phoenix trailer recently and used it to go to CCR. I checked the tiedown points every 100 miles or so, but from Miami to Georgia, the bike didn't move at all. I had the standard Bikepro removed and installed a Wheeldock, which held the front securely. Following the official BMW instuctions the rear was tied using soft ties looped through the frame bars under each of the saddlebags. With a strap through the front wheel for added security, per Wheeldock instuctions, I felt very safe.
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I hauled mine from St Louis to Seattle on a Kendon 2-bike trailer. I used the soft ties on the front forks and two soft ties wraped around the lift handle by the rear seat. I flipped one tie over the seat and put a couple of pads underneath of it - the other went straight to the deck. It never moved in 2,400 miles and was none the worse for the wear. As a side note, I had a cheap bicycle on the other rail - it got a lot of funny looks.
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