First of all sorry for the long repsonse I only state that because this is a safety topic and you should only be atttempting to tie down an LT with a lot of information and safe procedures.
So here goes - I just read the Hall of Fame wisdom article that Joe referred to regarding how to secure the LT down in a trailered situation and I believe there are either many errors in this document and more discussion needs to take place regarding individual towing configurations.
First read the way BMW states to tie a bike down:
I repeat I do not believe you can actually do what is stated in the Hall of Fame document. So who is the author of these instructions - I would like to have a chat with them or actualy see if they have in fact actually accomplished these procedures on a LT. The only possible way to get soft straps on top of the fork bridge and place sufficient holding forces in a downward direction would mean that the secure connection points would be very close to the front wheel and would not offer great stability for our 850# monster. The further the tie points move away from the front wheel (to the left and to the right) the greater the stability however your soft straps and tie downs will contact all sorts of stuff under the tupperware and this plain won't work - or at least on my LT they won't work - I have tried!!
I would not recommend you try to tie your bike down in this fashion.
My Qualifications: I have an LT and a BMW MultiTrailer and have towed the my LT on many occassions. Please note I perform all this without assistance from anyone.
I posted this information several years ago, so here goes:
1. Remove the front fender - period
2. Remove the 10mm nut securing the brake line hose on the right side fork and let it be free as not to bind or hit that strap in the picture.
3. Use soft ties on the cross bracket on the forks - exactly like the picture in the BMW procedure shows
. In fact I even use some towels to make sure there is no wear on the forks.
4. Use ratchet style tie downs
- some debate here but not by those that actually tow. I do not believe you can generate sufficient forces with conventional ties that rely on spring compression - not the case here.
5. Remember you are not compressing the telelever or any suspension components
. Thus the only compression forces induced by the ratchet ties is transferred to the tires so make very sure you have a high strength tire brace/stop and connection points on the trailer. Look for the tires to bulge slightly - against some portion of the wheel guide / brace. I have even thought of reducing tire pressure so I get a more resilient back holding force.
6. Oh yea do not get too carried away with ratchet ties you can over stress.
7. I only use one ratchet tie on the rear on the bar under one of the luggage bags. I do not find that you need to generate great holding forces as most of the tie down forces on the front tire are sufficient to hold the bike. Just compress the rear a few inches is all I do - straight down pull.
8. Do not loose / misplace the bolts, washers and nuts.
9. Drive a few miles and check everything and retighted in necessary. While I am towing i occassionaly look in the rear view mirror to see if the LT is waving side to side - if it is tighten up the ties. Please not is the trailer is waving side to side tightening the ties will not improve anything. This will depend on the quality / suspension of the trailer. Please note my BMW Multi-Trailer does wave around since it has independent suspension.
Since I load and unload the trailer by myself you will need to be careful, patient and safe. The weight of this motorcycle leaves little room for error.
I have dropped my LT 3 times - twice when placing on various trailers. (experience is an unforgiving teacher). Make sure you have extremely wide boards / ramp so that you can place your feet at all times in contact with the ramp or extra boards.
I would recommend in loading and unloading the trailer with your vehicle and trailer pointed "down hill" - not too steep. Make sure the motorcycle is warmed up and not prone to stalling out because if it stalls and there is no motor and you are rolling backwards the brakes may not function as you expect them to - both my drops!!! (Takes your breath waway!)
Well good luck - be safe!!!
I am planning on doing a Safety Video this spring showing how to do all this, I am a believer that once you see how it is done it will give anyone who wishes to tow the experience, knowledge to be safe and a good starting point.