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Yahoo- I have a bike to tie down!


After months of searching, (soul and otherwise), I am picking up my new to me 2003 LTE in Michigan in a couple of weeks.
Can anyone provide me with some helpful hints for trailering and tie down points?
I've never trailered a bike before. Depending on which of my friends has a trailer available it could be covered,uncovered and with or without a wheel chock.
I rode it on the weekend and I'm hoping it's going to be a great bike.
I have absolutely no experience with LT's, but the under side of the drive was dry, the brakes worked, and I didn't detect any clutch slippage.
There were some rattles and squeaking when turning the handlebar but I assume this is normal. Original owner, no sign of tip overs on the bags or rub strips, 26,000 miles and all of the toys work. My other bike is a Buell S3T so there is no comparing the two from a ride perspective.
Any advice on the trailering would be greatly appreciated.
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http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...apsed&sb=5&o=0

Click on the above and check out the diagrams..................good luck and B-Safe
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Here's a link to your tie-down query . . .

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Good luck. Can't ride her home?

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Re: Yahoo- I have a bike to tie down!

Here is the pdf file from BMW on tie down with pictures.

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Here's a link to your tie-down query . . .

http://www.bmwlt.com/files/displayim...ch&cat=0&pos=0

Good luck. Can't ride her home?
It would be a nice little shake down cruise, wouldn't it.

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Re: Yahoo- I have a bike to tie down!

remember that after you load it up and tie it down.......that every so often take a break from driving and check the tightness of the straps.................

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Re: Yahoo- I have a bike to tie down!

Thanks Guys,

If I get it licensed to ride it home I will have to pay Michigan State tax. No license, no tax.
Not cheap, just frugal. That is money I can spend on upgrades.
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Pay close attention to the brake lines when you are strapping her down. It's easy to bunch up the straps and bind them against the lines or accidentally wrap around a line.
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I would borrow a plate from someone...... I'm not only frugal.... I'm a rebel!

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Cangrats on your new purchase!!

It sounds like this is a US bike being brought into Canada, right?

Did you know you have all the paperwork at the border crossing 72 hours before you bring the bike across? ( I remember all the pre-border crossing paperwork I needed done when I purchased mine in Nov 2008).

I used a 6 x 12 Uhaul trailer and it worked well and only cost 90.00 for two days!.

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Thanks Guys, If I get it licensed to ride it home I will have to pay Michigan State tax. ....
This does not pertain to your situation - but for the benefit of others: I have purchased vehicles in the past that had to be titled out-of-state (i.e., via dealers) and indeed they did collect sales tax. However, that was credited against the NJ sales tax, which I would have to pay anyway.


For the OP, the comment from Bowdon is important. Call Customs Canada and find out what you need. The last thing you want is to be stuck and hassled at the border.


And one more comment about tie-downs: unlike most other bikes, a K12LT must not be tied down by handle bars. The bike is heavy and the "tiller-style" handles create a big momentum - you will bend them just by strapping. Do not be tempted to "improve" the tying scheme and include the handlebars. The tie-down points at the front fork bridge provide all the lock-down you need, the rear adds just a bit of stability.

The trick is to pull the front wheel against something that blocks all forward and side-to-side movement, like a wheel chock - even if made of couple of pieces of wood.

Good luck! Congratulations on having to buy tie-down straps!

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for importing a vehicle into Canada from the US here is the first place to start:

www.riv.ca

There is a little more that needs to be done before entering a vehicle into Canada:

RIV fee of 200.00 must be paid ( with this fee comes an inspection at a Canadian Tire).
ALL paperwork ( ie, copy of title, copy of bill of sale ( signed and sealed by notary), paperwork sent to you ( by email or fax) by RIV has to be at the Canadian border crossing 72 hours before you bring the bike there( check which border crossings do vehicle transfers before ( there are only a few in Ontario that do!!).
You must go to the US border crossing first, so they can delete the US title for the vehicle entering Canada. ( make sure you have the original title with you, copies son't work!!.

I found that talking to the RIV was extremely helpful, and did not have problems when you follow them to the letter.

ASLO, remember to get the recall clearance from the US dealer if possible when you purchase the bike. If not before you can do anything, you will need to pay BMW Canada their 500.00 Can fee to send you the clearance letter!!!

Keep us informed at how things go. Any questions, there is a wealth of info here and check the Canada section, because there are quite a few Canadians that saved a lot of money purchasing US bikes and they all have been through the procedures!!

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I would borrow a plate from someone...... I'm not only frugal.... I'm a rebel!
BTW Jason;

I do like where your heads at................
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Re: Yahoo- I have a bike to tie down!

I've also posted in the "Importing BMW into Canada Recall fees" post in the Canada section if anyone would like to take a crack at answering some of my Dumb A** questions.
Thank you to all!
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I would borrow a plate from someone...... I'm not only frugal.... I'm a rebel!
Growing up in the Detroit area I know the hassles of crossing the border. Sometimes you just breeze thru & other times it can be a full search. I can't even imagine what it would be like getting caught with no registration & the wrong plate. I swapped plates when I was younger all the time but I never went into Canada.

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