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Tie down placement

For tying down a K1200LT for transport, what is the best location to place the straps on the front. I'm not getting any flashes of insight when I examine the bike. Any counsel? Thanks in advance all.

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Re: Tie down placement

Chock the front wheel and put straps with soft ties ONLY on the front fork lowers just above the cross bridge (do not pinch the brake lines). This is your primary tie down point. Secondary to stabilize is soft ties looped through the sub-frame under that saddle bags. Do not use handle bars or tip over bars. Alternately you can raise the seat and put a strap over the sub-frame there, just make sure it does not rub the body work. This is a maintenance chock I built but it gives you the idea on how the straps go.
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Perfect. Just what I wanted to know. Thanks!

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Perfect. Just what I wanted to know. Thanks!
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Thank you gentlemen. Much obliged!

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John Z,

In your picture what type of highway pegs do you have mounted to your tip over bars. I've been looking at getting something that deploys lower then the J-pegs I have now.
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In your picture what type of highway pegs do you have mounted to your tip over bars. I've been looking at getting something that deploys lower then the J-pegs I have now.
Those are Mick-O-Pegs. Great product. See http://www.ridingiswonderful.com/

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Re: Tie down placement

I (luckily) knew in advance the proper tie down method for the LT. When I had a catastrophic tire failure (no crash - just rear tire unrepairable) in the middle of the Nevada desert, a tow truck was my only option.

The "professional" dispatched to assist had absolutely NO IDEA how to properly secure an LT (he said he'd done many Harleys... ). He was going to use pillion grab handles, and handlebars as tie down points!

Luckily, I'd seen the information shared on this site (this was years ago too), and was able to show him how to secure my bike.

And my wife always laughs at me for reading all I can! She even made fun of me for taking my GTL apart right when I got it to learn my way around it... Women!

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