Transporting a motorcycle is no easy task. Indeed, transferring a motorcycle from point A to point B, when you are not driving it is not an easy task, and can very quickly become a real obstacle course. If you are in this situation, and are looking for a solution, you have come to the right place. In the rest of this article, we will give you some tips and advice to ensure that the transfer of your motorcycle is safe and effortless.
First step: The material
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. Whether it is for a backyard transport within the city or a long trip, you must always make sure you have the right equipment and especially take care that it is in good condition. To transport your motorcycle, you will need a transport platform, a sort of trailer.
The choice of the trailer is very important. Prefer those that have many pins and other elements to hang the straps. The more there are, the more straps you can attach, and the more stable and secure your motorcycle will be. The straps are therefore the second important element to have. Whether it’s ratchet straps or the like, the choice is vast and yours. Just remember that you have to rely on their resistance more than anything else. Also remember to have a loading ramp to get the motorcycle up and down from the trailer. You can also opt for a van and why not, as certain, strap your motorcycle directly to your car. But, note that this last method is particularly difficult and not recommended.
Second step: The procedure.
To begin with, secure your platform or trailer to your vehicle, and carefully check the attachments. Unless you want to screw up your rear windshield, checking the fasteners early on and at all times is highly recommended.
- Install the rail, and check that it is stable to avoid any accident or mishandling.
- Position your motorcycle, facing the rail and start it. Be careful, only engage first gear and be careful when climbing. Don’t rush. And if you think you missed the maneuver, go back down and start again.
- Arrive on the platform, install the stand of your motorcycle, and strap it in starting with the front wheel.
- Remember that the straps attach only to the solid parts of the motorcycle
- Check your straps, taking special care that they are not loose. A loose strap is of no use.
- Place pieces of foam and other thick materials where the angles touch sensitive parts of the motorcycle. This will prevent it from damaging them.
- Finish your installation by strapping (if you want) the rear wheel of your motorcycle and place a chock underneath.
If your crutch is too short, also place a shim under it so that it is straight.
Remember to always check your straps while traveling. You will thus avoid unpleasant surprises. When driving, adopt a much smoother driving than usual and avoid hard braking.