Every bike owner holds a special place in their heart for their bike. The amazing feeling you get on riding your bike to your favorite spot is something that does give you an adrenaline rush. However, riding it to the vacation destination can be quite a trick. At this time, tying your dirt bike nicely and tightly to your truck or minivan, being ready for a long trip.
It’s not a rocket science
Well tying down your dirt bike is not as easy as contemplated. It can surely be rocket science, but not impossible at all. The foremost important task to take on hand is getting educated about the steps and what paraphernalia to have at your disposal before you begin with the process. This article is the best place to guide for all bike savvy individuals on the method to tie down your dirt bike.
Tools required for tying down your dirt bike
So before you begin with the process you need to have certain tools handy with you. These for having your bike on the place not just slide off from the place. So these are the most things you must have with you to have your bike tied down efficiently. These tools will make your task easy and also turn your trip easier. These are:
- Tie-down straps – If you do not want your dirt bike to slip off from the back of your truck, then a set of tie-down straps are a must. They assist in keeping in place and thus ensuring a marvelous ride.
- Soft Straps – In case you do not have the necessary tie-downs, then soft straps can be a good alternative.
- Fork saver or a support brace
- Loading ramps
- Wheel Chock – Well, a wheel chock is a must to ensure your bike doesn’t get ahead during transport.
Now coming to the actual point of this blog, about how to tie down your dirt bike. Follow this method and you can efficiently and easily transport your bike to your desired destination spot.
Way to tie down dirt bike
Firstly, you should be well aware of the technique on how to tie down your bike. You can either tie it down horizontally, vertically or in diagonal. For better working, it is recommended to tie it diagonally in your minivan or truck from one corner to another. The science behind this is when your bike’s front and rear tires are diagonally opposite to each other, it assists in reducing the pressure on the suspension.
Not only this, but there are other benefits too viz.You can close the tailgate nor have to secure ramps, bags, etc. The base of the van or the truck bed won’t bend. Now the actual steps. Here we go:
Load the bike on the truck
You can either use a loading ramp or any flat surface as it will reduce the load on you. Moreover, you need not lift it by hand and get your back broken. Thus, getting a loading ramp will ease your task impeccably and ease the process of motorcycle transportation.
Prepare your tie-downs
However, before you load, ensure to get your tie-downs ready for the load. Put a tie-down on each side of the handlebars. This will ensure the bike is in place and it is easy to load them too.
Place the bike on the bed
Now put the bike on neutral and push it into the truck bed. Lift the front tire and then the rest of the bike using a swingarm pushing the bike entirely into the truck bed.
Brace it on place
If you have a wheel chock then it is an impeccable thing. You can have the front tire on the place to keep it upright.
Securing the dirt bike in place
After you have loaded your dirt bike, the next task is securing it with proper tools. So here they are:
Tie-down the forks
Take the right side of the tie-down and attach it with the front right truck’s bed ring. Now do the same to the next side of the bike.
Close the tailgate
After your dirt bike is secured in place, close the tailgate. All through ensure both the tires are straight and in line with each other.
Tighten the tie-down straps
After both the tie downs are attached, tighten it so they do not snug out. Tie the excess of straps around the buckle so the bike doesn’t slip or flap.
Tie-down the rear tire
An optional step, if the rear tire is wedged between the tailgate and side of the van. Tying down the rear tire will reduce the bike’s damage during the trip.
Following the above steps will ensure that your bike is loaded safely without trouble and have the best ride on your favorite dirt bike.