Help with tie downs and storage

Discussion in 'Dyna Models' started by kabory, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. kabory

    kabory Member

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    Hello, I just picked up a wheel chock from Harbor freight and I am using tie downs because the bike wont stay in chock by its own for more than 5 minutes. I would like to store the bike over winter this way. Am I doing any harm to the front suspension by having the bike strapped down for long periods?
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  2. kemo

    kemo R.I.P

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    Don't tighten the straps too tight. When the front suspension starts to compress that should be enough, especially if the bike stays stationary for the winter.
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  3. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    Don't think you should have any problems with the light pressure kemo spoke of. I would move the tie downs to just above the lower triple tree, no sense putting strain on the handlebars.
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    You can also put the kick stand down and shim under it with blocks of wood
     
  5. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I totally agree with this. It's how I always stabilize and transport a bike.
     
  6. dbmg

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  7. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    As others mentioned, light pressure shouldn't hurt anything. I prefer to attach the staps to the bracket were the fender joins the forks, that way no compression is on the fork tubes.
     
  8. cromwell

    cromwell Active Member

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    Go to your HD dealer and ask if they have any straps from when the new models come in. I know when I was moving I went to the dealer and asked about the best way to ship my bike. The manager gave me a complete shipping crate for a sportster straps and all. He advised that they normally send the crates back to HD to reuse but they did not have ton to go back. So when I did my self move to Ireland I had a complete HD shipping crate for my sporty. Loaded the household and bike in a 40' shipping container and had no worrys about my bike. Been here almost 3 years and still use the crate at times.

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  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    They used to use the white soft ties from the factory, most dealers have tons of them laying around, My salesman in Mn had a bunch of them in his office @ all times:s
     
  10. class1991

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    So are you pretty happy with it ? I just ordered the same one the reviews was great. Did you try adjust the front of the braket?