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I am looking for pictures and information on how to best tie down the front end of a 2012 Burgman 650 on a trailer.:confused:

I have some soft tie straps, and ratcheting tie downs .

Have towed and tied down lots of motorcycles but never one with so much plastic body work. Sure don't want to damage all that expensive stuff.:rolleyes:

The trailer will have either the type of wheel chock that you drive in to and the rear part captures the wheel , or I can just use the cheap loop type.

Thanks, Doug
 

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No reason to make it complicated or expensive. I hauled the one I bought over 500 miles without a scratch. I looped the soft ties around the fork tubes over the steering stem clamps and pulled them tight to the bottom of the front corners with ratcheting tie downs with the tire against the front of the bed. I let the scooter sit on its tires without the center or side stands deployed. I put an old towel around the passenger grips and put a ratcheting tie down on each side running to the bottom of the bed. I drove about 20 miles and rechecked everything for tightness. The former owner hauled it from New York to Virginia that way when he bought it in 2009 without incident.
 

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I usually don't tie the front down. I just roll it into the chock and run a strap through the wheel and chock to ensure the wheel can't come out. At the back I use straps from the bottom of the shock mounts down at about a 45 degree angle to the bed of my trailer. If I do tie down the front I just loop straps around the fork tubes at the axles and run them down to the trailer bed again at about a 45 degree angle.
 

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I just trailered my 400 almost 3000 miles with no problem.
I like Buffalo don't use front straps but I strap the back down with the provided metal hooks/loops on the rear frame. It does compress the rear shock slightly but does no harm.
 

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Canyon Dancer

Check out a product called a "Canyon Dancer." I trailered my 650 several years ago and it worked well!
 

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Check out a product called a "Canyon Dancer." I trailered my 650 several years ago and it worked well!
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That's what's in the eBay listing, a Canyon Dancer sling. They are the best thing to use to strap a bike down. They don't touch the plastic and won't bend the handlebars. Roll the bike up to the front rail, use a chock if you wish, hook in some straps, set the brake and cinch it down. Check the straps periodically, make sure they're tight, and the bike isn't going anywhere.

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I hauled one home last week. Canyon dancer on the front Handel bars, chock for the front wheel. On the back I hooked the straps to the grab handles , then put another strap over the seat and tightened it down. On the front wheel I had to stop and strap it to the front chock as it was moving back some. Just stop and check a few times as the straps loosen up over bad roads.
 

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I am looking for pictures and information on how to best tie down the front end of a 2012 Burgman 650 on a trailer.:confused:

I have some soft tie straps, and ratcheting tie downs .

Have towed and tied down lots of motorcycles but never one with so much plastic body work. Sure don't want to damage all that expensive stuff.:rolleyes:

The trailer will have either the type of wheel chock that you drive in to and the rear part captures the wheel , or I can just use the cheap loop type.

Thanks, Doug
I use this, http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-wheel-chock-69026.html I don't tie the front down, instead I put 8' long heavy duty cam lock strap from passenger holds with soft tie back to front of trailer & hooked into a hole in the trailer corner framework, then using another tie down & medium duty camlock straps back to the trailers rear corner framework, using a heavy duty bungee I maintain tension on the medium duty camlock straps & fasten other end of bungee to rear tail gate, all as stated is installed on each side, it works very well & I've used it over several thousand miles.
Due to the smaller Burgman 650 front wheel, I had to drill another hole 2 1/2" forward of the 3 adjustment holes in the Harbor Frieight wheel chock and about 1 1/4" up from the base and each side, this locks the wheel in good when you drive into it.
Jim
 

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Even a Canyon Dancer on the handlebars
of a Burgman can bend the handlebars.
And the passenger grab-rails are plastic
mounted to plastic.
Tie-downs need to be attached to hard-points.
The forks & rear tie-downs on a 400...
the forks & the rear shocks on a 650.
The handlebars/handgrips should only be used
for additional balance points.
Handlebars have been bent...passenger handgrips
have been broken off. Repairs can get expensive.
 

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lol, you will not bend the bars. I've been doing this every other weekend for 35 years and have never heard such a thing. As much as you push down with the front brake on is the same amount of force used to Tie down. Too much and you'll be replacing fork seals.
When I was recovering from my hip surgery I trailer mine home like this, the shop guys that helped me never batted an eye, my bike never moved because un-less a strap breaks, it's impossible, and my bars are just fine.
I'd hate to have Lot of front Brake on and hit a hole with bars that bend that easy, that's a liability thing there.
 

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I know two people that have bent the bars on 650's using Canyon Dancers. You can tie down from the bars if you want to but personally I won't.
 

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Fyi I tried the canyon dancers and ended up bending my handle bars ouch
 
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