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What is the best way to tie down a Tiger 800 for trailering? I have HEED crash bars; are they strong enough to tie to?
 

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If the crash bars are installed properly I can't see why they couldn't be tie down points. Otherwise, any hard point on the frame will do as well.
 

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I use straps on the handlebars to tie down my bikes. I compress the forks about half way, The reduces the bounce on rough roads. If I stop for the night, I loosen the tie downs then re-tighten in the morning. The crash bars are certainly strong enough; but tying to them does not reduce the bounce.
 

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I strap to the bars and crank them down fully compressing the front suspension. I will also run a strap across the low spot on the rear wheel to keep it from bouncing the rear of the bike.
 

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I strap to the bars and crank them down fully compressing the front suspension. I will also run a strap across the low spot on the rear wheel to keep it from bouncing the rear of the bike.
Does it make a difference if the handle bars are clip ons?
 

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Not if the clip ons can take the stress.
It’s a thought I had since my Thruxton has clip ons. I suppose it would first just release the pressure on the suspension if they failed. It might still remain upright.
 

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It’s a thought I had since my Thruxton has clip ons. I suppose it would first just release the pressure on the suspension if they failed. It might still remain upright.
If you are worried about that, use a second strap {or two} to the frame as a safety strap. When I am traveling long distances, I do that without clip ons. I have had straps fail. I also check all of my ties downs every time I stop.
 

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If you are worried about that, use a second strap {or two} to the frame as a safety strap. When I am traveling long distances, I do that without clip ons. I have had straps fail. I also check all of my ties downs every time I stop.
Good advice! Redundancy.
 

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It’s a thought I had since my Thruxton has clip ons. I suppose it would first just release the pressure on the suspension if they failed. It might still remain upright.
I'm unfamiliar with the Thruxton set-up but on others I've seen folks that strap to the lower triple tree instead of the handlebars or upper triple tree.
 

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I'm unfamiliar with the Thruxton set-up but on others I've seen folks that strap to the lower triple tree instead of the handlebars or upper triple tree.
That makes sense.
 
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