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    Quote Originally Posted by jeb View Post
    Not going to be able play here. I ALWAYS double strap my bikes with quality straps, and I get them tight. Love reading the horror stories, though.
    Now, after I pull the strap tight, I start at the clamp and wrap that free piece around the tensioned strap. I bought some carabiners and attach that loose end on the eye-bolt. I went so far as to cut the S-hook off and put a carabiner there also. Poor description...guess I could take a pic.

    I'm thinking that if another clamp breaks, this will keep it at least tight enough to give me time to stop and replace. I've carried ratchet straps in the truck since I was a kid, but now also carry extra MC tiedowns.
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    I had some flip up wheel chocks in an enclosed, i guess i didnt pull the straps tight and the wheel popped out of the chock and tipped the bike over in the trailer......after a 3 or 4 hour drive, I had dumped about 2 gallons of gas on the floor from the carb since I also forgot to close the petcock.
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    Brought bike over to son in laws to do something or other and when i loaded bike it was dark and when i hooked hook to the bed tie down I apparently missed hole and only hooked to outside and didn't make it 10 feet hit bump and bike falls over.

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    I was following a guy leaving an enduro and his bike fell off his trailer and he was dragging it by the one tiedown that was still hooked to it. I tried for the longest time trying to get him to stop and he thought i just wanted to pass him to get out of the dust. I bet he drug it a 1/2 mile before he pulled over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNMC78X View Post
    I was following a guy leaving an enduro and his bike fell off his trailer and he was dragging it by the one tiedown that was still hooked to it. I tried for the longest time trying to get him to stop and he thought i just wanted to pass him to get out of the dust. I bet he drug it a 1/2 mile before he pulled over.
    Have never had an issue like these but probably just lucky. Over forty+ years I have left several enduros with zero physical or Brain function left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASR524 View Post
    I had some flip up wheel chocks in an enclosed, i guess i didnt pull the straps tight and the wheel popped out of the chock and tipped the bike over in the trailer......after a 3 or 4 hour drive, I had dumped about 2 gallons of gas on the floor from the carb since I also forgot to close the petcock.
    My reason for all ways closing the petcock when trailering is that on a long 500 mile trip to a National enduro every bump we hit must of caused the float to let in extra gas as when we got there the bottom end was full of gas, must of towed it 2 miles til in cleaned out.
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    I was riding sweep for our clubs event, and in the morning, my bike wasn't working properly. A friend loaned me a bike, and I loaded mine back on the rear bumper hitch rail. I didn't tighten down the straps completely, just enough to keep the bike standing. At the end of the day, I forgot about the straps. I got about 1/2 mile when I pulled into a local sandwich shop. There was a drop off leaving the highway as I entered the parking lot. My bike shook, and the handlebar hit the rear window of my truck cap and shattered the glass. My bike fell off the rail and was drug by the strap about 20'. No real damage to the bike, but the rear window was $200+ to replace.

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    Hauling three month old Ktm's behind a new Dodge pickup. This was 30 years ago with a 3 rail open Hosclaw? trailer. Anyhow we stop for coffee and hit the highway. About 20 minutes into the drive there is a construction area with some whoops. We get though it fine and are in the middle lane. All of the sudden the tanker truck in front of us hits the brakes so my buddy hits the brakes. The tanker driver saw what was happening. At the moment we all looked at each other with a WTF look we saw our trailer passing us in the left lane going 50mph. No coupler clamped, no chains connected, just $21K worth of KTM's ghostriding down the highway. We all watched in horror as the trailer slid down the highway riding the tongue bump. Took quite a while but believe it or not it eventually slid into the concrete barriers while slowing to a stop. The only damage was one trailer fender scratched and one bark buster end scratched. Somebody was watching over us that day.
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    Hauled a metal gas can under footpeg, bike bouncing caused peg to beat the crap out of the can lid and make it unusable.
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    Holsclaw..........that's the one that snapped in half with my Elsinore's in Simi Valley! (bought it for $50 from a guy who used it in Michigan to haul a snowmobile....I didn't KNOW rust could be so bad!)

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