Tying Down Motorcycles and Dirt Bikes
Tried and True Method Using the Recommended Hardware

Tie downs

A. Ratchet Tie Down — B. Vertical Stabilizer Bar
Note the location of front and rear wheel straps. The stabilizer bar pivots so that the strap will go around the bike in an area that is best suited for attaching padding to the sta-bar and free of obstructions or sharp edges.
• Warning: Bungee cords must not be used •

Tie down View of stabilizer with strap attached at top.

Note the padded wooden block screwed to the stabilizer bar. Ideally, you can customize this block to fit the contour of cycle in the area of contact with a jigsaw and then covering with carpet or adhesive felt.


Tie down The short black cam straps are ideal for securing the bike's front and rear wheel.

Warning: Bungee cords must not be used.


Tie down The soft tie at the top will prevent the hook of the cam tie down from leaving marks on the handlebar.

The strap is placed on the right handlebar between the bike and the vehicle.

This is best configuration for pulling the bike toward the stabilizer


Tie down The knot tied snug against the cam prevents the possibility of slippage if the cam lock fails.

This precaution should also be used on the stabilizer strap.

Remember to inspect all straps at each stop or 200 mile intervals.

Safety information by:
SAS LLC, – owned by a motorcycle enthusiast with 10 years experience building and field testing motorcycle carriers in Michigan
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