March 2001 Safety Thoughts

Trailer Tips

by Dave Hansen, Safety Officer

We're still without riding weather & it's time for Bike Week. To some, that will mean it's time to load the bike on the trailer & head for warmer weather to ride & enjoy the sun.

Over the years I've heard many stories of woe regarding trailering mishaps & damaged bikes. Here's a few tips to make trailering your bike a bit better, easier and safer.

Once you've addressed the tow vehicle & trailer issues, it's time to make sure your bike is ready as well. When everything's set, it's time to hook up the trailer to the tow vehicle, then load up the bike.

Before putting the bike on/in the trailer, take a couple minutes to get the trailer ready to strap down the bike -

Once the bike is in position in the trailer -

That's it for loading the bike. Unloading is just a matter of reversing the sequence, but here's a couple more tips that you'll need to know -

When unloading the bike, leave the front tie downs for last -

On a personal note, I use 6 tie down points in my trailer -

While your trailer may be set up differently, I hope this provides some insight & useful tips that will make your trailering experience a safe experience.


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