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    Important Safety Warning

    Tie your bike down properly!

    Yesterday i was traveling north on I5 just comming out of sandiego. I noticed a RV towing a trailer with a very nice YZ on it, and just as i got up behind it guess what?

    It went over a very small bump and the rest is history. The bike left the trailer, and went for at least a 500 yard "death drag". it looked like it took some real damage (lots of sparks!) and i felt very bad for the guy. Luckily for him though, it went on the drag, if it had come loose it would have been much worse since several cars would have gone right over it.

    Hopefully we can learn from this, and i am sure many people have done the hard way also.

    Appologies to the webmaster foor the placement of this thread....i couldnt think where to put it, but somewhere with the most coverage would be best i suppose.

    cheers

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    Ouch!

    This would probably be most appropriate in the General forum (and will get seen the most, too).

    Thanks!




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    And my buddies say I'm paranoid:mad: I use a bike boot, fork saver, and 4 tie downs. Just to be safe



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    I too now use 4 tie downs. My cr 250 took a spill because one of my straps broke. Movement caught my eye, I looked inmy rear view mirror, and holy ****, my bike was falling over the side of my trailer. I was running about 80mph in a slight left hand curve. The bike hit the pavement upside down on handlebars ( thank goodness for renthals). It flipped end over end about 5 times and ended up in an 8' ditch. The only dammage was a torn front brake line, torn grips, a few small scratches on one side of the swingarm. LUCKY!!!




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    I heard about that too. My friends were on their way to Lake Elsinore to meet me and they said the owner was holding his head while looking at the bike that fell off a RV with a trailer....LMAO
    That has got to suck! Man I feel his pain.




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    Dear J-dem-bones:

    if you hear of any good news regarding this story, please let me know.
    unfortunately though it did look bad, if the amount of sparks it produced are anything to go by! i felt so bad for the guy, it made me feel sick to the stomach watching the "death drag". I am in the process of saving for a bike so i know how hard they are to come by for some people. Hopefully many people will hear of this and learn from this mistake.

    cheers

    bruce.

    ps. when i do finally get a machine, i would like to get in touch with you again about riding areas around SD. (i am just south of you on the 5 in the UTC area) do you ride MX, and do you do the green or red sticker thing? (or does it matter?)




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    SPEND $1500.00 FOR AN ENCLOSED TRAILER TO PUT YOUR $6000.00
    BIKE INTO.




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    that brings back some fond memories

    I lost my bike in the carwash once (72 CZ) after washing it I drove out of the carwash and looked back to see my bike doing a wheelie in the rear of my truck.. The hose on the wand had hooked the handlebars and the old style tie-downs pulled loose. I stopped and the bike fell partially out of my truck.

    Another time at a race I saw a guy pull in trailering 3 bikes, the trailer had 3 rails for the bikes and no floor. A Yamaha on the trailer had the rear wheel draggin cause it jumped out of the rail.. The poor guy had a brand new tire with one side worn completely flat!




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    this should serve as a good reminder to secure your load well, and check your anchor points and tie downs frequently. Bad things happen when something comes loose at high-speeds or in traffic, or in high-speed traffic.
    Hope the guy had insurance.



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    Also always use something to help out your forks. They do more than just same your forks they make the bike tie down a lot harder and stay up better too.




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