Tragic! Tie Down Came Loose

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On the way to our ride today somehow my tie down came loose and off the trailer went my 250 exc. Had it for three weeks. The initial inspection revealed damage to the bars, clutch and braker lever, grips, kill switch, throttle body, foot pegs, seat cover, and rear fender. Guess it could have been much, much worse. I hope to inspect the frame and other components tonight. Two Questions -- 1) Any paticular area of the bike that should be inspected and 2) are there any online shops you would recommend for KTM parts?

Hope to be back out in a couple weeks.
 
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Just a suggestion, use carabeaners(sp?) on the tiedowns instead of the hooks. Check your rads, if it hit on the shrouds could have tweeked one. Hope there is not too much damage.

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Wow! Sorry to hear the news. Sorry about your bike. Your fortunate in one way, it could have been much worse like causing an accident.

I use the ratch type tie downs, the other type are more prone to coming loose. Some tie-down packages warn "Not for use as motorcycle tie-down". The problem is some rely on tension to assist the clamping force. Unless these are under constant tension, they can loosen up.

I had my KTM 250 EXE on on a hitch mounted carrier. One tie-dow came loose and the bike fell,
fortunately toward my vehicle. If it fell the other way, it would not have been pretty.

regards

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Bummer!!

I think you came on board after my similar posting -- but last year my trailer turned upside down and I dragged my new XR400 for a quarter-mile down a mountain road. I FEEL YOUR PAIN!! Try and remember, like I did, to make a point, now that you've been given lemons, to make lemonade. For me that meant a neat seat cover and graphics kit. Something to individualize your bike. Good luck.
 

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If you've more than one bike on the trailer, tie the bars together, so that way the bike will go inside the trailer not over the side.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune however.
 
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Seems that the biggest problem will be the clutch lever assembly. The lever, perch, resevoir, etc are ok but the clamp is broke. If you are familiar with this unit, it is one piece. The clamp has a pin on one side and the bolt on the other. If I could get the pin out I could possibly buy (or make) another clamp. Anyone ever tried to remove this pin? Any idea what the price may be for a whole new unit?
 
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It may be less expensive to replace the unit with a universal hydraulic unit from HEBO. The HEBO units come on GAS GASs and have a very light pull. Search other posts, there was one a few weeks back were a KTM rider broke his clutch mc or perch and went to the HEBO unit and was very please, to say the least.

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Did you call your insurance agency? Most car polocies also cover anything you're towing. It's worth looking into. Nice bike like that I would pay a few bucks a year to have it insured against anything.
 
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Definatly get it insured. I pay 180$ a year to insure mine....but if it so much as falls over on it's side it is paid for. It's nice to know I'm covered if I launch it into some big rocks or trees.

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Take a small drift anp push the pin out of the perch clamp. I think you can get a after market clamp, I had to make one for my 380 down at Jawbone after hitting one of them dam spiked trees. I used a pice of 1/8th alum. that was in november still working
 
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Man,That is a shame, I would pull all the plastic and check the frame out real good look for any cracks in the paint,That is one way to check for a bent frame. Good luck with your bike I feel your pain.

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I have nothing to add except my heart felt condolences.

Good luck and may your repairs be swift and unburdensome.

Thanks for making others maybe take a second look now at how they secure thier bikes down.
 
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Wow thats weird, the same thing happened to me today only my situation wasn't nearly as bad. Mt tie down loosened up and my bike fell over, luckily it was only in the back of my truck. No damage that I could tell. Sure makes you mad though!!!
 
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