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Motorcycle Tie Downs


More About Motorcycle Tie Downs
Motorcycle tie downs, systems, and accessories are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to fit just about any kind of motorcycle.

Motorcycle tie down straps are generally constructed from high quality 1” webbing and have either s-hooks or snap hooks on each end to secure the strap to an anchor point or track on your truck or trailer.  Motorcycle tie downs can use ratchet straps or cam buckle straps to tighten the straps and create a strong motorcycle hold down. Motorcycle tie downs for trailers are used in conjunction with handle bar straps and tie down anchor points to tie down a motorcycle.

There are several possible methods to tie down a motorcycle including utilizing tie down trackE track or stud fitting track can be mounted to the wall or floor of a truck or trailer and motorcycle straps can be secured to the track by using spring fittings or stud fittings, then attaching the straps to the ring fitting.

Generally, dirt bike/ sport bike tie downs and street bike tie downs are the same design, and can be used interchangeably between models. If you’re shopping for products for a specific brand of bike, such as Harley Davidson tie downs, we also suggest you check with your owner’s manual for any additional tips on transporting your motorcycle.

Whether you haul your bike (or bikes) on a trailer specifically for motorcycles, or in an enclosed trailer or truck bed, it will generally determine the best motorcycle tie downs for your specific needs. We’ve separated our tie downs for motorcycles into three groups to make it easier to shop.

Motorcycle straps

Motorcycle tie down straps are constructed from high quality 1" polyester webbing and have either s-hooks or snap hooks on each end to secure the strap to an anchor point or a track on your truck or trailer.

Motorcycle tie downs can use ratchet straps or cam buckle straps to tighten the straps and create a strong motorcycle hold down. Motorcycle ratchet tie downs offer the tightest tension, however you can risk over-tightening. Cam buckles also eliminate slack in a strap, and are a good choice for more delicate or fragile surfaces since they cannot be overtightened. Cinch straps and handle bar straps are also common motorbike tie downs that offer an extra measure of securing and convenience.

While we offer a huge selection of in-stock tie down straps, custom straps are also available if you don't see what you're looking for. Because we manufacture our tie down straps in-house at our Iowa facility, orders ship quickly. Visit our Custom Tie Down Straps page for more information.


Tie down systems

There are several possible methods to tie down a motorcycle including utilizing a system of tie down track, such as a stud fitting track like L-track. Also called motorcycle tie down bar, motorcycle tie down tracks, or airline track, from its popularity in the aircraft industry, these tracks can be mounted to the wall or floor of a truck or trailer and motorcycle straps can be secured to the track by using spring fittings or double stud fittings designed for the track style. E-track is another tie down rail system that can be sued to tie down a motorcycle, but has a wider and flatter design than L-track. Our L-track systems are available in a variety of sizes and colors, so creating KTM or Harley tie downs is as easy as purchasing orange and black kits. Other colors to coordinate with major motorcycle manufacturers include: red (Honda), blue (Yamaha), green (Kawasaki). An olive green set is also available to pair with our camo or military tie down straps.

Tie down accessories

While L-track rails work as motorcycle tie down brackets when installed in/or a trailer or truck bed, the fittings serve as single tie down point. These motorcycle tie down anchors come in single or double style to create a quick-fitting point that’s ready to accept an L-track strap, or a tie down strap fitted with a hook.

Other popular accessories for our motorcycle tie downs for trailer systems include track filler which keeps dirt and sand out of the track, and end caps to create a finished look and reduce abrupt edging.

Using Motorcycle Tie Downs

Motorcycle tie downs are meant to be secured to the frame of the motorcycle by looping the double eye strap over a stable anchor point on the motorcycle. Tying down at two points on the front and one on each side is adequate for most dirt bikes and small street motorcycles. One person can secure a motorcycle in a trailer alone with a motorcycle tie down system and e-track installed in the trailer.


Motorcycle Tie Down How To - 4 Point Motorcycle Tie Down:

  • Prepare your motorcycle trailer tie downs: attach your ratchet straps to the appropriate anchor point tie down positions on the trailer. Place back motorcycle tie down straps on the trailer bed in a position where you can reach them from the seat of the motorcycle. Note: when loading two motorcycles where the handlebars or fairings may conflict; try reversing one of the bike's position on the trailer.
  • Load your motorcycle on the trailer: Start and warm up the motorcycle then ride or walk it onto the trailer. Ensure that the bike is lined up straight between your motorcycle tiedowns.
  • Attach the side/rear motorcycle hold downs: While sitting on the bike attach the rear tie down straps and tighten until the bike is firmly in place.
  • Attach the front motorcycle tie downs: Make sure the motorcycle is balanced and get off the bike and attach the front tie down straps so that the bike is firmly in place.
  • Take a step back and look at your bike: when you are finished the motorcycle should be completely upright and straight with direct lines from the motorcycle trailer straps to anchor points.
  • Test your motorcycle trailer tie down work: shaking the bike should only cause trailer motion and very little bike movement.
  • If the motorcycle moves you should check each motorcycle tiedown for looseness - it's possible that tightening one ratchet created slack in one of the other motorcycle trailer tie-downs if the bike wasn't perfectly straight.
US Cargo Control also offers chocks for motorcycles, tie downs can be purchased separately if you need a replacement, as can motorcycle tie down anchors. When you want to tie down motorcycle equipment, ATVs or other sporting vehicles we have a kit to make it simple and secure. Call our customer service team 866-444-9990 with any questions.