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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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How do tie down a GL1500?

So, this Saturday I go to pick up a 1994 GL1500 SE, very nice bike. I want to ride it home, but it is about 3 hours away and I have to go that way to pick up some other things in my truck. So, I have to put the bike on a trailer and bring it home.

What is the best way to tie one down so it is secure and does not damage anything?
I brought another 1500 home on a trailer, but it is a running riding eye sore and so I didn't really care how I tied it down, as I could not damage it, all the plastics were cracked and faded anyway.

BTW, a search returned no results, or I did it wrong.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-21-2018, 07:36 PM
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Attach two straps up under the front of the fairing to the frame. Use soft ties at the frame. Slightly collapse the front forks.

Attach two straps to the passenger grab handles (or remove the side panels and use the frame for the back).

Protect the paint if needed with soft towels etc.

These four straps should hold it quite well.

Others may have better offers....this has worked for us.

Or just tow it home with a Super Bird.....Ha...Ha.....
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Here is a link to a thread on how to tie down the Wing. I have tied mine down like DBohrer noted above except I used the soft tie to wrap around the lower triple tree. It rode like that for over 2,000 miles round trip without any problem.


https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums...g-trailer.html
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What kind of trailer and how far?

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If you're tying down on the side stand, release the right straps first. Don't ask me how I know......
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I've used the rear engine guards (by the saddlebags) instead of the passenger grab bars before.

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What kind of trailer and how far?
I am renting a utility trailer (No wheel Chock) and going about 200+/- miles.
I am buying the bike in Everett Wa. and bringing it home to Yakima Wa.
I hope I never need to trailer it again.
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U-haul has a very nice Motorcycle trailer, used one to bring home my GF's '83 Virago a few yrs ago (bought it non-running) and the trailer looks like a Goldwing would fit.......
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U-haul has a very nice Motorcycle trailer, used one to bring home my GF's '83 Virago a few yrs ago (bought it non-running) and the trailer looks like a Goldwing would fit.......
If you're renting, this is the way to go. Low entry, wheel chocks, tie downs and handles a Goldwing just fine.
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I hauled bike about 400 miles in a normal trailer. Strapped down from the crash bars, pulling four different ways. Had no issues other than re-tightening a couple times in the first 50 miles, or so.

I'd guess, if you do I-5 and then I-90 it will be a breeze.

I take it you've considered taking a helper to drive the truck back for you?

Oh, and I rented a U-Haul M/C trailer to haul the '85 home and it fit easily.
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