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Has anyone used a Canyon Dancer Bar-Harness to trailer their Futura. No cracks needed on trailering the bike. The padded center strap seems to rub on the gas tank. Was this a problem for anyone or we you able to adjust it so the center stap wasn't on the tank? Where did you put the rear tiedowns on the bike? Thanks for any assistance you may be able to offer.
micah apriliaforum com
02-10-2003, 09:50 AM
I have used the Canyone Dancer system on many customer bikes and the reason is that this is the best transport system that minimizes damage to plastics. You can use a t-shirt to keep scratches off the tank and by holding the tie downs out-board of the fairing there is no damage to the panels.
02-10-2003, 09:50 AM
I have Gen-mar risers and a fleece-bottomed tank bag, so with a little fiddling, I was able to use the Canyon Dancer. Be sure to be careful with how the cross-strap positions relative to the switch gear, it's easy to damage the various bar switches.
I use Ancra's to hold down the rear wheel & swingarm, thereby allowing the rear suspension to cushion the bike's ride.
>>Has anyone used a Canyon Dancer Bar-Harness to trailer their Futura. No cracks needed on trailering the bike. <<
I trailer mine several times a year: to get the bike to ice-free roads for winter riding, etc. I also put mine in the back of my pickup truck so I can pull a camper trailer to good riding areas.
So, I have a bit of experience in this. ;)
I rejected the bar harness fearing the stress it would put on the throttle sleeve. YMMV.
My solution (part 1)is this: put a tie-down extender around the fork leg/top triple clamp and run the ratched strap to a high mounted D-ring. On my pickup, I screwed one onto the top inside of the bed wall. In my covered trailer, I just mounted it on the wall. This way the straps will clear all the plastic and keep the bike upright.
Part 2 is to put a plastic wheel chock from Wal-Mart behind the rear tire, jam it in tight and screw it to the floor of whatever the bike is in. Along with the front wheel chock or pickup bed bulkhead, the bike cannot move fore or aft.
This way, the ONLY job of the straps in part 1 is keeping the bike upright.
Part 3 is straps around the rear tire and out to the side preventing the rear of the bike from jiggling sideways off the rear chock.
If you have a chock with side bars you won't need this.
This set up is real easy to do and I only need to check my bike once shortly after getting started even pulling 1200+ miles at a time.
The only other thing I do is tape all the strap hooks so that even if they loosen, they can't completely fall off.
I'd rather ride than trailer, but sometimes the choice is either trailer or don't go.... :cool:
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