Martin from Westchester County, NY says "I frequently
tow my RT (and my wife's F650) when touring in Canada and
Northern New England. The best formula I have come up with
a “Canyon Dancer” for the handlebars, six ratcheting tie
downs, 4 short (10”) soft hooks and a 3’ length of split
æ” neoprene pipe insulation. Cut the insulation in half
so you have two 18” pieces. (Soft Hooks are 1" wide
webbing that is sewn into two loops. You use them on mounting
points so the metal hooks from the tie downs don't scratch
the bike's fairing or frame. Some folks don't use them on
the frame but the tie downs hooks will damage the paint.)
off the saddlebags and sides covers and store them in the
the bike onto the trailer and stall it in first gear against
the wheel chock. Make sure the bike is straight!
the bike on the side stand.
the Canyon Dancer over the handlebars and attach ratcheting
tie downs to each loop and to tie down points on the trailer.
Take out the excess slack from the tie downs. Always go
forward with the tie downs.
the pipe insulation where the hook from the tie down goes
into the loop on the Canyon Dancer. This will save your
fairing from damage caused by the hook or wind chafing.
up on the ratchets so the bike stands up by itself (you
may want to have someone help you with this the first few
times). Put the kickstand up and compress the suspension
about half way.
a soft hook around the diagonal frame members exposed by
taking off the side covers. Be careful not to get the soft
hooks around any wires or hydraulic lines. 9. Use a tie
down on each side and compress the rear suspension slightly.
the last two soft hooks on the mounting brackets for the
tie downs and just snug them up. Dress up the slack in the
free end of the tie downs.
around the bike and take up on the ratchets to make sure
that the bike is not leaning. Shake the bike hard by the
handlebars to see if it is solid and look for loose tie
downs. You should not get excessive slack in any of the
tie downs when you shake the bike side to side.
and frame points handle the entire load. The attachment at
the saddlebag brackets is there to make sure the rear doesn’t
dance and to provide a safety in the event of a tie down working
loose. Do not place excessive load on these brackets!
stop after about 10 miles to see if anything needs to be adjusted.
After that, you’re good to go."