Mistake 1: Improper Tie-Down Technique
Tying down your motorcycle after loading it into the trailer is critical to safe transportation. If a motorcycle were to fall out of your moving vehicle, the best case scenario would be a damaged bike. More important than the condition of your motorcycle is the safety of the people around you. An insufficiently secured bike can become a dangerous and even fatal object if it falls onto the road and impacts the vehicles behind it.
On a lighter note, we do care about your bike and want it to look good for as long as possible. Proper tie-down technique can go a long way in achieving this. On a broader level, a well-secured motorcycle won’t tip over and get damaged. However, don’t ignore the details; instead of putting hooks directly over convenient attachment spots like handlebars, opt for soft-ties.
No matter how taught you tie down your motorcycle, it’s going to move around when you transport it (especially if you’re going down bumpy trails or dirt roads). A hard hook can scratch up whatever it’s attached to, while soft-ties are non-abrasive and won’t damage your bike. As a bonus, they provide a complete loop around the anchor point for extra security. You can also use them for a variety of other transportation applications.
The anticipation of riding down the open road on a crisp morning would make any rider want to get out the door as soon as possible. Don’t let that excitement lead to disregarded safe towing practices. There are some important steps you must complete to ensure you and your bike make it to your riding destination safely:
- Choose the appropriate hitch system for your towing vehicle, trailer and load
- Correctly hitch the trailer to the tow vehicle and use safety chains for extra assurance
- Test the trailer brakes and lights
- Ensure the trailer tires are properly inflated and rated for the application
- Equally distribute the load and secure the cargo
- Drive responsibly and within your abilities
When you follow proper towing procedures, you make the road a safer place for everyone. One of the best things you can do is choose the best trailer for the job and be informed on the right way to use it. Drop-Tail Trailers is your top source for trailers and accessories, so be sure to check out our shop and contact us if you have any questions!
Mistake 3: Negligent or Risky Driving
It should go without saying that no one should speed, swerve or perform “tricks” while driving a vehicle on public roadways. This is especially important when towing a trailer, whether it is carrying a load or not. In some cases, you may pose a risk to yourself and others without even knowing it. For example, relying on the mirrors of your towing vehicle only may not give you sufficient visual range. Permanent or snap-on mirrors can provide extra visibility of your trailer and the area around it.
If you’re not familiar with driving with a trailer, practice simple tasks like parking and turning in a safe, low-traffic area. Even if you’ve towed a trailer before, it can be helpful to understand the driving techniques that work best for different types of surfaces. A winding road, straight highway and dirt trail all require a different approach to ensure your trailers maneuvers smoothly.
Solution: Trust Drop-Tail Trailers and Accessories
Safe towing is your responsibility, but it’s our job to offer the best powersport and motorcycle trailers on the market. You have a lot of adventures to go on, and our trailers help you and your favorite ride get there easily and securely. We’ll help you choose the trailer that fits your needs and recommend the right accessories to go with it. Contact us today or visit our online shop to see why Drop-Tail Trailers is your go-to for trailers, dollies, parts, and more.