Motorcycle Trailer Tie-Down Reviews
The ubiquitous tie-down has a long and storied history; almost everyone who has ever had to move anything has some type or version of the modern idea of the ratcheting strap. Most are far more than any motorcyclist would really need – after all, how many motorcycles on the road today weigh more than a half-ton (choose your standard, both are about the same) and almost every material used to make them is capable of holding far more than that. Below are some of the more popular and highest rated tie-down straps available. Though this is called a ‘review’, there is little to comment on except special features and how well-regarded the straps are by the people who use them since the whole concept is so very basic – if tie-down straps work, they are often good, plain and simple. Have a look and find the set you need.
Keeper 05723 Heavy-Duty Motorcycle and ATV Tie-Down (average rating: 4.8 of 5)
Keeper makes a very broad range of automotive and motorcycle storage, organizational and towing products in the United States and sells worldwide. The model 05723 Heavy-Duty Motorcycle and ATV Tie-Down straps are made of a nylon webbing in an orange hue, have built-in soft-tie extensions to keep from damaging the bike, measure 1½ inches wide by eight feet long and are rated to handle 1000 pounds (454 kg). The material they are made of can withstand 3000 pounds before breaking – more than enough to safely hold a motorcycle in place even in a hurricane. A nice feature of the 05723 is the rubber-coated ratchet handle. The Keeper 05723 heavy-duty motorcycle and ATV tie-downs are sold in pairs for a suggested retail of US$30 but can be found for less.
Ancra 40888-10 Original Tie-Down (average rating: 5 of 5)
At the very basic end of the tie-down spectrum would have to be the Ancra 40888-10 Original Tie-Down; these are the classic tie-down in every sense, but they are also reputably reliable and long-lasting. This model has been available in one form or another for over two decades and many of those original products are still in use. Ancra makes the 40888-10 of nylon webbing – in red or black in this case – which is rated at 4500 pounds tensile strength and is designed for 400 pounds (181 kg) of working load capacity. These straps measure 66 inches (1.7 meters) long, 1 inch wide, at the ends are the standard vinyl-coated S-hooks and the cam buckles are rated for 1800 pounds. The only reason that these are not at the top of this list is that they do not include soft-ties in their US$31 suggested retail price. But, for the common $20 asking price per pair of 40888-10 Original tie-downs, one can easily find a solution for this when purchasing a tie-down which will last as long as this set will.
Discount Ramps 8 Piece Motorcycle Tie-Down Kit (average rating: 4.7 of 5)
Though the name is truly indicative of their primary business, Discount Ramps makes a variety of motorcycle rider-friendly products. One of the more popular in their line-up is the 8 Piece Motorcycle Tie-Down Kit which is truly a solution in a box (but not a good box). It contains four two inch wide ratcheting S-hook straps made of nylon webbing rated for 3000 pounds of tensile strength and a 1500 pound (680 kg) working load, four one by twelve inch soft loops which can withstand 3600 pounds of breaking strength and a 1200 pound (544 kg) working load capacity, and one not-so-great or well-fitting plastic case (just recycle it). Many small shops have made a habit of purchasing this kit for professional use and racers are known to be quite happy with them as well owing to their usefulness and durability. So, picking up this kit for its US$65 asking price – or its more likely cost of less than $50 – for using on a personal motorbike for an occasional transport will be a connection you will likely have for life. The Discount Ramps 8 Piece Motorcycle Tie-Down Kit is a very good value and a complete set of every strap you need to safely move a bike from one place to another. NOTE: There are other sets sold by Discount Ramps in a range of configurations (differing types of hook) and they are all rated fairly highly.
Powertye 1½” Fat Strap with Soft Tye
Powertye is what many consider the Nike of strap manufacturers – they make very durable, reliable, and strong tie-downs which also happen to have a sense of style, and they promote professional athletes. The Powertye 1½ inch Fat Strap with Soft Tye is in about the middle of their line-up and works well as an indicator of all the tie-downs and similar products they produce. The Fat Straps are made with nylon webbing rated for 6000 pounds of breaking strength and maintain a 1500 pound (680 kg) working load, they adjust between six and twelve feet in length, have vinyl-coated S-hooks, make use of built-in ‘soft tye’ straps – meant to protect the bike in transport from being damaged – use chrome-plated ratcheting mechanisms, are security stitched and come with a lifetime warranty. They are durable and have a high level of attention to detail and this really shows when strapping a bike onto a hauler. Highly rated is an understatement when speaking of Powertye tie-downs and, for a suggested retail of around US$27, the 1½” Fat Strap with Soft Tye set will help you understand why that company’s products are so very well respected and why they sell so many of their straps.