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trailering question

is it ok to have the front brake level appied while trailering? When strapped down and in gear, there is a little play in the tranny that lets its roll about 1 or 2 inches. I'm afraid that over a 3 hour drive that constant back and forth against the tranny with cause it harm. Si if i duct tape the front brake level to the handlebar, will i cause any problem to the brake system?

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You really shouldnt have that much play in it how are you strapping it down. Plus I leave mine in nuetral when in tow.




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A little play in the tied down bike is okay, I would neither keep it in gear or zip tie the brake. A bunch of 400 guys used to zip the front brake to help bleed it on the ride but I had heard that it was not good and caused premature problems with the master cylinder. The bike should move a little and the suspension should be active.

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Why is the bike rolling back and forth? you should have a wheel chock. You do not want to reply on the rear straps to hold 400lbs of bike from rolling forward when you nail the brakes in an emergency. I would not use the frotn brakle because a trailer surface may not offer suffiecent traction and again, you'll be putting a lot of weight on the rear straps. The rear straps are only to keep the biek upright and to hold the rear down.

Light chattter from road vibration shouldn't do anythign to the ranny.... it's the same as holdign a constant throttle at low speeds.


Things that are bad for the tranny - Clutchless shift WITHOUT blipping or lifting the throttle, hitting false neutrals then knocking it inot gear without matching the revs. That's probbly about it. Tranny's are very robust.
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chock? Is that just a block that keeps the motorcycle from rolling foreward? Wouldn't it make sense to put one if the back then also?

Can you tell I haven't trailered my bike before. I'm planing on getting a trailer soon so I was just taking advantage of this oportunity to ask those that do.
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well the wheel chock didn't arrive in time for this weekend. so i'm going to have to make do. seems pretty well secured with the tranny in neutral and no brakes applied. I think i may have cranked the front down too much so i'll loosen it up slightly. I have a non-slip flooring in the trailer and the tires don't even move at all, even when i tried to shimmy it to the side a little! I actual had to lift the entire rear tire off the floor to get it to move sideways! I used to be able to lift the ass up a little to get the weight off the tire and it wiould slid side to side ok on the bare wood floor. with this surface down she don't move at all! damn i'm tired

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