For when you got places to go and things to carry, here is how to haul anything on a motorcycle or bike.
Trying to carry anything on a motorcycle or bike is not only a skill but an art too. There's more to it than jamming something into a backpack or messenger bag which can be uncomfortable and get in the way of your riding style. That's why it's essential to have the right gear for your motorcycle or bike to keep you secured for the ride.
It's really important to determine the amount of space you need on your bike to move freely for the ride while also ensuring your belongings are safe. This should be your initial thought because you don't want anything impinging your ability to control your motorcycle or bike - an unwritten rule. Once you consider the size of your haul, it's time to discuss placement.
If you want to carry a large load, check this post out on carrying more on your bike using tie-downs! It's sure worth the read and will give you a lot of tips you didn't know you needed.
The placement of your belongings is very important because as mentioned earlier, you don't want to impinge your ability to see or control your bike. Don't be this guy!
The safest way to carry your haul is by installing quality bike panniers or racks. The racks are fixed onto the frame over the wheels, allowing you to attach crates, boxes or trap items down to the rack itself. A rear rack is probably one of the handiest bike accessories ever invented and they're common to find at bike shops.
The Right Gear
One common method to secure loads are bungee cords, but before you go ahead, check out this blog post on Adjustable Bungee Cords - A Safer Option to Regular Bungees? and decide if they really are the best way to secure loads. You may even be shocked by its findings (HINT: no one wants a bungee hook to hit the eye, trust me I've been there a few times and it's not fun). Not only are they dangerous but a real pain to stow away when not in use!
So, what do we think is the best way to secure your gear?
Regular tie-down straps, rope, and tape are time-consuming and a pain to use, which is why we wanted to introduce you to the latest WRAPTIE™ multi-function straps.
This unique strap combines all the best features of other tie-down methods but without any of the issues and our new WRAPTIE™ 90cm and WRAPTIE™ 130cm are designed specifically for small to medium, lightweight jobs like this.
Strap it Down
Once you have the size of your haul and where you want to place it determined, it's time to strap it down. The priority here is that whatever you are tying down it has to be secured on tight, allowing for no movement of the object whatsoever.
Remember to take into account the weight of your gear but also the additional forces from accelerating, braking, wind speed and bumps in the road.
WRAPTIE™ Tie Down Straps use industrial strength elastic and a unique fastening system. Not only are they super strong but can secure any load to a motorcycle or bicycle quicker than any other tie down straps we have found!
Before you strap it down, It's always important to know How to Use Tie Down Straps so you know your belongings are properly secured and it'll add that extra comfort.
Safety Check - Final Step
Once strapped down, give the object itself a firm shake to test how secure and safe they are on your bike. If your belongings stay put and there wasn't much movement you're ready for the ride.
The Ultimate "RIDER" Bundle to Stay Secured
Before you head out on your motorcycle or bike, you always have to ask yourself, do I have all the right gear for my trip ahead? Now, with our "RIDER" bundle, the answer to that question will always be YES! And that's because it includes everything you need and more!
This lightweight WRAPTIE™ 'RIDER' Bundle includes:
- 2 x WRAPTIE™ 90 - Twin Pack
- 2 x WRAPTIE™ 130 - Twin Pack
- 1 x WRAPTIE™ 9 in 1 - Bike Multi-tool
- Hex Head Allen Key Sizes: 2 | 2.5 | 3 | 4 | 6 mm
- Phillips Screwdriver: Size 2
- Flat Head Screwdriver: Size 5
- 1 x WRAPTIE™ Recycled PET Grab Bag
All the perfect sizes needed to secure your load so you'll never have to question whether you're missing something because we already have that figured out for you.