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  1. #31
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    24th November 2015 - 11:20
    Suzuki DR650
    Blenheim and Welly
    Yep - My experience with the ferries has differed quite considerably. Some simply leave you to your own devices - I must say that simply saying that you should bring your own tie-downs has always struck me as being a cop-out by the ferry companies. You're paying them for safe passage of you and your kit.

    I bring my own tie downs because, like most of us on here, I like to be in charge of what happens to my bike. However this doesn't absolve the ferry company from taking reasonable duty of care to their fee-paying customers.

    Perhaps if more of us complained they'd be more inclined to do something about it. And yes I include myself in that silent majority. Perhaps it's time I made more of a fuss.
    Navy Boy

  2. #32
    Join Date
    4th December 2009 - 19:45
    2008 Honda VFR800

    Tie Downs for a Road Bike

    Quote Originally Posted by F5 Dave View Post
    Actually I'd like to get some bar harness doofer for fairing'd bikes.


    Like this?

    If you are looking for a set of tie-downs for a roadbike (for use
    on the inter-island ferries), can I suggest that you have a look
    at the following two links:

    My VFR has a bar configuration similar to that shown in the first link,
    and I bought a set of the product shown within each link.

    The first product spans the bar well, and avoids pressure on switchgear
    (as well as avoiding rubbing on tank and on fairings).

    The second product mates with the first, simply as shown in the photo
    of the Britten in the second link.

    The products are strong and well constructed (good heavy nylon), and I
    would quite happily recommend them.

    Mine have been used on several ferry crossings (the Bluebridge and the

    And they're easy to use.

    Just get the machine on its sidestand, and fit the soft fitting over the
    bar grips.

    Hook up the left hand karabiner to the ferry floor and to the soft fitting,
    stand your machine up vertically and then pull on and adjust the strap for
    length. It has a knurled fitting, through which you pull the nylon strap
    (in order to add or lose tension).

    Put your machine back on its side stand.

    Hook up the right hand karabiner to the ferry floor and to the other end
    of the soft fitting, pull your machine up to vertical and then adjust that
    strap for length.

    Your machine should then stand freely, as in the Britten photo.

    You can then pull down on each karabiner in turn to apply more pressure
    on the front forks.

    I was going to buy another set of the karabiner pack for the rear end
    of my VFR, but MotoMart kindly donated me a set of rear tie-downs free
    of charge (surplus after unpacking one of their new Ducatis). Given their
    charge-out rate, maybe it was only fair.


  3. #33
    Join Date
    25th March 2004 - 17:22
    RZ496/Street Triple R/GasGas/ etc etc
    Wellington. . ok the hutt
    I'll look out for some. I occasionally move fairinged bikes in my van with much wider fairings than the Britten. My RS125 fairings were so narrow that it never raised as an issue.

    Oxford seem to market a similar design so might go look in local TSS. Else Tardme it is.
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