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How to Properly Use Soft Loops When Tying Down a Motorcycle


Want to take your bike on a road trip, but don’t want to ride it the entire way? To be able to safely transport a motorcycle in a trailer or truck, it’s important to learn how to properly tie it down so it is secure during the trip.

The best tool to use for tying down your motorcycle is are soft loops. You can find these at very affordable prices, and they make for a highly effective and easily used add-on for hook-end tie-down straps.

Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about using these soft loops for securing your motorcycle.

What exactly are soft loops?

Soft loops are commonly used by people for tying down motorcycles, ATVs and dirt bikes. They’re a specific kind of strap designed to be softer to provide an alternative to tie-down straps without these soft loops. The soft loops help users to avoid scratching the paint or metal on the handlebars or frame.

These soft loops get wrapped around the desired tie-down points on the bike to protect the surface from potential damage caused by metal hooks.

These loops create some flexibility as well. When used, they can securely wrap around any tie-down point on the vehicle, unlike metal hooks. They’re also beneficial as an alternative to metal hooks in that they don’t result in metal rubbing on metal, which can be very damaging to your bike.

Ultimately, soft loops allow you to securely strap your bike to the trailer or truck bed without having to worry about the possibility of slipping, sliding or damage caused by the straps themselves.

Using soft loops

There are several steps to properly securing cargo for transportation with soft loops. The good news is the process is easy to learn, and once you’ve done it once it’s easy to repeat!

Here’s a quick rundown:

    Soft Loops -- how to use - step1
  1. Wrap the twisted loop-end around the anchor point you wish to use.
  2. Soft Loops -- how to use - step2
  3. Put the straight loop-end of the soft loop through the twisted loop.
  4. Soft Loops -- how to use - step3
  5. Pull that straight end through until you’ve firmly secured the soft loop. This should cinch up the opposite loop tight against the surface.
  6. Soft Loops -- how to use - step4
  7. Hook up the tie-down to the remaining loop, which you already pulled through.

It’s that simple!

Soft loops are inexpensive but come with significant benefits. Get yours today and give your motorcycle the security and protection it deserves when you’re transporting it from place to place.

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