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Servicing & Transporting Your Machine

Loading Your Machine (Driving it onto the Trailer)

If you don’t have winching equipment and your only option is drive your bike onto the trailer, use the following safety procedure to avoid getting injured (or worse) in the process.

STEP 1:

Always wear your safety gear when loading and unloading your machine from a trailer (including your helmet).

STEP 2:

Choose a flat area that’s free of obstacles and remove any cargo from your machine.

STEP 3:

If the loading ramp isn’t built in to the trailer, position the ramps so they are centred and stable and carefully align the tires with the ramps to prevent the machine from becoming unbalanced or tipping over while it’s climbing.

STEP 4:

Start up the machine and put it into the lowest gear to ensure it moves forward slowly and carefully, with very little throttle required.

STEP 5:

Once solidly positioned on the ramp, place the machine in 4WD (if so equipped) to prevent the tires from spinning out as the machine climbs the ramps.

STEP 6:

Apply throttle smoothly until the machine begins to move. Do NOT squeeze the throttle - this will cause the tires to spin and is dangerous when you’re trying to stay balanced.

STEP 7:

When the machine reaches the top of the ramp, release the throttle and apply the brakes to stop the machine. Make sure the machine is centred on the trailer.

STEP 8:

Put the machine in ‘park’ (or pull the parking brake for manual transmissions) and shut down the engine. Don’t forget to remove the key from the ignition.

STEP 9:

Secure the machine to at least four anchor or “tie-down” points, using tie-down straps, harnesses, blocks and/or chains. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific tie-down points on your machine. Don't use rope as it may stretch out during  transportation. Give the machine a good rattle to make sure it’s solid.

STEP 10:

If you’re using ramps that aren’t built-in, remove and store them securely in the trailer or truck bed. Don’t forget them! You'll need them when you get where you’re going.

 

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