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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer Towing Question

I watched a video yesterday that said if you were towing a bike on a multi-day trip, to decompress the forks at night while stopped to prevent damage to the seals. Does anyone do this?

It seems that if the forks can take being beat to death while compressed when going down the highway all day, that it sure the hell wouldn't hurt for them to be compressed while sitting still.

BTW, this is my first time to haul a bike on a trailer.

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I have hauled many a bike on a trailer and currently carry my bike with me when I travel (in a toy hauler). I slightly compress the forks when I tie down and I never release that until I un-load the bike. I've never had any problems with fork seals. I do use a front wheel chock now a days.
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Years ago I towed my TT500 across Canada, then back. I had the forks FULLY compressed while towing and ruined the fork springs....

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I've got my forks compressed at the recommended 1/2 the travel distance of the forks. I've got them compressed by about 2 1/2".

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You might cause spring damage by compressing the forks all the way down and leaving them there for a few days.......

I compress mine about half-way and haven't had any issues with leaving them like that for a day or two. The valves move the fluid from one part to the other when you compress the forks, so there's no real pressure on the seals.

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Fork seals will be fine but the boys are correct about the springs. You don't want to leave them fully compressed or mostly compressed for a period of time.

One way around this is to remove the front fender and put a 2x4 or dirt bike fork brace that will not allow the forks to compress very much when you tighten down your straps.
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Another way - just "snug" the tie-downs, then use a 'bungee-cord' (or TWO!) between the "eyes" at the top and bottom hooks to allow your suspension to "work" while keeping the hook on the tie-downs from 'jumping' out of the "eye".

Here're two pics of when I towed my '09 from AZ to Alberta, 1700 miles or so, a few years ago.
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