OK, so got the bike, still thinking about the trailer.......

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  1. Chaumo

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    ... but should I get a cover for it when it is being towed? Does the wind just rip them to shreds? How do you fasten them? Any suggestions welcome. It is a Honda SH300 and I would like to keep it in the same condition it is now. Thanks.
     
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    I see no reason to have a cover. Do you have a cover when riding it?
     
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    That's silly! I'd not be able to ride it with a cover on
     
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    A decent full width mudflap across the rear of the Motorhome will keep most off..

    Unless a cover fits like a glove it will blow about and rub the paintwork.. :(
     
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    Thanks. Looks like I could save some money by not buying one.
     
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    As old mo says it WILL definitely rub the paint,I have experimented with the scooter covered on a long winter trip with bungees tightening the flapping cover but surprisingly still made some minor marks.
    As Yorick put in his only way :unsure: it only takes half an hour to give it a good wash off on arrival.
    However I do keep my bikes under cover and connected to an Optimate when not in use,when at home of course Yorick!!
     
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    I've been thinking about this and I've decided that a box trailer would be ideal for us as I could carry/store other gear down the side/in front of the bike and keep everything clean and dry.
    As for strapping down its a must to secure the front wheel in a "carrier" of some sort (check out purpose built ones) and pull forwards with straps over the ends of the handlebars incorporating a loop round the front brake to hold it on the two straps on the rear also pulling down and forwards. Never rely on just one strap to do both sides as if it snaps/comes undone you could have the bike fall over and receive a big bill to fix it. (y)
     
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    Thanks everybody. Now not buying a cover but a wheel clamp, an Optimate and some ratchet straps instead.
     
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    Make sure you get the front wheel properly locked and pull the bike forwards with the straps ;)

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    Once the front wheel drops into the channel, I just use straps each side of swinging arm :)
     
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    Blimey mate,didn't the crew strap it down? bad do if it dropped in the Channel,big insurance claim there then!!
     
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    Do not use the front brake to hold the bike . Its ok at a push if you have no alternative, but for regular use , use a proper clamp.

    And a decent ramp too... unless the trailer already has one...as that thing has the ground clearance of a snake.
     
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