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By Allen Smith • GWRRA #28759
Lexington, Tennessee

For several year, GWRRA’s Gold Book has included a description of “How To Tie Down Your Gold Wing.” For the most part, the description was good for all Wings up until the 2001 GL1800. This is the way we tie our Tulsa Enterprises Gold Wing into the trailer and have been doing it this way for years; it is the most secure method we’ve found. In our view, this is actually a superior method of tie-down, even for the GL1500.

Materials Needed

  • Three sets of Ancra soft ties.
  • Three sets of Ancra adjustable tie-downs.
  • A flat-bed trailer with places to attach tie-down hooks.
  1. Push or ride your Gold Wing to the center of the flat-bed trailer. Park it on its sidestand. Put the transmission in gear to prevent forward or backward creep.
  2. Loop one end of one soft tie around the left front fork and over the top of the lower triple tree. Slip one loop of the soft tie through the other, then snug it tight so the free loop is accessible.
  3. Slip the hook of one adjustable tie-down through the free end of the soft tie. Connect the other end of the tie-down to the left front floor of the trailer at an angle to avoid contact with the motorcycle’s bodywork. (See photo A.) The tie-down should attach to the trailer bed about 24 inches out from the bike’s front wheel.
  4. Tighten the adjustable tie-down to slightly compress the left front fork.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 on the right front fork side of the bike. Bike should now be supported vertically by the tie-downs.
  6. Raise the bike’s sidestand.

HERE IS WHERE THE PROCEDURE FOR THE GL1800 DIFFERS!

The passenger handles on the GL1800 have rubber collars in the seat and are not designed to have tie-downs attached to secure the motorcycle there! Doing this could damage the bolt and/or the threaded area of the frame.

7. Remove the Wing’s side covers, attach a soft tie around the frame, hook the tie-down to the soft tie and pull slightly forward and out from the motorcycle. Repeat for the other side. (Photos B. and C.)

8. Attach another soft tie around the rear bag guard and SUB FRAME. (Photo D.) Then hook a tie-down to this soft tie and pull to the rear and outward. This will help to stabilize the motorcycle.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THIS TIE IS ATTACHED TO BOTH THE BAG GUARD AND SUB FRAME!

If not using some sort of front wheel chock, it is important to secure the front wheel so it cannot turn.
We caution you NOT to tie down a Gold Wing GL1800 using the handlebars or the engine guards or bag guards. (Even though Honda ties them in the crate with the engine and bag guards, they are not subjected to the same stress as the bouncing on a trailer.) They will break! That is the reason we use the SUB FRAME and bag guard.