Tips for Securely Towing a Motorcycle

November 22, 2021 11:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When motorcyclists get stranded on the side of the road, they might wonder what steps they should take. Towing companies are well equipped to help out stranded motorists and pull them to safety, but will the same company offer services for motorcycles?

Motorcycle-safe tow companies tend to be in high demand during the main riding seasons. Any towing company that wishes to assist motorcyclists must come equipped with:

  • Loading ramp: A loading ramp that is securable to a truck ensures the bike will be able to be loaded safely and efficiently. Without adequate loading ramps that properly secure to the towing vehicle, it is all too easy to damage the motorcycle while loading it.
  • Straps: Motorcycle towing services should use high-quality straps to firmly hold down the motorcycle and prevent it from moving around during transportation. Bungee cords or ropes do not provide a secure enough attachment, because they both allow some movement and could also damage the paint. Straps will not damage the bicycle and will prevent any movement from occurring.
  • Chocks: A pair of chocks can be placed in front and behind the tires to prevent the motorcycle from moving back and forth. This might seem redundant if you’ve already strapped the motorcycle in, but a little extra stability never hurt. Plus, the chocks can reduce some of the stress placed on the straps while also ensuring complete stillness and security during the transportation process.

Why it’s important to seek out motorcycle-friendly towing companies

Companies with specific motorcycle towing capabilities can be trusted to understand the equipment and skills necessary to tow a motorcycle and the ways in which it’s different from towing a vehicle.

These companies will have the necessary equipment (as described above) to complete the job safely, preventing you from having to deal with further damage or issues beyond what you already have on your plate as a result of your breakdown on the road.

If your motorcycle stops working while you’re out on the road, you don’t really have any choice other than to find a professional motorcycle towing service, unless you have a friend and equipment nearby. If you have a bike that isn’t working that’s located at your own home or garage, you may be able to tow the motorcycle to the shop yourself if you have the sufficient equipment to do so, including the equipment described above as well as a truck or trailer to carry the vehicle.

Ultimately, it’s better to entrust professionals who offer this specific service rather than hoping any old towing company will manage. You can enjoy some peace of mind that comes with having professionals taking care of your motorcycle and save money on potential repairs that would be necessary due to damage done during transit.

Interested in learning more about what you should look for in motorcycle-friendly towing companies? Contact our towing company, AMR Auto Repair & Towing, for more information about our motorcycle towing capabilities and services. We look forward to assisting you!

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