Carry a Harley in a trailer using cargo straps.
Carrying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a trailer that’s built specifically for carrying a bike is easy. Carrying a Harley in a trailer that has a flat or corrugated floor, perhaps with walls around it — or not — is a minor challenge. You can meet the challenge with cargo straps, if the trailer has at least four D-rings evenly spaced along each side.
1. Lower the trailer ramp. If the trailer has no ramp, set one end of a 2-by-12-inch plank on the rear of the trailer and one end of the plank on the ground. The plank must be long enough that the angle formed between the ground and the plank is 30 degrees or less.
2. Push the Harley up the ramp and onto the trailer. If the trailer has a grooved or corrugated floor, ensure the wheels are in the grooves. Put down the Harley’s side kickstand. Lean the bike onto the stand. Wrap a cargo strap around each of the front forks. Attach the ends of the cargo strap to the D-rings at the front of the trailer, or to the sides of the trailer, as far forward of the forks as possible; this checks any backward motion of the bike.
3. Loop a cargo strap around the rear frame support and attach the ends to two different D-rings: one forward of the rear frame support and one behind the frame support, on the right side of the bike. Repeat this process on the left side of the bike. Make the cargo straps tight enough that the bike stands on its own.
4. Wrap a cargo strap around the rear tire. Attach the ends of the cargo strap to two D-rings: one on either side of the rear tire, and behind the rear tire. This checks any forward motion of the bike.
5. Wrap a cargo strap around the upper forks on the right side. Attach the cords to the side of the trailer. Repeat for the upper forks on the left side. Wrap a bungee strap around the front wheel. Attach the ends of the bungee to the same D-rings to which the lower forks are tethered to provide additional control of backward motion.