Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pitbull Trailer Restraint System for Yagi

In order to transport Yagi, my 2006 Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport, I had either the option of using straps as most riders do.

Even spent a day figuring out how to do it safely and by myself.  It does a bit of time and if you aren't careful you can compress the suspension too much and blow fork seals.

Then, having seen the Pitbull Trailer Restraint system in use by friends of our in their Sprinter Van; used to secure their two Honda motorcycles with minimum fuss, I went in that direction.

More info on the Pitbull System here:  LINK

More pricey than straps of course but it sure appears to make things easier to load when one is by oneself; loading and unloading the TW200 on/off the trailer!

Check out this video on how the system works:

Thursday afternoon, a neighborhood friend: Dale B., came over to help me install the restraint system.  It's much easier with two people, one to hold the motorcycle up while the other does all the drilling of holes, securing bolts and such.

Took a couple of practice sessions but yes, I can easily load/unload Yagi onto/from the trailer.

I can either ride Yagi up under power or push her up while walking alongside.  As for unloading, I found it easier to sit on Yagi and back down the ramp.


SonjaM said...

Looks like all is set for your next adventure, Dom.

redlegsrides said...

I am currently on said adventure, SonjaM, stay tuned.

RichardM said...

And plenty of room on the trailer for the scooter. Nice setup. Do you use any straps at all?

redlegsrides said...

No straps for Yagi....people do a double take when I roll by....will need straps for Martha’s scooter though.

Andrew Thomson said...

Quite a neat system, you can see why it's a bit costly.

I'm going to need something soon for my WR but will probably rely on tie-downs. What I will need is a decent ramp...

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Andrew, complete overkill but definitely makes things easier than straps....though straps aren't exactly rocket science once you've got them sorted out.

CCjon said...

Very nice loading/unloading system the secures the bike well. Had to watch the video to understand how it works.
Yes, pricey but eliminating all straps is a big improvement in hauling. Are you using a front wheel chock too?

redlegsrides said...

Yeah, Jan, definitely overkill in terms of securing the motorcycle but handy. The only function for the wheel chock up front is to prevent the front wheel from turning. Even if it did, the motorcycle won't go anywhere. I tried to lift the front end, could not, and not because its heavy, its not.

the folks who clued me into this system did remind me that they cinch down the front wheel to a chock on their setup. It's not required, I think for them its more peace of mind.