How One Guy Got His Dad Hooked on the Biker Bar on the Way to Sturgis

How One Guy Got His Dad Hooked on the Biker Bar on the Way to Sturgis

  • This is a guest post from our buddy, Joe, who introduced his dad, Jim, to the Biker Bar before making the trek to Sturgis.


    My dad, Jim, was raised to ride his bike, not trailer his bike. That’s how he raised me. But when he absolutely had to trailer his Harley, he was adamant about using straps. He had been using them for years, so that was all he knew.


    My dad and I were both planning to go to Sturgis this year. We live in Kansas, so if you’re going to Sturgis, you really have to trailer your Harley. It’s a 13-hour drive, whether you’re on a motorcycle or in a truck. That trip can put a guy with a bad back out of commission for a long time.


    After a lot of arm twisting, I finally convinced my dad to use the Biker Bar. His Harley is a full-dresser, an Ultra, and he was nervous as hell about using straps for the first time.


    When we got back from Sturgis, my dad said the only way he hauls a bike from now on will be with the Biker Bar. He absolutely loved it.


    In the past, when we used straps, we had to open up the trailer and check the straps every time we stopped for gas or food. We needed to be sure that the bike was secure, and we usually needed to tighten the straps.


    This time, with the Biker Bar, we took at least a half hour off our travel time because I didn’t even think about opening the trailer door. I knew my Harley was fine.


    When we pulled into the Buffalo Chip, jaws dropped. When most people see a trailer with Kansas tags rolling into Sturgis with no straps on the bikes, it’s an eye opener. They had never seen a bike stand upright like that without straps.


    A lot of guys are skeptical about trusting their bike to this type of device, but when they actually see the Biker Bar and watch someone load and unload their Harley, they can’t get their hands on one soon enough.


    I look at it this way. It’s not a matter of “if” you’ll ever trailer your Harley. It’s a matter of “when.” Suppose you’re getting older and those long trips take a toll on your body, or you have an older Harley and you need to bring it in for a repair or maintenance. Maybe you want to go to the rally in Daytona. That’s in February, in the middle of winter, so if you’re traveling any distance, you have to trailer your Harley.


    I’ve been going to Sturgis for 15 years or so. We’ve rode, we’ve trailered, we’ve done it all. This was my second time going to Sturgis with the Biker Bar, and it’s the simplicity that makes it great.


    After you get the base in, it takes literally 20-30 seconds to load and unload your bike. Then you’re done. You don’t have to check the biker bar anymore.


    The best part of the trip was when we parked the trailer, a bunch of guys came up to me and said, “That had to be it.”


    I had no idea what they were talking about.


    They told us that they were on the Interstate heading into Rapid City, and there was a bike on an open flatbed trailer with no straps on it. They were trying to catch up to the truck so they could tell this guy that his straps had fallen off.


    Looking back, they were positive that he must have been using the Biker Bar.