The Pros and Cons of Motorcycle Trailering Devices

The Pros and Cons of Motorcycle Trailering Devices

  • When you need to trailer your Harley Davidson motorcycle, you pretty much have two choices. You can use a tie-down system, often comprised of straps, D-rings and E-tracks, or you can use the Biker Bar. Here are some of the basics you should know before you make the investment.

    Shaped like the letter D, a D-ring is a metal ring that’s bolted to a surface and used as a hooking device. D-rings are most commonly attached to a strap, chain, cable or rope and bolted to a surface.


    Tie-down straps are typically made of polyester or nylon and come in various widths and lengths. They usually have a hook, buckle or ratchet on the end and are used to secure or hoist many different types of cargo or equipment.

    Tie- Down Straps

    An E-track is found inside the loading area of trucks and trailers, usually on the inside walls. A group of E-tracks are commonly mounted horizontally at various heights or vertically at various widths to secure different items.




    D-rings, tie-down straps and E-tracks are used together as part of a tie-down system to secure everything from motorcycles to boats to heavy-duty industrial equipment.

    The Biker Bar is a removable steel clamp bar that attaches to the frame of Harley Davidson motorcycles.  The anchor plates and latching system are mounted to the floor of the trailer with two bolts. The Biker Bar has one function – to keep a Harley Davidson stable and secure in a trailer.

    Biker Bar

    Pros of Tie-Down Systems

    • Tie-down systems are cheap.
    • Straps are rated to handle various weight limits.
    • They can be configured in different ways to secure different things.

    Cons of Tie-Down Systems

    • Installing and using these systems is time-consuming and can be complicated.
    • Straps need to be retightened periodically while on the road.
    • Straps use up most of the space in a trailer.
    • Straps can damage the paint, chrome and leather of a motorcycle by constantly rubbing against the surface.
    • Steep terrain can be risky.

    Pros of the Biker Bar

    •  Speed. The entire unit takes about an hour to install. Loading and unloading your Harley Davidson motorcycle takes seconds, and you don’t have to stop to retighten any components.
    • Simplicity. Attach the Biker Bar to your Harley frame. Roll it into a latch that automatically locks the bar and bike into place. Release the latch with your foot. No assistance necessary. Done, done and done.
    • No damage. Your Harley only comes into contact with the Biker Bar’s clamps, which are neoprene-lined to prevent scratching.
    • Versatility. The Biker Bar has six vertical adjustments to accommodate each Harley Davidson model.
    • Stability. Even steep terrain is inconsequential to the Biker Bar.
    • Invisibility. The Biker Bar takes up no more space than the bike itself. 

    Cons of the Biker Bar

    • You miss out on the male bonding that occurs as men work together to figure out how to securely strap a motorcycle into a trailer.
    • You’re forced to spend less time securing your Harley and more time riding it, which can free you up to tackle that honey do list.

    Ready to trailer your motorcycle? The choice is yours.