How do I make sure my bike will be safe on a ferry?
Answered by Alastair Mcfarlane, MCI Tours Firstly, you need to get to the ferry early. Pick a ratchet strap that works – the newer the better. Many are rusty and don’t actually work properly. Put your bike into first and rock the bike forwards with the clutch out to make sure it’s in gear and not going anywhere. Your bike needs to be midway between the welded floor tabs that you are going to hook into. Always leave the bike on the sidestand so you can triangulate the pressure downwards to secure the bike. Keep the handle of the ratchet to the outside as you pass the securing strap over the top of the foam seat cover and make sure the ratchet is on the same side as the sidestand as you ratchet downwards. Tighten it just enough to compress the suspension, so the bike is not bouncing up and down. Make sure you leave the ratchet in the closed-up position. When you’ve finished, look around you. If the one next to you is a sloppy effort take the trouble to adjust it with or without the owner’s consent. If you get stuck, ask a deck-hand or another rider and always trust your own judgement.
Get there early to bag the best ratchet strap