Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: London / Cape Town
Some of the ships have proper bike racks, but that's more the exception than the rule. There you don't use either stand, it's tied down near the pillion foot pegs, pulling the bike forward into the front wheel stopper at the end of the wheel channel.
Not speaking specifically for the K16 (delivery imminent), but I'd always go for the centre stand - it can take much more stress than the single side stand arm or pivot bolt. I always strap down on all four corners for long ferries, just left and right on shorter (calm) crossings. Try and get at least two side straps as high up on the bike as possible to have maximum effect restricting left to right rocking - on my Tiger Explorer I did so at the rear of the bike to keep the wheel in firm contact with the floor to prevent it from moving forwards (in gear), and firm things up with a tie down in the front to prevent it rolling backwards. Some ferries say put it on the side stand and just strap once over the seat - normally when tie dows are in short supply. To appease them I do go over the seat, but on the centre stand, put my one-piece rain suit pack under the tie down on the seat to protect it a bit, and wrap the tie down around the frame at least once so it doesn't slip. I also always carry two tie downs of my own. I normally take the chunnel between UK and France so just stand next to the bike for 20 min chatting to other riders.
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Last edited by MileMuncher; 03-14-2016 at 01:00 PM.