Harley-Davidson Chrome Tie-Down Brackets

These new Chrome Tie-Down Brackets (P/N 93500006, $59.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories simplify the process of securing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a trailer or bike lift. The brackets mount to the front fork cover and offer secure and convenient attachment points for tie-down straps. Moving the tie-down point from the handlebar to the triple-tree area reduces wear on the handlebar bushings. The brackets may be installed on 2000-later Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo models, and on many Touring models. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details. Harley-Davidson.

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20 Responses to “Harley-Davidson Chrome Tie-Down Brackets”


  1. 1 Gas Man Sep 4th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I don’t know about pulling down on a set of 1/4″ non-grade 8 bolts. The article posted last week about the aftermarket versions going thru the tank bolt AND the engine gaurd top bolt, sure seems a great deal more hefty.

  2. 2 ValueTeck Enterprises Sep 4th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I was thinking the same thing???

  3. 3 Rob Campbell Sep 4th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Trailer Trash!

  4. 4 Charlie F. Sep 4th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    thats simply a bad idea. Those bolts will not hold up against a ratcheting tie down. If you have to ttrailer for whatever reason, use a canyon dancer, there is nothing better.

  5. 5 Sam Sep 4th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Each owner using this system and having a bike fall in the trailer is going to sue Harley.

  6. 6 1550tc Sep 4th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t know about pulling down on a set of 1/4″ non-grade 8 bolts……..

    no kidding, this product has to me a joke?? cant imagine a set of decent 1 or 2 inch straps pulling down these brackets

    your better off and safer just leaving the bike in a Condor product

  7. 7 bigalyts Sep 4th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Whats wrong with the Wrapped with the Fur Tie Downs that go around the Handle Bars? The Support or stress on the Bar Bushings are not being worked long enough to cause any big time wear and tear on the bushings. Those brackets look like my goofy 18 Yr. old sons Earings.

  8. 8 Gas Man Sep 4th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Well I think they are all trying to appeal to those that trailer their bikes to bike week or to the great landscape of place “x” riding. It’s not for me, but it’s for some.

    I bought a set of powertye straps for my chopper when it was always breaking down on me. Let me tell ya, they will break this junk.

    Canyon dancer is great for hard mounted bars like clip ons. But on an HD where the handlebars go through bushings, torqueing down on them is not the most ideal.

    And a bike could be in a trailer for days… from NY to Sturgis is a 2-3 day drive…

    What I find funny, is this is 3 items I know that HD put their name on that is completely useless. I recently tried a HD center stand and was not impressed, had to go aftermarket. I looked at a saddlebag stand by HD, it was flimbsy junk. Now this… all beaten by aftermarket companies.

  9. 9 Eric Maurer Sep 4th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I use ratcheting tie downs with super soft sheepskin style covers (as a matter of fact, I bought them in Sturgis in 08 or 09) and they work awesome. I use them on the front and back when i trailer (which is ONLY when I am broke down.

    Always buy the best tie downs you can afford, when you need them, you’ll want the best.

  10. 10 calif phil Sep 5th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    The bolts holding those on are 5/16. They should hold just fine. However those brackets are UGLY. I think they should make them three times bigger and market them as tie downs/wind deflectors.

  11. 11 Sportster Mike Sep 5th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Back in the day – in Birmingham England, Rover invented the ‘curry hook’ – it was the glovebox handle turned into a hook so you could carry your Indian takeway, it wouldn’t mark the car seat and would dangle round the corners thus not spilling the sauce..
    I reckon Harley have cottoned on….

  12. 12 Bert Sep 5th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    All they need now is the quick detach version for when you trailer to bikenite

  13. 13 Chopper Kid Sep 5th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Do you really work on your bike so much that you need a convenient tie down spot, and as for trailering, straps around the bars work fine. There will be people who buy this stuff though.

  14. 14 Woody Sep 5th, 2011 at 11:53 am

    As mentioned, those are 5/16″ fastners. Plenty strong enough to assit a properly chocked bike. Make all the trailer jokes you want, but for some peopl it’ll be as useful as the cupholders others make fun of. A lot of vendors trailer display bikes from rally to rally, and many more have toy hauler RVs to bring the bike from place to place. I’ve never trailered to a rally, but I can see it coming. At 55 and having broken 3 vertabra in the 70’s there are some mornings where just sleeping wrong leaves me with a stiff back all morning. Other folks have kids or a spouse who doesn’t ride, they bring the bike along so they can still get some ride time in. I’ve ridden to Sturgis before and can see trailering there some day and easily putting on a few hundred, maybe a thousand miles once get there. Like most accessories, if you don’t like something, just don’t buy it. No need to laugh at those who do.

  15. 15 Heavy Metal Sep 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    As long as there is two people left on earth, there will be the trailer, no trailer opinion. As far as those chrome gadgets, it’s just more taiwan chrome for the MoCo to sell. I have never been able to make the special sewn loops and standard motorcycle tie downs not work on any bike haul. I’m sure it will be a ” must have” for somebody.

  16. 16 Rob Campbell Sep 5th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    True on the trailering option. At this point I’m in line for at least trucking it places with my family.

    Trailer Trash was a remark a few folks have made tongue in cheek that sort of inspired a little lame animation I did a few years ago.

  17. 17 martin Twofeather Sep 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Well they should be made from heavier material,but I like the idea! Would I use them NO….

  18. 18 Gas Man Sep 7th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Woody, I believe you are the only one that thinks these will be strong enough. Oh, nope, correction, you and HD. I feel bad for the guy who puts these in and on his way back from bike “X” rally, opens the trailer door to find a bike tipped into another bike.

    Some people think a 1″ pull (non-ratchet) style strap is plenty good enough. They beleive it, till they open the door and scream “I can’t believe it! Motherf*****!!!”

  19. 19 Woody Sep 7th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Well, I did mention, ” assit a properly chocked bike” so I guess it depends on how various people put a bike in a trailer. I would use a Condor with these 2 holds, and then 2 more in the back to keep the bike upright. A short piece of channel to keep the back end from walking sideways is an essential IMHO. If somebody cranks down on those tiedowns enough to damage them or the bike I think they did it wrong 😉

  20. 20 gebeme Sep 12th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Are you kidding? If you trailer your bike so much that you need fancy chrome tie-down-brackets, why even have a bike? Why bother having a functioning engine? What is wrong with RIDING the damn bike? Once a year if it breaks down, sure. Once every few years when you move, sure. But this is rediculous!

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