Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld
I found an advertisement for the new
Quick Anchor "movable trailer tie down" in a print
magazine and it looked intriguing, so I figured we'd give them a try.
The Quick Anchor is cut from a flat
sheet of 1/4" plate. I assume that the
material is stainless steel.
The product is designed to slip in between the floorboards of
a flatbed motorcycle trailer and hook on
to the vertical side of the 90-degree angle bar below that
tyipcally serves as the
cross support for the trailer floor.
The tie down straps that hold the
motorcycle, ATV or other cargo can then be slipped into
one of the holes in the Quick Anchor to secure the bike
to the trailer.
I'll admit right up front that you'd
have to go a long way to beat our current motorcycle tie
down system of the
Grab front wheel chock and the
Tyre Down rear tire holder. This system is
incredibly easy to use; the motorcycle can be secured in
seconds and it puts
near-zero strain on the motorcycle's suspension while
holding the bike just as steady as can be. We've trailered
several motorcycles and scooters up and down the east coast using
this system over a variety of terrain without a problem.
It even held a motorcycle steady when
the trailer slipped off the ball hitch, which is another
embarrassing story I may own up to some day! All
I'll say about it now is thank goodness for safety
I'm also going to admit that I haven't
actually used the Quick Anchor to trailer a motorcycle.
Why? First of all, the product works by slipping
it through the spacing -- if there is any -- in the
floorboards of the trailer.
This assumes that 1) the trailer is
indeed a flat bed; 2) the flat bed trailer has floorboards; 3)
the floorboards have at least a 1/4" spacing and 4) the
trailer uses 90 degree angle iron cross beam supports
with one angle pointed down, perpendicular to the
Top Brand motorcycle
trailer has no problem with numbers 1 and 2, but other than one spacing
that is just about 1/4", it fails the test on
number 3 and number 4 is problematical due to the design
of the trailer.
The instructions suggest that "if the
QuickAnchor does not easily slide between the floor
boards you will have to make the gap wider by shaving
away some of the wood", but I wasn't too keen on the
idea of hacking apart the floorboards on a search and
destroy mission for the correct placement of the Quick
Also, the front cross beam on our
trailer has a tube welded to the angle just where the
Quick Anchor should go, which completely prevents the
device from hooking on to the support. It can be
seen in this photo:
The Quick Anchor will slip on to the
bottom part of the angle seen in the photo, but the tube
prevents it from fully engaging the metal on the angle.
The Quick Anchor is designed only to slip on to the side
of the "L" that hangs down, perpendicular to the
floorboards. In this photo, you can see that the
other side of the "L" prevents the Quick Anchor from
fitting in the opposite direction.
I can understand where the Quick Anchor
may come in handy as long as
they will work with the particular trailer. If the trailer is
used for multiple purposes and it isn't possible or
permanently mount a Bike-Grab or other type of front wheel chock,
Quick Anchor might be a good solution.
They are very easy to store under the
seat, in a toolbox or behind the seat in a pickup truck.
I can understand how they would be easy to slide down
and hook on to the cross support and their position can
be adjusted as necessary.
The Quick Anchors have two holes drilled
into the upright; the top hole I assume is used for
hanging them up on a peg board for storage and the
instructions recommend using the bottom hole to hook the
motorcycle tie down strap.
The instructions also recommend sliding
a bolt (we used a screwdriver) through the hole to hold
the Quick Anchor in place so that it doesn't drop down
through the floorboards as you're messing with the bike
and tie down straps.
Here's a photo of a Quick Anchor hooked
on to the rear cross support of our Top Brand trailer.
It illustrates how far the hole is from the floorboard:
With no moving parts, there's not much that can go wrong with
a Quick Anchor. Ours were well made; I'm not sure
how they were cut from the flat stock. I don't think
a water jet cutter was used because there are a few
burrs here and there in different places on the four
Quick Anchors we purchased, but overall the quality
seems very good for what they are.
I didn't realize that the Quick Anchors would not work
with our particular brand of trailer when we ordered
them. They may be very useful in some instances
and perhaps our trailer is configured differently than
others. However, I think the concept for the
product is sound and it's always important to understand
all of the many options that exist for securing a
motorcycle to a trailer.
Note: For informational use only. All material and
photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC - 2000-2011. All
rights reserved. See the webBikeWorld®
page. NOTE: Product specifications, features and details may
change or differ from our descriptions. Always check before purchasing. Read
Terms and Conditions!
Review: Quick Anchor Motorcycle Trailer Tie Down
Retail Price: $19.99 + $5.00 S/H