If you don't use good practices, and you ride often enough with a trailer, you may well drop a bike. I have harped at the guys in our group about how they tie down. Last fall we were to meet at a location then caravan to our riding area. We got a cell phone call, just dumped a bike we will be a little late. 1. I don't use any tie downs that aren't the ratchet type. 2. Hooks in a eye at the bottom of the tie down are not good enough. Hit a big bump on a turn the shocks compress and the hook falls out. Goodby bike. Use the locking style hooks and this can't happen. 3. Tie down the bike at 4 points handle bars and pegs so they pull on the bike from the front and rear. If a front lets loose the rears will help hold it. 4. Tie from the ratchet to the bars in case the top hook or ratchet lets loose. 5. Compress the suspension adequetely so the top hooks can't flip off. Actually I don't use any compression because my tie downs are a reserve. I don't want to load springs for 4 hours or more each trip direction plus all the other driving we do. My bikes are secured to the trailer with metal support bars. Over kill? If it's your $6000 bike that dumps you may change your mind about that.