WHAT IS IT? Freestyle X Games gold medalist Lance
Coury is a top freestyle rider and entrepreneur. His company, Moto-Gate, started with a stowage gate for truck
beds but has expanded into work gloves and tie-downs.
WHAT’S IT COST? $29.95.
CONTACT? www.moto-gate.com or (877) 738-9327.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with Moto-Gate tie-downs.
(1) Hooks. Moto-Gate rubber coats their tie-down
hooks to prevent the metal hooks from rusting or
digging into the handlebars. We discovered that the
hooks weren’t wide enough to fit on all oversize
handlebars. We did get them on the commonly used
Renthal FatBars, but for other oversize handlebars,
you’ll have to use the soft-tie straps, which handlebar
manufacturers recommend anyway.
( 2) Straps. Moto-Gate includes two tie-downs in each
package. Moto-Gate tie-downs are the standard length,
with a 1-inch-wide nylon strap. In a nice touch, Moto-Gate uses carabiner hooks on the truck end. The closed-loop carabiner ensures that the hook stays put. We’d like
it if the carabiners swiveled to allow the straps to twist
straight when loading a bike. Also, the carabiners are a
bit small for our tastes.
( 3) Performance. Tie-downs are a critical piece of
motocross equipment. Much like a toothbrush or wallet,
they are often overlooked until you need them. The MXA
wrecking crew uses tie-downs to hold our bikes, tow hay
bales around the track, or strap pianos in during a move.
Moto-Gate tie-downs do a solid job of keeping your bike
in place. Although they are missing a few conveniences
of other tie-downs, they are a good product at a decent
price. Nothing more, nothing less.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have a few
minor complaints: (1) Some MXA test riders prefer
1-1/2-inch wide tie-downs instead of 1-inch ones.
( 2) With only Honda and Kawasaki still using
7/8-inch handlebars, it is imperative that Moto-Gate
gets wider hooks. ( 3) It would be nice if the carabiners
When it comes to tie-downs, there are three
areas that determine the quality of the product.
Are the hooks big enough? Are the straps long
enough? Do the tie-downs secure a bike? Moto-Gate tie-downs meet two of the three criteria.
MXA TEAM TESTED