How to Properly Use Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps

How to Properly Use Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps

Written by Pierce Bryant
November 18, 2022

Learning to secure a vehicle with tie-down straps is crucial for safe transport. In this article, we will walk you through the importance of using soft loop tie-down straps in your tie-down process. Soft loops are an affordable add-on for hook-end tie-down straps that you can purchase for less than $20.

What are Soft Loops?

what are soft loop tie down straps

Soft loop tie-down straps are a must-have for safely transporting motorcycles, dirt bikes, UTVs, or ATVs. Securing cargo with tie-down straps alone – with no soft loops – will ultimately scratch the paint or metal on your motorcycle handlebars or UTV frame rail. Soft loops are the ultimate solution to this problem. By simply wrapping the soft loops around your desired tie-down points, they will protect the surface from any damage caused by metal hooks.

Unlike metal hooks, soft loops also add flexibility. Meaning they can securely wrap around any tie-down point on your vehicle. To add to this, metal on metal is a terrible mix when tying down your expensive cargo. Once you have secured your soft loops to your tie-down points, you will not have to worry about the possibility of them slipping or sliding. This adds some much-needed stability for the long road ahead.

How to use Soft Loops the right way

how to use soft loop tie down straps

Soft loop tie-downs are quite easy to use. When you learn it the first time, you will likely never need to learn it again. With that said, below you will find our step-by-step guide on using soft loops to correctly secure cargo for transport.

  1. Wrap the twisted loop-end around your desired anchor point.
  2. Insert the straight loop-end through the twisted loop.
  3. Pull the straight loop-end through until the soft loop is firmly secured.
  4. Attach your tie-down hook to the remaining loop (the one you pulled through).

If you are a visual learner, use the image depiction above to see the step-by-step.

Where to buy Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps

rhino usa soft loop tie down straps

Featured Product: Rhino USA Soft Loop Tie Down Straps

Rhino USA’s Ultimate 1.7” x 17” Soft Loop Motorcycle Tie-Down Straps have a massive 10,427lb break strength and come in various colors to paint match your motorcycle, dirt bike, ATV, or UTV. Made with our exclusive Poly/Silk webbing, ensuring a soft, tough, and more durable strap.

Soft loops and ratchet strap

Rhino USA also offers the best ratchet tie down system in the industry, which includes four heavy duty ratchet straps and four soft loop tie down straps, to secure your prized motorcycle or UTV. Rhino USA's Ratchet Tie Down Set has a break strength rating of 5,208lbs, and has a heavy duty double-diamond stitching construction, with s-hooks, and padded ratchet handles. 

If you are interested in ordering Rhino USA Soft Loops or the Rhino USA Ratchet Tie Down Set, visit our online store to learn more.

rhino usa tow strapFAQ's

What are soft loop tie downs used for?

Soft loop tie downs are one of the strongest and most effective ways to secure a vehicle onto a trailer, truck bed, or other situation. Rhino USA Soft loop tie downs are easy to use, durable, and pair perfectly with Rhino's ratchet straps for hauling any kind of vehicle or load. They can be used for motorcycles, UTV's, ATV's, moving furniture, appliances, and so much more!

Can I use Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps for different types of cargo?

Yes, Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps are versatile and can be used for various types of cargo, including motorcycles, ATVs, kayaks, bicycles, and even furniture. However, it's crucial to select the appropriate strap length and weight capacity based on the size and weight of your cargo.

What is the best way to tie down a motorcycle?

Tying down a motorcycle with soft loop tie-down straps is a simple and effective way to secure your bike during transport. Here are the steps to do it:

Materials Needed:

  • Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps (at least two)
  • Motorcycle Gloves (for handling and securing the bike)


  1. Choose a Secure Loading Area: Park your motorcycle on a flat, level surface or trailer designed for motorcycle transport. Ensure the motorcycle is in the upright position.

  2. Prepare the Soft Loop Tie-Down Straps:

    • Attach the soft loop end of each tie-down strap to a secure point on the motorcycle, such as the handlebars, frame, or passenger pegs. Be cautious not to pinch any cables or hoses when attaching the straps.
  3. Position the Motorcycle:

    • If you have a helper, have them hold the motorcycle upright. If you're doing it alone, use a motorcycle stand or a securely positioned motorcycle wheel chock to keep the bike upright.
  4. Secure the Front:

    • Attach one end of each strap to the soft loops at the front of the motorcycle.
    • Extend the other end of each strap to anchor points on your trailer or vehicle.
    • Tighten the straps evenly using the ratchet mechanism to compress the front suspension slightly. Be careful not to over-compress.
  5. Secure the Rear:

    • Attach the remaining soft loop tie-down straps to the rear of the motorcycle, following the same process as for the front.
    • Extend the other ends of the straps to anchor points on your trailer or vehicle.
    • Tighten the straps evenly using the ratchet mechanism to secure the rear of the bike.
  6. Double-Check:

    • Double-check all straps to ensure they are tight and secure. Make sure the motorcycle is stable and doesn't wobble or shift when gently pushed or rocked.
  7. Test the Setup:

    • Before hitting the road, carefully test the motorcycle's stability by gently rocking it side to side and forward and backward. Ensure it remains securely in place.

By following these steps and using soft loop tie-down straps, you can confidently and securely transport your motorcycle without risking damage or instability during transit.