Now I’m using mitts on the front saddles as well, because it adds a bit of non-scratch cushioning. As long as straps are tightened properly, and you use front and rear tie-downs, slippage should not be a problem. I had no trouble on a windy trip to Lake Tahoe at highway speeds of 60-plus.
And speaking of tie-downs, here’s a tip to keep those nylon tie-down lines from scratching the finish of your vehicle. Get some pipe insulation tubing – preferably the kind that hasn’t been pre-split – from your hardware store. Cut a piece of foam three to four feet long, or as needed, and use a coat hanger wire to help thread the line through the tubing. (If only pre-split foam is available, seal it with tape.) You may have to replace the foam tube every once in a while, but it only costs a buck or so for a six-foot tube. Mitts are available from car parts stores for $5 or less.
© 2010 Glenn Brank