This is a very important safety measure in
case you lose footing. It also provides the opportunity to take a
break when needed or adjust the setup
Without this brake the bike would slide back down the hill as soon
as the line is released and the load would become a hazard as well
as make it difficult to work the bike up the hill.
Take a second prusik loop and tie a prusik
knot down the line before the first prusik. Lay the loose end of the
rope into a second pulley and then attach it onto the prusik with a
carabineer and the system is ready to use.
Anchor point on left. Item to recover on right.
Your lines will be spaced out further than
the picture, but this is how the whole system will look once it is
rigged. The system can also be reversed,
depending on whether you are
solo and the direction of recovery.
As the bike moves closer to the anchor
the working distance between the bike and the prusik securing
the pulley to the load rope will shorten up
simply slide the prusik and pulley down the line. The neat thing
about using a prusik knot is that it locks onto the line when the
prusik is loaded (you release the load on the line and the prusik
loop stretches). Remove the load from the prusik and it can be slid
up or down the line.
If you are serious about adventure riding
sporting and plan to ride on trails, gravel roads
it is critical to be as self sufficient as possible.
Having a system like this is a no
brainer and should be added as a
critical part of your packing list. To me it is as important as
grabbing a first aid kit or my tools
I hope the prospect of self recovery
sounds as important to you as is does to me. If you are building
your own rope recovery kit,
t is critically important to use
the highest grade cord, pulleys and carabineers. The cord and
pulleys I use are rated for thousands of pounds because of the
shock-weight factor should the bike suddenly fall downhill. Local
hardware stores do sell rope and webbing but they are typically
rated for only a couple hundred pounds. Quality cord, webbing and
pulleys do cost a bit more, but
well worth the investment.
Building your own kit is fairly simple.
The contents list for the PSS Off Road Motorcycle Recovery System
that I have includes 10ft of webbing, 60ft of high strength cord,
pre-tied prusik loops, 2 carabineers, 2 prusik-minding split
pulleys, a crib card describing knots and system assembly, as well
as detailed directions and a bag to store it all. If you ride in an
area short of anchor points you may want to add more cord, ground
anchors, or a shovel for making a dead man anchor.
If you prefer to just pick up a ready
kit there are a few places you
find them. The PSS Off Road
can be found in the $160 range and is optimized for motorcycle use.
Another well known source for a z-drag kit is NRS, however
kits are optimized for kayaking use and
a bit bulkier and priced
PSS Off Road – pssnw.com (under Products)
Ride West BMW – ridwestbmw.com, also in their showroom
Black Dog Cycle Works – blackdogadvbikes.com
Northwest River Supplies – nrsweb.com , search "Z-Drag Kit"
Besides the occasion
use when I get stuck
in mud, or mid-way on a steep slippery hill, I have also used m
Motorcycle Recovery System to build extra shelter at camp and to
hoist my food up a tree to keep away from bears and other critters
when out in the woods.