I haven't had a chance to tie down my bike but the aluminum is is plenty thick so I don't see them bending under the pressure the tie downs give. The finish is nice. Good looking and good quality product. The instructions are a little vague. You have to disassemble the whole tail section of the bike to get to the passenger pegs. Just take your time and keep it all organized and it's not bad. All in all it took about two hours start to finish.