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Old 07-31-2013, 10:44 AM   #1
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Carrying a motorcycle on a motorcycle?

Okay, first I will just plead insanity. I recently sold my car. So I am 100% bike. I am looking to pick up a trials motorcycle and I am seriously contemplating the notion of carrying it home on my vstrom. My thoughts are that I can take the front end and wheels off, strap the bike to the passenger seat/rack, and then strap the front end and wheels on top. Careful strapping, careful usage of blankets/towels between parts to prevent damage. The bike weighs in at roughly 150 pounds.

Thoughts? The proposed trip will be roughly 200 miles in this configuration.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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I have had the same idea. I would like to figure out a way to haul my trials bike to the trials spot with my '06 Tiger. Seems like it would be sketchy hauling it on the rear rack, not to mention difficult to get it on and off. I was thinking more along the lines of a small trailer or some sort of hack set-up. If you no longer have a car it seems like you will eventually want a way to get the trials bike to a spot to ride it and dismantling it every time will probably get a little old. I haven't looked into it much though, it would be interesting to see what other people have done.
Might post this over in the trials section and see if people have done something similar.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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I have had the same idea. I would like to figure out a way to haul my trials bike to the trials spot with my '06 Tiger. Seems like it would be sketchy hauling it on the rear rack, not to mention difficult to get it on and off. I was thinking more along the lines of a small trailer or some sort of hack set-up. If you no longer have a car it seems like you will eventually want a way to get the trials bike to a spot to ride it and dismantling it every time will probably get a little old. I haven't looked into it much though, it would be interesting to see what other people have done.
Might post this over in the trials section and see if people have done something similar.
I have already built a trailer to tow the bike, I just need to build a hitch. This disassembling and throwing it on the back of the bike would be a 1 time only solution. I imagine it will suck, I am just wondering if it is doable.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:14 AM   #4
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Yeah, I'd say it's doable!

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Old 07-31-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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That has to be photo shopped.

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Yeah, I'd say it's doable!

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Old 07-31-2013, 11:46 AM   #6
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Why not use a custom side car? Then it would just bump in and tie it in place.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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Why not use a custom side car? Then it would just bump in and tie it in place.
I just sold my sidecar rig (Ural). I will be towing it with a trailer once I finish that. But this thread is about bringing it home when I purchase it. Not transporting it to riding locations.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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I just sold my sidecar rig (Ural). I will be towing it with a trailer once I finish that. But this thread is about bringing it home when I purchase it. Not transporting it to riding locations.
Borrow or hire a van ect for the day.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:25 PM   #9
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I would pull the chain off, and the front wheel, and possibly forks. Attach the bike at the lower triple clamp and let it trail you home.

http://www.whycycle.co.uk/cycling_wi...trailer_bikes/

Kinda like this, as long as you have something solid to attach it to.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:36 PM   #10
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I would pull the chain off, and the front wheel, and possibly forks. Attach the bike at the lower triple clamp and let it trail you home.

http://www.whycycle.co.uk/cycling_wi...trailer_bikes/

Kinda like this, as long as you have something solid to attach it to.

hmm...that could work. I'll have to see if I can whittle this guy down at all...currently in negotiations
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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Does any of the local rent-a-car places rent pick ups?

Its been a while but I rented a ranger PU real cheap before to get a bike with.
It came with a hard tonnue that I had to take off and leave at the house, but it was not a big deal.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:47 PM   #12
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Does any of the local rent-a-car places rent pick ups?

Its been a while but I rented a ranger PU real cheap before to get a bike with.
It came with a hard tonnue that I had to take off and leave at the house, but it was not a big deal.
I'm sure I could rent something. But I'm 27, so I'm ready to try stupid ideas like carrying a trials bike on a motorcycle
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:50 PM   #13
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I don't think it will be that big of a deal personally. People carry 150 lb. loads on the back of bikes all of the time. If it were me I would probably drain the fluids and lay it on it's side so the weight is down lower, just try not to take any curves to fast so it doesn't drag in the corners and be careful with stopping distances.
Make sure you take some pictures if you do it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:56 PM   #14
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I don't think it will be that big of a deal personally. People carry 150 lb. loads on the back of bikes all of the time. If it were me I would probably drain the fluids and lay it on it's side so the weight is down lower, just try not to take any curves to fast so it doesn't drag in the corners and be careful with stopping distances.
Make sure you take some pictures if you do it.
Yea, I'll bring tools and take off whatever I need. I have a fairly large/stout rack that I welded up. I am considering using u-bolts to attach a piece of plywood that covers the rack and the passenger seat provide more surface area to lay it on.

Pictures are a definite. Best case scenario I will finish my hitch and tow the trailer I already have built.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:41 PM   #15
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edited since my original reply didn't apply. I read bicycle on motorcycle, not motorcycle on motorcycle.

Honestly, I think for a 200mile trip renting a pickup seems to be the way to go here.
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