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Old 07-27-2011, 03:04 PM   #38611
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Not sure what I'm going to get. The ability to tow an enclosed trailer with two bikes + gear over a moderate grade is desirable. The ability to install a hitch mount bike carrier is also desirable. BUT, I'd like to get decent gas mileage when not doing either of those tasks.

Anyone have any suggestions? Toyota / Hyundai / Kia are the only makes I'll eliminate from the discussion.
That's a tough laundry list....anything that gets good mileage won't have the ability to handle a Class II hitch, trust me I had the same want list when I went car/SUV shopping. I chose my Grand Vitara because it's the only small SUV with a ladder frame, hence the towing capacity and better tongue weight. I imagine Suzuki is only off your "off list" because you didn't remember to eliminate them...which is fair they're the Aldi of car companies, but I like mine a lot.

Dunno what the Ridgeline does for gas mileage, but it's a good suggestion for all else and still lots of interior room.

Another option is a Civic or equivalent for commuting and normal stuff and find an old Chevy Astro in good shape for cheap. Probably be into that combo for cheap, and have all of your needs met. Astros are actually pretty robust, versatile vehicles that do a lot well and they're cheap to own and work on.
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #38612
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That's a tough laundry list....anything that gets good mileage won't have the ability to handle a Class II hitch, trust me I had the same want list when I went car/SUV shopping. I chose my Grand Vitara because it's the only small SUV with a ladder frame, hence the towing capacity and better tongue weight. I imagine Suzuki is only off your "off list" because you didn't remember to eliminate them...which is fair they're the Aldi of car companies, but I like mine a lot.

Dunno what the Ridgeline does for gas mileage, but it's a good suggestion for all else and still lots of interior room.

Another option is a Civic or equivalent for commuting and normal stuff and find an old Chevy Astro in good shape for cheap. Probably be into that combo for cheap, and have all of your needs met. Astros are actually pretty robust, versatile vehicles that do a lot well and they're cheap to own and work on.
+1 on having a cheapo tow vehicle. If you only tow a few times a year it isnt worth spending big bucks on one.
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:38 PM   #38613
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Not sure what I'm going to get. The ability to tow an enclosed trailer with two bikes + gear over a moderate grade is desirable. The ability to install a hitch mount bike carrier is also desirable. BUT, I'd like to get decent gas mileage when not doing either of those tasks.

Anyone have any suggestions? Toyota / Hyundai / Kia are the only makes I'll eliminate from the discussion.

I had the same list... I went with a Ford Escape and it does it all, plus we can sleep in it with a "full" size air mattress. 4 companies make a Class 3 hitch for it, and I have towed way too much weight while using Dave's landscape trailer. The Husaburg rides in the hitch carrier without sagging the suspension at all.

Good luck, and sorry about your wreck. Really glad you are OK, and weren't riding your bike.

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Old 07-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #38614
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I had the same list... I went with a Ford Escape and it does it all, plus we can sleep in it with a "full" size air mattress. 4 companies make a Class 3 hitch for it, and I have towed way too much weight while using Dave's landscape trailer. The Husaburg rides in the hitch carrier without sagging the suspension at all.

Good luck, and sorry about your wreck. Really glad you are OK, and weren't riding your bike.

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Good call, forgot about the Escape....I took at look at those too when I bought mine but couldn't find a 4wd used, but yeah they'll tow really well my inlaws have one. I don't know what they do for fuel economy, better than my Suzuki I know that.
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:59 PM   #38615
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When will you know how you scored....or do you know already?
This years GS Challenge had 67 riders. They posted the top 5 on the "big list". I'll happily take 4th. Although Jason did great (super nice guy and 3rd rider of the day) I am pretty sure 94 points is a mistype, since 85 points is the highest score you could get. Again, it was a blast at no cost, and recommend it to everyone.

1. Jason Adams - 94 pts.
2. Dan Dickie - 74 pts.
3. Peter Alexeev - 68 pts.
4. Shawn Tofte - 66 pts.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:00 PM   #38616
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It seems my Super Tenere just arrived at a Warehouse in Chicago.

Edit - this is my 666th post. Mwa ha ha ha
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:08 PM   #38617
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Good call, forgot about the Escape....I took at look at those too when I bought mine but couldn't find a 4wd used, but yeah they'll tow really well my inlaws have one. I don't know what they do for fuel economy, better than my Suzuki I know that.

I got 33 mpg for the first tank.... haven't seen 30 since then, but I am sure that is because i stopped driving it like a fun to drive new vehicle.

Also, Craig.... You going to be around next weekend (5th -6th)? My crazy uncle is coming back into town and won't stop calling out your name in his sleep.

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Old 07-27-2011, 04:12 PM   #38618
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I had the same list... I went with a Ford Escape and it does it all, plus we can sleep in it with a "full" size air mattress. 4 companies make a Class 3 hitch for it, and I have towed way too much weight while using Dave's landscape trailer. The Husaburg rides in the hitch carrier without sagging the suspension at all.

Good luck, and sorry about your wreck. Really glad you are OK, and weren't riding your bike.

-Shawn
Thanks for the suggestion, Shawn, and the well-wishes.. truly appreciated. And, yes, that accident with the bike would have been ...... bad..... don't want to think about it really.

I assume you have the V-6, but do you have the 2WD (which I assume is front) or the AWD? Towing with front wheel drive just seems counter-productive.
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:15 PM   #38619
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This years GS Challenge had 67 riders. They posted the top 5 on the "big list". I'll happily take 4th. Although Jason did great (super nice guy and 3rd rider of the day) I am pretty sure 94 points is a mistype, since 85 points is the highest score you could get. Again, it was a blast at no cost, and recommend it to everyone.

1. Jason Adams - 94 pts.
2. Dan Dickie - 74 pts.
3. Peter Alexeev - 68 pts.
4. Shawn Tofte - 66 pts.
5. Rick Trimble - 64 pts


-Shawn
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It seems my Super Tenere just arrived at a Warehouse in Chicago.

Edit - this is my 666th post. Mwa ha ha ha
You have been very quiet about your Versys. I am assuming it doesnt move you as much as you expected? Do you plan on keeping it or selling?
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:23 PM   #38620
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Also, Craig.... You going to be around next weekend (5th -6th)? My crazy uncle is coming back into town and won't stop calling out your name in his sleep.

-Shawn
No plans I'm aware of, lemme know which day works. I have a couple good friends who have been asking for a range day, so might be a couple other guys on the range with F/A goodies.

BTW, nice job on the GS challenge!
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Old 07-27-2011, 04:51 PM   #38621
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Good job!


You have been very quiet about your Versys. I am assuming it doesnt move you as much as you expected? Do you plan on keeping it or selling?

Yeah, the Versus is for sale. It is a love hate relationship. I like bigger bikes.

It is really fun though! Gets up and moves! Flickable. I got too used to the GSA though.

The heat has been pushing me to the car, the a/c is too awesome when it is 103 out sitting in 270 traffic.

Now, the Tenere will take over. If the truck does not get hi-jacked ......
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:44 PM   #38622
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This years GS Challenge had 67 riders. They posted the top 5 on the "big list". I'll happily take 4th. Although Jason did great (super nice guy and 3rd rider of the day) I am pretty sure 94 points is a mistype, since 85 points is the highest score you could get. Again, it was a blast at no cost, and recommend it to everyone.

1. Jason Adams - 94 pts.
2. Dan Dickie - 74 pts.
3. Peter Alexeev - 68 pts.
4. Shawn Tofte - 66 pts.
5. Rick Trimble - 64 pts


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Old 07-27-2011, 07:18 PM   #38623
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Thanks for the suggestion, Shawn, and the well-wishes.. truly appreciated. And, yes, that accident with the bike would have been ...... bad..... don't want to think about it really.

I assume you have the V-6, but do you have the 2WD (which I assume is front) or the AWD? Towing with front wheel drive just seems counter-productive.

Don't knock a Ford F-150 with 2wd (limited slip differential) and a V-6... 17/23 mpg and huge, roomy, and quiet. It is on my short list.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:20 PM   #38624
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Thanks for the suggestion, Shawn, and the well-wishes.. truly appreciated. And, yes, that accident with the bike would have been ...... bad..... don't want to think about it really.

I assume you have the V-6, but do you have the 2WD (which I assume is front) or the AWD? Towing with front wheel drive just seems counter-productive.
I have the smallest 4 cylinder (probably the only) they offer. It has a 6 gear auto transmission which allows for all the towing I have needed. The only issue with the front wheel drive is with very heavy tongue weight, in snowy conditions. Taking off from a light kicks in the traction control most of the time, but braking wasn't an issue. SO... I now have a 4 wheel drive Chevy Astro to pull the sleds in the snow.

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Old 07-27-2011, 07:27 PM   #38625
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It is really fun though! Gets up and moves! Flickable. I got too used to the GSA though.
I'd say it moves, you were doin about 80 when you passed me on 270 tonight.
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