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Old 07-23-2014, 02:04 AM   #1
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Easy towable bike or mountable bike

Looking for suggestions on a bike. Must be able to be relatively comfortable for two to cruise on, and use as a commuter bike.

Must be able to be towed with a simple mount behind my van, car, or truck.

Not looking to use a trailer.


Or looking for a light weight bike that can be lifted up and mounted on the back (tow mount) or front (grill mount).

Must be a commuter bike. And must have relative capacity for two.

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Old 07-23-2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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Lots of bikes fit your requirement.
For carriers
google motorcycle hitch carrier

Good thread here about your question regarding the bike carrier.

Also another option is
but might require chain or belt removal.
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:16 AM   #3
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You said no trailer but do take a look at trailer in a bag. It would open many possibilities and save some wear and tear and not have the problem of where to put a trailer. If working to keep a hitch mount a 200 cc scooter might give you more bang for the lb of loading.

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Old 07-23-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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NJ Brett likes his TU250 for 2-up. Check out his posts. Lots in the SR400 thread lately, in which he compares the TU and SR, and it seems that the TU generally compares favorably.
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:05 PM   #5
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I will second the trailer in a bag idea. Get both wheels off the ground. Having all of the weight of the bike on the back of a vehicle that far behind the axle will affect the handling. Having the back wheel of the bike on the road will not be good for the bike, unless it's a chain drive and you remove the chain first (which of course would be a pain).
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:29 PM   #6
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There's nothing that's comfortable for 2-up road riding and can be safely transported by a hitch-mounted carrier on a car. You'd be lucky to get that to work with a heavy duty truck. Hitch carriers put huge loads on the vehicle, much more than the same lbs of trailer tongue weight--that whole leverage and momentum thing. I wouldn't even put my trials bike in a hitch carrier on a car, I would put it on a hitch carrier on my F250. I personally wouldn't put my buell on a hitch carrier of any sort, but some folks would and it probably wouldn't fall off.

You could re-think the trailer thing, ride the bike where you want to go, or put it in the back of a pickup or van perhaps.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:00 PM   #7
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:43 PM   #8
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I guess if you wanted to tow the bike on its rear wheel while the front wheel is attached to your hitch, you could use just about any chain driven bike that suits you. A master link would make chain removal a simple job. I have no personal experience with these contraptions, but the logic seems sound and I've seen them on the road.

Personally though, I'd rather load it up in a truck/van or pull a trailer.
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