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Old 05-10-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Holsclaw Motorcycle Trailer

This trailer came to live at my house today. The rails tilt to help with loading but I can't quite envision how that works. Do I need a ramp?

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Old 05-10-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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Holy crap! I had that same trailer back in the mid 70's. You tilt the rail back and walk the bike up, when you get far enough forward the front will drop. Easy for one person, with practice, to load a 74 husky 250.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #3
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Yep, had the same thing, also in the late 1970s. What he said. Largest thing we ever loaded on ours was a CB360 and the rails were a bit tight for the tires.
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Old 05-10-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
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Holy crap! I had that same trailer back in the mid 70's. You tilt the rail back and walk the bike up, when you get far enough forward the front will drop. Easy for one person, with practice, to load a 74 husky 250.

I also had one back in the 70's, along with a '75 Husky 250 CR! Good times!
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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I also had one back in the 70's, along with a '75 Husky 250 CR! Good times!
I had one back in the late 70s as well. I carried a Suzuki GS750 regularly, occasionally wit a GT750 at the same time. Good trailer.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #6
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I also had one back in the 70's, along with a '75 Husky 250 CR! Good times!
I had my first one in the mid 90's that I used with my R80ST and K75S. I sold it for reasons long forgotten and have wanted another one since but I've forgotten how I loaded the bikes. I'll try the tilt thing and hope for the best.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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I still have mine and love it, they tow so nice. I replaced the shocks with gas units for a lowered VW front end (had to make some simple brackets). I converted mine to a tilt flatbed and I have never needed a ramp but there is a point when loading a bike that the ramp will pivot back to its flat position so be prepared and hold on to the bike.

Looks like yours has the ramps bolted down whereas mine has an L shaped pin that is pulled the tilt the ramp.

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Old 05-10-2012, 09:23 PM   #8
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I had one, and took some tools and bent out the sides towards the rear of each rail so I could put bikes with wider tires on it.

Tilting the rails down to put a bike on is a PIA because once you get the front tire on, the rail wants to come up before you get the rear tire on. I wound up getting a Harbor Freight rail kit and just riding the bike up. Always worked great except for one time when a bike stalled almost at the top, and the bike and I fell off. That's the downside of a rail trailer, no where to put your feet.

After that incident I decided to buy a trailer with a floor and a ramp gate. Those old Suzuki GS750E's were heavy when they fell on you.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #9
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Had one also.....pulled it behind a 1974 VW Sun Bug Super Beetle carrying TT500s, RM250C2s, Penton 400POS, Husky 390WRs. 430XCs.....all around Colorado, wanted to buy/carry a spare tire but never found one cheap enough, could hardly exceed the 8" trailer tires speed rating...finally sold it for $75 after moving up to a Ski Kart three rail bike/snowmobile trailer for $150, mounted some 13" wheels and decent tires to drag around behind my 5.0 Mustang at the speed limit or more
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Great nicely made trailers! I had a Holesclaw with a 1965 vintage fiberglass boat I restored and sold off.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:07 PM   #11
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They must have sold a shitload of these things. I had a ~1968 Holsclaw.

I think it's still behind my aunts house.
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The boat trailers are HIGHLY sought after amongst the fiberglass and Aluminum boat restoration boys. I sold the boat I had on mine for $2500.00. After a basic resto and cleaning repair, the trailer I stripped and painted back to stock and replaced the tyres and bearings and straightened the wiring, sold it for $3700.00 to the FIRST dude who looked at it. Someone gave me both of them if I hauled them off his front yard.
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:52 PM   #13
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My was originally for 2 snowmobiles. Had a 2' or so wood strip up each side.
I added 3 rails to carry dirt bikes.
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:05 PM   #14
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The boat trailers are HIGHLY sought after amongst the fiberglass and Aluminum boat restoration boys. I sold the boat I had on mine for $2500.00. After a basic resto and cleaning repair, the trailer I stripped and painted back to stock and replaced the tyres and bearings and straightened the wiring, sold it for $3700.00 to the FIRST dude who looked at it. Someone gave me both of them if I hauled them off his front yard.
My motorcycle trailer cost me 350.00 yesterday and there are two other similar Holsclaw trailers in CL now for over 600.00 each.
Mine is basically ready to go but that won't stop me from fooling with it.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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My motorcycle trailer cost me 350.00 yesterday and there are two other similar Holsclaw trailers in CL now for over 600.00 each.
Mine is basically ready to go but that won't stop me from fooling with it.
Hmmmm....guess it's time to start thinking about selling:

1) Boat trailer bought to make a custom cargo trailer the way I wanted one

2) 3 rail Ski Kart bike trailer that been sitting around for years, strong enough to haul Gold Wings, Hardly Able to Runs...try that on a Holesclaw trailer
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