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Old 08-02-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Anyone ever tow your motorcycle with another motorcycle?

Looking for info on how to best accomplish this. I'd like to have the best of both worlds and tow a small trailer with a woods bike on it down south but using my cruiser for the long slab.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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I'd think that woudl put a huge strain on the towbike.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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I've seen it a few tiimes. A Gold Wing pulling a flat tracker and a Gold Wing pulling a CR crosser. If bikes can pull a camper, why not another bike? As long as the trailer isn't a three rail.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:22 PM   #4
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I think it would be fine, but would require a custom trailer.

I've seen cars towing motorcycles with the rear MC tire on the ground using a trailer hitch that holds the front tire only. If you build a two wheel trailer for the front tire of your woods bike, better than half of its weight would ride on its own suspension.

The trailer would need to be wide enough to give it some stability in corners (highway cloverleaf on ramps). It may need to be registered as a trailer, but I'm not sure about that.

Just make darn sure the woods bike is in neutral, chain lubed, and transmission full of oil. Good luck, and I hope you post some pictures.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:17 PM   #5
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towing a bike

i have about 2500 miles towing a motorcycle with a 1999 k1200LT. the only thing i ever worried about was stopping, so i have electric brakes on my trailer they work great. i have towed a honda pc800, r1200rt, even a artic cat 440 sno pro snowmobile. most of this was 2 up. my LT had 45000 miles on it when i sold it. the trailer is made of aluminum so it is very light. slow speed manuvers are the only time you will notice some affects of the steering (when the trailer tires drop into a hole). i plan on towing my F650GS with my k1600GTL, when it finally comes in. make absolutely sure that the tongue weight is correct to prevent swaying.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:57 PM   #6
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After watching this, I am convinced you can do it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HksurP36JuU


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Old 08-03-2011, 04:48 AM   #7
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:39 AM   #8
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There was an older gentlemen on here a year or so ago that used a sport tourer (I think) to tow a dirt bike to the mountains of Colorado. The dirt bike had the front wheel up on some kind of contraption and the back wheel on the road. I wish I could remember the ride report that had it, but you might need to search for it. I believe he was in his 70's and was riding with a guy in his 80's and another guy who was 90. They were camping and riding in the mountains of Colorado. I will be happy to get out of a recliner at that age.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:59 AM   #9
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Glad to see it's been done successfully, i was thinknig something along the lines of this: http://motorcycletrailer.com/tib/
Of course, this is one of them "trailer in a bag" deals, which I'm not sure I would need, but the design is basic and simple. Only thing I would add is a small cargo rack or tray for a fuel cell and some gear.
Tow bike would be a slightly worked HD Dyna Fat Bob, which has plenty of power...even though it is a harley..lol
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:26 PM   #10
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Laugh

I've done it. I used my CBR 600 F2 to pull a a harborfrieght trailer with my DR350S on it, when the DR broke down.

Then the CBR broke down, so another guy had to come rescue me. He came in a pickup truck with his bike in the back, with a rope tied to his trailer hitch, wrapped around my handlebars on the CBR, with me riding that towing the trailer with the DR350. Faced with that situation again, I'd probably just choice suicide.

But, as far as just one bike towing another, it worked. Wasn't exactly relaxing, but it works.








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Old 08-03-2011, 04:33 PM   #11
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This is more relaxing, keep that towed bike down low!


Have towed for thousands of miles this way
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #12
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I used a CB360 to tow my buddy's KZ440 with bungee cords when he ran out of gas (bad idea but we made it to a station).

Later he used his then near-new Spectre 550 to tow my 360 when it broke down. We used a tow line and even went on a freeway speed Highway (Hwy 18 for you Washingtonians) -- this was a horrible idea as I let a little slack in the line at a stop and we both came "this close" to going down. Then a van tried to drive between us (which would have been bad even if we weren't connected at how close we were). So don't try towing bikes when you are dumb broke students trying to get somewhere.

I'd do it with a real tow set up.
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:03 AM   #13
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This is more relaxing, keep that towed bike down low!


Have towed for thousands of miles this way
Can you share where you got that trailer? That's exactly what I was thinking.
Do you have a swivel at the trailer hitch?
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #14
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This is more relaxing, keep that towed bike down low!

Have towed for thousands of miles this way
Nice setup! Is that a home built? Whats the tongue weight? I assume its a torsion bar? How wide is it wheel to wheel? Thats all, thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:42 PM   #15
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Nice setup! Is that a home built? Whats the tongue weight? I assume its a torsion bar? How wide is it wheel to wheel? Thats all, thanks for sharing.
It's home built, back in 1985. Torflex axle, electric brakes, 1000# rated as narrow as you can get. Tongue weight is around 30.
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