Teardrop Trailer - what small bike to add ??

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by grizz, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Those of you that know me (Very few I suspect :wink: ) will know that I am always busy doing something......

    My wife and I have a 1200GS which we love, but dont use enough, though that is set to change in 2011 when I get a UK passport, meaning we can pop over to Europe at the drop of a hat and do more long distance touring.

    We also have a couple of older cars, and love Hotrods etc.
    The cars are a 1956 Ford Anglia, which I gave Nicola as an "engagement present" as she is a bit of a petrol head.
    I have a 1963 Ford Taunus Transit, ex fire engine , imported from Germany and stripped out to be a camper van, which has had a 1800cc Ford Zetec transplant in 2010.
    However, last year we realised that the Transit van was just too cold to make a decent camper for attending bike and car shows, so I decided to build a "Teardrop Trailer" for us, to tow behind the Transit.
    The trailer build took around 380 hours to complete, and cost a lot more than anticipated, also took longer than planned and nearly had Nicola leave me before we got married on the 6th of August this year..... however , once the trailer sides were up, and she could see, rather than imagine the trailer, things got much better, and she started helping a lot and contributing like a woman does, making up the interior soft furnishings etc.

    Here is the Build thread link:

    http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=othrmod&action=display&thread=67389


    The "A-Frame" part of the trailer is purposefully made quite long, to either carry gas bottles for the cooker and fridge, or to fit a couple of folding bicycles for us to use when camped and set up.
    This year we had a small kids electric scooter which worked great, but is a pain for recharging batteries after 3 miles use.

    Now I have changed my mind, as one does, and started thinking of mounting a small motorbike, moped, or similar on the A-Frame to use when we are camping.

    I need some suggestions, or advice on what to get.

    Please add pics or links and your experience of these small bikes or mopeds to the thread.


    What I started with..... had lived in the hedge for 6 years, cost me £20.00.

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    Stripped down, this was the chassis before cutting it shorter etc...... much more detail in build thread.

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    Building outside in the back yard, meant that this sort of thing slowed things down a lot too.

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    Couple of pics of the trailer if you do not want to look at the build thread.


    This is the space where the bike or moped will be fitted, I will make up a small deck for it to be mounted on for transporting.
    The smaller the better, but still has to be legal for the English laws.

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    Fitting the pop up roof vent....... I was worried that the hole would not be water tight.
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    Space on front of "A-Frame.
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    After its first rain storm.... no rain water leaks.

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    Camping at Santa Pod raceway.

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    Interior.

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    Pic of my 1963 FORD Taunus Transit.

    As found in Germany, been off the road more than 20 years, done about 7000km in all its life.
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    Broken down on its maiden voyage after being in storage for more than 20 years..... it blew out its oil pressure sensor. Nicola was not fussed at all.... good girl.
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    Nicola's Baby - "Myrtle"

    1956 Ford Anglia.

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    Happy girl.

    Rubber mats and no airbags :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl

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    Any advice or directions toward finding something that can be added to the trailer, much appreciated. Thanks.
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  2. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    No advice, but I loved the photos! Very cool toys, all of them! :clap
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  3. Laromonster

    Laromonster Vesperado !

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    I am slightly biased, but a silver painted classic Vespa would look just right riding the A frame.
    The shape of the trailer is a near match of the rear vespa cowls.
    Get a 200 cc then it will have enough oomph to carry two adults.

    BTW i love the trailer, good work... can you make one for me too :)
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  4. borg

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    Whatever you try to put on the trailer is going to have to be very, very light or your tongue weight is going to be way too heavy. Maybe basing your bike choice on something fits inside the Transit would make more sense?

    Nice collection of vehicles. I've always liked the teardrop trailers but my vanagon camper has proved far to useful to get rid of, it'll have to blow up before getting replaced.

    Steve
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    Honda, 60's 90Scrambler CL or Trail. Or for a more modern twist Reflex.
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  7. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    What exactly, and are you selling one Rob ?



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  8. subagon

    subagon Hopelessly lost

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    How about a Honda Cub? Light and cheap.


    Can you enlighten us across the pond about the US flag? War memorial :confused


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  9. Uncle Ernie

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    I think that's an Ariel Leader up there ^ ?

    I was going to suggest an Enfield before I saw what you're talking about.
    Honda Trails don't have double seats, as I recall...
    A Suzuki TU250X looks vintage. Can you get a Kawaaki Estrella over there? (Send it to me when you're done with it, please)
    The Vespa 200 idea seems like a winner to me.
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  10. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Santa Pod was a WWII air station, with American presence.

    Here is a memorial stone to all those who made the greatest sacrifice.

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    This pic gets the Stars and Stripes in the background of the Grizz-Pod - Perfect.

    A salute to the origins of my trailer.



    Read more: http://www.retrorides.proboards.com...on=display&thread=67389&page=26#ixzz18Z5MaUaB





    Thee trailer done, and was also our accomodation while on Honeymoon in August.

    I am quite hard on myself, but will say that it surpassed my own expectations.
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  11. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    This would be ultimately cool to have as well, it is road registered and tested yearly for roadworthiness.

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    Oh, and a vey lucky outthe window shot when taffic came to a halt on the way home from its "maiden voyage"

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  12. hugemoth

    hugemoth Big Brother is watching you!

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    How about an early 60s Douglas Vespa, made in England. Light weight, capable of carrying 2 adults at 45 mph, very reliable, parts still available. This is my ex-wife on the 63 Douglas 150 she owned about 30 years ago.

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    Honda 90 in a Yetman frame.


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    Or an Imme R100
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  17. Uncle Ernie

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    HAve to agree about an old vespa - no parts problem, room for two & guaranteed fisty cuffs down Brighton way:D
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  19. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    I love vespas, and have had 3 over the years.

    However, I suspect something light will be the ultimate winner here.

    In the mean time I keep looking around for the right one.
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  20. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Bit of an update.

    After we used the Transit bus to move my stuff from my old house to here, which would have been about 7 trips just to get all my "Stuff" from the garage and the old shed, I parked the bus up in the garage at the end of August and have not used it, Myrtle or the teardrop since as we have really been quite busy with the new house, and subsequent to losing my job at the end of October I have been getting down even more with house stuff, breaking down walls, decorating etc.

    Today I popped into WH Smith while Nicola went bargain hunting at Boots, and found the new January 2011 edition of Classic Van and Pick-up with a 3 page spread on the Taunus Transit.
    Not a bad article, except for a couple of captions being a bit out on the actual facts.

    This bus has had its fair share of interest and been in a few publications since I got it.

    Today is actually the 3 year aniversary of Oldbus Dave delivering it to me.

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