TOWING a second bike.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Kyle B, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    Someone asked me to post pictures of my tow rig. I will post what I have, hopefully along with some video.
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    Bikes are loaded and ready to go to a rally. The black box on top of the side case contains my 100 cup coffee maker. I'm the coffee guy!
    Make sure you install a hitch lock so this doesn't happen to you!
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  2. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    Where did you get the hitch, how does it pull, and how much does the towed bike weigh? I am getting a trailer from 3D Manufacturing here in Wisconsin and have been looking at the hitches from DMC, but would love to be able to pull my S1000rr with me when I go out west...
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  3. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Interesting, for sure, Kyle. Thanks.
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  4. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    I built the hitch myself and also did my own wiring. What do you plan to tow the bike behind?
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  5. wdeTA

    wdeTA TransAlp Adv

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    Looks great

    I've been thinking of something similar myself that I could use to haul my kayak and gear behind my Transalp out to the river and then throw the Transalp on it to tow behind a vehicle for shuttle. I have the channel and other parts, but not the axle and wheels. Do you have a source for the axle & wheels you can share? Also, how does it do without suspension? Do the tires handle it well enough?

    Thanks
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  6. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    2010 gsa.
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  7. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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  8. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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    I'm glad the coffee maker wasn't injured. :wave
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  9. Fearless

    Fearless Brutally Honest

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    This is what I have when I need 2 bikes over a weekend.....

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  10. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    'trailer in a bag' is $1100 and looks much like yours. i've often wondered how that works with no springs on the trailer. any issues with it?
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  11. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive always wondered about doing this,what do the Ins companies have to say about bikes towing bikes on trailers?
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  12. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Good question, I didn't ask. Mine have lights, safety chains and hitch lock.
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  13. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Most small trailers have springs that come into play at 300 to 400 pounds.
    The question becomes: If I never carry enough weight to utilize the springs
    why carry the weight of the springs. My TnL trailers have some travel but
    rubber bump stops cushions the travel. The tires leave the ground on big bumps.
    It's not bad and I've never felt out of control even on breaking bumps in asphalt
    at the stop signs.
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  14. kenstone

    kenstone newb

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    If you strap/tie the bike down by the wheels/swingarm/lower fork legs the suspension will remain active, so you won't need any on the trailer:lol3
    Like the FRONT wheel in this pic
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  15. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    Not sure if I posted this yet I haven't had the dirt bike loaded on the road yet . It is long enough just have to remove the bubble.
    Still coming up with storage with the bike loaded .

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    KLR is gone I'm fabing up a hitch for the 990 this winter . I just soften tires to the load only leaves the ground on BIG bumps when empty . There is a light converter available for stop turn on the trailer .
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  16. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    why the long tongue?
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  17. two trackin fool

    two trackin fool Long timer

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    Third version ...... My thought is better tracking . Easier to shorten later if needed . I found that to Little tongue weight can also be an issue with the smaller bikes during braking with taking weight off or lifting the rear tire . So far I have had a 50 lb bag of dog food a bag of hand tools a case of oil with no issue . Which should be way more weight than needed for trip .

    I have a cooler mount on the tongue that isn't mounted in the pic . A friend also caries two Kayaks on his trailer so that is also a thought . Still in engineering mode :lol3
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  18. Kyle B

    Kyle B "Dirty Jobs"

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    Suspension is not needed because there is enough flexibility in the load to take up the bumps. Tongue must be longer than the width of the axle.

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