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Discussion in 'Photos' started by Cavernous, Nov 17, 2011.
You certainly win the KISS award on that one.
I like that tow set up, im just afraid the bearings or derailleur or something would toast at speed.
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I've run that setup for about 10 years now, no bearing failures yet. The chain doesn't move so the derailleur isn't an issue, it's just the wheel bearings spinning.
With the towing setup, you might need an additional marker light if a LEO wanted to press the issue. I like the idea for simplicity. What range have you traveled with that rig?
I'd say the farthest that I've gone is about 50 miles.
I'm getting ready to build one for my DR350, I may make this one where the front bike wheel is on the left side of the DR to offset it some.
I'm not sure if this would be classified as a trailer, but in Michigan, a trailer doesn't require lights if the tail lights of the towing vehicle are fully visible. This is usually applied to small trailers like a towed log splitter.
Alternately, if a load (not on a trailer) projects more that 4-feet behind the vehicle, it requires a 12" square red flag (during daylight) or a red "lantern" after dark.
I usually don't go around commenting on old post but this one makes me smile. I am originally from Louisville so I might just identify with the redneck thing. Sold my 2014 GSA and bought a KLR a couple of years ago. Couldn't be happier with that decision. I modified a spare tire bike rack mount for it tonight as an experiment. I had considered the 2 x 4 option though. I also have an XR1200 and I had not considered that I could simply just strap my bike to my back. Crazy sumbeotches.
Ha ha, @FZ1 Matt that's awesome.
Here's another way to mount them, if you have a sissy bar: http://theloamwolf.com/index.php/2017/09/19/bikes-roadtripping-sturgis-crankworx/
I love all the different approaches, field engineering. I made a setup for my previous 08GS but didn't use it a lot. I found I'm not a serious enough mt biker. Was fun to see the looks I got while getting to the woods.
Oh boy, this means i have to buy yet another item for my beamer lol, any secure way to mount a bicycle to my ride with just straps, I would travel no more than 200 miles.
Try 1, gonna revisit how the rack mounts to the aux tank for try 2.
I finished my Moto-Cycle rack and did a 60 mile round trip up to Big Bear Ca.
I utilized a used pannier lid that I sourced in the flea market with a reinforcing plate below the lid.
It's very stable and I have no issues riding.
I like having the tray mounted to the pannier as bringing the panniers gives me a place to lock my gear while Lucy and I are riding.
I do want to source or 3D print a stabilizer arm that will fit where one of my Rox Straps mounts from my top box to the bike.
Stability is added by placing a beer coozie on the left pedal and the pedal rests against my top box.
I have a handlebar riser that I can rotate with an Allen wrench to turn the bars for riding clearance.
More later when I remember to update...
Nice, but those aluminum trays aren't designed for much cantilever strength. We've seen some of them fold or break when used like that.
Thank you I'll keep an eye on that.
I did see one in my research that had cracked, so I knew there was the potential for that.
I may add a stiff arm support to it some way in the future.