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How do you trailer your Motorcycle?

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by 90cummins, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. 90cummins

    90cummins 90Cummins

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    The trailer had no anchor points installed. My first task was to install 8 5000lb D rings to anchor the bike.
    Not being totally satisfied with my anchor options I purchased 30ft of e-track and 12 e-track anchors to secure the other items that I needed.
    Hooks were installed on walls to keep the straps up where I could easily grasp them when I drove my bike in.
    The trailer is very small to minimize weight and wind resistance so as not to overly stress my car.
    Im interested in how you haul your toys. Post pictures of you toy hauler.

    90cummins
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  2. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    what are you going to use for a chock? I like the Condors for the bigger bikes. And what are the strips of plywood and OSB for? Is it a 1/2 or 3/4” floor? Did you use any reinforcement underneath for the D ring bolts?

    I’ll b interested in seeing the trailer with your bike loaded. I have a 7x14 tandem axle cargo, can easily haul 2 big bikes and a 3rd smaller moto, but I’m thinking about getting a 5x8 for when I’m trailering just one bike - i built a 6x10 open trailer several yrs ago to carry my mower, dirt bikes, Ural; but when I travel alone I like the enclosed trailer so I can lock it all up if I go into a restaurant or truck stop. I pull with a pick up so anything in the bed could walk off too.
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  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    If anyone wants to come to my house I have about 40 foot of e-track and some d rings you can have for free.
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  4. DonniBoi

    DonniBoi Out of my element Supporter

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    I hauled bikes enclosed. 4 point straps and a quality chock. Like the Condor. You can find them used on Craigslist (out here in bay area I bought 4 used from individual people)

    I also use canyon dancer handlebar harnesses for big fairing bikes like r1100rt. No need to risk breaking fairings.

    I bought straps from a small socal company called rhino USA. Scammers. China junk.

    Buy USA made straps from POWER TYE

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  5. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Not often, but like this:
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  6. miker325

    miker325 Long timer

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    Jim, it's bad enough people ride their big adventure touring bikes to Starbucks for coffee, but trailering one there? That's a new low!

    :hide
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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    I saw that and just had to snap a photo.:lol3


    I had sold the bike and was delivering it to the new owner.
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  8. oldfool

    oldfool Long timer

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    The only bikes that should be on a trailer are either dirt bikes or ones that are broken
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  9. Don Flamenco

    Don Flamenco Been here awhile

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    What about when you trailer someone's bike because they're broken?
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  10. oldfool

    oldfool Long timer

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    That's acceptable.
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  11. Tor

    Tor Making Life A Ride

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    I've never trailered mine :lol3
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  12. rebake

    rebake Long timer

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    I mounted 2 wheel chocks in my 6x10 enclosed. Put the 1200 gs and my tw200 in with some room left over.
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  13. DirtMerchant

    DirtMerchant Long timer

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    I don't always trailer my bike but when I do I use an Aluma MC10...


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  14. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer Supporter

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    I've now got a single rail trailer from a defunkt outfit called Bike Lug. They seemed to have repeated issues, though I got lucky, and their product appears NLA.

    Trailer in a Bag was a competitor, at least a decade ago. Moto Lug seems to currently offer a practically identical product.
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  15. rebake

    rebake Long timer

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    That's a great trailer ,i have one too.
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  16. Callisto224

    Callisto224 Long timer Supporter

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    Built a platform with 2x4's and a sheet of plywood and then strapped it down to eyebolts.

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  17. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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  18. atwoodtja

    atwoodtja Been here awhile

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    Three essentials: 1) soft tie loops, 2) something to hold the front wheel in place (preferably a wheel chock but could just be 2x4's screwed to the bed or rail), and 3) snap hook tie downs like these (https://www.discountramps.com/mobility/tie-down-straps/p/SNPRSTRAP2/). Safe, secure, and does not have to be brutally tensioned to the trailer to keep the bike in place.
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  19. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Long timer Super Supporter

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  20. wasproxy

    wasproxy Global Moto Tourer

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    My favorite question to ask riders when touring is "Wow that's one clean Harley - how many trailer miles does that bike have on it?"
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