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Discussion in 'Trials' started by mung, Nov 28, 2017.
I've towed thousands of miles with Trials bikes in the back of various trailers. Never had problem one with bolts backing out. YMMV.
And I have pulled his trailer home. Luckily he loads them well.
Check this out. I never saw one before
For years I have been using a small trailer for our bikes, not a bolt loose yet. Thou I will echo lineaway with be good about the straps, have had a strap come loose once and the bikes where rubbing against each other.
Thanks for the pics @Norman Foley!
Nope every time I go to a event I do 5000 km return in this trailer no issues. But for the long hauls I put the bikes on stands and turn buckle the foot pegs to the floor as I don't like the idea of the suspension cycling up and down for all those hours.
Can you give me some info on the hitch set up.I would like to set my Africa twin up to tow my trials bike.So far have not found a hitch kit for AT.
Well, this isn't my bike or setup, however... I had a custom hitch and trailer I built with my brother for my 04 BMW R1100S. It was quite a bit of work to get it well sorted...
On that note, I doubt you will find a hitch setup for an Africa Twin as most bike hitch's for anything but large touring bikes (Think Honda Goldwing) are usually custom built... I also wouldn't suggest towing much of a load without a very custom trailer with some kind of brakes as anything more than backpack type camping gear on a smaller bike will push you around something dreadful in an emergency braking situation.
Though I admit I would be willing to do it again on a large BMW R1200GS or the like to be able to get a setup like this. Though it would be quite a change over what I had with my R1100S.
Norman - tell us about the front wheel chock in this pic. Sure would come in handy in my toy hauler, and when I have a 3rd trials bike backwards in my truck bed. Thx
It's the wheel chock that came with my Sprinter. I use that or a 2X4 I cut to fit across the back door opening.
Trials transport, 1936 style. Photo: C.H. Wood (David Wood Archive Bradford, England)
I found this in the Scott Trial section of the Trials Guru website.
Has anyone used one of these with their trials bikes? https://riskracing.com/pages/lock-n-load#.VKhAGY0tFuE
I know someone that used one for a time on a Gas Gas trials bike.
Short version would be maybe a 3 out of 5 star rating.
What he thought: His comment to me was that it is a great concept but for trials bike they end up being to tall and don't put enough pressure on the suspension to really lock it in place well. I remember him wrapping a tie down over the bike every time he loaded it and cinch it up over the center of the bike to give it more security for travel.
I don't remember him ever saying it came loose without the strap, but then again I don't think he ever used it on a trials bike of any brand without the extra strap.
My two cents would be that if I was to do something like this, I would make my own stand and use a set of turnbuckles or something else attached to some adjustable mounting rails.
Sooo... Maybe sorta Trials related, but here goes.
I've missed my rusty, leaking Abductor Van over the years. It burned up (down) a head gasket 2 weeks before we moved to Hooterville, and took out the cylinder head/engine block with it. I figured that I would get it fixed right after the move was done.
That was 3 years ago.
I recently acquired a running 360, just had "a blown head gasket". Yeah right, the blown head gasket turned out to be a broken #8 exhaust pushrod, jammed tightly into it's broken lifter -
With the corresponding #8 intake pushrod jammed into it's rocker arm....
Yet.... The pistons are all tight in their standard bores, and all the valves are sitting happily on top of their seats. I'm thinking a ring/bearing/gasket refresh, along with a new camshaft will have Brewtus' Abductor on the road again!
No bent valve?
I was expecting one (or worse), but nope! The pushrods/rocker arm took the bullet.
Usually it's the expensive parts that fail protecting the cheap ones...