HPRE

Menu

Members Rides

1966 Interceptor and 1958 Tomahawk, "under the knife"


in
Members Rides

NField Gear

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
May 04, 2016, 04:51:22 am

Login with username, password and session length

 

Author Topic: Slick Wheelie towing device  (Read 2444 times)

D the D

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,174
  • Karma: 0
« Last Edit: June 17, 2013, 09:30:50 pm by D the D »
'07 Iron Barrel Military (Deceased 14 September, 2013)
2014 Yamaha Bolt R Spec V-Twin
1975 XLCH

heloego

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,134
  • Karma: 0
  • 2012 Royal Maroon C5 Special
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2013, 10:22:57 am »
Quote
I wasn't dissing the trailer idea, it would definitely come in handy for other chores in addition to hauling the bike around. I'm quite comfortable pulling a trailer myself. Hope to pick up a Ural with one someday.

NP, Desi. No adverse inference taken from your post. We're all friends here. and the more opinions the better IMHO.  :)
Rather than have a homeless person for the holidays, I decided to stick with ham.

gremlin

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,788
  • Karma: 0
  • "Do one thing each day that scares you"
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2013, 10:50:24 am »
They make wheel chocks you can bolt to the trailer floor so the bike doesn't go through the back bumper:................

I did mention it wasn't quite finished yet.

2002 BMW R1150RT-P
1996 Trophy 1200
2009 Hyosung GV250
2011 RE B5

mplayle

  • Bulleteer
  • ***
  • Posts: 188
  • Karma: 0
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2013, 01:12:33 pm »
I went with a folding 5'x8' trailer for the sidecar rig.  Just need to do the decking and paperwork.

Vince

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,591
  • Karma: 0
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2013, 01:23:36 pm »
     These have been marketed under various names/manufacturers since well before I started riding in the late '60's. Not my first choice. Keep the speed below 50. No matter how well tied down, a big bump can turn it on its side. It is next to impossible to back up. The short turning radius will jackknife way too easily.
     REMOVE THE CHAIN. A bump can cause it to shift  into gear or a jerk at a gas station will pop it into gear or the chain will pop off. I have seen tires and transmissions destroyed like this.

gremlin

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,788
  • Karma: 0
  • "Do one thing each day that scares you"
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2013, 04:18:05 pm »
     These have been marketed under various names/manufacturers since well before I started riding in the late '60's. Not my first choice. Keep the speed below 50. No matter how well tied down, a big bump can turn it on its side. It is next to impossible to back up. The short turning radius will jackknife way too easily.
     REMOVE THE CHAIN. A bump can cause it to shift  into gear or a jerk at a gas station will pop it into gear or the chain will pop off. I have seen tires and transmissions destroyed like this.

good advice.
2002 BMW R1150RT-P
1996 Trophy 1200
2009 Hyosung GV250
2011 RE B5

hillntx

  • Shriner Bulleteer
  • Grease Monkey
  • ****
  • Posts: 279
  • Karma: 0
  • 2011 C5 Classic
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2013, 09:34:23 pm »
I've never used one, but I don't trust the front wheel holding bike dragging transport systems.  To me it looks like an easy way to damage your forks.  Uhaul trailers are a pretty cheap alternative.

heloego

  • Grand Gearhead
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,134
  • Karma: 0
  • 2012 Royal Maroon C5 Special
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2013, 07:19:06 am »
This thread is interesting to me because I've never transported a bike. Based on the comments made I'll trash the HF trailer idea and go for a U-Haul if needed.
Rather than have a homeless person for the holidays, I decided to stick with ham.

rvcycleguy

  • Grease Monkey
  • ****
  • Posts: 298
  • Karma: 0
Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2013, 08:55:21 am »
I've seen the front wheel towing systems and it just does not look safe or practical.  I guess if I was rescuing myself from a breakdown, it might be handy, but 500 miles, not for me.  Thats all day or even two days traveling.  I have the HF 4x8 folding trailer and have used it several times with the RE.  Added decking, a removable wheel chock and tie downs and its good to go.  Very sturdy and folds standing upright against the garage wall.  I've also got a small Toyota SUV with a 1000lb tow rating.  The tongue weight on the HF with the RE on it is less than 100lbs.  Yes, it takes paper work for registration, tags, etc. but I recently made a stack bed fence system using 2x4 posts and 1x4 slats and can now use it for hauling lots of other stuff.

For my big cruiser, I have a tailgate wide ramp system for my Tundra and I load it in the truck bed for long trips.   I tow a travel trailer for vacations, as I'm not comfortable with dual/tandem trailer towing. 
1956 Bullet 500 (G2) Custom tank, Silencer Muffler, Powder Coated Chassis
2006 Suzuki Boulevard C50 (800cc) Touring set-up. white walls, pearl white w/ ghost flames