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Author Topic: Slick Wheelie towing device  (Read 1115 times)

D the D

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« Last Edit: June 18, 2013, 02:30:50 AM by D the D »
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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2013, 03:22:57 PM »
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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.

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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2013, 03:50:24 PM »
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.

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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2013, 06:12:33 PM »
I went with a folding 5'x8' trailer for the sidecar rig.  Just need to do the decking and paperwork.

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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2013, 06:23:36 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.

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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2013, 09:18:05 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.
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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2013, 02:34:23 AM »
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.

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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #22 on: June 20, 2013, 12:19:06 PM »
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.
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Re: Slick Wheelie towing device
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2013, 01:55:21 PM »
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. 
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