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    I purchased a flatbed

    I purchased a tilt flatbed, but found the angle a issue. I went to Harbor Freight and got a wench with a remote. I can hook up the cable and walk the bike up the ramp easily and have good control. I carry a battery to power the wench, and this works well the few times I used it (usually when my wife is going with me and she does not ride- My son and I can ride and she can spend time with daughter-in-law).
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    Good idea, but somebody has to do this...

    Wench -- a historical British Modern English colloquial term for a lower class woman and/or promiscuous woman. Also in the 19th and early 20th centuries a derogatory term for a non Euro-American woman, the male counterpart being Buck.

    Winch -- a hauling or lifting device consisting of a rope, cable, or chain winding around a horizontal rotating drum, turned by a crank or by motor or other power source; a windlass.
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    But, Tom, you haven't explained what a wench with a remote is! Maybe I don't want to know.
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    Never could

    Nver could type or speel,

    by the way might sell both the wench and the winch for the right price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MIAirhead View Post
    by the way might sell both the wench and the winch for the right price.
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    I think I will rent a MC trailer from Uhaul to see if I even like towing.
    Has anyone ever rented one from these guys? Any horror stories?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaasu View Post
    I think I will rent a MC trailer from Uhaul to see if I even like towing.
    Has anyone ever rented one from these guys? Any horror stories?
    Just be careful that what you rent is road worthy. They have a lot of stuff around only intended for local, low speed use. If you'll be towing on the interstates you'll want to check to maximum allowed speed, tire condition, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaasu View Post
    I think I will rent a MC trailer from Uhaul to see if I even like towing.
    Has anyone ever rented one from these guys? Any horror stories?
    I rented one of their littel motorcycle trailers and went from texas to kansas to get my Dakar and it did 50 in some snow but when it tried off 75 was no problem but I was towing it behind a 4x4, 4 door pickup.

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    Just be careful that what you rent is road worthy. They have a lot of stuff around only intended for local, low speed use. If you'll be towing on the interstates you'll want to check to maximum allowed speed, tire condition, etc.

    That is great advise. I never would thought to request this. Thank you.
    I still feel a stigma about trailering. I'm sure i will get over it when I start to pack anything I want, turn on the air conditioning and eat pistachio nuts and drink pepsi whenever I want.
    Viva la trailer.

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    I bought a converted boat trailer for hauling my bikes. This trailer tilts and has 3 rails (U Channels) that the bikes tires track in/out on. 15" tires and a heavy duty steel open grate floor allow for good footing, lots of tie down options and easy towing. A short ramp that attaches to any one of the 3 rails along with the tilt feature makes loading/unloading fast and easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaasu View Post
    I never would thought to request this. Thank you.
    I still feel a stigma about trailering. I'm sure i will get over it when I start to pack anything I want, turn on the air conditioning and eat pistachio nuts and drink pepsi whenever I want.
    Viva la trailer.
    I frequently read this crap about folks looking down on others that use a trailer to transport their bike.
    Do what YOU want.

    We have very good friends 5+ hours away (they live on Long Island, NY) and we like to ride with them out on the east end of the Island. Problem is that it is all Interstate to get there (no fun) and our schedules are such that we typically arrive there at 10pm on a Friday night. Friday night, 9pm going through metro NYC 2-up? No thanks- we used to live there- we know to avoid that.
    If we didn't trailer, I would go there for the weekend without the bike. Would that be better?
    We do what we want.

    BTW, we have a great 3 rail galvanized trailer for hauling one or two bikes, but if I did it all over again I would do a flat bed with some front wheel chocks.
    If you have never loaded a heavy, wide tire bike on a MC trailer with rails, you have never experienced a real scary time. Many times the front, or more likely the rear tire will be off to one side or the other of the U-channel rail and the side of the tire will try to climb up the side of the rail. This radically changes the C.O.G. of the bike and it wants to fall over onto you (bad) or fall away from you (REALLY bad). I have had several close calls with a 2009 Concours and our K100RS.

    Good luck in whatever way you haul that bike.

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    I really suggest having second person help you put your bike on and off the trailer. Even though I could load it without the spotter's help, one time the spotter's help was most necessary to prevent damage to my K and possibly me.

    Although I have only used my trailer once for rescue and the other times for delivery to and from my mechanic, I think trailering a bike a great distance when time is short or for health reasons, to be fine idea. Make no apologies for using the trailer. Enjoy the rally!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaasu View Post
    I think I will rent a MC trailer from Uhaul to see if I even like towing.
    Has anyone ever rented one from these guys? Any horror stories?
    I rented a U-Haul MC trailer to trailer two scooters to and from a rally in NYC from Boston. No problems at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanley83 View Post
    I rented a U-Haul MC trailer to trailer two scooters to and from a rally in NYC from Boston. No problems at all.
    I use one locally for my sport bike. Long hauls would not work for me because of the tire size (8") and the trailer has a straight axle. There was a problem with one of the tires not being balanced and it vibrated at 45mph.
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