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    anybody ever use something like this?

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    I've never used one, but recall a discussion on one forum or another that had more negative comments than positive. People say it's difficult to attach the bike by yourself, that the mount should have a swivel, because sometimes the bike comes out of the 'chock', and that the chock is sometimes too small of a diameter, etc. I think the manufacturer even states something like 40 or 45 MPH maximum, so you won't be bringing it on a highway or interstate.

    I can only think it might be useful if you say, transport a dirt bike a few miles to a riding area or something. Not much good for any other situations unless your bike breaks down close to home and maybe you can call a family member to come with it, but who breaks down close to home?

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    My take is there are big ones and little ones. And good ones and crappy ones.

    If you pick a good one of the right size you should be fine. Too small/light, or crappy cheap and you are doomed to disappointment.
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    An alternative a friend uses is Trailer in a Bag. He loves it for its portability of not storing a trailer or hauling empty but has one when he needs it. He uses it a lot and loans it out as well.


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    asuming the thing is the proper size

    should there be a concern about damage to a cycle as a result of towing in this manner?




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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    should there be a concern about damage to a cycle as a result of towing in this manner?




    http://www.amazon.com/The-USA-Traile...rier+Tow+Dolly
    If towing using the hitch dolly you are exposing the rear tire and final drive to wear. You will also having it bouncing around more as it is unladen (like an empty trailer) I doubt you could back up with it unless you are very skilled. Just my two cents. I considered it at one point and decided against it. While the logic seems simple enough, the cost attractive, you seldom see it done. I have over the years seen a few examples and for what ever the reason, the market hasn't accepted it and it didn't seem such a great idea when viewing it on the highway.

    When I might consider it. If a small car where a suitable hitch could be mounted but the car with trailer and bike might be more of a burden than just the bike. If I had very limited space and limited funds and needed regular transport of a small bike.

    For other transport needs in that limited space and money, the basic uhaul trailer for motorcycles rents for like 15 dollars a day and does a nice job. If you have a uhaul place near you, you can reserve one and the distribution uhaul place will deliver one to your uhaul shop.

    I guess I have used this method 10-15 times over the last two years.. So my costs are still less than 300 and no worries about tires, lighting and storage. I just call and pick it up as I need it.

    Just ideas.

    I am leery of the 1st one you linked to as the cost of it seems unusually low for a quality item, even if simple in construction.

    In the end however, I haven't used one, haven't helped use one, haven't closely examined one so you are not getting an expert opinion here. Good luck with your choice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by f14rio View Post
    should there be a concern about damage to a cycle as a result of towing in this manner?
    The transmission output shaft will be driven from the rear wheel. Combine that with the angle of the bike and I wonder if the bearings on the output shaft at the front of the transmission will get enough lubrication?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCStephen View Post
    An alternative a friend uses is Trailer in a Bag. He loves it for its portability of not storing a trailer or hauling empty but has one when he needs it. He uses it a lot and loans it out as well.

    Talk about a Rube Goldberg device ! How long does it take to put that thing together ? I would also be concerned about lack of any suspension. Hit a bump and that will hop around quite a bit with a bike on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    Talk about a Rube Goldberg device ! How long does it take to put that thing together ? I would also be concerned about lack of any suspension. Hit a bump and that will hop around quite a bit with a bike on it.
    Looks like it takes about as long as sliding anything else into the hitch receiver. A few seconds. Used to use one with a Yamaha 350 to shuffle a car to the canoe takeout in the Ozarks. If the bumps on those gravel roads wouldn't put the bike upside down on your car trunk nothing would. Two guys could pick up the front of the 350 and set in the cradle. Guess two of those guys from a 4 man team that steal wheel-chained Harleys by sticking a pipe through each wheel and lifting into a trailer could do a BMW but I would want to lift one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    Talk about a Rube Goldberg device ! How long does it take to put that thing together ? I would also be concerned about lack of any suspension. Hit a bump and that will hop around quite a bit with a bike on it.
    You are pretty wrong. It doesn't take very long at all and the lack of suspension doesn't seem to be an issue. I have hauled a R80RT from North Carolina back down here to Mississippi and hauled a F650GS from here to McAllen Texas and back with no problems. Its really a nice piece of engineering.
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