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I want to trailer my motorcycle - I think!

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by rfk757, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Feb 11, 2018 at 6:47 AM
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    rfk757

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    Hello, I bought a Tundra and one of the missions I had in mind when I chose it was trailering my motorcycle to more distant riding areas.

    I am wanting to correspond or talk to anyone who is knowledgeable in this area. Thoughts on open or closed trailer? How securely the bike can be strapped down for travel? Can I find one second hand easily? Stuff like that.

    PS I ride a BMW R1200 RT

    Thanks!

    Rory
     
  2. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:04 AM
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    Enclosed is the way to go. V nose preferably. I’m in the market for a 12’ V nose to support my motocross addiction. It’s really nice to be able to keep everything locked up in the trailer and out of the elements. Plus you can always throw a couple cots in there and have a poor mans RV.

    For securing the bike there are a lot of really cool strapless systems that lock the front wheel in place. But wheel chocks and quality tie downs with soft tie attachments are fine as well.
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:23 AM
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    Very good points! Thank you.
     
  5. Feb 11, 2018 at 7:25 AM
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    Enclosed all the way. Flatbeds that there advantages for some things, but in your situation I would go enclosed.
     
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    Well the best protection will always be an enclosed trailer. But open trailers work fine too. U-Haul has a great motorcycle trailer. I rode a BMW K1300GT and trailered it behind my 4Runner in both closed and open beds. Strapping it down properly is paramount. CHECK YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL. It tells you the proper way to do it. Also, there are many tips in the BMW forums, go there after you've read the owner's manual.

    But first and foremost, DO NOT STRAP DOWN USING THE HANDLEBARS. Don't use anything like a Canyon Dancer unless you want to bend your handlebars. Resist that urge.

    You'd do well to get some motorcycle straps since they have extra loops to keep the finish from getting scratched. Use towels to wrap around the connecting points or soft tie wraps.

    But again, since you're a BMW rider, check the owner's manual.

    Found one shot of my bike during transport after I'd purchased it. Borrowed a trailer and followed BMW's recommendations. Worked perfectly.
     
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    THIS. A dedicated motorcycle trailer with chocks and sleeping quarters would be perfect. Something like this: http://www.advantagetrailer.com/product-detail/26102/custom-16-motocross-bike-hauler/
     
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    rfk757, good morning, don't have trailer experience as I use the bed of the truck. Trailer keeps things safer and clean for sure. Be careful of the pivot point of the door when loading and un-loading as it may want to scrape lower cowl, have experience with that! As far as anchoring the bike, I recommend a good wheel chock up front ( Pit Bull or Baxley ) this will secure the bike without putting a lot of pressure on your forks. Then GOOD tie downs with soft ties to secure the rear. Also, I like to loosen the front if the bike is sitting over night or extended period, just be sure to tighten the straps before you start driving!
     
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    This is excellent. I'm looking to move up to a R1200RT from my Ducati Multistrada 620. What year is yours? I'm looking at 2007+ for the non-integrated, non-servo brakes. --Mark
     

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