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Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
Anyone have experience using one of the tow dollies that hold the front wheel up?

My bike is an 04 Roadstar. I was planning to rent a Uhaul trailer, but a friend of mine suggested a little fold-up bike trailer which has led to finding out about a dolly that doesn't need a trailer.

My trip is going to be from near Las Cruces, NM to near Fargo, ND--about 1400 miles. Tow vehicle will be a 96 Grand Marquis that's in good shape, strong engine/ tranny.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
Something about the Roadstars oiling system has come up regarding this in the past. Maybe the transfer case? Not sure. I know I sure as hell would never use one of those on any bike I owned. Why put miles on the rear tire like that. Get a small flat trailer and strap the thing down properly. My $0.02
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
The transfer case has its own oil pump lubing the bearings any time the cross shaft is rotating.

And the transmission shafts and gears (constant mesh) will also be rotating.

There lies the problem. Its end bearings and gears are only lubricated when the engine is running.

You'd have to remove the belt to tow it safely.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
get the Uhaul bike trailer they are only $15 a day and pull great.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
davej wrote:
get the Uhaul bike trailer they are only $15 a day and pull great.

Yes, used one to go get my Vulcan 800.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
I wouldn't feel comfortable using a dolly. I think I'd be checking my rear view mirror more than the road ahead. I hauled a Uhaul trailer to Ohio and back to Pa to pick up my Sportster. Literally cut my gas mileage in half. I'm hauling the Roadie to Florida next winter and am planning on hauling it in the back of my Tacoma. If we can put a man on the moon, I think I can safely haul it in my truck. Anyone have any experience with this? Hope this isn't off subject.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
Those dollies look like such a neat deal for pulling a bike.

I picked one up when one popped up on Craigslist, but there are very few bikes that can safely be towed with one any more.

A little research saves you a lot of damage.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
gennaro wrote:
I wouldn't feel comfortable using a dolly. I think I'd be checking my rear view mirror more than the road ahead. I hauled a Uhaul trailer to Ohio and back to Pa to pick up my Sportster. Literally cut my gas mileage in half. I'm hauling the Roadie to Florida next winter and am planning on hauling it in the back of my Tacoma. If we can put a man on the moon, I think I can safely haul it in my truck. Anyone have any experience with this? Hope this isn't off subject.


Yep, towing a trailer murders the gas mileage in my F-150. I brought my Red Roadstar home to MI from VA (550 miles or so) and gas mileage was about the same as driving with nothing in the bed. My R1 and all my track gear (generator, etc.) is the same way. It's like the truck doesn't even know it has a load in the bed. Even when I'm hauling around 1,000lbs+. Weird.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
My son just bought a 96 Yamaha 1100 Virago and we loaded into the back of my pickup with a Fleet Farm (basically a farm supply store) $40 ramp, and strapped it down front and back, L/ R. No problem at all.

If the length works out, you will love it.

If I'd driven my truck to my NM project, that's what I'd do to get my bike home.
 
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Re:Towing a bike 5 Months ago  
I figure a battery operated winch and a 4' arched ramp will to do it. I'm not planning on driving it on.
 
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