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Motorbike trailer - decision time

Discussion in 'MOTORHOME CHAT' started by sciac2001, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. sciac2001

    sciac2001 Funster

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    Hello team!
    The time has come to decide on whether to go for an articulated m/bike trailer or one of the transverse types.
    The more i look into it the more undecided i get. Transverse seems great but i am not convinced about the sturdiness and longterm capabilities of them. Reversing seems to be a major problem.
    I am pointing towards playing it safe and going the traditional longitudinal route.
    We plan to long-term tour in Europe and buying something unconventional may bring annoying problems.
    Will anyone push me into the decision please?
    Thanks.
  2. MikeD

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    http://www.easylifter.co.uk/

    No problems reversing one of these.:thumb:

    But there are mixed reviews on the hydra trail.
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    Thanks Mike.
    Is this the one with only 1 wheel and which looks like the weight of the bike is on the motorhome chassis until you fix the wheel?
    (Does'nt fill me with total confidence!)
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    Hydra trail

    No they have two wheels now.

    John745 has one and done a couple of trips abroad and had no problems.

    [​IMG]

    I have just bought one but can't comment on it as I have not used it yet.:thumb::thumb:
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  5. sciac2001

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    Very interesting.. Thanks.
    Are the wheels permanently on or do i have to pump the motorbike up and let the overhang on my camper take the strain ntil i fit the wheels?
    I must admit, looking at the piccy it looks tempting (if the wheels are permanent!)
    I assume that the wheels swivel to allow easy (?) reversing!
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    I had the same problem when deciding which trailer a couple of years ago. I ended up purchasing a crossover from Armitage Trailers at Ferrybridge, Yorks.
    Having covered over 4500 miles carrying a 220 kg scooter I have had no concerns. It tows well, is stable, reverses ok and the C&CC only charge for the actual trailer length on ferry bookings. One slight problem is tyre wear, I will need new tyres this year. I must say that those small wheels certainly do some revolutions so tyres will always be an issue, but they are cheap enough.
    www.armitagetrailers.com
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    Wow thats one heavy scooter!
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    Towed my HD down to Spain last year and must admit it was a bit of a nightmare. I used a Motolug trailer

    http://www.motolug.com/SE.php

    Problem was couldn't see it behind especially when reversing. Took two of us to load and unload which if you get a small pitch is a pain in the backside. On occasions when I stopped to do a check I'd find one of the ratchet straps off hanging loose. Lots of swearing and very stressful.
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    Yes its a burgman 400cc. Very comfortable and great for .touring the remote areas of europe. Tried many motorcycles over the years but this is ideal.
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    I have a camera mounted so I can see my trailer at all times,also works well when reversing.
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    My scooter is 260kg (must be the extra wheel).

    I went for the Roro, mainly because it can be turned on it`s side and it breaks down into 6 pieces for winter storage.

    Steve
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    I know quite a few Goldwing riders who carry their bikes on Phoenix trailers with no problems.
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    Nice one! It should be OK for our Blackbird / GS1200 then:thumb:
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    Dry weight of an 1800 Wing is 360kg so should cope comfortably with a Blackbird/GS.
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    Just bought a Phoenix big bike trailer. Nice bit of kit and will carry any bike comfortably. Easy loading too.

    Takes my GS Adventure with ease but not my Rocket 3 as the channel on the trailer is not is enough for a wide tyre like that has so bear that in mind.

    The lights as fitted are rubbish so I changed them for better ones.

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    Both Richard ( the Scotties on here ) and I bought one of those transverse ones.. Chap was very helpful and actually built them specifically to take the weight of our BMW GS's and my Blackbirds ..

    ONE trip... that was enough

    It actually twisted a 3"x3" tow bar !!!!

    We both sent them back to the manufacturer ( and to be fair he was as good as gold )

    I now have a RoRo trailer.. it has carried my 1200 GS all round Europe, and the Blackbird(s) all over the UK..
    I would suggest the maximum weight / bike size for the Hydratrail type is probably about 150kg ..

    Oh and as for loading and unloading .. :Doh:

    As easy as the transverse type look, they really are not that easy with a heavy bike.. And loading the RoRo takes literally 5 or so minutes, including strapping down, and can be done by one man on his own.
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    Thanks. It probably isn't for us newbie tow..ers then!
    I'm pointing towards the conventional articulated type and hope that the reversing will only be a matter of practice.
    Cheers

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