motorbike carrier info req.

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  1. mulaz

    mulaz Read Only Funster

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    How do you work out the maximum weight that you can hang from the rear of your motorhome.
    I want to carry a 125 trails bike on the rear, going to make up my own carrier etc.
    my 2007 lunar champ has no details in the photocopy!! manual
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    hi mulaz,
    there is a fomular for working it out but i aint got a clue what it is.

    i think first job will be to work out the max payload on the REAR axle.

    this is where you need the formular as you need top work out the moment arm for a given weight (bike AND carrier)BEHIND the axle.

    the bike may weigh 100kg but 4 or 5ft behind the axle and it could be the equivelent of 150kg on the axle.
     
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    Hi the first thing to do is see what you have to play with, so take it to the weighbridge. Don't want to put a damper on the idea but from what people have posted on here, if its 3500kg GVW then very few motorhomes would be able to carry a bike and stay legal.

    As its almost unheard off to be weighed by VOSA its up to you whether you then do it or not. :Smile: Drove passed the VOSA weighbridge on the A52 near notts on Tuesday morning, firsttime I have seen it being used, just waved me on, only interested in lorries. Pity I could have had a free weigh. :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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    Motorbike Carrier

    Bob
    Re bike carrier it is difficult to get the Van balanced on each axle to stay legal.
    I carry a peugot speedfight scooter on the rear of a Compass drifter, but I removed the cab bed and made that area into a storage locker so moving the weight forward onto the front wheels. It took several visits to the weigh bridge to ascertain the correct balance between front and rear axles. If your load is say 100kgs and the distance to the centre of the rear axle is 2 metres, the load on the axle is increased by another 200kgs.
    Basically if you have a low profile or an A class Van I believe a bike on the back is not on due to there being no chance of moving the internal load forward due to lack of available storage in the front of the vehicle.
    OK, we now don't have a bed in the Luton but that storage area is very valuable for the two of us. Another point is that as a bed its useless, last time we made love in the Luton my wife burnt her backside on the lights.
    Over the years we make a point of removing items we haven't use during our 3 months away in so doing we find ourselves with a number of empty lockers, this sometimes is a worry when we think we have left something vital. I say to my wife if we have we buy it.
    Cheers Ron W
     
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    hi i have lunar roadstar and carry a 250 scooter on the scooter rack which is on the tow bar
     
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