Road Legal Quad Bikes and towing?

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  1. Gromett

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    remember they have brakes fitted to the rear wheels so any trailer regardless of weight that has brakes fitted they must work.
    you come back to aframe and brakes etc .
    the single lift m,bike tow adaptors also fail in this .
     
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    Just had another thought. If you get a tiny trailer just big enough for the Quad bike. Could you fit a tow bar to the quad bike and tow it's own trailer for doing shopping etc? Now that would make it really useful.

    PS: Please bear in mind I am a fulltimer so my uses are bit out of the ordinary.
     
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    yes and you can get trailers ideal for that use . you do see then abroad in winter .lots of m,homers have quads as the second transport.
     
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    In the end I decided against the Qpod, or indeed towing anything again.. had enough of trailers and toads..

    No matter what anyone says, a trailer restricts where you can park, can make it difficult to manoeuvre.. and often where you can pitch.. and A frame is now 'no go' abroad, particularity Germany and Spain .. so bought two electric bikes and a doggy bike trailer for the dogs which all fits into the garage.. the trailer also doubles up a shopping hauler..
     
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    fifth wheeler or mini artic is the way.
    its slowly catching on .
    nothing wrong with towing the right trailer. :)
     
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    maybe because of this?:)

     
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    I can't see how the Venom can be road legal in the guise they show, with a complete lack of Mudguards of any sort.
    I can see it working having a trailer to transport the quad on and then tow it with the quad, as long as this type of quad can have a tow bar, I think the type commonly seen in France are more farm oriented types like the Yamaha Grizzly.
    Just my thoughts
     
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    I don't know about that. I just had a quick look and the only thing I could find after a quick look was that Mudguards aren't required for the MOT. However Regulation 63 of “The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1078) states motorcycles must have one fitted. As this isn't a motorbike I am not sure if it applies. The front mudguard on a motorcycle is there to protect the rider not other road users I believe?

    I really don't know on this but I can't see it getting type approval if it was illegal?
     
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    Lots of hill farmers have trailers on the back of their quad bikes.
    Just one example.
    Not sure if that particular one is suitable to carry the quad behind the m/h, but the principle is sound.

    For shopping, there are also cargo racks & back boxes to fit directly onto the quad for load carrying - or sheep dog carrying, or even sheep for that matter.
     
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    This was my first quad and trailer set up.

    Little quad and trailer 023.jpg Little quad and trailer 020.jpg Little quad and trailer 027.jpg

    This is the quad and A frame I use ATM.

    new quad etc. 003.jpg new quad etc. 021.jpg new quad etc. 012.jpg

    Down sides to using A frame, quad gets full of road grime, PITA to reverse if not straight back.

    I will add more info on the quad etc later if interested.
     
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    Hmmmm, I like the idea of a quad in a trailer but I think I would make a frame for a cover, bit like a 'tilt' on an HGV, comes completely apart to unload. We've been in Jocklandshire for two and a half weeks, only had rain for a couple of afternoons while on the move and the back of our MoHo is ready for planting spuds it's that dirty. :eek:
     
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    I have a fitted cover for it:D, but do not have any pictures, except the last picture shows the cover hanging on the motorhome wing mirror (y)
     
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    All other discussions aside Karl, my advise would be avoid the Venom.. If you are serious about a quad go for something that has a decent reputation and one that spares are readily available for.

    The Yamaha Raptor ( great bike ! ) or the various Quadzillas' are about your best bet. Both are available with a 250cc engine
     
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