Trailer for motorcycle. Help or advice please.

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  1. StefAndDi

    StefAndDi

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    Hi Funsters,
    My original plan was that when I get my new motorhome in the Spring I would tow my little Volkswagen Up! on a trailer.
    That idea has now been knocked on the head, for various reasons but the main one being the question of trailer storage, both on-site and when at home.
    I have looked into cycles, both traditional and electric, but I am now thinking that a good solution for me would be a motorcycle or scooter. (I do have a licence). Although my new Hymer has a large garage I would prefer not to carry the motorcycle in that way. I want to keep the space in the garage for essentials like wine and beer.
    My Hymer will have a draw bar so I'm thinking about a motorcycle trailer. A traditional one, not one of these very short ones where the bike is carried in a transverse way.
    Can anybody give me any advice or useful tips? Are you able to recommend any particular manufacturers? I emphasise, I am not buying to a price; my main consideration is quality.
    If you are interested, the particular motorcycle which has caught my eye is the Honda NSS Forza which is 279cc and weighs in at 194Kg.
    Many thanks, in anticipation. Stef.
     
  2. gillnphil

    gillnphil Funster

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    Use a 125cc and put it in the garage away from prying eyes. We use a SYM jet 4, brilliant little scooter, weighs 102 KGs and I can push it up the ramp backwards ( thats the bike, not me). Last M/H was a Hymer and went in the garage a treat.
    Phil
     
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  3. Serendipitous

    Serendipitous Funster

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    Got a Kontiki 679 and fit a honda PCX in the garage without too much trouble.
     
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  4. MikeD

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    I have a easylifter and so far it works a treat with my Vespa 300 gts. A friend has one also and runs a Honds 400 on it. He has been all over Europe and swears by it.

    You will see various positive and negative reports when you do a search but I have found the company helpful and the product great. (y)
     
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    My advice would be go for a lighter scooter and a chassis mounted rack. For instance, the Vespa GTS 300 is about 150kg. The rear axle weight may need up-plating though via air assisted suspension and different tyres with higher weight limit.
    If you really want a Forza then Motolug do a simple trailer than assembles using clips and pins so storage would not be a problem. It is not
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    I did investigate cheap 'n' cheerful Chinese 125 bike at under 100Kg and cheap, they were on ebay, said they sold a lot to motorhomers.
     
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    Yes I needed air suspension to stop the motorhome dragging its back end. But that was before the Easylifter was fitted.

    Beauty of the system is around 80% of the lifter and bike are carried by the trolley wheels so a minimum is transferred to the rear axle.

    Also no problems with reversing (y)
     
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  9. Rob e Lee

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    I'll second that (y)(y)

    Rob
     
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    I used to use a Erde PM310 single motorcycle trailer, they tow really well and easy to load.
     
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  11. John745

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    I have an easylifter and as MikeD said I really like it and have done thousands of miles with it on the back and intend to use it into the future.

    Points you may want to consider:-
    In Garage - weight limit of M/H gross.
    keeps bike clean.
    Loading is quite quick.
    no extra charges for trailer on ferry/chunnel.

    Trailer - Extra cost for ferry/chunnel @£100.
    Bike is usually not insured whilst on the trailer.
    Reversing can be great fun.
    lower speed limits (if it applies to your driving style)

    Easylifter - you pay for the extra metreage for ferry/chunnel @£20.
    Easy to load.
    Takes the weight on its wheels not M/H.
    Reversing is dead easy as it follows the M/H no jack knifing.

    Hope some of this helps your decision making.
     
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    Does'nt the "Bike is usually not insured whilst on the trailer" still apply to the Easilifter?
     
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    don't know that's a discussion to be had with your insurance company, as the Easylidter is bolted to the M/H , it forms part of the M/H. ?
     
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    Hi Stef. I am selling my Scooter /Motorcycle trailer. It is the self steering castor type and is totally easy to use. I carried a Suzuki Burgman 400 ( 230 kilos) for over 3000 miles and you don't know it is on the back. If you are interested please PM me and I will ring you. You can check it out with the manufacturer at www.easilifter.co.uk
    It is just over a year old and is in mint condition throughout. My reason for selling is that we have changed motorhomes so no longer need it.
     
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    Thanks, Wiljoy. P.M sent.
     
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    I'm using a RoRo trailer, upgraded it last summer to allow ride on ride off, winch lift/lower and stores on its side. Great for bigger bikes, and no extra weight on the rear of the MH, don't forget all carried weight is loading margin.
     
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    canna beat the RoRo trailers.. I have had just about every type of motorcycle moving device you can think of and the RoRo was about 10 times better than anything else..
     
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    Put the bike on a roof rack. That gives you greater choice of options :)
     
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    On my long trips the staff bungee my bike to the space capsule :)
     
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    I use one of these,flat loading and folds in half for storage,you can stand it up on its side at the back of your garage if you have one,pic with my HD and one with my Triumph. 564458_10151179276907435_1141679910_n.jpg IMG_0253.JPG
     
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