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hap2
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towing

Post by hap2 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:36 pm



How many lbs can a 1500 tow? (as in maximum trailer weight only...w/o considering the weight of the bike)



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Re: towing

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:34 pm

hap2 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:36 pm
How many lbs can a 1500 tow? (as in maximum trailer weight only...w/o considering the weight of the bike)
The answer is: it depends.

If you ask Honda, the answer is zero. You cannot tow anything with the Goldwing.

If you ask some people, they wouldn't tow more than a couple hundred pounds.

I have seen pictures of people towing a BOAT with a Goldwing. In Japan, they use Goldwings to tow broken-down cars off the highway.

My trailer is 325 lbs empty, probably closer to 400-425 lbs loaded. It's at the limit of what I feel safe towing without having brakes on the trailer, and in fact I'm planning to install some electric brakes on it.

So it's down to your skill and experience, and aversion to risk, really.

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Re: towing

Post by hap2 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:08 am

I agree. My trailer empty is maybe 100 lbs, full maybe 300. NO problem towing it, just gotta taker easy braking.

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Re: towing

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:47 pm

IF, you have NEVER pulled a trailer, then I suggest you start out with a very light one.

My daughter is a perfect example, she can drive straight ahead with a trailer, but has no clue where those trailer wheels are going to track around corners.

and backing it up? she gets out of the car and hollers "Hey dad! come help me please"

There are No Awards being handed out for backing up any trailer fast....
Slow and careful is the rule.
And if you have to pull forwards just a tad to correct for the backward track, do it.

My trailer empty is right at all I can lift off the ground on one side. I need to weigh it.
Loaded it is probably another 150 lbs or more.
I carry a spare battery, my tool kit, a spare alternator ( hey the other guy might need one )
lots of bungee cords to hold things down on top of the trailer,
duffel bag with clothing, spare jacket for off bike wear.
Food!!! don't leave home without it...

Ice, yup, ice in the ice chest to soak my Phase Change cooling vest....
For me, going on an overnight trip is not an easy thing to do.... I can't handle extreme temperatures anymore.
John
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daughter named her Big Bird :lol:
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Re: towing

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:09 pm

My camper empty is probably 350 lbs, probably getting close to 500lbs loaded. I have no trouble pulling it at 80mph fully loaded with either the 1100 or the 1500.

The 1100 avg about 30mpg two-up and fully loaded, on cross-country mix of interstate and 2 lane roads, the 1500 about 28mpg using cruise control under same conditions.


They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
(I stole this from somebody on another GW site...) :roll:

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