Trailering


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Trailering

Postby bohdan » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:29 am



I would be the last to trailer a bike. However, since the wife got a trike, and the Midwest is great for riding, it may prove to be a good idea to utilize the time to get there by trailering bikes. My questions is what size and kind of trailer would be recommended to trailer a Roadsmith Trike and a standard Wing? We have a pull behind trailer but I know that is out of the question or else I would need a semi. Mighty Obliged.



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Re: Trailering

Postby themainviking » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:19 am

You would need a trailer at least 7.5 wide and 12 long, so you could load the trike backwards and the bike forwards. It is not so much the trailer that needs to be heavy duty, although it would have to have a load rating of about 3000 pounds carrying capacity at a bare minimum, to be safe (preferably with tandem axles). You would need a decent tow vehicle for this, so probably a large SUV or a pickup truck. A Honda Civic just would not do. If it was me, I would just ride them, and perhaps tow a cargo or tent trailer behind the trike. That way, your ride adventure begins when you leave your house. The foregoing is worth what you paid for it - :lol:

If the trailer was wider (ie: 8 ft) and could be loaded from the side, you could forego some length. If you wished to also take your pull behind on a trailer, you would need to have perhaps 18 feet of trailer length. Now you would be getting into a 3/4 to 1 ton truck to haul it all.

I have a 34' toy hauler which has a garage separated from the living space (walled off). The garage is 7.5 by 12 inside, and can haul a trike and a bike, or three bikes. I pull it with a diesel powered 1 ton pickup truck. With bikes aboard, it weighs between 10 and 12 thousand pounds.
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Re: Trailering

Postby artgrantz » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:18 pm

I agree with Viking, ride the bikes and enjoy the extra time in the saddle. You really won't save much time by trailering and riding a bike is much more fun than pulling a trailer. You'll save money too.
Whatever you decide I hope you have a fun trip.

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Re: Trailering

Postby bohdan » Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:16 am

Thanks for the tips. I agree. Ride them like you stole it. With time constraints and extra stuff to take, it may be the only way to go. Mighty obliged.




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