Can I Tow My Trike


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okie2ee
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Can I Tow My Trike

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Does anyone know if you can tow the bike with the drive shaft rotating while it is being towed..............or does the drive shaft have to be disconnected in order to prevent any internal damage.........I'm looking at building a tow dolly for my trike........thanks



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Re: Can I Tow My Trike

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Disconnect drive shaft if towing more than a very short distance. No lube to the spinning output shaft in the tranny if the engine isn't turning the oil pump.
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Re: Can I Tow My Trike

Post by RockportDave »

I would definitely use a trailer. I prefer enclosed.
We have a 14’ dual axle with a ramp door in back that pulls good with the 1/2 ton truck and the bike fits good in it. I believe a trike would fit well in it also.


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Re: Can I Tow My Trike

Post by bluthundr31 »

"Icksnay on the ollyday" , , , , Drive shaft/tranny doesn't do well without that engine oil pump working. Definitely trailer it, , enclosed is best but flat-bed is OK too. Hmmm, , , I wonder if it'd fit in a toy-hauler like AZGL1800 (John) has, , , That might be too much weight behind the axles tho, , , ,
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Re: Can I Tow My Trike

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Probably a lot easier to pull driveshaft on a trike, though... He (OP) did mention that...
♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
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Re: Can I Tow My Trike

Post by okie2ee »

Thanks for the responses...............that is what I was looking for.........information about the drive shaft and the transmission and how it would be affected............I will definitely disconnect the drive shaft prior to towing........thanks again



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