Long distance trailering?


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Long distance trailering?

Post by offcenter » Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:26 am



A friend is contemplating trailering his GL 1800 behind his car, across the US.
He mentioned putting a bike cover on it to keep it clean.
My thought is that the cover will scuff the paint and windshield from the constant flapping in the wind.
(I wonder if the cover would even survive the trip!)
Has anyone here trailered a Wing like this?
Did you cover it? How did you keep it clean during the trip?
If you covered it, what kind of cover did you use?
Discuss?
Thanks guys.


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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by tfdeputydawg » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:43 am

Absolutely DO NOT use a cover on an open trailer, you will ruin the paint.
No way to keep it clean on an open trailer.
With the concerns your friend has, he should use an enclosed trailer
Don't know of many cars that could pull a trailer anymore????
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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by Viking » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:45 am

Plus one on deputydawg's thoughts. I totally agree. Tow it in an enclosed trailer. A GL1800 will just fit in a 5 X 8 V nose trailer, but not in a 5 X 8 that is not V nose. That is the smallest trailer you can do the job with. Better would be a 6 X 10. Always put a front wheel chock in and then stabilize the rear wheel as well. These bikes do not do well if they are towed lying down.
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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:45 am

All the wind flapping would likely shred the cover, too.

I bet you could cover the windshield and front of the bike with kitchen "Cling Wrap", pull the wrap off and the bugs come with it....
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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by Joe in SD » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:13 am

I’be trailered bikes from South Dakota to Virginia and back a couple of times. Open trailer with no cover. Front chock and rear tire strapped to the sides are a must. As well as straps to keep them upright. I had no problem other than a few bugs on the windshield. Ride safe. Joe

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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by Ghostman » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:47 am

There was a couple some years ago on the forums,cant remember if it was this one or another. They trailered a gl1500 home with a cover and the cover basically beat the bike up. From the wind whipping it around it scratched and beat up the paint and finish on the bike. Ive trailered one on an open trailer and looked at it with the opinion like its no different then riding it . The only difference I found is if you go through rain it gets a little more dirty being behind the tow vehicle.

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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:27 pm

Joe in SD wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:13 am
I’be trailered bikes from South Dakota to Virginia and back a couple of times. Open trailer with no cover. Front chock and rear tire strapped to the sides are a must. As well as straps to keep them upright. I had no problem other than a few bugs on the windshield. Ride safe. Joe
I do the same, wash bugs off the windscreen when I get there.

Planning just such a trip from Okieland to Dayton, OH come April to spend a couple weeks with my son.
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Re: Long distance trailering?

Post by offcenter » Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:38 am

Thanks guys. I've passed your responses on to my buddy.
He's got the idea now. No cover.


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