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Old 07-05-2014, 07:08 AM   #1
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Possible Novel Way to Tow both TOAD and Motorcycle

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I have come upon a novel way to tow my mc. One of my mc buddies has towed his bike several thousand miles with this setup without any issues? I am thinking of hooking my toad up to my mh with the mc in trail. What issues (mainly legal) do you think I would have to worry about? The pros are that there is no trailer to worry about when you get to your destination, and I would be able to have both my toad and mc with me. Additionally, I don't have the concerns of overloading my rear axle, and the total weight of the toad and mc fall way below my GCVWR. In essence the mc becomes one with the toad, and lighting of the mc is easily accomplished from the toad.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:22 AM   #2
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That might be considered triple towing. Here is a link to what states allow it Triple Towing: What You Need To Know Before You Pull 2 Trailers Behind A Car, Truck, Or RV | The Fun Times Guide to RVing Personally I think it would be kind of picky to stop you for triple towing with a MC as the last one but I guess it depends on the LEO.

There are lifts you can buy to attach to the rear of you MH but they are very pricey. I would love to take my HD along but then I would have to figure a way to bring DWs also
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I've been using the same system for now, behind our MH. I never bothered with running a wire for the MC's taillight, just figured it was close enough to the coach that the coach's taillights would suffice.
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I've been using the same system for now, behind our MH. I never bothered with running a wire for the MC's taillight, just figured it was close enough to the coach that the coach's taillights would suffice.
Are you saying, you use a hitch trailed mc setup right on the back of the coach? I would be kind of concerned with the rear swing on the mh over stressing the mc. The arm from the hitch to the rear wheels of the mh is pretty long compared to the arm on a SUV. Do you find this to be any issue for you?
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I just hope nobody puts the bike in gear while you are shopping.
Or do you check that every time it is left alone for a time?

And guess if it is pulled on a rain day. It will take a long time to get it cleaned.
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Way back when I used such a gizmo to tow a motorcycle cross country behind a car. Worked very well. As mentioned above this might be considered triple towing if on a toad behind a Motorhome and therefore not doable in some states.
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I used my own version of this in 1976 when I moved. I did remove the drive chain.
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Removing the drive chain seems like a very good idea, aside from saving wear, it the chain were to come off while being towed it could cause massive damage to motorcycle .


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The rear swing of the MH is a non issue. The front tire is secured in the "L" shaped Channel Steel bracket that's in the MH's receiver, with the rear tire on the ground and straps from the MH to the handle bars, this allows the forks to pivot as they would when you turn the bike.
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Removing the drive chain seems like a very good idea, aside from saving wear, it the chain were to come off while being towed it could cause massive damage to motorcycle .
Many of road bikes built over the last couple of decades now have a Belt or drive-shaft that would be very hard to remove.

Chains are used on mainly dirt/off road bikes.
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ugh... no way I would even consider using something so hokey, even in a parking lot.
Says nothing for the damage that will happen when your bike gets a blowout and gets drug at 60mph. Seen it happen here. I laughed.
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A motorcycle being towed in that way with final drive still connected is still spinning an awful lot of parts


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I used a similar thing for a dirt bike many years ago, still have it. It should be considered the same as an Idahotote, part of the vehicle. Of course as you can see there are many naysayers and worrywarts but I wouldn't be afraid to give it a try.
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I am about to order one of these to haul my Can Am ATV on behind our Jeep four door hooked to the MH:

Toy Hauler Trailers Truck Accessories Fifth Wheels Swivel Wheel Trailer

A fellow camper has one and we hooked it to our Jeep, loaded the ATV, and the Jeep only dropped 1/2 inch. My overall length goes from 4 feet over legal to 2 feet under. Before, we were pulling the Jeep with a 10 foot utility trailer hooked to it and the ATV on the trailer. Don't like that setup. I test drove the Jeep with the swivel trailer hooked up and it is amazing!
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