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Old 08-13-2017, 10:45 AM   #1
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Bikes, bikes and oh, bikes!

I've been riding something with a motor and two wheels MOST of my life. The only thing I've done longer is breathing. With just about 50 years in the saddle and most of the continental United States and five countries covered, I consider myself well versed on the subject. I love all kinds of bikes and all kinds of motorcycle sports. I have two bikes in the garage now. A 2007 Electraglide and a 2003 Yamaha midnight RoadStar. I'm hoping to add a new Indian to replace my 10 yr old Harley as my daily driver. I don't want to sell the Harley, I just want to "put it out to pasture" so to speak. Give it a nice easy semi retirement. Like the road star it shares the garage with now. I always thought of camping as a way to stay in the area of cool places to ride longer. At almost 60 I still tent camp and just finished a 2000 mile solo motorcycle/camping trip through the north east including Ontario. I had a blast and I'm ready to do it again. The camper thing is a concession on my part for my Mrs. She loves the bike, not the tent! Sooooo, a trailer shopping we will go!Click image for larger version

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Going to take the bikes with you ....a Toy Hauler either travel trailer or 5th wheel

And a big truck


OR get a motorcycle trailer (camping one)
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Old 08-15-2017, 04:10 PM   #3
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Here's the plan

While my present tow vehicle will be my 2011 Ford Flex and I already have a two bike drop tail trailer, we'll be looking for a small camper I can also tow with the Flex. I'm retired so I can go whenever I like. First I'll drag the camping trailer some place cool, set it up during the week (a couple hundred miles from home or so) then go home and ride the bike out with the Mrs. Or drag it out on the bike trailer. If we go out any further than that (and I'm sure we will) I'll just rent a scoot for a few days. I've rented bikes all over the world. It's convenient, easy and a great way to ride a variety of different bikes. We rented this bike on a six state two week ride out west. The best part is, all you gotta do is bring them back full. You don't even have to wash them and the best part of all that is, my bikes still at home, no worse for the wear!
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Going to take the bikes with you ....a Toy Hauler either travel trailer or 5th wheel

And a big truck


OR get a motorcycle trailer (camping one)
Well we settled on a 2015 Ford F-250 and a new 2018 Grand Design 2670MK. I think I can still take one of the bikes to!
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:50 AM   #5
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Very nice set up...

We opted for the Kendon 2-bike trailer, in case we want to invite friends..

Here is a pic of the bike on the back of the Rig...

We, and another couple, pick our vacations around sites we want to see, and can explore riding the bike.. We have been to the Smokey Mountain Area (Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Nantahala area), Kentucky for the Bourbon Trail, UP of Michigan (Pictured Rock, Sault Ste Marie, Tunnel of Tree's, Mackinaw City) and of course, Sturgis. We're currently planning our trip to the Yellowstone area...

We truly feel blessed that we can merge two of our passions together so seamlessly.. As my GF is found of saying; "The more you own, the more it owns you".. and we feel the bike and RV area perfect balance of the two things we enjoy most.. and hanging out with good friends, which can be accomplished by both..

Good luck to you on your adventure !!!
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Old 10-26-2017, 05:13 AM   #6
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That trailer looks lost behind that rig, lol. I like the kendon trailers. I used them for years. A couple guys I ride with own them and let me borrow them when I needed. After I moved south I bought a drop tail two bike trailer that I pull with a Ford Flex. The only thing the drop tail has over the Kendon is the back half of the trailer dips making it a truly drive on trailer. I can load it and unload it myself. Other than that, the Kendon is a better trailer in almost every way.
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Old 10-26-2017, 06:57 AM   #7
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It really is a nice trailer.. it rides behind the RV like a dream.. obviously the rig doesn't even know it's there...

and yeah... the loading/unloading is a bit tricky.. but I've gotten enough experience under my belt that I can pretty much do it myself.. my GF is usually there to help as an extra pair of hands, just-in-case... my only real problem from time to time is getting it out of the wheel chock.. depending on the angle, it's a bit of a b%&ch to get it rolling back..

Being here in Wisconsin.. and still being a working stiff... we like the ability to store it in the garage and not taking up an entire parking spot.. again, especially during the WI winters we want both cars in the garage...
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I gotta see if I have a pic of the trailer in the down position
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It folds like a Kendon but it's way heavier. It rides ok empty though and you can stand it up to store it but you WILL need help, LOL. i keep it in the yard between some shrubs with a camo cover on it. So far so good with the HOA storm troopers.LOL
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I am in a similar situation. I have two harleys, an ultra classic and a wide glide. at 70 years young, I still like to ride and tent camp but the wife and I have owned up to the fact that those days are winding down and we bought a travel trailer earlier this year. we started out looking for a toy hauler to throw one of the bikes in the back of but most of them were just not finished out very nice and adding the ultra in the back would be another 900# to haul so we ended up with a freedom express 24rks. we like to ride from dfw to durango, co. every year and spend a few days riding all those scenic highways but now we will probably trailer up there and rent a bike.
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Renting is an awesome alternative. We did a two week ride through WY,MT,SD,COL, and Idaho. Eagle rider picked us up at the hotel. We had our gear packed in our saddlebag liners and tour pack bags already. We rented basically what we ride so the transition was smooth. We've done this twice in WY, and twice in AZ. Bring the bike back gassed up and they give you a ride back to the hotel. Some hotels have shuttles but we did have to get a driver for at least one trip but even that wasn't terrible.
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Old 10-26-2017, 07:31 AM   #13
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Oh, at 60 I still dig tent camping to having just finished a 2000 mile ride through Canada this summer.
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