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Old 09-16-2020, 05:30 AM   #1
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Dual purpose dolly - car/motorcycle

Has anyone seen or does anyone have a car tow dolly designed or modified to carry a motorcycle OR a car? I am talking about one at a time, not both together. I envision the motorcycle lengthwise in the center of the dolly with the front wheel in a chock mounted on the tongue and the rear wheel in a channel attached to the dolly frame and extending rearward, like in the attached photo. The motorcycle could be positioned fore or aft in the channel to provide the correct amount of tongue weight and the rest of the weight would be on the dolly.
I was surprised my Google search only turned up one photo of a similar setup with no info. I am thinking it would not be too hard to fabricate something like that myself but would like to hear what others think first or maybe from someone who has already done it.
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Tow dollys don't have suspension, that's why cars are strapped down by the tires.

The cars suspension absorbs the minor defects of today's highways.

If you have ever towed an empty dolly, it bounces around like a basketball, unless you deflate the tires to about 15 PSI. At that pressure, they don't recommend towing more then 200 miles.

I think your motorcycle is going to take a beating.
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Good point Twinboat, thanks. That being said, if I only anchor down the wheels then the motorcycle suspension would remain active just like a carís front suspension would if it was on the dolly.
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It could work, but just tieing down the wheels may stress them, side to side.
A few straps straight out the side could help.
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Tow dollys don't have suspension, that's why cars are strapped down by the tires.

The cars suspension absorbs the minor defects of today's highways.

If you have ever towed an empty dolly, it bounces around like a basketball, unless you deflate the tires to about 15 PSI. At that pressure, they don't recommend towing more then 200 miles.

I think your motorcycle is going to take a beating.
I agree with twinboat if you ever saw an empty dolly even with the tires @ 10 lbs they still bounce like crazy.
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It would probably be a rough ride for the bike, I agree. I have a Harley touring bike weighing 900+ lbs. Maybe a smaller lighter bike would work.
Has anyone ever seen a tow dolly with a spring or torsion suspension of some kind? I guess that would almost make it a trailer. I don't tow the bike very much and I'm trying to keep it simple.
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It can work. A friend secured a channel with front tire basket to a car dolly 20 years ago. He hauled it to Sturges one year and to Daytona another. After he loaded it, he weighed it and lowered the tire pressures down to get closer to the amount needed for the load. On the first trip, he checked the tire temps several times to be certain they weren't too low. Both trips went fine without incident except his Harley was stolen off the street in Daytona. Came back empty
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It would probably be a rough ride for the bike, I agree. I have a Harley touring bike weighing 900+ lbs. Maybe a smaller lighter bike would work.
Has anyone ever seen a tow dolly with a spring or torsion suspension of some kind? I guess that would almost make it a trailer. I don't tow the bike very much and I'm trying to keep it simple.
Yes I have. I used one with torsion suspension several times although I can't say it made a lot of difference empty. I believe when it was loaded it bottomed out the suspension so it rode like one with no suspension. I have no idea what brand it was.
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