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Old 03-13-2010, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Take wunna those prior to assembly (it's only 272 lbs) and load 'er up on yer bike for the trip home!





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Looks like it that bike would tow that trailer once it's all together as well, put some trailer brakes on it and you would be all set.
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Ultimately the wagon will pull the trailer with the bike on it!

4 x 8 bed, 1720 lbs capacity.

Ha Ha, the employees at the store I bought it from had a betting pool going on whether this would work or not! Went 30 miles down the freeway @ 45-55 mph. Was on reserve; saved 20 lbs weight on the bike with nearly empty tank.
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LMAO. Dude... Did you hit a Harbor Freight to get that?

I've been checking into building a trailer like that, but I think it will be cheaper to just buy one, because of having to get custom title and registration for the trailer.

Are you back "home" home, or still "visiting"?

Ya know, my GL1000 has a hitch bar on it... I could take some pics to show you how it's on there, if you'd be interested in seeing it, to maybe make one for yourself?
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Frank -

With this you could have the ultimate redundancy. You could have a "spare bike" on the trailer. First bike goes out, swap 'em and keep going, .

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With this you could have the ultimate redundancy. You could have a "spare bike" on the trailer. First bike goes out, swap 'em and keep going, .

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Get 35 MPG towing the trailer w/ a bike on it, and when the lead bike dies, get 35 MPG towing it home? LOL.

Those 1000/1200's aren't known for fuel economy, from what I've read about them (anecdotal). I'm sure Frank's doing much better than average, though.
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That would be funny to see: the Wing pulling the Sable on the trailer! I know the Japanese have Gold Wing car wrecker units; someone posted that up here recently too.

Ryland and Carlos: no plan to put a hitch on the bike... but you never know...

Sadly, I'm only getting average fe with the Honda. The tires and suspension are over-inflated, the carbs' idle jets leaned and idle speed minimized, stereo removed, brakes serviced so no excess drag, etc., but so far ave fe is 32.22 and I hear 32 is average for these. Oftentimes I'm sitting there idling in Cali traffic; if I know the light is real long I'll shut down, and on occasion going down a mountain I'll EOffC, but it doesn't seem to help much. I think it needs a taller top gear, drum brakes or caliper retractors, EFI would really be nice, and of course sleeker bodywork, none of which is likely to happen. Well, maybe the brake mod. Maybe a rejet too after I look at the plugs.

The bike handled the weight fairly well although that heavy weight, that high up sure made itself known at stops. Strong wind tried to throw it around today too. I scooted forward as far as my gangly legs would allow, and laid down on the "tank" to get my weight forward as much as possible and to remove myself from the airstream.

And... the urgency of it. I did hit Harbor Freight for their awesome outdoor sale; 1720 lb trailer reduced to $349, then I found a 20% off coupon so it still ended up about $349 with taxes and ****. Same here- I didn't think I could build my own for that money, especially out here with none of my tools, junk stash, connections, and known places to scavenge. I'd been hunting on Craigslist for some time and the USED and icky homebuilt stuff only started at $500 and went up from there!

Ha Ha, remember I said "outdoor sale"? See that dumpster full of tarps in the first pic? They had their inventory tarped up then tossed all the tarps when they opened. I grabbed two of 'em but could have had dozens.
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That would be funny to see: the Wing pulling the Sable on the trailer! I know the Japanese have Gold Wing car wrecker units; someone posted that up here recently too.

Sadly, I'm only getting average fe with the Honda. The tires and suspension are over-inflated, the carbs' idle jets leaned and idle speed minimized, stereo removed, brakes serviced so no excess drag, etc., but so far ave fe is 32.22 and I hear 32 is average for these. Oftentimes I'm sitting there idling in Cali traffic; if I know the light is real long I'll shut down, and on occasion going down a mountain I'll EOC, but it doesn't seem to help much. I think it needs a taller top gear, drum brakes or caliper retractors, EFI would really be nice, and of course sleeker bodywork, none of which is likely to happen. Well, maybe the brake mod. Maybe a rejet too after I look at the plugs.

The bike handled the weight fairly well although that heavy weight, that high up sure made itself known at stops. Strong wind tried to throw it around today too.

And... the urgency of it. I did hit Harbor Freight for their awesome outdoor sale; 1720 lb trailer reduced to $349, then I found a 20% off coupon so it still ended up about $349 with taxes and ****. Same here- I didn't think I could build my own for that money, especially out here with none of my tools, junk stash, connections, and known places to scavenge. I'd been hunting on Craigslist for some time and the USED and icky homebuilt stuff only started at $500 and went up from there!

Ha Ha, remember I said "outdoor sale"? See that dumpster full of tarps in the first pic? They had their inventory tarped up then tossed all the tarps when they opened. I grabbed two of 'em but could have had dozens.
I grabbed a hitch for my F150 tonite from a Tractor Supply retail store ($139.99 + 8%). Also grabbed a multi-ball receiver w/ a tow hook ($49.99 = 8%), which, after non-profit and employee discount (friends... ) ended up being nearly free. I ended up paying just over $150, which would cover the hitch and tax.

I don't get to HF too often, but I do order online from them.

I guess In PA (dunno about other places) you don't have to have a license for a trailer that is a self-contained generator unit. So what if it's only a 300W genny with a bunch of extra storage space?

You should go back if they still have those tarps... they fold up nicely, and they're easy to xport.

Did you get the Taurus while you're out there visiting?
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I think the nearest Harbor Freight to my home is 800 miles away. I'd only been to one once before. I think it's a good thing they're 800 miles away; if they were any closer I might be in there more often.
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Agreed. The nearest to me is about an hour drive, but I never go that way for much, so it's a "wasted trip".

In case you didn't notice the edit:

Did you buy that Taurus while visiting? I'm sure I remember you saying you flew from home to your location...

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