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Old 12-12-2011, 10:03 AM
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Towing behind an RV ?

Has anyone tried this to take your K1200RS with you behind an RV.

http://www.abiketow.com/details.html

Drive shaft disconnect ?

Just tow in neutral ?

Forget this and use a trailer ?
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:15 AM
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Man our tires last so little... I wouldn't wanna do that!

And the flattening out ... It would be square !!!

Go for a trailer.

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Old 12-12-2011, 10:56 AM
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

I wouldn't want to tow any motorcycle with that thing very far, no more than a few miles at best. Looks great for keeping in the garage for an emergency or to help a buddy out however.

Look at the feature list, it even says "The BikeTow™ costs thousands less than most trailers and requires no registration. It’s the perfect choice for emergencies and any time you want to take your bike with you!"
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

I would do that - no problem. On the K/RS and K/S you can tie the front fork without having the suspension playing a part - so, if your towing equipment on your RV is good I don't see any problems.

As for squaring the rear tire: that squares (under normal circumstances) because of the power while riding. The rear tire is rotating a little faster than the frontwheel - depending on wind resistance and speed. Towing the bike should mean there's virtually no wear on the tire.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Trailer for me a multi platform of usage
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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As for squaring the rear tire: that squares (under normal circumstances) because of the power while riding.
...and the braking. I think engine braking accounts for a good portion of rear tire wear. In this scenario, though, I'd be more concerned about bearing wear. RV travel usually means lots of miles. The bearings in the rear drive and paralever joints will be feeling those miles. You could always have a setup like I saw last week: RV towing a full-size pickup and in the bed of the truck was... you guessed it--a Goldwing.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

I vote trailer, even thought they are a pain-in-the-rear to pull and back behind an RV.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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......http://www.abiketow.com/details.html.....Forget this and use a trailer ?
What a moronic idea. Let's not discuss stability, centripetal force, gravity or thrust.

Trailer is the best way.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Perhaps you can use this as some sort of speed booster on the host vehicle. A powered fifth wheel.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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What a moronic idea. Let's not discuss stability, centripetal force, gravity or thrust.

Trailer is the best way.

Moronic ideas are what I do best....lol. You should see some of my posts on this forum.... Ah... let me see ...I rode with a 12v heater mounted in my jacket one winter..toasty. Ah...well you get the idea...lol.

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Use a trailer! a good one can be had for less than $!000 or do as I do, haul in bed of small pickup and attempt to keep wife happy.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Trailer for sure...like he said, not that expensive, saves tires and gives you a sense of security. you can get trailer tires at wal-mart a lot cheaper than replacing the rear on your bike, when you didn't get to enjoy the ride.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Trailer.
For several reasons.

The bike will sit behind the towing vehicle and pick up dirt.

The gearbox gets its oil from the engine. What happens to the lubrication when the engine is not running? Frankly, I don't know, and it's expensive to learn the hard way.

The whole thing looks way too flimsy.

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I would choose a trailer.
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...I rode with a 12v heater mounted in my jacket one winter..toasty.....
That's a good idea!!
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

NO WAY !!!!

We were on our way to Daytona one year and followed one of those contraptions for MILES in amazement !!! It was ugly .........

Every bump on the road that poor Harley was air-born ! I'm not sure what was left when it got 1500 miles south .
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Well I think the majority wins out on this idea !

I have a Croft Tow Dolly that I have been using to transport two motorcycles at a time behind my Chev Z71 , that causes no problems.

I will need to modify it so the 'Special K' can ride in the center and be balanced, but that is not a big deal.

I was interested in the tongue carrier for the convenience of not having to mess with a trailer once we park the RV .

Thank you everyone for the input !
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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That's a good idea!!


Well not really a good idea....lol. I burned one of my zippers lol....in the jacket.

Now I ride with heated jacket, pants, and gloves. Separate controllers make it nice !

Installed GT heated seat on the 'Special K' along with heated grips.....

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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

Speaking of "towing", on his trip across Canada a couple of years ago, my son took a photo of a Gold Wing they were passing.

There were 2 color-coordinated people on a color-coordinated Gold Wing...... TOWING WHAT LOOKED LIKE A MUSTANG!!! On the highway! Really! They had some kind of towbar on the Gold Wing that was attached to the front of the Mustang. I wouldn't have believed it if he hadn't shown me the photo!
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Probably something like this sort of strangeness:
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Speaking of "towing", on his trip across Canada a couple of years ago, my son took a photo of a Gold Wing they were passing.

There were 2 color-coordinated people on a color-coordinated Gold Wing...... TOWING WHAT LOOKED LIKE A MUSTANG!!! On the highway! Really! They had some kind of towbar on the Gold Wing that was attached to the front of the Mustang. I wouldn't have believed it if he hadn't shown me the photo!
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I installed an "overbilt lift" on my motorhome and use it to carry my K. I also tow a Honda CRV behind that.

http://www.overbiltlifts.com/elift.html
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Why? The gas you save will pay for Hotels and then some.
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Now you could always use a trailer on top of another trailer - see the attached example...
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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NO WAY !!!!

We were on our way to Daytona one year and followed one of those contraptions for MILES in amazement !!! It was ugly .........

Every bump on the road that poor Harley was air-born ! I'm not sure what was left when it got 1500 miles south .

If true, this would be the only relevant objection to this type of device. As it's a description first hand account / observation. Most of the rest is just talking out of their tail-pipe without research or qualified experience.

If our transmission requires the engine to be on to lubricate it, then it puts this thing off the list of options.

The idea is great - easy on, easy off ... take a quick ride, and so forth.

Alternatively, a small croft dolly chosen may be just as easier, since it will allow for reversing where as this fix hitch would make reversing extremely unpractical. Even their own site states so. So for those reasons alone, a dolly would be a better option for longer trips.
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Re: Towing behind an RV ?

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Has anyone tried this to take your K1200RS with you behind an RV.

http://www.abiketow.com/details.html

Drive shaft disconnect ?

Just tow in neutral ?

Forget this and use a trailer ?
Personally, I'd either use a traditional trailer or one of these type units.

http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hitc...e_Carrier.aspx

Google: motorcycle cargo hitch carrier

for options.
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