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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-30-2009, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Towing a Vulcan 750

Can anyone tell me if it is safe to tow a Vulcan VN750 using one of the receiver hitch type trailers that holds the front wheel off the ground while the bikes rolls on the rear wheel. The bike is obviously in neutral, but will this potentially cause a problem with the drive shaft? The manufacturer of the trailer states that it works well with chain drive bikes, but that some Asian bikes with drive shafts may experience problems. Can anyone speak to this issue?

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I would highly suggest finding something else. With the chain or belt drive bikes you can (somewhat easily) remove the chain or belt. Not so on a shaft drive.


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in neutral u should be fine whats wrong with the bike?? if its internal u can pull the front bevel case and remove the drive shaft but u will need a gasket or just right to seal that back up....



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A friend of mine tows his VTX(also shaft drive) with one when he takes it in for service and has to leave it over night. Fairly short distance though.

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Welcome to the forum pops.

I think shane has the right answer to towing the vn. As long as nothing in the driveline is broken, you SHOULD be ok to tow it a few miles at a moderate speed, to get it home or to be serviced.

I WOULD NOT tow it that way behind an RV for hundreds of miles, to use as a runabout while on holidays. JM2 cents worth.

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hey pops.

i towed my bike from boston, ma to austin, tx (about 2000 miles) with one of the hitches you're describing. if you're towing over that sort of distance, you'd definitely want to take out the drive shaft as the bevel gear is not being lubricated properly without the bike running (or so i was told). for shorter distances (<50 miles), i think you'd be fine leaving the driveshaft in there.

removing the driveshaft isn't much of a problem, but it will have to come out towards the front of the bike, which means removing the front bevel gear case.

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I almost bought one of those but then decided I couldn't justify putting all those miles on just the back tire without even riding the bike. I'm with the consensus here: a short trip is fine but after that you may want to borrow a buddy's full trailer.

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Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I was considering one of the "uni-trailers" to tow the bike for longer distances, but if I have to remove the drive shaft I don't think it woiuld be worth the hassle. And it's certainly not worth risking damage to the bike by leaving the drive shaft in and towing for longer distances. I'll stick with my oversize trailer if I want to haul the Vulcan on a long trip. Thanks again, and have a great weekend. Ride safe!

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I wonder does anyone make a little cradle type trailer that the rear tire rides in? Something similar to what a tow truck uses to support the rear axle if there is damage so the car can`t be towed in on 2 of it`s own tires.

If a guy is inventive, a bit of an expirimenter and can use a welder, he could build one, using 4 smaller style, trailer tires. I`m visualizing something with a footprint about 3 foot square and weighing perhaps 200 pounds. It is a lot smaller and lighter than a full size trailer, and easier on gas too. It takes up less storage space at home as well, for those so challenged.

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I wonder does anyone make a little cradle type trailer that the rear tire rides in? Something similar to what a tow truck uses to support the rear axle if there is damage so the car can`t be towed in on 2 of it`s own tires.

If a guy is inventive, a bit of an expirimenter and can use a welder, he could build one, using 4 smaller style, trailer tires. I`m visualizing something with a footprint about 3 foot square and weighing perhaps 200 pounds. It is a lot smaller and lighter than a full size trailer, and easier on gas too. It takes up less storage space at home as well, for those so challenged.
Might get into legal issue as to whether or not it is actually a trailer then.
Not sure if a state DOT would even allow something like that to be titled and registered if it were considered a trailer.
Might be different in the Great White North though?


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