Getting ready to move in a month or so, and here's the situation: My wife has to leave first in her Honda CR-V with the dog and the things she needs to start her new job. I will follow a week and a half later with a U-Haul and all of our other belongings. Between the two of us we only have that Honda and I have the bike, for which she is not licensed nor trained.
Neither of us have ever towed anything in a trailer ever, and I love my wife but I don't think she can handle the bike on the back of her Honda (more to the point, I doubt the Honda can handle it). However, at the same time I don't exactly trust myself with a fully loaded U-Haul on an 800 mile move (DC to central IL, and I'm particularly spooked about 1. DC traffic and 2. crossing the mountains) to be my first time towing my baby.
So, in the big picture I see 2 options because I AINT selling this bike. First is brave the U-Haul and trailer combo for a single trip and just white-knuckle it through the mountains I guess. Not thrilled with that for the above stated reasons.
The other, more comfortable alternative in my mind is to park the bike at a friend's place while I take the U-Haul to IL (a trip I have done before). When I get there, I unload the truck, rest for a day, then hop on a train back east with my gear. There, my friend picks me up and I start leg 2 touring the 800 miles home over a few days just to take it easy.
By car, road trip style, my best time straight through on this route was 12 1/2 hours. With the U-Haul there will need to be an overnight stop. I've never taken this bike quite that far before, but I'm betting I'll need to stop and rest up on the bike too. That makes option 2 probably a week-long process, but one heck of an adventure in my book! The only cross-country riding I've done on this bike was from DC to Atlantic City and back, but I just feel more comfortable in the saddle than with the bike in tow. I know this bike isn't exactly purpose built for long-distance cruises like this one and I'll probably walk funny for a week, but I think I can make it happen.
So, which one do I do??? Are my fears of towing unfounded?
If I trailer the bike, who can give me pointers on how not to catastrophically screw it up and wind up in a mountain ditch? The thoughts of that trailer bouncing around or swinging back and forth on a mountain road or in DC traffic scare the bejeezus out of me.