Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums - Reply to Topic
VN750 General Discussion

Thread: Towing the VN750 with the Cycle-Tow Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
06-23-2009 03:10 PM
99vulcan750 I'd get a 5x8 trailer.. only cost's $700-$800 and it can be used for anything, not just bikes..would pay off more int eh long run...
06-23-2009 02:50 PM
flitecontrol I've got a 2004 Tundra. My after market hitch is rated for a tongue weight of 600 lbs, so I'd be pushing it with that much weight. Not sure how the handling would be affected with that much weight past the bumper, but don't think it would be good.
06-23-2009 10:56 AM
Old Dog
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubyrick View Post
Looks so counter-intuitive. Don't think I would want the wear on the tires or the hubs, etc. Plus, swerving around with the bike in back like that looks too easy to harm the bike.
I would consider a motorcycle carrier that gets both wheels off the ground, like THIS ONE for about $300 shipped.
But if you have a pick up like they have in their ad, just get a folding ramp +/-$125...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
06-23-2009 10:29 AM
davewex
Quote:
Originally Posted by rckmtn View Post
Mama Kaw says no to towing with the wheels on the ground. As for the hitch mounted carrier be very careful. I was looking at one for my motorhome with a E450 chassis and was advised by Blue Ox that the weight at the length behind the axle would be to much. Hanging the bike in addition to the carriers weight off the rear end is a lot more strain than carrying weight over the axle. Make sure your crate can carry 500-600 lbs at the rear--check the owners manual and see what the max recommended tonque weight is for your vehicle. If it if not 600 lbs you are probably out of luck.
I agree...it's too much on the heavy-side for me to feel comfy about it, although my van is rated high enough to do it, I know it can make the vehicle ride pretty crappy without the load evened out on another axle. I'll stick with borrowing a proper trailer for now.
06-22-2009 11:36 PM
rubyrick
Quote:
Originally Posted by rckmtn View Post
...Hanging the bike in addition to the carriers weight off the rear end is a lot more strain than carrying weight over the axle. Make sure your crate can carry 500-600 lbs at the rear--check the owners manual and see what the max recommended tonque weight is for your vehicle. If it if not 600 lbs you are probably out of luck.
Very good point.
06-22-2009 11:06 PM
rckmtn Mama Kaw says no to towing with the wheels on the ground. As for the hitch mounted carrier be very careful. I was looking at one for my motorhome with a E450 chassis and was advised by Blue Ox that the weight at the length behind the axle would be to much. Hanging the bike in addition to the carriers weight off the rear end is a lot more strain than carrying weight over the axle. Make sure your crate can carry 500-600 lbs at the rear--check the owners manual and see what the max recommended tonque weight is for your vehicle. If it if not 600 lbs you are probably out of luck.
06-22-2009 07:34 PM
davewex
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubyrick View Post
I would consider a motorcycle carrier that gets both wheels off the ground, like THIS ONE for about $300 shipped.
Thanks for the link...i've been looking to find out more about this type of carrier too, but I've only seen scooters or mopeds on them.
I noticed an exclusion on their website, "Total hauling weight is calculated by adding the total weight of the motorcycle + 99 lbs (SMC-600R weight)" That puts the vn at the Max side of the capacity.

Thanks for the advice all! It doesn't look too safe for longer trips, the more I think about it.
06-22-2009 06:47 PM
rubyrick Looks so counter-intuitive. Don't think I would want the wear on the tires or the hubs, etc. Plus, swerving around with the bike in back like that looks too easy to harm the bike.

I would consider a motorcycle carrier that gets both wheels off the ground, like THIS ONE for about $300 shipped.
06-22-2009 04:52 PM
bullwinkle I know this has come up on here, I believe the general conclusion was that it was a bad idea for the shaft drives. It still heats up and breaks down the oil in the final drive. Not to mention the tire wear from the weight of the bike placed on the rear tire.
Some thought it would be OK for short runs in an emergency but rarely.
06-22-2009 04:46 PM
LibertyPilot I've never used one but that's because after lots and lots of research on ways to get my bike from point A to point B without riding it, I dismissed this one for 3 reason's:

1) The shaft drive issue you mentioned made it seem more cumbersome that its worth
2) The rear tire gets lots of wear, way more than the front, and I'm not riding her
3) For a couple hundred dollars more I could get a proper trailor.

JMHO...
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome