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Offline Skeltonsc

I towed lots of bikes behind cars, with the front wheel in a channel, or wheel removed and forks bolted onto a welded-onto-the-towbar axle.

No serious drag from the chain, and minimal wear on the tyre too.

Problem is if your bike gets jolted into gear by chance, while doing 120......hence suggestions that you remove the chain.

I have one of these, was given it, but never had reason to use it yet. prefer riding my bike to the destination. But good to know I have the option
 

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I build one like these myself with 100mm x 25mm x 6mm channel. bolt onto towbar after removing bal. worked fine, just had to remove the chain. The side arms was used to fit the tie down straps.
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I'll just cable tie the clutch level, and oil the chain well.
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I'll just cable tie the clutch level, and oil the chain well.

With the bike in neutral and clutch cable tied it can work Im sure on certain bikes. Problem is where you have a pressurised lub system on the drive shaft. I towed my Dirt bikes, KLR, 950 & 990's plenty times over 400km + distances.
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I build one like these myself with 100mm x 25mm x 6mm channel. bolt onto towbar after removing bal. worked fine, just had to remove the chain. The side arms was used to fit the tie down straps.
I made the same thing for my VW bakkie and towed my DR500 to NAM  in 1988. Took the chain off the back sprocket and tied it to the left shock. Did not even know the bike was there it towed so nice.
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"Problem is where you have a pressurised lub system on the drive shaft"

Is that like GS'se and S10's with drive shafts?
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sorry should have explained better. output shaft from engine on which front sprocket is mounted. Not sure on a BMW or S10 what to do.
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sorry should have explained better. output shaft from engine on which front sprocket is mounted. Not sure if it is a BMW or S10.

even my Vstom had oil pressure at this output shaft, so this is a very valid point.
 

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just safer to remove the chain  :thumleft:
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Have a look at the   MOTOW  unit that the guy mounts the bike in reverse . Awesome design with a hinge to allow the bike to turn without tilting.  I will be making myself one very soon to tow the xr behind my little panelvan .