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Offline Jamaj

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Good day gents

Does anyone have any experience with this type of product for a mororbike and can recommend a brand/supplier with contacts?

Mines a XR650L so the lateral mounted option is not suitable.  Not considering a trailer yet owing to limited budget.

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They tow 1250GS's lateral, and they weight around 280-300kg.

650L will be easy peasy
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They tow 1250GS's lateral, and they weight around 280-300kg.

650L will be easy peasy
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many thanks for that, but sadly out of my price range.  I have other options I may have to persue.  Thanks again and to Flying Brick for the telephonic advice
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The real problem (not mentioned in the advertising blurb obviously) is that you have to take your chain off every time you tow, otherwise (from what I have heard 'back in the day' when guys tried similar home made solutions) is that the chain and sprockets get trashed in no time. Also if you have knobbies on your bike don't expect them to last too long.
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The real problem (not mentioned in the advertising blurb obviously) is that you have to take your chain off every time you tow, otherwise (from what I have heard 'back in the day' when guys tried similar home made solutions) is that the chain and sprockets get trashed in no time. Also if you have knobbies on your bike don't expect them to last too long.

Especially with the chain on, it causes drag.  It is a pain in the butt concept.

ping @BurpSa, he made his own lateral rack

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I was thinking of making a sled for the rear wheel, small frame with 2 wheels on each side that you strap the rear wheel on, and than place the front as you wanted.

No need for chain removal or wear on tyres or extra lights as you can see the bakkies
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The best idea I have seen is where you tow it backwards on the front wheel . It then  has a pivot at the hitch. 
 

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That will be easiest yes.
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Won't the front wheel tend to steer itself if you tow it backwards? Or does the bike need to lean to turn the steering?
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He mentioned a pivot at the hitch. That's the crucial part.
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ping @BurpSa, he made his own lateral rack

..... which works like an absolute charm if I may say so myself!
Not suited for small cars or 1400 bakkies though, at least not if the bike's bigger than a plastic.

Ride on & off alone with use of the ramp, strap the wheels with all-metal clamps, then use some straps to secure further until 'mooi vas'.
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I was thinking of making a sled for the rear wheel, small frame with 2 wheels on each side that you strap the rear wheel on, and than place the front as you wanted.

No need for chain removal or wear on tyres or extra lights as you can see the bakkies

That is called a trailer
 

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He mentioned a pivot at the hitch. That's the crucial part.

googled it - you need to tie the bars - that was the bit was bothering me -  a simple solution, though.
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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.
 

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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 guess for a short trip I would just zip tie the clutch lever to the bars. At least that would help a bit if it dropped into gear
 

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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 guess for a short trip I would just zip tie the clutch lever to the bars. At least that would help a bit if it dropped into gear


Good idea! :thumleft:
 

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