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post #1 of 12 Old Apr 17th, 2006, 8:51 am Thread Starter
 
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Smile You meet the nicest people on a Honda...

Okay, its Monday morning and I haven't had my first cup of coffee when I saw this:http://www.dumpalink.com/media/11438..._Car_Retriever

The rest of the week should be all down hill...

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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 17th, 2006, 9:26 am
 
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i wonder how it would do with something like a chevy suburban. can you imagine trying to tow one downhill with a stoplight at the bottom? errrgghhh.....
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Sounds like a great solution if you want to ride the bike on vacation and tow your car along so you can have it while at your destination!!!

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i wonder how it would do with something like a chevy suburban. can you imagine trying to tow one downhill with a stoplight at the bottom? errrgghhh.....
Apparently it's pretty easy to handle (within it's design limits of course). Found this blurb on the manufacture's web site:

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While towing, the patented Coming Through Force Control (CTFC) system effectively stabilises the motorcycle and the towed vehicle.

For the Retriever driver this means that he can safely tow cars without feeling side forces or pushing from behind. Regardless of a downhill or an uphill tow.
Sorta sounds like an automated braking system of some kind. Implication is weight, lateral loads and braking are all carried by the two retreiver wheels, not the bike.

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Sadly my local dealer informed me that if I was to hook up a tow trailer and the rear end failed that BMW would immediately void the warranty.
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Sadly my local dealer informed me that if I was to hook up a tow trailer and the rear end failed that BMW would immediately void the warranty.
to be fair, i'm pretty sure towing a car would also void a gold wing warranty!
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i wonder how it would do with something like a chevy suburban. can you imagine trying to tow one downhill with a stoplight at the bottom? errrgghhh.....
There is no such thing as a Suburban in most of Europe. Can you imagine a suburban type vehicle with $7-8/gallon of fuel?

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I bet it feels heavy when a car isn't in tow.....that's a whole lotta weight on the rear tire.

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You would want to remember to stay in the middle of the your lane - in all the cage droppings.

I do not want to try it, thanks.
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You meet the nicest people on a Honda...

from memory this was the honda saying from the 70's. like now days their saying is honda, the power of dreams
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There is no such thing as a Suburban in most of Europe. Can you imagine a suburban type vehicle with $7-8/gallon of fuel?
yeah, i know. i was being a smarta$$.

soon suburbans will be scarce here, too, methinks.
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Okay, its Monday morning and I haven't had my first cup of coffee when I saw this:http://www.dumpalink.com/media/11438..._Car_Retriever

The rest of the week should be all down hill...

Happy motoring!
I saw a car show segment on this once. The inventor said it was primarily designed to be able to quickly thread through back-ups in dense urban traffic (which conventional wreckers have difficulty getting through), and pull the disabled vehicle only as far as needed to clear the roadway asap. It looked easy to drive, loaded or not, but it ain't no Holmes 440

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