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post #1 of 8 Old Apr 15th, 2008, 11:25 am Thread Starter
 
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Trailer Towing a K1200lt

I am attempting to locate a bracket for the K1200lt that will enable it to be towed on a trailer or truck. I was wondering if any of you have run on to any of these systems. Or if anyone has any good ways to tie these machines down, please let me know. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old Apr 15th, 2008, 11:50 am
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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

Nick's BMW (Wisconsin) offers something called a StrongBack which attaches to the frame under the rider seat in front of the passenger seat. It has straps extending from both sides which will allow the rear to be tied down while clearing all the body work and rear foot pegs.

I just used mine for the first time last weekend, and it works perfectly. It is beautifully machined to match the angles of the frame tubing, and the bike is as steady as a rock with this and the chock I use in the front.

Talk to Jim Eng there about it. I highly recommend it.

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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

Found a webpage with pics of the StrongBack. Looks very interesting.

http://home.new.rr.com/strongback/

http://home.new.rr.com/strongback/IT...s/page0001.htm

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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

Joe,

Can I asked how much you had to pay for the Strongback?

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post #5 of 8 Old Apr 15th, 2008, 12:42 pm
 
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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

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HitchDoc makes a variety of trailer hitches. They are great as I have one to tow my trailer. My trailer is a For Bro trailer and I know they are made in the States, You can check them out on their web site. I hope this helps.
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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

Bike Grab is another option

http://www.standsecure.com/ssgrabgallery.htm


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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

I have two soft ties attached to the upper frame under the passenger seat. They come out and hang in the indented part of the side case doors (like where the coolant and brake res windows are) When in use they do not rub any of the painted parts.

They are there all the time incase I need to trailer it. I've used them a couple of times along with soft ties on the front forks. Also came in handy the one time I had to call a tow truck (throttle cable broke). They work beautifully and cost about $16.00. I change them out every couple of years in case they start to get old.

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Re: Trailer Towing a K1200lt

The StrongBack was almost $300, including shipping. Yes, that's expensive but no worries about losing the bike makes it worth it to me.

I've tried soft ties on the upper frame too but didn't get them to work out well with my trailer tie down point configurations. I do carry ties in the side cases and could do that in emergency.

I've also tried the recommended tie point of the subframe under the sidecases but it's hard for me to get to and the tubing looks too light to me there.

I'm planning to tow the bike one way from Texas to California this summer and ride home from there, so I'll get my use from it. It will be one of those rides of a lifetime for me.

I'd rather not tow it at all, but this summer I'll be driving with my wife and college age daughter. They're going to shop all the way home and I'm going to do some long riding

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