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Trailering the LT

Well I didn't think I'd ever do it but I'm trailering my LT to CCR. My wife and I can't do the long days on the bike to get to Oregon so I got a 6 x 12 Haulmark and put in a Condor chock with the 4 tie downs as described by several on this site.

So my question is there anything special I need to do while the bike is in the trailer for 2 to 3 days at a time? I figure at the end of the day I'd release most of the tension in the tie downs. But is there any thing else I need to watch for?

Thanks from the newbie trailererer,
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post #2 of 14 Old Aug 14th, 2013, 10:28 pm
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Re: Trailering the LT

For the first time we also trailered to CO from WI this month, so we have a car and bike for the month we are here. I picked up a Stinger trailer, and loaded it Tuesday, unloaded it Thursday night in CO, and didn't touch it in between. I can't think of what you would need to do-except sneak it off the trailer for a ride somewhere along the way!
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Re: Trailering the LT

Some of us have noted that with the pressure change when going to 12,000 feet and then lower, the rear drive might weep out gear oil from the vent from air pushing out a few drops of gear oil. Just stuff an old towel in that area to keep the trailer floor dry.

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Re: Trailering the LT

I trailered to my first 2 CCRs - as usual when I arrived people did not know what that was under my bike - just funnin around.

Some tips:
1. Make sure you load the bike going down hill - very little motor and clutching to load
2. Make sure you have a wide ramp at least 30" wide - ride the bike on with good foot support
3. Make sure the engine is warmed up and the servo brakes are working - no flashing lights
4. I always took off the front fender
5. I always undid the right side brake line hose block
6. I used tie straps that go around the front fork legs just above the cross brace




Do not tie anything on the handle bars
7. I use tie downs that have ratchets to go into the tie straps
8. Let some air out of your front tire as compressing the tire will help lock it down and give good resistance to the ratchet type tie downs
9. Go down the road a bit and check the front tie downs - 90% of the hold power on the bike is on the front tie downs!!
10. If you tie down in the manner your bike suspension will be active
11. You need very little tie down on the rear - just a slight pull straight down is good enough
12. Make sure you unload the bike going down hill - thus you only need to use brakes

As others mentioned when I towed to Breckenridge - rear oil weeped out of the top vent -
without the rear tire ever rotating - what a surprise but the dealer in Colorado says this
happens all the time on our rear drives when towed.

Good luck travel safe and hope to see you in Bend, OR - counting the days!!

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Re: Trailering the LT

If using "NEW" straps I would check then after about 100 miles. Then again after another 100 miles as new straps tend to stretch some.

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Re: Trailering the LT

Dan,
Nice write-up, thanks for sharing!

BTW, what is that under your bike?

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Some LT's have a special licence tag holder that says "If you see this on a trailer, it's being stollen"..........I'd check that.............



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Re: Trailering the LT

The two most important tie downs are the front as it holds the front wheel in the chock. If the front wheel stays in the chock everything is good. The rest are just there for stability. No need to loosen at the end of the day but do check them at every gas stop in case they come loose on their own.

This is the first CCR that my wife has been to that we did NOT trailer the bike. So don't feel bad.

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Re: Trailering the LT

Thanks everyone for the info. The bike is loaded up and ready go. We leave early tomorrow morning. So much to see and not enough time.

Thanks,
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Re: Trailering the LT

how about a couple of photos strapped down?

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what trailer is that?
where'd you get it?
approx cost?
do you like it?

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2. Make sure you have a wide ramp at least 30" wide - ride the bike on with good foot support
...
In case you are wondering why (I'll admit it didn't occur to me), the reason you don't want to use a 2x12 or similar is putting an LT up on a 2x12 is a bit like walking a tightrope ... except you can't see either your feet or the rope. The bike is just too big, when you are walking next to it, you can't see the wheels or the board.

Getting it on the trailer wasn't too bad. Getting it off scared the **** out of me... I had no idea if the wheels were staying on the ramp or not. (that was with a second ramp for me to walk up and down).

Fortunately, no harm done. That time.

Nice looking trailer, btw. But I'm rapidly deciding my bikes don't belong on trailers.
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Re: Trailering the LT

The trailer I had that a few of you may be referring to is a BMW MultiTrailer - picture was
taken at the Cincinnati BMW Dealers showroom - before I took it home!! Dealer is long
gone - 6 years ago!!

More pictures here:

http://s1026.photobucket.com/user/dg...20Multitrailer

I owned if for about 4 years and sold it for a very handsome profit . . . it was ideal for
towing the LT. Many many cool items - independent suspension, surge braking system,
on board ramp that folds out very wide and stores on board, on board 12v power socket,
very sturdy wheel chock, adjustable 3rd wheel with lock, independent on board stabilizing
jacks - you could load the bike off vehicle, made for BMW and came with a BMW title.
Boy I really miss that thing - really regret selling it but my wife got more comfortable riding
long distance and we took the money and bought a Unigo!!

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dan that is one exceptional trailer. glad you at least, made a profit!!

thanks for the photos and information!

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