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[B]Motorcycle Caddy Towing Device[/B]

Have any of the esteemed members of this site ever used this, or any other, towing device to tow an LT?

http://www.oldinc.com/rhmcbscan.htm

Despite the potential blasphemy of the idea of towing an LT, there are times that it would be a desirable option to have my cage in the same location as a riding destination. It also would enhance my possibility of the boss accompanying me on trips, as her idea of a perfect destination includes shopping - and you just cannot pack twenty pairs of shoes and ten purses on an LT.

I also have limited space in the toy box for a traditional trailer as I would have to get rid of one or two of the eight two-wheelers that currently reside there.

My concerns are the obvious onesin no particular order)
1) The weight of the LT.
2) Unusual wear to tire or drivetrain.
3) Safety.

Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 2nd, 2009, 8:43 am
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Re: [B]Motorcycle Caddy Towing Device[/B]

Interesting concept...and wow is that thing pricey. I've seen used trailers for less that what this contraption costs. Nonetheless...and interesting concept and quite a space-saver...versus having to store a trailer somewhere. Can't comment on your question, but will be watching to see what others have to say about it. From an engineering standpoint, seems like this would be a bit stressfull on the fork tubes/slides, as they're not designed to be "pulled" like that. However, they do absorb quite a bit of "push" force when you apply the front brakes, so it's probably not that big of a deal.

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I don't think I would use it unless it was only for an emergency and over a short distance.

I really have to wonder if the structure can handle the load of the entire bike being pulled down the road by the front steering stem. I know that was never intended in the design thus I have to wonder how much margin is left if towing from the front like that. True enough, when braking, all the load of the bike (mass and dynamic load) can be put on front suspension, but that puts the opposite load of what this towing device would impart on the frame. It's ambitious to think the loads going one way can be handled equally well going the other.

Alternatives are a folding trailer or the Trailer-in-a-bag contraption.

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The problem I see is that only the front wheel is off the ground. This means that rear wheel is traveling on the road, along with the final drive, the clutch, and to a certain extent the transmission even though the bike is in neutral. This may be OK for emergencies and short hauls but I would not use this for my bike on a long trip.
Had the final drive been a chain or belt that can be removed, then maybe...

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Nope.. and never will use it.

Seems to me there are much smarter options..
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I would worry about the tongue weight rating of the hitch and the effect on the handling of the tow vehicle.
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Re: [B]Motorcycle Caddy Towing Device[/B]

I tried. It did not work. LT was too heavy. LT was only 4inches off the ground when loaded.

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Have any of the esteemed members of this site ever used this, or any other, towing device to tow an LT?

http://www.oldinc.com/rhmcbscan.htm

Despite the potential blasphemy of the idea of towing an LT, there are times that it would be a desirable option to have my cage in the same location as a riding destination. It also would enhance my possibility of the boss accompanying me on trips, as her idea of a perfect destination includes shopping - and you just cannot pack twenty pairs of shoes and ten purses on an LT.

I also have limited space in the toy box for a traditional trailer as I would have to get rid of one or two of the eight two-wheelers that currently reside there.

My concerns are the obvious onesin no particular order)
1) The weight of the LT.
2) Unusual wear to tire or drivetrain.
3) Safety.

Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: [B]Motorcycle Caddy Towing Device[/B]

I used a primative version of this to tow a Suzuki 450 GS to Wisconsin behind an RV--it looked weird in the rear view mirror when turning but it did the job--but I disconnected the chain.

I seem to remember that a year or so ago another member (Matt Claus?) had one of them and so you might want to search the forum; I don't recall whether he was reporting on it or simply putting it up for sale.
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