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Old 08-04-2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hey y'all (implied "Wautch thee-us!):

I'll eventually head home from the southern Appalchains to the central Rockies, and will pull my '71 27' Overlander behind my modified '83 Jeep Wagoneer. That's no problem -- made the same trip a few times towing almost twice as much. Thing is, I've grown somewhat attached to a '78 Honda CX500 motersickle, and would like to bring it along.

The bike weighs around 500 pounds, and won't fit into the rear of the Wagoneer without substantial disassembly. I really don't want that extra rear weight anyway. I'd like to work-out a front mount (I could really use a snowplow), but anything capable of hauling something that size & weight would likely end up hanging a thousand pounds off the front, which is probably untenable, would require headlights on stalks, and likely pose cooling issues.

So, I'm wondering if I could pull the handlebars off the bike (to get through the door) and winch it up into the galley area of the Airstream? The floor is bare plywood right now, so attaching tie-downs is no particular problem. Experience shows that the trailer pulls pretty well with 3 or 4 hundred pounds of water in that general area (albiet quite a bit lower), so perhaps the added bike plus a dry water tank might actually work -- sorta.

Thoughts?
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Old 08-04-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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It required substantial dis-assembly, but I once had a Suzuki T500 two-stroke twin in a 1970 Beetle.

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Old 08-04-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
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If I were going to do that I'd drain the bike of fuel and oil so it could lay down once inside and then strap it down solidly. If this were me, I'd try to get it over the axles so if that means keeping it standing up, and it can be adequatly secured there, then that would be my preference.

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Old 08-04-2007, 03:25 PM   #4
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a pick up truck would solve your problems.

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Old 08-04-2007, 04:04 PM   #5
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I dunno, doesn't sound like a good idea to me, but then again, it's your call.
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I know it is not the coolest of ideas and it certainly raises risk of damage to everything involved. At the same time I perfectly understand the issue. 1,200 miles from our house (back to our old home town) at Christmas and "inheriting" two highly desireable 409 engines complete on crates that had to be taken immediately. We got very creative with the plywood and straps in an Astrovan (fully dressed one at that) and drove cautiously over the mountains in heavy snow and slick roads back home. Was it the wisest thing to do - well, only a gearhead would understand and thankfully my wife enjoys our automotive pursuits as much as I do. So I understand the desireability of moving that motorcycle. If you can't do it without damaging it and everything else around it, though. You may need to look hard at what others are doing to transport their motorcycles with their RV's regardless of whether it's an Airstream or not. Good luck with this one, it's a tough decision. Could you grenade the propane tanks and put a cycle carrier there? I'm just trying to picture what might creatively work. It could possibly stand on end? Take the wheels and bars off....... like you I'd hate to leave a good Honda on the tarmac
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:31 PM   #8
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I had the CX500 at one point and its a heavy bike for 500 cc (water cooled shaft-drive street bike). I'd certainly want sturdy tie downs if I were doing what's being suggested.
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I believe that I would crate the bike solidly, using a plywood floor and a good sturdy framework to attach the bike to. The crate would make the loading and securing inside the trailer a lot easier - as well as serving to distribute the load more evenly. If you have vinyl flooring you might consider pre-attaching a piece of carpeting to the bottom of the crate before you load up. It sounds like you're making that Jeep Wagoneer earn its' keep!
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:06 AM   #10
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I'd enlarge the door so I could just drive it up in. Beef up the floor for about 8' and rig yourself up two secure loops in the floor on each side. Then just ride it up in, shut it off, strap it down, close the door, and get going.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:50 AM   #11
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Thanks folks -- really appreciate the advice! Barry: removing the two 40-lb aluminum propane tanks and power jack from the hitch is intriguing. It'd be almost all tongue weight, but the Jeep has done fine with over 1,100 lb tongue before with the W/D cranked hard. I'd certainly have to stand the bike on end to have any turning radius, and that doesn't feel so good.

I need to do a kitchen remodel anyway -- new furnace, cabinets, floor, and possibly refrigerator. I'd hoped to do that before the trip, but it would help this scenario if I just had the kitchen stripped bare.

Though it would make things simpler, I doubt I'll widen the door for this one trip -- sorta have plans for that space. It ain't terribly difficult to take the bars off the bike, but it certainly does reduce user-friendliness. Trading the Wagoneer for a pickup is not an option -- it works too well for all the other things I do.

Heck, I'm all for creative loading as long as it works. I once hauled an extra motor, transmission, differential, and all my tools inside my Miata.

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I just bought a Honda Trail 90 ,1970 model K-2 ,its an awsome little trail bike
and Im in the same dilemma ,it weighs 179 pounds ,it has handle bars that are designed to fold down or turn sideways for such a thing ,putting it inside a vehical ,I could easily put it in the trailer thru the door ,securly stowing it
is the problem .If the travelalls rear seat is folded forward ,it fits in there
fine . Well ,I see what i can do ,it will be fun to have this to putt around the campgrounds and all ,has the spark arrestor and is licensed and ready for the trails.

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Hi from Ga... I think I'd find a friend to drive the rig home and ride the thing home yourself. Hey, it's summer ! Regards, Craig
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I just bought a Honda Trail 90 ,1970 model K-2 ,its an awsome little trail bike
and Im in the same dilemma ,it weighs 179 pounds ,it has handle bars that are designed to fold down or turn sideways for such a thing ,putting it inside a vehical ,I could easily put it in the trailer thru the door ,securly stowing it
is the problem .If the travelalls rear seat is folded forward ,it fits in there
fine . Well ,I see what i can do ,it will be fun to have this to putt around the campgrounds and all ,has the spark arrestor and is licensed and ready for the trails.

Scott of scottanlily
Scott, those are great little bikes. A ton of fun. They are not that common to find in any decent shape where I live and play. Generally they were beat to death or left to rust/rot out back.

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