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Old 10-17-2012, 08:40 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by m.hony View Post
Not all Harley's are loud. It's just that 99 out of hundred guys wants loud pipes. If it is left as it came from the factory the volume is street legal- not loud.
Street legal noise levels are still loud and obnoxious in an otherwise relatively quiet campground. Motorcycles manufactured before 1970, the noise limit is 92 dbA. Before 1973, 88 dbA. Before 1975, 86 dbA. Before 1986, 83 dbA. 1986 or newer, 80 dbA.

That makes even a post-1985 Harley almost loud enough for a person to require hearing protection (OSHA hearing protection requirement is 85 dbA). Pre-1975 Harleys definitely require hearing protection. That's fine on the highway, when the noise of the motorcycle blends into other traffic. In a campground where people complain about a 65 dbA generator, it's too much.

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Old 10-18-2012, 07:04 AM   #16
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I agree that Harleys are not campground friendly. Besides the volume, they are air cooled and tend to want to overheat tooling around at 5-10 MPH. Vespas and Vinos air liquid cooled and whisper quiet.

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Old 10-18-2012, 07:09 AM   #17
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:31 AM   #18
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I repair RVs for a living and have had many experiences with customized units like the one in your first photo. 85 to 90% of the weight would be on your hitch, not only would it be impossible to steer your vehicle as your front end would be so light from the design, braking would be disastrous with the chatter it would create. Even with the best wt dist hitch in the world if the axles aren't mid range on the towed vehicle your screwed. To add weight to your tongue basically in theory moves your wells back on the trailer, not good also in turn to add weight to the back moves your wells forward, also not good. You pretty much have to go to a toy hauler, or a tow vehicle that would carry them?
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #19
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I have a carrier for my little Honda on my TV back bumper but it only weighs 200#. I don't notice any difference in handling. Unless you have the umph you will need a ramp to load a moto. I probably could have done it 40 years ago.
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:08 PM   #20
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Jumping in here, My wife has a bmw gs650 and we tow our AS with a Suburban. I even bought a pickup to haul the bike but putting the bike in the back of the pickup was beyond out capability. I sold the truck,,,,in fact I think the ad is still on the classified section.
I thought about putting a trailer hitch on the back bumper of the AS --I've seen a couple of AS with receiver hitches on the back.
I've got a motorcycle trailer with a light tongue weight. the bike wet weighs about 500 pounds.
But the thought of backing up, bouncing down the highway and turning around has led me to just forget about bringing the bike on longer trips.

any thoughts?
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:33 PM   #21
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I ride dirt and street, bought a long bed truck specifically to haul the dirt bikes. A long bed can fit three bikes pretty easily, and the newer long ramps make loading easier. If you ride a bigger bike like a GS, consider installing a Condor wheel chock.

Can't imagine using an Eddie Bauer as a toy hauler. Inside would get real dirty with dirt bikes, and fuel smells rule it out.

Or... get missus to drive while you ride!

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