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Old 04-09-2015, 12:26 AM   #1
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Honda 90 on back of 1966, 28' Ambassador ?

Just wondering if this is feasible and if anyone has done this ? My Honda trial 90 weighs 200lbs. Is this too much weight to add to the rear bumper ? Could this cause rear separation of body to frame ?

Thanks for your thoughts and experience,

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Old 04-09-2015, 05:57 AM   #2
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There are dozens, if not hundreds, of threads about this.
Search for "broken frame", "rear separation", "negative tongue weight", "moment arm".
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Do use the "search function" to find those threads. But the short answer is that because of how they are built (semi-monocoque construction) It is a very bad idea to hang anything off the back of an AS. 200 pounds would just about destroy your trailer over a short period of time not to mention affect the towing dynamics in a bad way.

Don't do it.

Try and find a way to carry the motorbike in your truck bed provided you have the spare payload capacity.
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Do use the "search function" to find those threads. But the short answer is that because of how they are built (semi-monocoque construction) It is a very bad idea to hang anything off the back of an AS. 200 pounds would just about destroy your trailer over a short period of time not to mention affect the towing dynamics in a bad way.

Don't do it.

Try and find a way to carry the motorbike in your truck bed provided you have the spare payload capacity.
Bob,

That's basically what my gut told me. I know 200lbs. in the rear could cause a lot of dangerous sway and I definitely don't want structural damage. It was just a thought, now I know. My truck has a shell on it but they make some nice mounts/carriers for the front of my truck for Honda 90's. I have to research the effects of overheating the truck due to air blockage. My old jeep wagoneer that I plow snow with gets pretty warm when I go to town for gas, so I fill it up with 5 gal. jugs I keep on the ranch.

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I had a Bambi with rear separation due to a spare tire on the back bumper. More weight on a trailer with an even longer rear overhang would be even worse.
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Good luck with your research, Dan. Airstream doesn't even recommend putting bicycles on the back of their trailers unless you use a specially designed (and expensive) bike rack that attaches to both the body and the bumper of the trailer for support. That bike rack would definitely not work for your motorcycle.

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Can you build a rack for the front of your TV? Back in the day, I saw everything from Honda QA-50s, CT70's/90/110's hanging on the front. Spare tires too. You can airbag the front to match the load. Personnally, I would avoid the problems you could possibly create.
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