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Old 12-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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motorcycle carrier

Made a stab at searching for info but found none so far.

Recently indulged another of my old habits and acquired a motorcycle. Wondering if anyone with a Silver Streak Sabre (or similar beast) has tried to mount a motorcycle carrier on the back or has knowledge whether or not such an endeavor is possible.

I'd love to take it with me the next time and my truck bed will not accommodate the bike.

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Old 12-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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The rear of an Airstream (and probably your Silver Streak) is not stressed to take the pendulous weight of a 500+ pound motorcycle. I'd dearly love to take my Suzuki GSX 1300 R "Hayabusa" wherever I go, but will only be able to do so if I acquire a long bed pickup.
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Look at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...cs-106905.html

They moved propane tanks and jack to tow with tailgate down. Two streetbikes in bed of shortbed Ford Explorer Pickup... Otherwise it is a longbed truck. A friend with an Airstream 34 keeps Harley Fatboy in bed under high-top shell in Chevy Duramax pickup.. None of the trailer frames are strong enough to cantilever a motorcycle heavier than a Moped or Honda 50, and Airstream even cautions against mounting bicycle racks on rear bumpers or frames...
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Old 12-18-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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That's why the 34' was created....
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:30 AM   #5
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This is just a crazy thought, but since you definitely can't cantilever that much weight off the rear, how about extending the rails and/or tongue enough to carry the bike up front? The frame could be reinforced back toward the axles to handle the bending load, and most of the weight would be on the truck. Obviously you would want to make sure that your set up is "jackknife proofed".

As a biker, it is my feeling that carrying a big bike in the bed of a pick up truck with the intention of repeatedly loading and unloading it with the use of a simple ramp, is setting up a scenario that will inevitably end badly. (If you're in the mood for a laugh, there are some great "Fail" videos on youtube that you'll enjoy.) This is especially true when you're using a big truck with a high bed. Call me a chicken, but to feel comfortable unloading from the Ford Raptor in the photo, I would be looking for a ramp that would be almost as long and wide as your trailer.

There certainly are contraptions available that mechanically ramp big bikes into pick up trucks. You might want to look into them. Good luck.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:07 AM   #6
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what about frnt of towing truck ?.
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Old 12-20-2013, 12:25 PM   #7
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While camping in Quartzsite a couple of years back my neighbor carried his Rokan all-wheel-drive motorcycle on a hitch receiver mounted to the front of his Ford Expedition. This allowed him to tow his 28' AS normally. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the mount.
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Old 12-20-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Airstream already has one, it's called the "Eddie Bauer" - just strap it in as far forward as possible to be over the axles.

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Thanks to all for their replies. The quest continues.
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I vote for the front mount on the TV or what about a small trailer pulled behind the Silver Streak?
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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I vote for the front mount on the TV or what about a small trailer pulled behind the Silver Streak?
With a regular small trailer it would be illegal in most state and extremely difficult to backup. Even in states that allow 2 trailers most only allow 1 connected with a ball.

There may be a way around both of those things (in some states anyway) there are "swivel wheel trailers" that can be hooked up so they stay straight behind a trailer and at least 1 manufacturer claims they are not actually trailers. Though this would still be a lot of weight and stain on the back of a trailer.

http://www.discount-trailers.com/swivelwheel.htm
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