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post #1 of 19 Old 03-25-2011, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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cyclehitch klr hitch tow rig

Anyone use one of these?
Can you see any issue with using one?
I would be using for short distances, less than 50miles most of the time. Like dropping the jeep off at the shop so I don't have to have someone follow me for a ride.

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post #2 of 19 Old 03-25-2011, 11:28 PM
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One of the funniest things I ever saw...

Was up in Bridgeport, along the main drag, when I heard a 'potato-potato-potato' sound coming, but the only thing I could see was a motorhome. Wondered where the Harley was.

It was on the back of the motor home, hooked onto one of those sort of things. The poor bastard had been towed down 395, probably at ~60 mph and probably in first gear.

Figure out a way that the bike can't get popped into first or second while being towed.

I wonder what it cost to fix that Harley?

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post #3 of 19 Old 03-26-2011, 12:58 AM
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Remove the chain or belt or disconnect the driveshaft.
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post #4 of 19 Old 03-26-2011, 09:41 AM
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I have a similar one, but I'm afraid to use it. I think I'd only use it for a quick tow to the shop for a few miles. Seems like it would put a lot of stress on the front end, and My trucks bumper is pretty high.

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post #5 of 19 Old 03-26-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it would only be for short trips. at most 60 miles.
I can weld one up to fit my bike.
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I hate linking to the other KLR site all the time, but there are some helpful threads over there... Here is a thread about a similar hauler that the fellow used to haul his newly purchased KLR home with behind his van. If I recall, it was a fairly long distance he had to tow. Anyway, here's the link... Hope you don't get the dreaded "Server Busy!" message
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=83319

Hope this helps your decision.

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I hate linking to the other KLR site all the time, but there are some helpful threads over there... Here is a thread about a similar hauler that the fellow used to haul his newly purchased KLR home with behind his van. If I recall, it was a fairly long distance he had to tow. Anyway, here's the link... Hope you don't get the dreaded "Server Busy!" message
http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=83319

Hope this helps your decision.
Thanks for the link.
That dude took his from Austin to Dallas. That's about 200 miles. He did not remove the chain. I wonder how it held up in the long term?

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When I bought my new KLR a couple weeks ago they had one of these also and I thought it would be great to get, easy, affordable and no tag or registration required as other trailers have to be.


Then they told me they would sell me the bike, but that this system could easily tear up the farings so they would not sell me the hitch.


I figured they probably new what they were talking about...
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distance does'nt matter

if it kicks into gear it only takes a few miles to tear things up, always take the chain off. I towed an IT 250 without taking the chain off, so the two issues it had when it jumped into gear were being a two stroke the piston had no lubrication so I had to rebuild the engine, that's not a big deal but going down the hwy in first the rear tire couldn't keep up so it slid and dragged and kept doing it thru the rim once the tire was gone, other than that it towed great.
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if it kicks into gear it only takes a few miles to tear things up, always take the chain off. I towed an IT 250 without taking the chain off, so the two issues it had when it jumped into gear were being a two stroke the piston had no lubrication so I had to rebuild the engine, that's not a big deal but going down the hwy in first the rear tire couldn't keep up so it slid and dragged and kept doing it thru the rim once the tire was gone, other than that it towed great.

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