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post #1 of 15 Old 02-03-2012, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Will towing a KLR 650 on this kind of device cause any problems with the bike?


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With the chain turning the countershaft sprocket I'm not sure the bearings would be getting any oil ???

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Vaguely remember a thread like this a year of so ago... I think the general consensus was to remove the chain if towing like this. Catch 22 is that if you are running the original chain it's riveted and can't be removed without cutting it. I think I would much rather rent/buy a small trailer and haul it that way if I could.

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post #4 of 15 Old 02-03-2012, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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See, I need to drop the Mountaineer off at the shop and then go to work. The shop is only 8 miles from home so I was hoping to use the hitch hauler I already own to tow the bike behind the car the same way one of these would. Then, I could pull the bike off and ride to work. Then, when I need to pick the car back up, I can just put the bike on the back and head home.

I wouldn't dream of taking it very far like this, but since it's only 8 miles, I was hoping to get away with it. I can't put the bike on the hauler completely since it's too long for the hauler and having someone else take it isn't really an option.

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Could you leave your KLR in the shop the night before and take it when you drop of the SUV?
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For 8 miles I think you would be fine. I couldn't find the other thread on this type of hauler, I might be remembering it from the other site. There were lots of concerns raised about towing it with the chain connected such as lack of lubrication to the transmission, bike popping in gear, etc.

That being said, the original poster of that other thread did end up towing his KLR a long distance with the chain still connected. He had no problems whatsoever if I recall correctly. The only part he said that was scary was that the bike leans over like crazy when your taking a sharp corner. Hope this helps

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-03-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I thought I'd be fine for that distance but I figured some other opinions couldn't hurt. Not only is it only 8 miles, but it's a straight shot down one road. I won't even take the highway.

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post #8 of 15 Old 02-05-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Well... I got the bike up on my hitch hauler, strapped it down and shook the heck out of it. After confering with my wife, we took it back down. For the record, I think it would get there just fine BUT I also have only had the bike for a month and want to put more than 300 miles on it before I have to replace the fairing or side panels.

We will find another way to get it all there. The little trailer I got yesterday won't work since I don't have plates for it yet.

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It would be fine for 8 miles. I would not use it for a all day haul

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The shop is only 8 miles from home...
Only 8 miles? A bicycle is an easy option.
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