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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Trailer Ideas

I have trouble loading/unloading my r6 into my truck bed on my own and do not want to risk dropping it. I was looking for low cost ways other than a step ladder and ramp for trailing it. Does anyone have experience with the horizontal carriers that hitch to back of truck? I am considering something like this one pictured and am wondering what people experiences/opinions are. Or any other ideas? I was considering a winch attached to top of truck bed behind window with a remote I could control while handling bike up the ramp. Id rather spend the money on something similar to what I linked. Thanks!
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 02-06-2018, 07:15 AM
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For what you would spend for that, you could buy a cheap (used) Harbor Freight trailer. You'll be glad you did. Easier on the bike and you can use it for so many other things.
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For what you would spend for that, you could buy a cheap (used) Harbor Freight trailer. You'll be glad you did. Easier on the bike and you can use it for so many other things.
How are the wheel bearings on those Harbor Freight trailers? I don't always trust Harbor Freight Products, and rolling down a highway at 60mph with one of their trailers would make me nervous, haha.

Oh and just read they actually recalled their trailers do to tire issues.

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Utility trailer with cycle gear wheel chalk and two rachet straps.
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I used a HF trailer for 2 years without a single issue.


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How are the wheel bearings on those Harbor Freight trailers? I don't always trust Harbor Freight Products, and rolling down a highway at 60mph with one of their trailers would make me nervous, haha.

Oh and just read they actually recalled their trailers do to tire issues.
They are "ok" if you happen to catch em on sale and dont need to use it that often. I would definitely get the upgrade 15" wheels if you plan on doing some highway driving. If youre just driving around town the 12" wheels are fine.

What cracked me up was a buddy of mine was too cheap to buy a proper $600 open trailer and opted for the HF one. Then put a pitbull restraint system on it. That cost more than the trailer!
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He was toying with the idea of "enclosing" one...lol
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They aren't for sale right now because of a recall, would recommend the Ironton option from the other thread.
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A trailer is much more versatile. I used a Black widow carrier when I had a SUV. The thing is solid as a rock. I just used it for dirt bike hauling but a buddy takes his Triumph to the Dragon on one annually.

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How are the wheel bearings on those Harbor Freight trailers? I don't always trust Harbor Freight Products, and rolling down a highway at 60mph with one of their trailers would make me nervous, haha.

Oh and just read they actually recalled their trailers do to tire issues.
Sucks they stopped selling them. I used one for years and years. Towed my bike all over the east coast. I think one mistake people make is not packing the bearings when they are new. They were barely lubed on mine. Every year I pulled the hubs and repacked the grease. Never had a problem and the new owner is still using it.
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Versahaul

They make one for sport bikes, have used it for years with heavier bikes than R6.
Keep in mind you need some kind of full sized truck to tow safely.

Front will get real light if wheelbase is short or suspension too soft.

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Good point on the weight. Your vehicle needs to be capable of a 500 pound tongue weight (per the owners manual, not what is printed on the hitch) for carting around the R6.

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