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Trailering a bike perpendicular to travel

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by froggy, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. I am considering grabbing a cheap trailer to use for when I go camping.

    It has a bike channel mounted on the draw bar perpendicular to the travel of the trailer. This would be particularly useful in the next year or so when we end up going away for a longer period and I can haul along a bike for the in between trips.

    Aside from weigth implications of having a bike mounted on the draw bar:
    *Is it sensible to move a bike in this way?
    *Is it likely to want to continually fall over?
    *Or would you put a decent bike on at all, or get a postie or similar that would take some knocks.

  2. You will need a heavy duty towbar fitted to your vehicle because standard tow bars don't allow more than about 130kg of downforce.

    The heavier Hayman Reece units allow up to 250kg of downforce.

    If you only have a standard type towbar then I'd restrict it to loading a small trailbike (say 100kg) onto there.