You can get a whole lot of U-Haul trailer rentals for that kind of money.A coworker bought a lightly used Goldwing. The previous owner included a Rampage Lift. It was pretty slick seeing that thing load and unload a GL1800. They are frickin expensive, so my coworker promptly sold it. I think a trailer is a better option for that price, but not everyone has a place to store a trailer.
Before I had a trailer, I had a berm cut into my property that resulted in a similar set up. It's the way to go if you don't have a trailer, but don't forget the ever important crate as the intermediate step to the bed. You are somewhat at the mercy of the weather though. For me, it was the conclusion that it's just not worth risking all that expensive (and now hard to get) stuff by doing it half assed.Here at my house it's a total piece of cake!
Is that a commercial trailer, or one that you built or had built? That sounds exactly what I would be interested in purchasing. ThanksI have a small very well built single rail motorcycle trailer --It is all aluminum and very light. The rail is only about 10 inches off the ground and with the 5 foot ramp I have no problem at all loading my motorcycle for a trip--I pull this trailer with a bike with my 2004 VW Jetta TDI and the car does not even know it's back there
How did you do that? I had assumed that a Jetta would only be rated for a class 1 hitch which supports a 200lbs tongue weight. Did you have something custom installed?I have a small very well built single rail motorcycle trailer --It is all aluminum and very light. The rail is only about 10 inches off the ground and with the 5 foot ramp I have no problem at all loading my motorcycle for a trip--I pull this trailer with a bike with my 2004 VW Jetta TDI and the car does not even know it's back there
It's not about having enough torque to handle a bike, its the fact that most bikes are twice as heavy as the rated tongue weight of a class 1 hitch.Class 1 hitch is :
200 Pound Tongue Weight
2000 Pound Towing
TDi has plenty of torque to handle a bike.
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The theme of this thread is vehicle mounted solutions vs pull behinds. So tongue weight matters ...But tongue weight is not total weight.
If you've never had the experience of towing a trailer, then you probably don't know what tongue weight is. Sure, it may sound funny -- but to someone hitching up a heavy load, it's very serious.auto.howstuffworks.com