Trailer Vs Carrier

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  1. Davvid

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    I have a question for the experts here. I am thinking of getting either a motorcycle trailer or a carrier to carry my Thunderbird. What are the opinions and advice here on this? Should I get a carrier or a trailer? Trailer means extra toll but I suppose that is the only downside? Carrier looks a bit more complicated but no extra toll for sure. I have never used either of these before.
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  2. Helmut Visor

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    Hi Davvid, probably a little lost in Canadian translation but what do you mean by carrier?
     
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  4. Davvid

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    The one that is hitched on the back of a vehicle like a bicycle carrier. The motorcycle is carried the same way as a bicycle.

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  5. joe mc donald

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    Get a good old transit van. I just don't thrust those contraptions. You are strapping your bike down and straining every bit of it causing leaking fork seals and never found one of those straps that didn't work itself loose eventually. Look at the stress on those bars and rear shock.
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  6. MrOrange

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    If you can get a carrier strong enough to take a Tbird, I'd go for that. But that's just cos I hate towing stuff, after a caravan went all jack-knife'y on me :confused:

    Be interested to see a carrier that does, you got one in mind? Come retirement, our plan is to strap a bike to the back of a van, or put inside and go tour Europe for 10 years. :cool:
     
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  7. joe mc donald

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    My boy had a tranny van. He had a rack the bike wheeled straight into then straps around the wheels. The back wheel locked into something that looked like one of those skate type thingies. and then the bike was on the side stand and strapped to the van side where there was small handles fitted.
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  8. Davvid

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    I guess a trailer then it is to be. Maybe something like this?

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    carrier for 800 lbs.

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  10. Ron Ashurst

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    I would use a trailer mate.
    A carrier like that would be a safety hazard due to the way it would destroy the handling of the vehicle.
    Trailers can be a pain but are safer and more versatile.
    Just my opinion.
     
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  11. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    #11 Dozers Dad, Aug 10, 2019
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    Here's another option. Neither a trailer or a carrier..
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    It was made to permanently fix between the tow ball & the towing frame. Then I dropped the angled rectangular box part in to it when I wanted to tow a bike.
    That bit easily hung up in the garage when not required.
    Sorry, but this was years ago & I don't have any better photos of the bit that permanently attached to the car.

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    In this close up. You can see the horizontal box section has a hole drilled in each end. I'd fit outrigger arms to that, that also had holes drilled in the ends. Fit long threaded bar with a loop in the top to the outriggers. Fit nuts to the underside of the threaded bar to stop it pulling out. Then use ratchet straps around the bars of the bike attached to the loops. Crank down the straps to pull the front wheel into the rectangular slot.
    For really long journeys I'd remove the bikes chain from the rear sprocket & cable tie it to the swing arm. Possibly unnecessary but it meant the bikes rear wheel wasn't turning anything but itself.
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    It wasn't pretty but it worked really well & took up almost no space in the garage when not in use.
     
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  12. Davvid

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    Cheers everyone. Yes I think I will use a trailer too. It is certainly more safe and it is how some of the bike companies move their bikes. Of course they have covered trailers that can take a couple of bikes. For the toll charges and for the ferry payments it is still worth I guess to get a trailer instead of trying to get it on a carrier.
     
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