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    Towbar mounted motorcycle carriers?

    Im looking for designs for towbar mounted carriers. In the past I wouldnt have thought they would suit me but Ive realised my car is rated for a 100kg bar load. So im thinking of making one for my trail bike. There is one on TM but would like to make one.

    So any ideas appreciated.

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    I made one for our campervan. The article on how to make it is in the Shed mag http://www.theshedmag.co.nz/online/-...une--july-2010 .Let me know if you want any info
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzspokes View Post
    Im looking for designs for towbar mounted carriers. In the past I wouldnt have thought they would suit me but Ive realised my car is rated for a 100kg bar load. So im thinking of making one for my trail bike. There is one on TM but would like to make one.

    So any ideas appreciated.
    100 kg load ... ???

    How heavy is the bike (full of fuel) ... ???
    How heavy is the carrier going to be ... ???
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    Interesting re: downforce limits on towbars.

    Makes me seriously question some of the things I have done in the past on them.

    He'll I can't even count the amount of times I have stood on one, or loaded one up so the back shocks are sagging.

    Is it for real - or has it only come about recently due to cheap fitting of towbars. Cos I swear to god we have put 2-300kg on older tow bars not problem.
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    I recall a few years back ... A gent I knew boasted about how well his Mazda 323 towed his 12 foot caravan around the south island ... The day after his return home, he took the car for a WOF ... the tester opened the back hatch ... but couldn't shut it again ... the car had stretched ... INSTANT FAIL ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by avgas View Post
    Is it for real - or has it only come about recently due to cheap fitting of towbars. Cos I swear to god we have put 2-300kg on older tow bars not problem.
    Old enough that the cars had frames instead of the monocoque sillyness? Cos that seems like the biggest issue now, nothing solid to bolt the fucking thing to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogan View Post
    Old enough that the cars had frames instead of the monocoque sillyness? Cos that seems like the biggest issue now, nothing solid to bolt the fucking thing to.
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    Can anyone remember why it became illegal to just have the back wheel(s) of a vehicle and towing the front?

    I miss my old car A-frames and this would be a simple bike towbar thing too for the op.
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    I used to tow my old landy around behind my works Falcon Ute on an A frame. Had to be right on the limit for the vehicle as well.

    Wrote to the NZTA about the rules, they said no problem provided the vehicle was disabled, ie the battery was disconnected. Got it in writing some where too.

    I would say you could front wheel tow frame a trail bike provided it was disabled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post

    I would say you could front wheel tow frame a trail bike provided it was disabled.
    There is a speed limit of 30 when towing motorbikes if some rozzer having a bad day saw your front-wheel-suspended tow rig it probably wouldn't be a stretch to apply that limit.

    Probably wouldn't do your rear tyre much good either, no leaning when cornering. Sidecar tug pilots will tell you how quick a bike tyre gets eaten when it can't lean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleemanj View Post
    Probably wouldn't do your rear tyre much good either, no leaning when cornering. Sidecar tug pilots will tell you how quick a bike tyre gets eaten when it can't lean.
    Really? Why?
    Most of my tread disappears under power on the rear and under lean on the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avgas View Post
    Really? Why?
    Most of my tread disappears under power on the rear and under lean on the front.
    but if it has knobblies on the rear (as you'd hope a trail bike would), they might disappear regardless of power applied, and in big chunks too!
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