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RedandSilver

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Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:01:11 PM »
I was just wondering how many of you have a motorcycle with you while RV'ing?

In my case I ONLY have motorcycles (2) with me.  No 4 wheel vehicles at all.  And I'm not about to use the MH to go get groceries.

There are a few people at the RV park I'm in that have motorcycles but one has a car and a motorcycle and the other has a truck and a motorcycle.

So I wonder if I'm alone in only having motorcycles?  But that is one of the main reasons I'm in FL now, so I CAN ride during the Winter which I can't do back at home.

But my question is - do you have a motorcycle with you - and if so, how did you transport it along with the RV you are in?
Did you use an Class A or C and a trailer or Toy-hauler or in the back of a pickup that was a toad etc?
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nibroc

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 06:40:04 PM »
I carry mine on the hitch on the back of the travel trailer. 150 cc m/c only weighs 268 lbs. 

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2017, 06:57:46 PM »
We almost NEVER leave home without motorcycles.  When Peg and I were both doing trackdays, there were two race bikes and a Yamaha Zuma 50cc scooter for our pit bike.  Now, when we leave there will be two street bikes in the T.H.  One for her and one for me.  Might even try to take the Zuma along for getting around the campsite.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2017, 07:02:17 PM »
I usually have 4 or 5 with me all the time... Outlaw toyhauler...  1 street bike for running around on and my vintage race bikes..  I also have a hitch rack for the back that I can haul one more if needed...

Bob
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Boonieman

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2017, 08:02:06 PM »
Iíve had motorcycles all my life. We just recently switched to a Trike. Waaaaay different from what Iíve been used to, but from a comfort point of view, especially for her, Iím getting used to it and surprisingly for me itís been a blast to ride. Depending on what kind of camping we are doing, we probably take it about half the time in our toy hauler.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2017, 06:29:59 AM »
Iíve had motorcycles all my life. We just recently switched to a Trike. Waaaaay different from what Iíve been used to, but from a comfort point of view, especially for her, Iím getting used to it and surprisingly for me itís been a blast to ride. Depending on what kind of camping we are doing, we probably take it about half the time in our toy hauler.

Do you tow your trike on a trailer? I saw one the other day towed 2 down with the front wheel in s hitch carrier. I didn't think that could be done!
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2017, 06:47:42 AM »
We put ours inside the toy hauler, but going out west this year I saw a couple different people towing their trikes two-down. I was surprised also, but I thought man, that might be an option I could use some day! One thing about unloading a Trike from a toy hauler, at least a stock Harley, is the tailpipes are too low and if you back it down the ramps the tailpipes will dig into the dirt, or worse, if on concrete it will scrape the crap out of the pipes. I keep two five foot 2x10ís under the Trike while traveling and use them to reduce the angle at the bottom of the main ramp. Thank goodness a friend of mine that has a Trike prewarned me when I got mine.
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gregfri

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2017, 11:48:36 AM »
I just bought a '06 coachman class C toyhauler, just loaded my ultra classic into it. Its a tight fit but i have it loaded! Heading to florida mid january. Hoping all goes well! I have been hauling the bike in a cargo van for the last few winters so looking forward to having the bike and living quarters now!



Frozn in Minnesota

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2017, 08:52:17 PM »
We tow our 1800 motortrike  trike in a 7x14 cargo trailer. Have no problem behind our class c. At  this time we don't full time.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #9 on: December 26, 2017, 04:04:43 AM »
We sold our 3 Harleys and bought a Jeep.  My shoulder won't let me ride much anymore, anyway, and it's way nicer to get groceries in the rain if I have to.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2017, 05:54:25 AM »
We put ours inside the toy hauler, but going out west this year I saw a couple different people towing their trikes two-down. I was surprised also, but I thought man, that might be an option I could use some day! One thing about unloading a Trike from a toy hauler, at least a stock Harley, is the tailpipes are too low and if you back it down the ramps the tailpipes will dig into the dirt, or worse, if on concrete it will scrape the crap out of the pipes. I keep two five foot 2x10’s under the Trike while traveling and use them to reduce the angle at the bottom of the main ramp. Thank goodness a friend of mine that has a Trike prewarned me when I got mine.

There is another option you could do.  Buy a sheet of 3/4" plywood and a piano hinge about 6' long.  Cut the plywood so that it is about 22-24" wide ( it could be less if you don't need that much width) and about 6 to 8" shorter than the width of your ramp door.  Mount the plywood inside so that the piano hinge will allow the plywood to fold out onto the ground once the ramp gate is open.  When you get ready to close the ramp gate, you simply fold the plywood back so that it lays on the ramp door then raise and close the ramp door.  The plywood hangs there out of the way and doesn't take hardly any space.  I've had two trailers with the aux. Fold out ramp and they work very well.  Just a thought.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2017, 07:19:40 AM »
We used to carry our Harley, our son's Harley and our Jeep in our enclosed trailer but found over the past couple of years we were riding the bike less and less when on vacation and using the Jeep more and more so now we just flat-tow the Jeep everywhere.  Ride the bikes around home or on weekend getaways but don't take them with us any longer.

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Stephen S.

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2017, 03:53:18 PM »
I haven't had a full sized street bike for quite a while now, but I've had my TW200 since I bought it new in 2007.

I recently changed my picture to show it off.
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ponton

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2017, 06:20:07 PM »
I carry my Goldwing on the back of my 3/4 ton Chevy pulling a 34' trailer. We winter in Florida and wanted more living space and didn't care for the garage in a toy hauler. Ride everyday.

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #14 on: December 27, 2017, 10:02:17 AM »
For a few years, I carried a Suzuki GZ250 in the bed of my Titan, towing first a 94 19' Terry, then a 34' Rockwood Ultra Lite.  Drop the RV, slip out the Zuki, and go explore the backroads and byways of wherever I happened to land.  AZ to NY, UT to FL and lots of places inbetween.

 At 250cc, I could only go 60 mph, and that was a strain. In Sep 2015. looking for something just a little bigger, settled on a V Star 950 Touring.  While trying to find the best price, ended up at the local Harley dealer.  Drank the FREE Kool-Aid. Rode off on a Heritage Softtail. 

During my annual mini-snowbird adventure in January, 2016, with the Titan, Rockwood and Zuki, visited the FREE RV show in Phoenix.  Drove off with a Winnebago View.  Traded the Rockwood, kept the Titan.  Rented a U-Haul motorcycle trailer and took Zuki to Congress, AZ, then up to Bryce and Zion NP where I explored every inch on Zuki.  Since then, Softtail follows along in a 5x10 box trailer that my son in law just happens to be storing in my back 40.  Last May, Acadia NP and St. John, NB, then by June, (this time with my 13 yo grandson on the back) Seattle, WA, Oregon, Vancouver Island, Banff and Jasper NP.
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Jim Johnson

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2017, 10:50:20 AM »
I have carried a 745 lb Roadstar on the back of a Dutch Star pusher using an Overbilt lift for about 15 years. 
Jim

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Fyrediver

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2017, 10:13:24 AM »
We haven't done it yet but are considering a dolly that has motorcycle mounts in front of the towed car.

http://www.tandem-tow.com/HDXL.htm
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2017, 11:51:43 AM »
A local guy around here carries a Sportster on the front of his pusher. Been carrying it like that for about 3 years that I know of.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2017, 03:36:36 PM »
our toy hauler don't leave home without both of our Harleys. FLHTCU & FXDL.

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2017, 09:40:14 PM »
I've got a single bay toy hauler fiver.  I take my FLHTCU with us as long as we're going some place warm.
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 03:23:52 PM »
I carry my Goldwing on the back of my 3/4 ton Chevy pulling a 34' trailer. We winter in Florida and wanted more living space and didn't care for the garage in a toy hauler. Ride everyday.

That is my plan, but with a Ford.
I got a screaming deal on a uses Rampage lift last year that I couldn't pass up.
I'm a few years away from retirement, but plan to take a few vacations with this setup.

How do load/unload your Wing?
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Chet

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2018, 10:17:48 AM »
I'm a first time snow bird traveling from VA to FL at the new year. I have a 26' Winnebago MH and pulled a 12' trailer w my Road Glide in the trailer. I 'm hoping to beat the cold and ride thru the winter, exploring  south FL and wherever I can given the weather. I'm hoping the bike will also serve as my grocery getter as I also don't plan to move the rv if I don't need to, other than say for refilling propane maybe... Anyway, I'm still new to it, but hoping this plan works.   

I looked at using one of those hydraulic lifts that is mounted to the back of the rv to carry the bike, but none of the installers liked it, hence I went with the trailer. Course, now I have to manage the trailer, store it here, etc.  Anxious to hear if others have success with those carriers, esp w a full sized HD.  I also expect a bigger rig is going to be suggested to manage the hitch weight of the lift and bike.

One thing I learned is to either disconnect the battery on the bike, or put the fob with the bike.  On my arrival here, the bike's battery was dead, and I'm presuming it blinked its warning alarm when the bike went over bumps in the trailer until the battery died.  And I know it's a travesty having the HD in a trailer.... I've ridden here to FL and around the country a bunch of other times, tent camping from the bike.  I look at it more like I brought the MH along with me and the bike😉.

So, hoping this snow bird gig works out with my bike serving as my errander as well as having it with me to ride in prettier weather.  Best, Chet
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Oldgator73

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2018, 10:57:48 AM »
I'm a first time snow bird traveling from VA to FL at the new year. I have a 26' Winnebago MH and pulled a 12' trailer w my Road Glide in the trailer. I 'm hoping to beat the cold and ride thru the winter, exploring  south FL and wherever I can given the weather. I'm hoping the bike will also serve as my grocery getter as I also don't plan to move the rv if I don't need to, other than say for refilling propane maybe... Anyway, I'm still new to it, but hoping this plan works.   

I looked at using one of those hydraulic lifts that is mounted to the back of the rv to carry the bike, but none of the installers liked it, hence I went with the trailer. Course, now I have to manage the trailer, store it here, etc.  Anxious to hear if others have success with those carriers, esp w a full sized HD.  I also expect a bigger rig is going to be suggested to manage the hitch weight of the lift and bike.

One thing I learned is to either disconnect the battery on the bike, or put the fob with the bike.  On my arrival here, the bike's battery was dead, and I'm presuming it blinked its warning alarm when the bike went over bumps in the trailer until the battery died.  And I know it's a travesty having the HD in a trailer.... I've ridden here to FL and around the country a bunch of other times, tent camping from the bike.  I look at it more like I brought the MH along with me and the bike😉.

So, hoping this snow bird gig works out with my bike serving as my errander as well as having it with me to ride in prettier weather.  Best, Chet

Have you considered a trike and using the MH as the toad?
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2018, 06:03:06 PM »
Two Harleys (Softails) in the trailer, canoe and Kayaks on the top.

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2018, 06:52:48 PM »
after a life time love of all things motorcycle....now that I'm retired I would love to have one bike to ride off into the sunset.

 I'm having trouble deciding on 'What bike' is the perfect, convenient, RV bike..

Here's my wish list.

1.  above all....light weight (smaller).   no huge trailer queen road bikes. A bike able to be easily loaded on a simple bumper rack.
2.  electric start.   ..many lightweight or smaller bikes are kick only.
3.  capable of highway speed operation (70+ mph).... just in case you really gotta ride somewhere.
4.  a bike low enough for an old man to comfortably swing a leg over and ride.  (no Paris to Dakar BMWs).
5.  dual-sport is a big plus,  I still like to cow trail.

KTM ?  Kawasaki KLR ?

What does everyone else have ?
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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2018, 12:23:44 AM »
We leave the Road King home but carry a comfortable 150 cc which is a good option to not have to break camp to go out to eat or pick up basics. We also tow a 19 foot boat. We use a MaxxHaul 70070 Dual Hitch Extension. The bike carrier on top and the ball for the boat below. We'll occasionally rent a car as we have not figured out how to bring all three. I'd consider carrying a sportster but nothing bigger. I'd not bring the boat with a bigger bike. We've been doing this with a C but we're shopping for an A though I doubt it will change my options much.
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TonyDtorch

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2018, 12:54:41 PM »
the rubber mount Sportster is a great fun bike... but loading one up on a bumper rack may be more than I want to do.

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2018, 02:07:26 PM »
Mine's mounted solid as a rock, and rides like a rock too! It's a barrel of fun though. ;D
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Oldgator73

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2018, 03:11:39 PM »
the rubber mount Sportster is a great fun bike... but loading one up on a bumper rack may be more than I want to do.

Back in 2010 I bought a new Sporster 48. It about bounced my teeth out of my head and the tank only held about 1.5 gallons. Traded that for. Heritage Softail Classic and took it to the U.K. Sold it over there.
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TonyDtorch

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Re: Do you have a motorcycle with you?
« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2018, 10:40:50 PM »
About the same size as the Sporty is the Triumph T100 Bonneville.

I've had several...a fantastic bike but a bit heavy to be rolling up on a bumper rack for me.

 

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