March 1, 2006
There is a common misconception that towing a trailer by motorcycle is a self-defeating and pointless pursuit. After all, a motorcycle is not a "beast of burden," and how much can one really pull behind a two-wheeler? That may have been true in the past – in these days of aerodynamically and space-optimized trailers, motorcycle camping has become a popular diversion.
When properly chosen and attached, motorcycle trailers can be towed with the greatest of ease and few complications. Many people even tow small canoes all across the country with their motorcycles. The secret lies in lightweight, highly maneuverable, yet sturdy trailers. An open cargo trailer can be used to transport almost anything under the sun. And, while customized motorcycle camping trailers are available, most enthusiasts prefer the open cargo kind for its versatility.
It takes approximately forty-five minutes to install a hitch under the rear fender of a motorcycle. The hitch and trailer should be so designed as not to interfere with a pillion rider’s comfort or the driver’s ability to handle the bike. In most cases (and especially when one is just beginning to learn the ropes of motorcycle towing), it is advisable to go camping with a buddy. This not only provides an extra pair of hands in case of mechanical trouble but also extra stability on the road.
A diametrically opposite variant of motorcycle towing is where motorcycles themselves have to be transported over large distances, such as from the manufacturing plant to retail outlets. This is usually done with flatbed transporters and is a rather specialized operation, since the motorcycles in question are usually brand new. Motorcycle towing companies are usually heavily insured against transport mishaps. Individual motorcycles also tend to get stranded on highways, in which case towing units are usually available just as they are for other vehicles.
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