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#1000268 - 11/05/17 05:28 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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For the use you're talking about, and especially coming back after a long time away from riding (you'll be surprised at how rusty you are), I think a nice, used Kawasaki KLR650 would be ideal, if it's not too tall. Maybe find a lowered one. And especially if you're going to be hauling it around in the bed of a pickup. If something goes wrong in loading or unloading a K1600, you and your wife are not going to be able to pick it up. And if you drop the KLR, it won't be a big deal.

I hauled my 1150RT in an F150 once. Even with good triple-wide arched ramps, a wheel chock in the bed, the wheels of the truck in the gutter and the ramps on a driveway that sloped up from the street, riding that beast on by myself scared the hell out of me. For unloading, I had help and it was no big deal. On the other hand, I've loaded and unloaded my KLX250S a couple of times, and that's easy. I don't even need to use the engine. Now, since you spent your youth on dirt bikes, you may have a lot more experience loading and unloading bikes than I do. But a 600+ lb street bike is a far different beast than a 200-300 lb dirt bike.


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#1000269 - 11/05/17 05:36 PM Re: Undecided [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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lots to consider - we have talked about getting a toy hauler in the future, and I do already have a low to the ground trailer. Most of our trips are under 300 miles for now, I have considered having the wife pull the bike and me the trailer-just hate going in 2 vehicles .

#1000281 - 11/05/17 10:00 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Over the past two months, my truck has been having A/C issues. Since the shop that I use is only open m-f, I only get a chance to drop off or pick the truck up every other Friday due to location my work schedule. With that said, I've been loading and unloading the RT in the back of my truck by myself just as Terry said by "de-angling" the ramps. Piece of cake and this is a short box truck. With a long bed and being a dually, you'd have to de-angle a bit more but easily doable-----forget the naysayers and safety sams, do what you feel comfortable with loading a bigger bike ain't that difficult.


Richard
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#1000287 - 11/05/17 10:26 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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How about not having to worry about ramp angles ... LINK


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#1000321 - 11/06/17 01:17 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Originally Posted by gatormanpc
lots to consider - we have talked about getting a toy hauler in the future, and I do already have a low to the ground trailer. Most of our trips are under 300 miles for now, I have considered having the wife pull the bike and me the trailer-just hate going in 2 vehicles .



A mc can be a significant expenditure.
So, start over.
Sell your TT and get one with a toy hauler.
We looked last year and there are a ton of them out there.
We found brand new with lots of goodies for under $15k, plenty with all you need under $11k, and beautiful used ones for 1/2 of that.
One fall, with a BMW, could theoretically cause a$ much damage to your wallet as any monie$ you would invest in a new to tyou toy hauler.
2 vehicles, not so much fun
Sell or trade the current TT.
Toy haulers can be fun.
So many issues solved.
Best wishes.


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Tim
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#1000329 - 11/06/17 03:33 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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If you like your trailer, you like riding in the cab with your wife, and your truck is big enough to handle the weight while towing the trailer:

http://motorcycletrailer.com/rampage/

...there are other versions as well.


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#1000330 - 11/06/17 04:03 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Issue I see with conventional TT and this is having to hook up/disconnect from the TT
every time you on/off move.
Maybe arrive, unhook TT, move truck, unload mc, move truck back.
Depending on campsite,,,
Could work.
I know people who tow big 39' 5th wheel behind truck and have mc trailer behind that...
Whatever works.
Safe travel.


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Tim
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1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
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#1000353 - 11/06/17 07:22 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Hey! That's really neat. But how does it off-load?

Dave

#1000354 - 11/06/17 07:32 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Ahh, the old toy hauler, you can definitely put alot of weight in one.

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I miss the Jeep more than the camper. If I had to do it over again, I would have gotten a 5er with a forward bedroom and open rear area (not a separate garage).


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#1000366 - 11/06/17 11:08 PM Re: Undecided [Re: gatormanpc]  
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Have always regretted selling my toyhauler, more specifically a small car trailer with living quarters that had torsion axles that make it lower and tow better (great place for storing the bike too). Chances are you’ll actually use the bike more if loading/unloading is easy. Another option would be an RT pulling one of the small trailers loaded with tent and gear. RT or GS platform is great for adventures, an African Twin is a great little bike too, not too tall and plenty of zoom and much cheaper to get into. My son just bought one and I was very impressed, just don’t blip the throttle on the DCT model LOL.




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