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Title: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/12/18 12:29AM
does this exist?

if so - where is it?!

I swear I saw an ad on facebook for it: hooks up to your hitch, you roll your bike in backwards into a wheel chock, tie the handle bars to keep the forks straight, use the supplied/integrated hydraulic jack to get the rear wheel off the ground, then drive off.

no need to cut the chain
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 04/12/18 03:00PM
But why?  If you're just driving around the corner that's one thing, but any considerable distance or taking it on the freeway is a recipe for disaster not to mention extra wear on an already high-wear item.  Just spend the $25 for a trailer with ramp at U-Haul.
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/12/18 03:06PM
Convenience... whenever I need to move the Vstrom with the cage it's always 6am or 11pm...then I go maybe 20-30 miles, and either leave the bike or the truck and take the other home. Seems they are always closed when I need them...and I typically move bikes on work days...so I would have to rent a trailer 2-3 days and store it (I street park in LB) until I can get over to return it on my day off.

Right now I use the F150, but once that poops out, I am considering a Transit Connect wagon or Dodge Caravan amd hitch hauler for Moto duty instead of another half ton...better power/acceleration than a truck with 20-25% better gas mileage, the ability to seat 6-7 comfortably, a stow and go is super versatile, and better security for surf boards/crap when surfing after work or doing a "Cali" trip and carrying 4-5 adults plus crap to the beach, Vegas, music festival, camping, or LA to go out
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 04/12/18 04:43PM
Dude, you're way overthinking this:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/880/26547697167_ba834effbe_k.jpg)
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: 1fastrider on 04/12/18 06:53PM
close enough?  https://theusatrailerstore.com/the-dandy-motorcycle-hauler/ 
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: luciano136 on 04/17/18 09:05AM

I looked into something compact as well since I don't have the space to store a trailer.  I couldn't really find anything decent that I would trust, so picked up a used Kendon.  Folds up and I can store it upright on the side of the house.  I'm putting some upgraded casters on it over the weekend, so it rolls around even easier.

Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/17/18 01:59PM
Kendons are the trailer of choice for sure...but $$...and still not street parkable

@1fast I have seen those but spinning the transmission without the engine running may do damage to the tranny due to oil ...so those are only good if you take off the chain m

To be honest I could have been dreaming...maybe there is no rear facing moto tow device
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: OOTV on 04/17/18 02:14PM
Maybe this is what you are looking for...

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA (https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA)
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: luciano136 on 04/17/18 04:17PM

This also talks about securing the front wheel though.

One other option would be a hitch carrier as long as your vehicle has a tongue weight that can support it.  I use one for my minibike.

Maybe this is what you are looking for...

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA (https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA)

Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: OOTV on 04/17/18 04:58PM

This also talks about securing the front wheel though.

One other option would be a hitch carrier as long as your vehicle has a tongue weight that can support it.  I use one for my minibike.

Maybe this is what you are looking for...

https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA (https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Receiver-Trailer-carrier-Carrier/dp/B01MZIC8HA)


Yes, but it states that the mechanism lifts into place, which is what he was describing.
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: luciano136 on 04/17/18 05:34PM

Just get the bigger transit van; then you can just put your bike in the van or use a hitch carrier since the tongue weight should be high enough on those.
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: breakdirt916 on 04/18/18 02:31PM
the issue with the V-strom in a transit connect is height - darn thing just won't fit unless you take off a bunch of accessories and compress the forks

makes it harder to steal, but best suited on a trailer, then an open truck bed

we will see...I may just keep my 2001 Ford F-150 and watch it run another 100,000 miles
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: luciano136 on 04/18/18 03:31PM
Don't get the connect but the regular bigger one.  You can pick them up used for a pretty good deal.  There was an article about them on Motorcyclist not too long ago.  Great moto hauler:

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the issue with the V-strom in a transit connect is height - darn thing just won't fit unless you take off a bunch of accessories and compress the forks

makes it harder to steal, but best suited on a trailer, then an open truck bed

we will see...I may just keep my 2001 Ford F-150 and watch it run another 100,000 miles

Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: motosikal on 04/18/18 04:30PM
I would lower the truck if it was a 2WD and change to a lower profile tires, it will make 1 person loading and unloading bikes that much easier.
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: H-2 Charlie on 04/18/18 08:56PM
I found a short 2 whell trailer thats 12-13 inchs works the best for 1 man loading and a front whell chok .
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: 1fastrider on 04/19/18 02:30PM
I saw this trailer in a bag thing but the price is ridic
Title: Re: rear facing motorcycle tow dolly?
Post by: luciano136 on 04/19/18 04:52PM
I saw this trailer in a bag thing but the price is ridic


I came across that too.  That's why I went with a used Kendon instead; still cheaper and waaaay better.  And it holds two bikes.