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Offline Huzo

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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #90 on: April 01, 2023, 05:07:44 PM »
Everything works well until it doesnít.
If you have had ďno issuesĒ, then either none of the dissenting comments have any merit, or you havenít encountered  the situation under which they surface.
The one I donít like is the forces when you hit a bump.
In normal forward motion an obstruction will have the tendancy to (of course), compress the forks and the shock is dissipated steadily through the motion of the slider.
The force is resolved into horizontal and vertical vectors and the resultant is compression in line with the staunchions such that minimal bending moment exists.
With this device, ALL of the load is sent into a bending moment and itís cruel.
Also in the rear shot showing the bike leaning to port (not starboard), it can be seen that all of the tendancy to sway clockwise or anticlockwise, is resisted by the rear wheel and this is manifested as a twisting force that the wheel and associated pivot points are not designed to endure.
Does it work ?
Yes.
Does your bike have enough inherent robustness not to break under use ?
Yes.
Is it ideal ?
No.
One day you will encounter a major pot hole that you will instinctively miss with your truck by skilfully manouvering to place it harmlessly under your sump plug in the vehicle, and the next wheel to clobber into it will be the bikeís.
Itís an emergency solution at best.
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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #91 on: April 02, 2023, 01:14:50 AM »
Itís hard to argue with one so adamantly attached to his theoretical fancies, and impossible to prove a negative in this case. Meanwhile, Iíve escaped frigid  Wisconsin, MoTow attached, and am heading for some riding in the sun around Harrison, Arkansas. Perhaps all the accumulated successful experience with MoTows will end in wailing and gnashing of teeth, but maybe not. I am sure many here understand your reasoning, but not why you make the same points over and over.

By the way, Iím not driving a truck and havenít posted any photos you described. I am driving an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, having fun that no one ever had in a pickup truck with a bike in the back. Life is short, Huzo. Donít worry. Be happy.

Best wishes from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and good night.

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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #92 on: April 02, 2023, 03:59:07 AM »
Yeah ok.
Iím not worried or gnashing my teeth, because it isnít my bike thatís involved. I make the case again in the hope that Iíll be more successful in making my point(s).
I donít think youíll have any dramas at all, because there is enough rigidity and structural integrity to endure what your bike will encounter. But just because the poor bugger doesnít crack around the swingarm pivot, distort your rear wheel or damage the forks, it does not mean you have not displayed a casual indifference to the potential mistreatment that is being dished out.
What I hope and what I think are not the same and I can only trust in the fact that Iím full of crap, for your sake.
Oh and by the way..
If Iíd made the above points in the affirmative with the same level of furvour, I expect youíd be more disposed toward accepting my reasoning.
Yeah life is short, but no one said there was death at the end of this saga, so thatís a moot point.
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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #93 on: April 02, 2023, 07:30:29 AM »
Wonder how it'd work on this little beauty. Might need a permit for overall vehicle length but that's a different topic.





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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #93 on: April 02, 2023, 07:30:29 AM »

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Re: Optional way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #94 on: April 06, 2023, 08:44:00 PM »
... it does not mean you have not displayed a casual indifference to the potential mistreatment that is being dished out.

studied indifference, not casual indifference. I considered the same points you pontificate about, but came to my own conclusion

....Yeah life is short, but no one said there was death at the end of this saga, so thatís a moot point.

No, the point about life being short has nothing to do with a risk of life or death in using the hitch, but is about the danger of not getting on with fun while you still have time.

In that regard, I just got back from two days of riding in the 70's and 80's down in Arkansas where the lilacs are in bloom, thanks to my MoTow. It's not so pleasant here in Wisconsin.

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Re: new way to transport a motorcycle
« Reply #95 on: April 08, 2023, 06:08:10 PM »
have you seen one of these? they're not small. If you have two cars and a two car garage, this won't fit.
I kept a two bike Kendon stored upright in my two-car garage for several years.  Bought it used off Craigslist. I parked a full size truck next to the wife's small compact car. There was plenty of room for the trailer on her side of the garage.  Now I suppose if one has a Suburban and an F250 stuffed in their garage....
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