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Old 09-08-2011, 07:42 PM
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Right Im toying with the idea of a trailer behind the bike..........

What im looking for is who supplys the tow bars fitting kit etc for the back of the bike.
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Freewheel trailers will make a tow bar for any bike, make an appointment, turn up and he will make it there and then and do all the electrics.

http://www.freewheeluk.net/frames.htm

Knows his stuff and will make sure it's the right height an all that stuff..great guy.

And towing a trailer behind a bike is surprisingly easy, towed for 10's of thousands of miles all over Europe with no probs at all...
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Two things must ye know about towing with a bike.

Firstly, 60mph limit.
Secondly, no going in the outside lane of motorways.

'Part from that, it's a doddle.

You're quite a handy bloke - make yer own. The current fashion amongst the rat lot is for nifty single wheelers and they do work and look good.
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:24 AM
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Two things must ye know about towing with a bike.

Firstly, 60mph limit.
Secondly, no going in the outside lane of motorways.

'Part from that, it's a doddle.

You're quite a handy bloke - make yer own. The current fashion amongst the rat lot is for nifty single wheelers and they do work and look good.
Well pointed out Nik, shit loads of people don't know the laws on towing.
Might be worth pointing out though, the "outside lane" bit is actually the 3rd lane or above on a motorway, 2 lane M/ways are OK in the outside lane.
Also might be worth checking licence restrictions for those that have passed their test after 1997 or 2000
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And the trailer is only allowed to be 1.5m long from the rear axle of the motorcycle and 1m wide....

Not than any old bill would probably know that, I've been towing a bigger trailer for 20 years.
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You're quite a handy bloke - make yer own. The current fashion amongst the rat lot is for nifty single wheelers and they do work and look good.
I am a tad handy, If I do say so myself. Ive built few trailers over the years even a couple of big 4 wheel ones, one actually carried a 9 ton yacht. Building the trailer isnt an issue.

All I really need is the ball bit and was being lazy looking for a simple kit to fit the bike.

Thanks for the help so far.
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And the trailer is only allowed to be 1.5m long from the rear axle of the motorcycle and 1m wide....

Not than any old bill would probably know that, I've been towing a bigger trailer for 20 years.

1 metre wide is correct but the total length of the trailer from the towing vehicles rear wheel spindle is 2.5 metres. The total towed load must not exceed 2/3 the towing vehicle weight or 150kg, whichever is the lower.

If you break the law by towing something bigger, your insurance may be invalid
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All I really need is the ball bit and was being lazy looking for a simple kit to fit the bike.
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Just broke a reliant with a tow bar , your welcome to the ball if you want it , i'm next to stansted airport . its also got the wiring plug but that might need attention to wiring. Yours if your passing.
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use a UJ off a propshaft as a towing connection, it will allow the trailer to move up and down and side to side but wont let it rotate on the towing hitch (only a problem with monowheel trailers mind)
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1 metre wide is correct but the total length of the trailer from the towing vehicles rear wheel spindle is 2.5 metres. The total towed load must not exceed 2/3 the towing vehicle weight or 150kg, whichever is the lower.

If you break the law by towing something bigger, your insurance may be invalid
OOpps, quite right, I stand corrected.....
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Might be worth pointing out though, the "outside lane" bit is actually the 3rd lane or above on a motorway, 2 lane M/ways are OK in the outside lane.
The way you`ve written it is slightly incorrect IMO, or is it just the way I`ve read it.
Articulated vehicles are not allowed in the outside lane of a motorway. whether that be a 4,5,6 lane + motorway. Except in an emergency, or where circumstances leave no option but to use it. IE: if theres a wide load taking up lanes 1 & 2 and lane 3 is the only means you have of over taking it. Then its allowed, however you should get out of the lane asap once you`ve overtaken. But that doesn`t mean you can overtake when theres 2 trucks crawling up hill trying to pass each other in 1 & 2, and traffic is passing in lane 3, your just gonna have to be paitient and wait. Sods law will be, the time you illegally over take in this situation, and theres a cop car laid in waiting ahead & catches you.
It always brings a smile to my face, when the 4x4 pulling a horse box sails past me in the outside lane, only to spot them a mile down the road on the hard shoulder tugged by the cops. Also the cops love pulling people who can`t be bothered to wait when aproaching motorway splits, and the rider/driver decides its ok to jump into the outside lane the last half mile before the split.

It has been know for my trailer to step out slightly into the outside lane as the caravan pulling git approaches in the outside lane, and block their path

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use a UJ off a propshaft as a towing connection, it will allow the trailer to move up and down and side to side but wont let it rotate on the towing hitch (only a problem with monowheel trailers mind)
Also got the UJs from the steering colum if that helps too.
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My make a better one at some point!

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