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Old 03-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Anyone tow a motorcycle with your yj?

Me and my gf were thinking about taking a road trip to Myrtle beach or Florida in the summer for vacation. I would love to bring my Kawi but def do not want to ride it the while way. Anyone have any experience towing.your bike for a long distance? Yea yea I have a 2.5 but I enjoy driving 60 - 65

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You will do fine with a light open small utility trailer, and a bike, pulled my old lowrider 575lb and wifes 883 sportster 489lb on an open trailer that weighed 400 empty behind ours from NY to STL interstate, just check your fuids frequently.

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Due to the short wheel base and lack of setting up an equalizer with sway control, you will need to be cautious about your setup. Anything you can do to help will make it a more relaxing trip.

Power wise you won't have a problem if it is manual tranny. Just keep the rpm's up if there is any pulling (inclines, grades, etc.).

As far as setting up the trailer get the shortest tongue you can so you get the trailer as close to the back of the vehicle. Make the shortest hitch possible to get the hitch ball as close to the axle. That will mimize the trailer trying to push the Jeep sideways.

If you can set it up to pull it with the front wheel on a dolly and the rear on the ground, that will mimize the load and any sway.

Make sure you get at least 10%-15% of the weight of trailer and bike on the tongue. It should be about 200lb. You can stand on the hitch ball and measure the amount it drops. Compare it to the tongue of the trailer and youu can estimate the tongue weight.

Also, take a few trial runs to get familar and check it out if you don't have any experience towing.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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I tried once. But it didn't stay on it's wheels and just got dragged...
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:37 AM   #5
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I race motocross and pulled a small 4x8 trailer with 2 bikes on it no problem. I have also trailered a double snowmobile trailer with two sleds. I have a 2.5 also. It won't do it in a hurry but it will do it.
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You won't have any problems, I used to pull two sit down jetskis without any issues. Make sure you get a spare tire for the trailer though, nothing worse than having to leave the tailer with the bike on it somewhere.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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i tow a yj with my motorcycle lol
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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i tow a yj with my motorcycle lol
ROFL omg that's funny
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #9
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I was thinking about one of those setups where t the back wheel of the bike stays on the ground. Anyone know what i'm talking about?
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Old 03-28-2012, 01:18 PM   #10
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If its just a one time thing I would consider renting a trailer. their one way, or if its for a short vacation, a "local" rental for a week or two are usually pretty decent... Although I was looking at a week rental of a car trailer one way from texas to CT and it was almost $700...
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:43 PM   #11
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so i basically feel towing with the jeep is alot like a semi, look how much smaller the tractor is compared to the trailer. i have towed a 13 foot camper trailer, that grosses 1400 lbs, plus alot of stuff inside. went all over the place and thought i had blown one of the brake cylinders, only to find out the previous owner had lied about the having the rear brakes done. So i did all this with no back brakes. just using wise gear selection plus downshifting have obviously worked since i could always stop. i would say i towed that setup around 10,000 miles with no problems. just my 2 cents
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I need a hard top to rent uhaul with the Jeep and I don't have one so that's out
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I was thinking about one of those setups where t the back wheel of the bike stays on the ground. Anyone know what i'm talking about?


i did that with my rabbit, by putting 2 eye bolts in the back bumper and another bolt for the front forks worked great
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #14
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oh and i forgot, i tow my motorcycle and usually my friends 4 wheeler all over the med bow mountains too on an old snowmobile trailer, 7x8.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #15
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I saw a lifted TJ pulling a Camaro on a dolly today, surely you can pull a motorcycle.
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Not gonna recommend it but I have towed a 20 foot boat with a 97 2.4 so your jeep is more than capable.
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I towed a motorcycle with an 88 Camaro (Back when an 88 Camaro was worth something).

A YJ is easy...
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Engines really don't matter to much. 2.5 2.4 4.0 3.8. It's the stopping that is gonna screw you. I wouldn't pull with mine a few months ago. But my breaks are much more, greater, better lol. Especially with rear disks the stopping power I have now is way better.
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A motorcycle would be no issue in my mind. Big trailers get squirrely though. It's a wheelbase thing.
I towed this loaded with no issues at all. Barely even felt it back there.
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I need a hard top to rent uhaul with the Jeep and I don't have one so that's out
That's the one weird ass requirement that uHaul has......Not sure how a hard top on the YJ is going to help?
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That's the one weird ass requirement that uHaul has......Not sure how a hard top on the YJ is going to help?
It is a very stupid requirement. Show up in a convertible and they will rent you a trailer. Try sunbelt rentals. Or penske
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I was thinking more along the lines of something like this :



Just wondering how the stability is and if it will hold up after such a long trip. The last thing i want is my bike sideways on the highway.
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That's the one weird ass requirement that uHaul has......Not sure how a hard top on the YJ is going to help?
Hold on....you need a hard top to rent a uhaul??? Looks like I need a new plan for my summer roadtrip
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I was thinking more along the lines of something like this :



Just wondering how the stability is and if it will hold up after such a long trip. The last thing i want is my bike sideways on the highway.
Im sorry dude, but this idea is just stupid, use a full single rail trailer and save your bike, just think if you accidentally, or road debris popped it into gear....




BANG! no mo bike!
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Ok stupid question....

See Below.... I just seen one of these mounted on a Jeep Liberty, My bike weights 390lbs, to much stress on the rear axle/frame?


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Im sorry dude, but this idea is just stupid, use a full single rail trailer and save your bike, just think if you accidentally, or road debris popped it into gear....




BANG! no mo bike!


The tire will just lock up and the bike will get dragged
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BTW heres a pic of the bike
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Ok stupid question....

See Below.... I just seen one of these mounted on a Jeep Liberty, My bike weights 390lbs, to much stress on the rear axle/frame?


that would be way to much tounge weight. max is 200 pounds, your bike and that holder thing would be more then double that. a DIY folding trailer from harbor frieght would be perfect. ive known many people who use them for bikes, one was even towed behind a honda civic when taking the bike to the race track. and when you dont need it, it folds up and rolls out of the way.
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I have a rack like that & tote my 600cc Enduro around all the time.....it weighs 315lbs. Not a problem at all.

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