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bozeman



Joined: 15 May 2011
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I've looked around the computer interweb for a simple (read:cheap) way to move my scooter (read: tow) from one place to another, but with little success. I have a venerable '97 Honda Odyssey, and I'm thinking that a class III trailer hitch ain't gonna work with it.

I am talking about long-distance moves with a family, so riding the scoot isn't going to work either.

There seem to be a number of not-so-inexpensive ways to tow a scooter/motorcycle behind a truck, and I'm trying to determine what the best way to go would be for the future. Anyone care to share their own experiences with trailers or scooter carriers (a la scooterworks catalog), or even Uhaul trucks or trailers? I have this ongoing dream to actually be able to tow my Chetak when my family goes on vacation, so that I can ride it for pleasure, as opposed to simply riding it to work (not that that is so bad).

What am I looking at cost-wise?

JB
Tue May 17, 2011 12:41 am View user's profile Send private message
average joe



Joined: 04 Apr 2007
Posts: 257
Location: Jersey Shore

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I borrowed a trailer from a friend, a pickup truck will work also. If no access the either of these, then rent a u haul trailer, or rent a pickup.
Tue May 17, 2011 12:44 am View user's profile Send private message
tommyburger



Joined: 16 May 2011
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Location: San Diego, CA

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I have a friend who had a dirtbike and he had a rack for his dirtbike that attatched to his trailer hitch. It held the bike of the ground sidways behind his trailer hitch. I don't know if your Odyssey hitch rating will work with that set up. I also had a neighbor who towed his motorcycle behind his Saab. His setup held the front wheel off the ground and let the back wheel of his bike roll on the ground. I have my friends set up on craigslist and other places on the web. I don't know if my neighbor made the one he had himself or bought it someplace.
Tue May 17, 2011 1:32 am View user's profile Send private message
Plotts



Joined: 27 Jun 2008
Posts: 52
Location: Chicago

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You could put it in the van, if you have room.

Or there is this:
http://trailerinabag.com/index.html
I have seen a few people at motorcycle trackdays roll in with these trailers, supposedly they work pretty well.
Tue May 17, 2011 2:37 am View user's profile Send private message
bozeman



Joined: 15 May 2011
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Thanks for the input. I've seen "trailer in a bag" before, and it seems a little pricey, but it looks like a good product.

I also have looked into these:
http://www.tractorsupply.com/trailers/utility-trailers/carry-on-trailer-reg-4-ft-w-x-6-ft-l-mesh-floor-trailer-1-700-lb-payload-capacity-1011070. I think that a Chetak would fit on the bed with enough room to attach straps, and not be in too much danger of rolling/bouncing off. And I don't think that I would have any trouble towing it behind my Honda.

I've seen a couple of the types of hitches where the front wheel of the scooter is attached to the hitch assembly and the rear wheel rolls free. This would seem to be OK for a larger bike at highway speeds, but I'm not so sure about it with a scooter. It would certainly be the simplest and probably the least expensive solution if it could be proved to be workable for a Chetak.

JB
Tue May 17, 2011 4:09 pm View user's profile Send private message
saluki10



Joined: 03 Jun 2008
Posts: 86
Location: Quad Cities, IL

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When I purchased mine I had to transport it back home and it was able to fit in the back of a Dodge MiniVan. With the mirrors off, and a little sideways tilt when going in through the rear hatch I had no problems. I've transported it that way twice since, it just requires an extra set of hands to get it up the ramp (boards) and when leaning it a little while pushing. I'm not sure what the difference is in clearance with the Dodge and the Honda, but something easy and cheap to explore.

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Wed May 18, 2011 7:20 pm View user's profile Send private message
tommyburger



Joined: 16 May 2011
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Location: San Diego, CA

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Check this website out. http://www.discountramps.com/carriers.htm My friend had the joe hauler model. We carried a kawasaki 650 street bike on it. We only carried it a short distance. It was a little heavy for his Tacoma. The guy I bought my bajaj from also had one he used to carry the scooter to San Diego from Wisconsin on the back of his Wrangler. He had no problems with it.
This website also has the front wheel carrier. But you might be right thinking the scooter might not do well at freeway speeds.
http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Hitch_Cargo_Carrier-sf-Motorcycle_Carrier.aspx#sf
Mon May 23, 2011 9:12 pm View user's profile Send private message
OrlandoChetak



Joined: 28 Jul 2011
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Location: Orlando, FL

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A buddy of mine moved from Florida to San Francisco in his 1998 Acura Integra pulling a U-Haul trailer that included all of his personal belongings and an Aprilia Scarabeo. Didn't have any issues. Not sure what a type III trailer hitch is, but if it's a real towing hitch that's attached to the frame then I think a Honda Odyssey should have no problem. That and you'll be able to throw a bunch of other stuff in the trailer to keep the wife happy.
Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:20 pm View user's profile Send private message
Kyle Weiss



Joined: 13 Jun 2011
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Location: Reno, Nevada

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I think there's a few of the Vespa guys that are pretty into VersaHaul hitch-mount racks. No towing/registration needed...some did some modifications for the front wheel so it wouldn't seem so unstable, but worth looking up and browsing Google.

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