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Pros and cons of front wheel motorcycle towing cradles

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I've got a question. I'm thinking of buying one of those front wheel motorcycle towing cradles that hooks to the trailer on my Explorer so that I can easily transport my Volusia back and forth between school in Ga and home in NC. Does anyone have any experience with these contraptions and can tell me if this is a big mistake or a reasonable option for transporting my bike if I strap down the front wheel properly and wrap the bike up?
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IMO it's the only option trailering a motorcycle. It keeps the bike in place. It's a lot of weight bouncing around in a trailer without the bike secured.

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I don’t have any info on these but I just ordered one one on ebay
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Wait, you're talking about something where the front wheel is attached and the rear wheel rolls on the ground. Am I understanding that right? If so, there's no way I'd tow my bike with it. U-Haul rents motorcycle trailers dirt cheap. I think it was something like $15 a day last time I rented one.

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Wait, you're talking about something where the front wheel is attached and the rear wheel rolls on the ground. Am I understanding that right? If so, there's no way I'd tow my bike with it. U-Haul rents motorcycle trailers dirt cheap. I think it was something like $15 a day last time I rented one.
I thought he is talking about a front wheel cradle that bolts down to the trailer. Maybe I'm reading his post wrong?

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I thought he is talking about a front wheel cradle that bolts down to the trailer. Maybe I'm reading his post wrong?
One of us is. I'm betting we both agree though, depending on which is reading it right.
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Sorry for the confusion. Yes, I'm talking about one of those devices that plugs into your trailer hitch and just lifts the front wheel of the bike off of the ground. The rear wheel of the bike is the only point of contact with the road and is free wheeling in neutral. Maybe I should just stick with the Uhaul trailer.
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I would stick with the U-Haul trailer. There are a number of things wrong with the front wheel towing option. The biggest is that you will have the rear wheel gaining all of that mileage and your drive shaft spinning all of that time. Even with the bike shut off and in neutral, there is still component wear and tear going on.

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I have seen them used in Florida. They work, but I think it's far from an ideal solution.

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The problem the OP is going to have with renting a Uhaul is that Uhaul will not rent a trailer to someone driving an explorer.


Some old law suit thing where Uhaul is legally bound to never hook a trailer up to an Explorer - I hated it when I had my Explorer. https://forums.edmunds.com/discussio...ford-explorers

That being said, I don't think I would ever do the hitch carrier.


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