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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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I've been thinking about a very long distance trip in the future...when I retire. What I would do is travel to every State Capitol in the US of A. Initially I was going to do it only on my XC but I'm thinking it might be smarter and safer to take my bike by cage to certain locations explore those areas on my XC and move on to the next location.

The question I have is how should I transport my bike? In the back of a full sized truck with ramps or on a trailer?

I have a few concerns with each option. Getting on and off a truck using ramps is potentially risky for dropping the bike. Using a trailer, there will be times that I would leave it overnight to explore an area on my XC. Have any of you run into problems with overnight parking of a bike trailer and how about the issue of the trailer being stolen?

Maybe there are a few of you who have transported their bike either or both ways who could give me some feedback?

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If this were me, I'd be thinking of a counter clockwise loop around the edges (mostly) of the country on my bike. I saved many years worth of Shamrock Tour tank bag maps from RoadRunner magazine and would do a bunch of those. Sounds like you have no time constraints, so you can take a year if you want, starting from Florida in spring, going north up the east coast. By summer, you'll be in the Rockies and along the west coast in fall. Winter will find you along the Gulf. Post road reports for us, please.

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I'm not doing cross country travel any time soon, but I have friends/neighbors that do. They have an enclosed trailer that hook to their truck (or RV) and LOVE it. Extra storage, secure, out of the elements. Lock the trailer to the truck hitch to avoid overnight theft. The trailer has low load floor with wheel chock. Easy and stable.



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Sounds like a hassle to take a vehicle and trailer to me unless your sleeping in it to save $ then it sounds like a great idea.

You can always lock the hitch release and padlock the safety chains to the truck he'll they even have tire boots if your that worried.

I have transported 2 hammers in a truck bed and loading and un loading was supper sketchy I wouldn't do it again unless I had to!

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I've been thinking about a very long distance trip in the future...when I retire. What I would do is travel to every State Capitol in the US of A. Initially I was going to do it only on my XC but I'm thinking it might be smarter and safer to take my bike by cage to certain locations explore those areas on my XC and move on to the next location.

The question I have is how should I transport my bike? In the back of a full sized truck with ramps or on a trailer?

I have a few concerns with each option. Getting on and off a truck using ramps is potentially risky for dropping the bike. Using a trailer, there will be times that I would leave it overnight to explore an area on my XC. Have any of you run into problems with overnight parking of a bike trailer and how about the issue of the trailer being stolen?

Maybe there are a few of you who have transported their bike either or both ways who could give me some feedback?

Thanks, JJKJR
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Hey Folks, Thanks for all the reply's. Joe, I initially looked at the motorcycle power lifts but they're a bit pricey at close to 3 grand. P. Hunt, I want to trailer the bike not to sleep in my truck (although I could) but have to have a second vehicle available as a backup and during severe weather situations.

I found this last night on the Internet. StingerTrailer.com - The Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer

It's a foldable trailer called the Stinger. It seems to fit all my needs. It can tow a bike, it's rugged, easy to use and it could be stowed in the back bed of the truck when not being used to discourage theft. Cost is 2 grand.

Anyone have any experience with this trailer?

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That's a nice looking trailer, still a bit pricey though, I've seen on amazon cheaper ones that can do your bike trip ....

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ride your bike. Think there is a ton of bikes in every city and state you go to.
Maybe New York would be a hard city to get around in.
I have been all over the country and yes some cities look scary but they're not. Ask other bikers where to stay or even ask cops. Park as close as you can to the front door of motel or your ground floor room.
Get a great alarm.
If you're not going to ride get a enclosed trailer and put your bike in there.
Put it in back of truck is a nightmare getting it in and out. You don't want to drop 800 pounds on you.

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