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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-23-2014, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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I've been reading lots of good information on towing with a Victory as I picked up a used trailer, Kompact Kamp and have ordered a Bushtec hitch and isolator. What I am looking for is your experience with towing and what you would do different or any advice to pass along as I've never towed before but I am looking forward to trips where we can take along some extra stuff that doesn't pack well on the bike.

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Before you start pulling a trailer I would add ATS to your bike

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Before you start pulling a trailer I would add ATS to your bike
I didn't even think of that, great point, thank you very much.

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Does the ATS actually help when you add load at otherwise comparable conditions? Coming from back in the day when we all tweaked timing I would not have necessarily expected it to help. The "vacuum advance" was used back then to retard timing when load increased for an otherwise identical engine situation. Timing only got very advanced based on vacuum when load was near zero.

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My experience, albeit with a sports tourer (FJR 1300) is that I never knew the trailer was there, that is till SWMBO yelled at me " remember, we are towing". The power of the FJR made a big difference but it is torque that shifts weight and V twins have lots of torque. A well set up unit (the FJR needed a decent rear shock) is an easy drive towing.

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If your bike is 800 plus pounds and then you add two people and we all know the good benefits from it. Now add a trailer say two hundred pounds or more a ATS would just add power from taking off up hill stop signs and more.
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Unless your racing power is mostly a non issue. Planning stops and sharp down hill corners you should pay attention.

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Best thing is to keep your tongue weight under 35# you can use a bathroom scale and a block of wood if your trailer doesn't have a stand. You may have to reload and move things around to get it right and after that just repack the same way for the rest of the trip. With to much tongue weight you may feel the trailer trying to push the back of bike around on sharp curves or push down when trying to stop. I find the extra weight is not really an issue as long as you don't get carried away. Lets say you ride 2 up and pack enough for a weeks trip in the saddle bags and trunk and maybe a bag on top of the trunks luggage rack if you have one. Now all of that weight is carried by the bike and for you to keep balanced. Your bike is not going to ride the same then. Now take all of that weight off the bike stow it in a trailer paying attention to tongue weight, I prefer about 25#'s, you added the tongue weight to the bike versus the entire load. You will increase your rolling resistance and your power and fuel mileage will suffer slightly but other than that your bike will handle much as it did before. IMHO it much less fatiguing on long trips because I'm not having to hold up all of the extra weight every stop and I find it more stable in the wind. If everything is set up properly you will luv it.

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Before you start pulling a trailer I would add ATS to your bike
Curious what kind of trailer do you pull with your bike

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Curious what kind of trailer do you pull with your bike
You may be somewhat new to the forum. VJ always has a answer, but as to any experience, well you be the judge.

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