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Best way to trailer sport bikes?

Hey guys,

I'm thinking of getting a u-haul installed hitch on my q50 and then buying a trailer, looking at 5x10 with 15" wheels. On paper this should work, since my car can tow 1600 lbs, and the class 1 hitch will be sufficient, and the trailer and bike together should be about 1200-1300 lbs max.

Anyone have any experience with trailering bikes with a sedan? What to look for, what to avoid etc....

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5x10 seems like an awfully big trailer for a car like that. The trailer alone will probably weigh 7-800 lbs empty unless you get an aluminum one. You've now used up half your towing capacity with just the trailer.

4x8 would probably be much more practical and easier to tow as well.


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I have a Kendon copy trailer and have no problems towing with my Renegade 1.4, which doesn't make much power. Trailer weighs around 300lb and is easy to load/unload.

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I have a Kendon copy trailer and have no problems towing with my Renegade 1.4, which doesn't make much power. Trailer weighs around 300lb and is easy to load/unload.

How are those to back into place ? Looks like it would be like backing in a cement mixer or wood splitter, i.e. a pain in the butt. lol


*edit* not meant to dissuade OP from this option. If the only thing you will ever be towing is a bike, this would be a great solution. Super light and probably very little wind drag should pull nicely behind a sedan.
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How are those to back into place ? Looks like it would be like backing in a cement mixer or wood splitter, i.e. a pain in the butt. lol


*edit* not meant to dissuade OP from this option. If the only thing you will ever be towing is a bike, this would be a great solution. Super light and probably very little wind drag should pull nicely behind a sedan.
It was a nightmare at first but I got a little better at being able to control it. You have to "counter steer" the trailer to get it to go in the right direction lol.
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My setup here. Condor chock up front, Pitbull TRS in the back, off set to the side for access to everything else and afford more space.

Definitely splurge into the $300 and I know you probably get this a lot but the Pitbull TRS system IS SO WORTH IT. When I can have the bike secured in under 2 min



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How are those to back into place ? Looks like it would be like backing in a cement mixer or wood splitter, i.e. a pain in the butt. lol


*edit* not meant to dissuade OP from this option. If the only thing you will ever be towing is a bike, this would be a great solution. Super light and probably very little wind drag should pull nicely behind a sedan.
You don't. You unhook it and push it by hand since it's super light. When I used to have a small open trailer that I was towing with a car, I used to just lift it and push it by hand even with the bike on it. Probably around 800 lbs at most total and tongue weight probably no more than 100 lbs.
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When I used to have a small open trailer that I was towing with a car, I used to just lift it and push it by hand even with the bike on it. Probably around 800 lbs at most total and tongue weight probably no more than 100 lbs.
Hey sbk1198, what size trailer and what kind of car? How far were you driving without causing to much stress on your car like that?
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I found a 5x8 open trailer with wood planks and a ramp/gate, and wiring/lights that was made in 2019 in excellent condition, new tires (seems barely used and garage kept) for $600. Is that a deal?
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My setup here. Condor chock up front, Pitbull TRS in the back, off set to the side for access to everything else and afford more space.

Definitely splurge into the $300 and I know you probably get this a lot but the Pitbull TRS system IS SO WORTH IT. When I can have the bike secured in under 2 min

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I have always secured the front wheel and have wanted the Pitbull rear system. I have never blown front fork seals by securing the front wheel. I also use the short soft ties that wrap around each clipon, and then adjustable tie down straps from there to the trailer.


I have made front wheel chocks out of scrap lumber and have also used Condor front wheel knockoffs via ebay that worked well. Securing the front wheel with some sort of chock is highly recommended.
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Hi guys,

You don't really need such a big car to tow a sport bike... My setup:
Car: Mazda 2 2200 lbs (1100 lbs max towing capacity - trailer without brakes)
1,5 l petrol engine - 100 HP
Trailer: that changes because I usually rent them, usually about 550-650 lbs
+ weight of the bike itself

Such setup works without any major issues, the most affected aspect is braking performance, but it's still acceptable

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The real problem with towing with a smaller vehicle is what kind of premature wear & tear will you sustain to the transmission/brakes. Are you towing up and down steep hills, that sort of thing.

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For sure there will be more wear and tear. But if you adapt your driving style for towing - no sudden acceleration or braking, in general trying to keep it smooth the difference will be negligible.

If you tow your bike ocasionally I think it's better to take into consideration that extra wear, then cope on a daily basis with much bigger vehicle, which is more suitable for towing.

Granted that in Europe We have a bit different conditions, everything in general is smaller compared to States...
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A)...5x10 enclosed with a 5'6" interior height is okay (helps to have 15" brembo brakes and a manual transmission)
... much easier to load and far more secure and holds much more
... 900 lb trailer alone weight
... super easy to back up and park anywhere given the length between tongue and axle

4x7 open is much easier to hook up, move around and no doubt easier on the car
... more open and suseptible to vandals and theft
... 310 lb trailer alone weight
... sucks to try and back it into any parking, so usually unload it and then unhook it and move it by hand

For whatever reason, regardless of which ones of these I tow, the car gets the same 22ish mpg vs the 30+ I typically get in the car


But if you plan to take two bikes and gear and supplies and and and....... neither of these is really going to be big enough to make it quick and easy, but either will suffice albeit very cramped (although the open trailer is less cramped width wise since the bikes can be wider apart as there are no walls to run into--but those 3' shorter plus the 20" of the v-nose is a lot to give up!)
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