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Towbar mounted bike trailer

Has anyone any experience of the towing system that supports the front wheel near the ball hitch leaving the rear to 'roll'?

I understand the problems of possible damage caused by a loose chain etc!

Links would be useful - I need something for the 'little' off road bike.
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You definitely want to disconnect the chain! Otherwise you could do very bad things to your transmission.

If it's a small bike, just put it on a bumper mounted rack, then no worries at all. I've done that successfully with an old 250 dual purpose bike on a 62 VW bus!
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You definitely want to disconnect the chain! Otherwise you could do very bad things to your transmission.

If it's a small bike, just put it on a bumper mounted rack, then no worries at all. I've done that successfully with an old 250 dual purpose bike on a 62 VW bus!
Dito used the same thing on my mazda van wooks well .Think you will find a video on youtube of the thing your thinking of if it,s for a bigger bike go for a trailer to be safe.
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heres one- TRIKE/MOTORCYCLE TOWING DOLLY/CARRIER on eBay (end time 19-Jan-11 09:04:10 GMT)
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If it's a small bike, just put it on a bumper mounted rack, then no worries at all. I've done that successfully with an old 250 dual purpose bike on a 62 VW bus![/quote]

On a bus/van don't the bars get in the way on a rear mounted rack?
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On a bus/van don't the bars get in the way on a rear mounted rack?
I've use a Dave Cooper bike rack on the back of a transit and SJ413 Sammy.

Only used it for a GasGas trials bike but his website gives a rating of 130kg.

You need to find some tying points high up to stop things rocking about. On the Sammy I loop straps around a seat mount, chuck them on the roof and shut the tailgate then tighten them up. On the Transit I get a couple of straps through the back doors at the hinge side and do the same.

The Sammy has done some quite rough off-road with my GasGas on the back. Not sure I'd do the same with the Dr. Zed though. One thing to watch is that with low tyre pressures, the bike can get pretty well wedged on the rack.
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If it's a small bike, just put it on a bumper mounted rack, then no worries at all. I've done that successfully with an old 250 dual purpose bike on a 62 VW bus!
On a bus/van don't the bars get in the way on a rear mounted rack?[/quote]
No when mounted in the rack the front wheel is at 45deg to the bike.just strap it on well and go.
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Hi, a company called Autowbar do these. A central bracket bolts to the towbar and stays in place, the two wheel brackets just slide on and are removable.
Google autowbar, they're in Bradford and do mail order.

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Rack

Have a look at Dave Cooper racks.
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