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In reading over the many different blogs I have noticed a few motorcycle enthusiasts out there on the highway. If you wouldn't mind posting what you ride and how you transport it. We will go fulltiming next year and we're still trying to decide between a DP and 5er.

Once we get into fulltiming it would be nice to hook up with you for a few day rides. Let me know your thoughts.

My wife and I currently enjoy our 2008 Harley Ultra Classic.

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DW rides a V-Star and I have a VTX1300C. We will be selling both before we leave here. Because the DW will not ride on the back, we must have 2. For a few reasons, I do not want to double tow with the 5ver and have a problem paying the price for the right equipment to be able to take 2 bikes. With a single bike, you have many options. If you chose a 5ver, you can get a swivel wheel trailer. If you choose a DP your options are wide open. Other cyclists will chime in. Just do the research on your options. Stay safe!

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Friends of ours just visited us while we are camp hosting in Dead Horse Ranch State Park and he carries a large Honda on the back of his DP. We went for a ride yesterday to Jerome and then over the mountain to Prescott. What a ride!!

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So Fred, planning on adding a motorcycle to your vehicle inventory?

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RE: Motorcycling


Hubby has a 2009 HD Tri-Glide and I have a 2011 HD SuperLow. We travel in a 41' KZ Escalade Toy Hauler pulled by a medium duty Freightliner. You can see a photo at the top of our blog: http://2takinga5th.blogspot.com

I used to ride a Softail Deluxe but sold it before hitting the road solo. Met hubby and we measured the garage...only a Sportster was short enough to fit unless we pulled out the washer/dryer. Not gonna happen...LOL!

So I started with a Nightster which I loved but hated the harsh ride. When the SuperLow came out, I was sold!

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I'm afraid not Ken. As much as I'd like to, there's no way I can hang 800# off the back of my fiver.

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We have a Roadliner and are recent full timers. When we went south last year we were in a B+(23 ft. with bike in trailer behind) We just traded for a DP, pulling trailer, and I am driving our Colorado behind. We are still thinking about a toyhauler but not crazy about the overhead bed so for now we will continue the way we are.

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We have a Suzuki Intruder 1500. We currently have a Keystone Fuzion 5th wheel toyhauler. We're planning to move to a DP in the next year with a lift on the back for the motorcycle and tow the Avalanche.

It would be fun to have a little get together for Dreamers with motorcycles in an area with some nice rides. Hmmm... might need to work on that...

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Joan and I both ride; her's is an 05 HD Deluxe; mine an 08 HD Streetglide. We have a 40' DP and pull both on a 2 bike trailer. When we start fulltiming our plan is to move to a 25' enclosed trailer so we can load both bikes and the car.

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PS: We will be taking both bikes with us to the April 2011 rally in TN. We plan on arriving Saturday prior and get a couple of days riding in before the rally starts on Tuesday.

Anyone else thinking about taking their bikes in April?


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Dan has upfitted a Dodge 3500 cab/chassis and the Harley rides right behind the cab but in front of the fifth wheel hitch.  He has it rigged so it's ride on/off with ramps.  Bike is enclosed under canvas.  Custom design....can send pics if anyone is interested.  We'll be at the Rally in April and will be up for a ride!! 

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Would love to see pics of your custom build Dan and Tricia.  We've been thinking we need to move to a MH to travel with a vehicle and the bike, but you just might have another option for us!

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Dan & Tricia,

I would like to see the pictures as well it might give me another option.

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There is a forum for RVing Riders....it's not very active but free for basic membership (you don't have to register to read but do have to for posting). I visit there from time to time.

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Dan & Tricia, You guys have a great setup in fact I will be sending you another PM for more info!

Donna & Stu, I have not seen this website before but I have it book marked now!

Thanks everyone.

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Thanks for the link, Froggi.  I have bookmarked it and will have to check it out. 

Trabuco - thanks for the kind words.  The brains and brawn are all Dan...I'm the chief cook, bottle washer, and gopher.   smile Will be on the lookout for your pm.


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Dan & Tricia, this is my first time posting on the forum. We are currently wanna bees, but have full timer plans that just got moved up on the calender due to me losing my job a little sooner than I was planning. Anyway, we plan to purchase a fiver and have been exploring ways to bring our  '03 Ultra Classic with us. Sounds like you guys have a great solution and I'd love to see some pics to give us some more options to consider.



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Been looking at yamaha TW 200 dual purpose less than 300lbs.Figure can use a versa haul behind truck camper. Plus like the off roading idea also.

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We've got a pair of Harley Ultra-Classic's. Mine is 2009, Christine's is 2010. Since we are going to have the RV do all the long distance touring, we might end up downsizing to smaller bikes, maybe BMWs, I dont know. The only problem is if I do downsize my bike, Tobi will not be able to ride with me. He needs the large rear seat and "Paw blocker" Christine and I built so he can stay in the seat easily, and even curl up and lay down.
Since we are likely buying a enclose trailer, might even be a stacker, I am looking around for a good dual-sport too. I like the idea of doing a little on/off road. Something REALLY interesting I saw last night on TV was a ALL-ELECTRIC dual-sport, mass produced.
http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds  

At $14,000 its a little pricy, but that would be right up my ally as a good 'get around town' bike, and easy to 'fill the tank' on too.



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I like my Triumph, but that Zero looks very intersting.....

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That Zero is certainly cool but for now I will stick with my RK....

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My BeemerWe like our BMW cruisers...:) This one is mine and I think the back seat might have room for a dog seat. Not the best for off road but we have been known to go down a dirt road or two....Would love a nice 800 GS but our RV only carries 2 bikes. LOL



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Christine and I have been "Offroad" on my Ultra-Classic, somewhere in Virginia trying to get back on the Blue Ridge parkway after making a gas stop. We were pulling my home-made trailer with all our camping supplies. I'll see if I can drag up a old picture:


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Thats a picture of the bike parked at a neat little lodge right on the blue ridge, I think in NC.  the days all blur when traveling with no schedule, and many here know.

As for the BMW, lloks good, but I need a much larger area for Tobi, he's a 40 lb Border Collie.  While he is very experienced, and even knows not to "Lean" into a turn (he usually has his head on my shoulder when I am doing the sweepers), he needs more room than a standard non-touring backseat offers.

This is Tobias in his seat while a exchange student was visiting and wanting pictures to take home (The bike was in a stand and he was wearing my leather):

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The Tour Pack closes in the back for him, and the "Platform" Christine and I made keep his paws from slipping forward.  He actually has enough rom to curl up and lay down, which he does after We've been on the road for a hour or so.

I am hoping a BMW touring would fit, otherwise I am stuck with the Harley.  I am not terribly enamoured with the brand after all my chrome started rusting, to include the chromed plastic rings around the instrument panel.



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I'm not complaining here as KellyVA's photo is not "overly huge" but be sure and watch one's image size on the photo hosting site.  If they are too large, it makes the forum page "expand" to allow the photo to fit and thus forces everyone to scroll left and right with the scroll bar at the bottom of the browser to see the photo or even just read the messages.

If anyone has any questions about posting photos, see the thread under "Guidelines And Suggestions - Please Read" that is entitled, "Guidelines Regarding Embedding Photos into Forum Posts."

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Here's my ride, a 2009 Suzuki V-Strom 650. I also have a 2006 Yamaha V-Star 650. I'm hoping eventually to be able to haul the Strom on the boarding platform of the Caboose, it will take some careful planning with weight distribution though. Hopefully the weight of a battery bank on the tongue will offset the weight of the bike so far back on the trailer, although the Semaphore's were advertised as being great for taking along your motorcycle or snow mobile loaded on the platform. 

The hard side cases on the back make for a huge wide flat area that I suppose could be adapted for a dog seat, but even so I don't think my Great Dane would fit, and the Yorkie would likely blow off!  LOL



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oops, will resize pics in the future. thanks!

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We are at the same stage you are meaning that we are still awaiting the day to become fulltimer. In our case we have two HD Fatboy & Sportster. At first I was looking to get a Newmar Canyon Star Toy Hauler. After a good analysis I changed my mind, then I tried to find an hydraulic plateform for the bikes but there is nothing on the market that can handle the weight.

We are expecting to hit the road around sept 2015 or before, my decision is still a class A Diesel Pusher 38 to 40 ft, and will keep the bikes in a closed trailer. This way I will be able to have some sort of a garage to gave all our gears and tools, without taking any living space in the MH. The two reasons I've changed my mind with Newmar was loosing 10 ft of living space and the torque because it is a gas MH. The only nice thing about it is you don't need to towe a trailer. I didn't have a look at fifth wheels because Our choice to travel is a class A

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i'm snowed in again in northeast Ohio and reading the Forum as I dream about spring, when what do I find but a thread about my favorite things...RV'ing and motorcycles! Last summer was our first with an RV. Previously, we had travelled everywhere on our bike.

We own a class C and are not fulltimers, but will stay out extended periods of time. We haul our Goldwing in a 12' trailer and are looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest this year.

I'll keep an eye for all of you!



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I have two Honda bikes.  One is a 750 Shadow and the other is a 1500 SE Goldwing.  I haul the Shadow on the back of my DP using a hydraulic lift.  The Wing is just way too big for that and I did not want to trailer it for a triple tow.   We just wanted something to have along for an occasional ride around the countryside when we got to a destination so the Shadow fit the bill.

I once, and only once, went thru the gyrations to put the 750 in the back of my pickup, which I tow.  By the time everything was said and done, there was no time left to go RVing.  blankstare  



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We are going through some similar thought processes. We currently own a DP and a Honda CRV that we have been flat towing. Now we have decided to get back into riding motorcycles and intend to buy a Harley Ultra Limited... which weighs about 900 lbs. Our intention is to start full-timing in October 2014 when I retire.

There seems to be two choices...

First, we can use a lift for the back of the motorhome and continue to flat tow the CRV. However, I'm a bit concerned that the added weight will put us right at our motorhome maximum rear weight rating... which doesn't make me too comfortable.

Second, we can buy an enclosed trailer to haul the motorcycle. It will keep the bike clean and dry, but then we will have to drive the CRV rather than flat towing it. Also, I'm concerned with any restrictions that RV parks may have on length of combined vehicles, etc.

Our intention is to not drive over 200 miles in a day and stay for several days at each location... so it may not be bad to have some "alone time" when relocating. However, I really like having my wife in the motorhome for navigation and safety sake.

I would appreciate some advise from this experienced group!

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I recently returned from my first trip with a couple of small motorbikes in the back of my new to me F-250. We plan on carrying them there when we FT with a TT in tow. I custom built a folding ramp to load these little bikes. I plan on building a tall truck topper to house them and add to our covered storage when FTing, removing the tailgate and replacing it with my 40" wide ramp now carried in-between the bikes.
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These little 125cc bikes are clones of the old CT-70 Honda, just updated with modern features like disk brakes (important as they will go much faster -over 60 MPH than the old 70cc version I had as a kid), 12v electrics, electronic ignition, electric start, better suspension, 4 speed transmission, etc. They only weigh in at around 150lbs each and get around 100 MPG due to their light weight and low rolling resistance. They are so small, light weight and easy to ride with their automatic clutch they don't intimidate my DW as a bigger bike would. Sure they are limited to around town and trail use due to their limited cruising speed but that suits us just fine. We took then to Big Bend NP where the speed limit is only 45 MPH - just right to see this huge NP on these little bikes.
This is how they looked right out of the box:


I added bigger carbs, UNI filters and 2 teeth on the CS sprocket for a little more speed and less RPM improving both performance and gas mileage.




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RE: Motorcycling


We have a Work n Play 5ver model 34.5. Towed with a 3500 4x4 Diesel , large garage with 6409 cargo carrying capapcity. Fits Kawasaki mule and Harley softail



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