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Hello,

 

Soon I will be buying a dirt bike (max weight of about 230 lbs) and I need away to tow it to a local trail park (maybe 80 miles from house).

 

How can I do this? 

 

Will it be better to buy a hitch or a trailer? I would like to buy a hitch, but I don't want to damage my only car.

 


 

I own a 2003 Honda Accord LS. 

 

Any comments, suggestions, or recommendations. Please

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Hello,

Soon I will be buying a dirt bike (max weight of about 230 lbs) and I need away to tow it to a local trail park (maybe 80 miles from house).

How can I do this?

Will it be better to buy a hitch or a trailer? I would like to buy a hitch, but I don't want to damage my only car.

Something like the hitch on here: http://www.toyota-4runner.org/3rd-gen-t4rs/82386-motorcycle-carrier-hitch-1998-toyota-4runner-need-advise.html

I own a 2003 Honda Accord LS.

Any comments, suggestions, or recommendations. Please

Youre going to have to buy a tow pacage no matter what but i would buy a small trailer. I dont think you can use one of them bike things that slide into a hitch with a smaller hitch receiver. It would weigh to much.

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Youre going to have to buy a tow pacage no matter what but i would buy a small trailer. I dont think you can use one of them bike things that slide into a hitch with a smaller hitch receiver. It would weigh to much.

Thank you,

 

What is a tow package please? I am newbie. lol

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Thank you,

 

What is a tow package please? I am newbie. lol

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2003-2005-HONDA-ACCORD-ALL-MODELS-TRAILER-RECEIVER-TOW-HITCH-EASY-INSTALLATION-/320757720246?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Year%3A2003%7CMake%3AHonda%7CModel%3AAccord&hash=item4aaea664b6&vxp=mtr            You will also need wiring for lights and a ball to suite which trailer you buy . 

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Youre going to have to buy a tow pacage no matter what but i would buy a small trailer. I dont think you can use one of them bike things that slide into a hitch with a smaller hitch receiver. It would weigh to much.

Max tongue weight on a 1 1/4" hitch is 200lbs. so  :naughty:

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Max tongue weight on a 1 1/4" hitch is 200lbs. so  :naughty:

Thank you Beau 88. What means by tongue weight? can you give example or picture please? Excuse my ignorance. 

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Thank you Beau 88. What means by tongue weight? can you give example or picture please? Excuse my ignorance. 

Tongue weight is the maximum weight you can put straight down on the hitch directly on the ball. Thats why when towing you want a balanced load . You want your bike right over the trailer axles or a little in front of them . Too far forward you have too much tongue weight and can break the hitch , too much back behind the axles, not enough tongue weight . Meaning you hit a bump with no weight on the tongue car goes one way trailer comes off and goes wherever  :facepalm: I have two bikes so i put one far forward and one back to balance the trailer with gas cans , extra clothes , tools, Gear up front . So i can pick up the front of my trailer by hand and it weighs about 80 lbs. I have a 2' hitch that is rated for a higher rate than the one in the link but you won't need a big hitch pulling only one bike and small trailer .

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Here's your best solution.

Trailer weighs in at 280# empty. Pulls easy. You can find these trailers used for less than $200.00 on cl at times.

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Trailer for sure. A bike on the back of my FJ Cruiser makes it drive a little wonky. A little car won't tolerate a bike on a carrier, too unbalanced.

Check out CL for a light little trailer. If you don't see one, Harbor Freight has cheezy little trailers for cheap that work great for 1 or 2 bikes behind a small car. An Accord will pull a small trailer no sweat.

U-Haul has hitches with installation for very competitive prices. They can wire up your lights too.

Harbor Freight and U-Haul are a lot of bang for the buck.

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Agree with both of the above U haul does a good job on installation , and this time of year even home depot has small trailers , but they are proud of them.  :thumbsup:

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We have a single axel three slot trailer like the one pictured above. You can pick up the tongue and move it around with three bikes on it relatively easy. As long as you get the bikes over the axel and not up front on the tongue you can tow it easy with your Honda. Find a hitch and wiring on amazon and pick up a little trailer locally and you're set!

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Here is ours:

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You can pick up the tongue of that trailer easily with one person and move it around!  

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Trailer for sure. A bike on the back of my FJ Cruiser makes it drive a little wonky. A little car won't tolerate a bike on a carrier, too unbalanced.

Check out CL for a light little trailer. If you don't see one, Harbor Freight has cheezy little trailers for cheap that work great for 1 or 2 bikes behind a small car. An Accord will pull a small trailer no sweat.

U-Haul has hitches with installation for very competitive prices. They can wire up your lights too.

Harbor Freight and U-Haul are a lot of bang for the buck.

 

Thank you kindly,

 

http://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Trailer-hitches/746028 Here, I called and they can install the hitch and wiring for me and I can learn from what I see here. 

 

All left to do is buy one of those trailers specifically for dirt bikes like the pictures above. Where can I buy this from? CL?

 

Thanks. really great support here for us newbies trying to ride a bike and have fun.

 

The only thing left for me is to find a trailer on CL.

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Here's your best solution.

Trailer weighs in at 280# empty. Pulls easy. You can find these trailers used for less than $200.00 on cl at times.

 

Thank you 

 

Where can I find a trailer like that from? Is that trailer for specifically made for dirt bike towing?

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We have a single axel three slot trailer like the one pictured above. You can pick up the tongue and move it around with three bikes on it relatively easy. As long as you get the bikes over the axel and not up front on the tongue you can tow it easy with your Honda. Find a hitch and wiring on amazon and pick up a little trailer locally and you're set!

 

So the tongue weight means, I don't want 200lbs (assuming max weight is 200 for the tongue ) directly on the hitch? If am correct, buying a trailer like the examples above should put most weight on the axel and make it make the weight balance.

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Thank you

Where can I find a trailer like that from? Is that trailer for specifically made for dirt bike towing?

Look on craigslist.

Yes, it was a 3 rail like sandlvr has, but someone stole one rail. So now I have a 2 rail. I added boards in between the rails, so you can put your foot down when riding up on the trailer. As sandlvr said, you can pick up tounge and wheel it around with bikes on it.

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Look on craigslist.

Yes, it was a 3 rail like sandlvr has, but someone stole one rail. So now I have a 2 rail. I added boards in between the rails, so you can put your foot down when riding up on the trailer. As sandlvr said, you can pick up tounge and wheel it around with bikes on it.

 

Just to be sure, I can not use a dirt bike hitch with the rails because the max tongue weight for my car is 200lbs right?

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Just to be sure, I can not use a dirt bike hitch with the rails because the max tongue weight for my car is 200lbs right?

I wouldn't try to haul it on a hitch hauler. The rear suspension of an accord will not hold up. Also any hitch you buy will be mounted into sheet metal, this is why they are saying max capacity of 200# tounge weight. If you go too heavy on weight it could literally rip the hitch out of the body.

That said, I used a ford escort for years pulling a bike trailer like I posted pics of. It worked fine. I am using this trailer now because I have an escape. Same type of mounting used. Its just sheet metal. Go to uhaul have a hitch installed and buy a small trailer you'll be fine.

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If you tried to put a Dirt bike/hitch hauler combo on your car, you'd likely lift the front end just enough to loose traction and control of the car.....being that it is front wheel drive, this would be a real bad thing.

Ever see a Front wheel drive car do a wheelie? I can't figure out how it could be done (w/o a load off the trunk).

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