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I bought a hitch hauler.

These pics are from when I first bought the bike and drove the 2 hour trip to get it home.

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That brings back memories.

When I was in college, I welded two bars directly onto the back of my Vega angled down at about 45 degrees with a piece of pipe welded between the two at the outer most end. I dragged my bike all over with that thing.

I would suggest taking the chain off when dragging.

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+2 on taking the chain off. The chain will turn the countershaft sprocket and with out the motor running there may not be oil getting pmped up to the rotating parts in the transmission. I don't know enough about the oil circuit on the DRZ to say with certainty but I like to err on the side of caution.

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Yeah, I didn't wanna try taking the chain off right as I was buying the bike but I plan to the next time I take a long trip with it.

Boy did I get a ton up looks from people on the freeway home. :thumbsup:

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That's straight professional right there.

I have access to a welder and only had a Class I hitch as well, so I beefed the hitch up hardcore and whipped up a rack...

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I thought I was bad pulling a CBR600f3 on one side of the boat trailer and a SeaDoo GSX Limited on the other from Tampa to Deal's Gap, NC more than a few times...behind a 1.6 liter '93 Miata...and I was still the 'faster traffic' even in the mountains. Hmm.. :thumbsup:

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That's straight professional right there.

I have access to a welder and only had a Class I hitch as well, so I beefed the hitch up hardcore and whipped up a rack...

0410111833-00.jpg

The tongue weight limit of a Class I hitch is 200 lbs but a DRZ weighs 300 lbs.

Dunno what you did to beef it up but an additional 100lbs over the limit seems a bit scary.

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The tongue weight limit of a Class I hitch is 200 lbs but a DRZ weighs 300 lbs.

Dunno what you did to beef it up but an additional 100lbs over the limit seems a bit scary.

yup, but the gross trailer weight is 2000 - so I did this:

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Love the looks I got while pulling my bike. This was a class 1 I think. It was bolted to the frame.

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Now I have a 90 Celica and the only hitch I can find for it is a class 1 that bolts to the bumper supports. This will be installed vary soon. Pulling my bike behind my Jeep sucks due to the 12mpg it gets.

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I bought a hitch hauler.

These pics are from when I first bought the bike and drove the 2 hour trip to get it home.

RhlEr.jpg

YVSx7.jpg

:thumbsup:

Where did you get this?

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Love the looks I got while pulling my bike. This was a class 1 I think. It was bolted to the frame.

DSCF2552-2.jpg

DSCF2550-1.jpg

Now I have a 90 Celica and the only hitch I can find for it is a class 1 that bolts to the bumper supports. This will be installed vary soon. Pulling my bike behind my Jeep sucks due to the 12mpg it gets.

what motor did you have in the honda?

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The tongue weight limit of a Class I hitch is 200 lbs but a DRZ weighs 300 lbs.

Dunno what you did to beef it up but an additional 100lbs over the limit seems a bit scary.

It was a bit scary, until more than twice the weight of the original hitch assembly of steel was welded onto it for extra support. Two braces to the trunk floor of 1/4" steel, one extension to each bumper mount, and one cross-brace to the sill of the trunk lip. I would confidently put 500lbs on it. I modeled it in Pro Engineer and did some analysis work, and gusseted the weak spot I found. Was is worth the work I put into it? Well. That... that is another question. The answer to that question is no. :thumbsup:

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I used to pull a trailer with two bikes on it with my 1985 civic si when my brother and I did hare scrambles together. It worked great.

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My wife could drive, and I could ride out back.

And you could use that cup holder from the other thread for your beer. :thumbsup:

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I found a Kendon single rail stand up trailer on Craigslist. 80 mph no sweat, mountain roads to Big Bear Lake Calif. nobody passing me.

Tow vehicle 08 Honda Civic SI 4door 1000 #Lb. towing capacity.

Sits in the garage in a space smaller then a ping pong table. Awesome

Other brands available.

All those rear bumper platforms are problematic the least of all being your headlights now are in all on coming traffics eyes. In the old days we had air shocks to bring the rear up.

You become easy mark for a cop even if you are going 55 mph which you are not, I mean who does. Swerve that car in a accident mode and the whole shooting match could go over. Most vehicles would fail any tip over test with such a weight problem. Case in point the Honda Element only seats 4 as a 3 body in the back seat in sitting position made it fail in roll over testing. Hard to imagine since all the bad press for the Ford Explorer/ Never mind the epic crash the started its slide had 7 persons in it 2 in the cargo area and a under-inflated Firestone tire.

Do not mean to rain on your parade it is insurance agent syndrome and one of my best pals is a R and D Honda Guy.

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I found a Kendon single rail stand up trailer on Craigslist. 80 mph no sweat, mountain roads to Big Bear Lake Calif. nobody passing me.

Tow vehicle 08 Honda Civic SI 4door 1000 #Lb. towing capacity.

Sits in the garage in a space smaller then a ping pong table. Awesome

Other brands available.

All those rear bumper platforms are problematic the least of all being your headlights now are in all on coming traffics eyes. In the old days we had air shocks to bring the rear up.

You become easy mark for a cop even if you are going 55 mph which you are not, I mean who does. Swerve that car in a accident mode and the whole shooting match could go over. Most vehicles would fail any tip over test with such a weight problem. Case in point the Honda Element only seats 4 as a 3 body in the back seat in sitting position made it fail in roll over testing. Hard to imagine since all the bad press for the Ford Explorer/ Never mind the epic crash the started its slide had 7 persons in it 2 in the cargo area and a under-inflated Firestone tire.

Do not mean to rain on your parade it is insurance agent syndrome and one of my best pals is a R and D Honda Guy.

Kendon™ Stand-Up Single Rail Trailer

$2,147.99 - J&P Cycles

Kendon Stand-Up Single Rail Trailer

$2,199.95 - Rack N Road

Kendon Single Stand-up Motorcycle Trailer

$2,150.00 - eBay

Mustang: $5,000

DR-Z400: $2,900

Tow Hitch: $199

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