Bringing your motorcycle along for the ride

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Reviewing your options

Let’s say you’re heading off on a family vacation to a place that would be ideal for riding. Or, you’ve heard of a motorcycling event that you’d like to attend, but you don’t want to ride that far. These are situations where you can’t ride to your destination, but you’d like to have your bike with you when you get there. The obvious solution is to tow your motorcycle. However, you may be unsure of what type of equipment you need to safely transport your valuable motorcycle without costing too much or being hard to handle and store.

When you review your choices, you’ll find they range from extremely basic to highly complex and costly. The simplest solution is putting your bike in the bed of a pickup truck and securing it firmly in place. Unless you have an extremely light motorcycle, or you are an Olympic weightlifter with a couple of friends, you’ll need a ramp to get the bike in place. You’ll also need a chock for the front wheel and several strong ratcheting straps to secure the bike firmly in place.

If you don’t have a truck, or you need to use the bed for other purposes, there are a number of ways to pull the motorcycle behind your vehicle. These range from a simple device that attaches the front wheel of the bike to the rear of the vehicle allowing the rear wheel to roll free on the pavement. The Slick Wheelie from The USA Trailer Store is such a device. It is a simple and elegant solution, however it is generally not considered suitable for long distances.

If you’ve got a long way to go, you need to get the bike up off the street and keep it secure. The best way to do that, of course, is with a trailer. We’ve all seen large, complex trailers hauling two or more bikes in the wake of a gigantic pickup. Those are costly and large, requiring lots of storage space when not in use. They are also very heavy and can significantly reduce fuel economy.

The USA Trailer Store has created a relatively simple, reliable and affordable solution called the Ace Single Motorcycle Trailer. Unlike more complex trailers, it is designed specifically to carry a single motorcycle safely and efficiently. It is also designed to fold for easy storage between uses.

The design is deceivingly simple. At a glance, it looks like a rolling ramp, that is, a single ramp mounted on an axle with a wheel on either side. The truth is, the Ace is cleverly designed to fold to the width of the two wheels. It even features casters, enabling the user to easily roll the folded unit to a storage location.

You can find out more about the Ace Single Motorcycle Trailer at the USA Trailer Store Web site. You can even see it in action. It’s a great solution if you need to safely get a single motorcycle from point A to point B.