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I'd probably go smaller than a Burger, just for ease of loading and handling. My SH150 is my main errand runner in town, and between the top box and pet carrier, can handle a surprising volume of goods. Even has a bag hook for extra capacity. Quite a bit smaller, lighter, and easier to handle than a Burgman. It'll go 60 even with my big, tall, and heavy corpus, so pretty suited to city traffic. With the tall windshield, pretty good weather protection as well. Gets around 80MPG or better. If the goal is to have a bike to tour on once you reach your destination, then, yes, you'll want something bigger. But a mid-sized scooter is remarkably practical as a go-getter, and relatively cheap. Won't wake the neighbors when you go out for early morning donuts, either.
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My tubby self and my wife can both ride her PCX 150 scooter. Not much suspension left with both of us on, but with a 30 liter top box and an even larger storage area under the seat, we can carry quite a bit. Top speed as indicated solo is about 65 mph and with both of us it drops to about 55mph. With the smaller wheels though, 45mph and under is really the sweet spot. Any faster, and the scoot starts to get a little squirrely.
 

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Finally! A safe way to run my front tire in reverse...should be able to even out the cupping, lol

Also, does my speedo sensor run backwards? Clean, low-mileage bike--everywhere I go!
Pretty neat option to avoid the hassles of a trailer. I do wonder though if there are consequences to going in the opposite intended direction with the bike. The windscreen I assume would have to be removed, but what about the exhaust? I would think that driving in rain would force water down into the muffler. Also, what about lighting? Requirements vary from state to state, but I have to think that there has to be some sort of visual indicator beyond "x" number of feet from the vehicle.
 

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Do any of you guys use a Vstrom as a go to rig for trips in the motor home ?

Seems to me they would make for a real good bike to have in this situation. :wink2:

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I would think that the weight of even a small motorhome is over the rated towing capacity of a 'Storm :grin2:
 

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A vstrom towing a motorhome would be one where guiness should be called to whitness it.
 

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There is a safe, quite easy to load, and out of the way tool to get a motorcycle on the back of a motorhome.

Cruiser lift

 

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I used to have a Piaggio BV250. 329 lbs dry. It was very reliable over about 10k miles. Quick enough to 40 mph and would hold 65 if needed. Definitely keep up with traffic in town. 16 inch wheels made it nicer handling than a Vespa. Same motor and drive. Great mileage. Lots of storage. I wish I still had it and think it would make excellent grocery gitter. Twist n go!!!
 

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There is a safe, quite easy to load, and out of the way tool to get a motorcycle on the back of a motorhome.

Cruiser lift

I knew there was a device on the market for bigger bikes to be loaded on the back of a motorhome. Thanks realshelby .

The only real downside I can see to this is the when your moho is a pusher (engine in the rear) the bike is in the way of
access to the engine compartment door. But still you could work around that. Might just be more of a PITA. :smile2:
 

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20 years ago I moved to Phoenix in the winter. I just took my truck. I bought a 1979 Yamaha RD 400 while I was there and ride it all winter. It was great until spring rolled around. 113* in April. I packed up my truck. No room for the bike. I made a tow hook that mounted to the bumper. The front wheel is clamped in it and handle bars tied down to it. Towed the bike back up north no issues. I see someone is selling them now. Pretty handy. I don’t know if I’d want to try reversing a motor home with one behind it though.
 

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We had a diesel pusher with a hitch mounted rack on the back for our DL 1000. Two problems. No access to the engine without removing the bike and the bike is over three times the weight of me and a lot younger:). It did fall off once in the driveway while loosening the tie downs. The rack also drags on steeper driveways and such. Doesn't need to be very steep to be a problem. Takes a long time to get it tied down, too. And it came loose once and banged up the back of the motorhome.
With the newer gas motorhome we have now, it scrapes more easily and is even harder to tie down, due to the shape of the back end of the motorhome. Also, it has a standard hitch which sags a little with the bike hanging on it. Hitches are rated for tongue weight, not torque weight.
The cruiser carriers use two or even three hitches installed on the motorhome or truck. They are expensive plus a very intensive installation ($$$). There are also some platform trailers that do not swivel at the hitch but have a swiveling wheel on the back of the "trailer". We've about decided to just get an old Jeep or other smaller vehicle to tow on long trips.
 

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There is a reason I mentioned "safe" when I posted about the Cruiser lift. Not sure why you need access to the engine? I can stick my hand through the grill and pull out the dipstick to check engine oil. That is about all there is to do. Beyond that you can have the lift down or if that isn't enough take the bike off quickly.

The Cruiserlift install entails welding large C channel to the motorhome frame. There is NO other way to safely hold that much weight with no support under it. The load floor is maybe an inch off the ground when down. Ride or push on, put down kick stand to get all the straps in place. Straighten bike, put up kick stand and then cinch down straps. I use 6 good ratchet straps. I have hauled the V STroms, the BMW RT on it for longer trips. You MUST set it up right with the tension rods or they do move too much! My neighbor hauled a Gold Wing on the same cruiserlift as mine.

You can easily tow your toad with the bike on the lift. I do that a LOT. Much easier to load and unload than if using a trailer.
 

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Discussion Starter #31 (Edited)
in response to post #30 -- That makes sense, In some situations for some people the carry the bike with you profile might not work anymore.
And when your safety is targeted trying to load or unload a rather heavy motorcycle it's wise to shift to a tow behind
4 wheeler.
 

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The beauty of the cruiserlift is that you can forget the bike is back there. Need to back up? Put it in gear and have at it. Want to pull in a restaurant parking lot? Don't worry, nothing behind you to worry about when in sharp turns.

But the biggest reason the cruiserlift is the only way for me, is that it allows you to tow the Jeep as well as have the bike on the cruiserlift. I have a bike to ride, the Boss has the Jeep when I am away on a ride. There is no replacement for that convenience. If you are investing the money a diesel pusher requires, the cruiser lift is simply $4500 or so you figure in.

I have on occasion thought a nice aluminum trailer might be a good solution. Put a small car and the bike on it. But it costs more than the cruiserlift and the tow bar setups. The big drawback is storing it when on location.
 

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Yes - Like man cave garage living. All things riding, wrenching and football. Or ( Insert ) your choice of TV sport...:smile2:

My thoughts too. Here’s my setup with the Wee. Added a couple permanent tie down loops to front fork and I’m loaded up and secure in a couple minutes. Added bonus is that ramp turns into deck.
 

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I love it . Is that a trailer or the back of a motorhome ? You even have room left for the tv and generator, beer fridge ,
All the comforts of home and then some. Nice !
 

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I love it . Is that a trailer or the back of a motorhome ? You even have room left for the tv and generator, beer fridge ,
All the comforts of home and then some. Nice !


Back of motor home- the garage. Thor Outlaw Class C toy hauler. Full kitchen/bathroom/couch and overcab bunk on the other side of that back wall. I don’t have to mess with hitching up a trailer, and once the wee is out there’s couches on each side that fold down. It’s very chill.


2003 Wee
 

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I plan on putting the DL650 in the back of my truck which I tow behind my MH. It's a F150 Super Cab 4X4 with a 6.5' bed, just long enough for the bike.
 

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Do any of you guys use a Vstrom as a go to rig for trips in the motor home ?

Seems to me they would make for a real good bike to have in this situation. :wink2:

If you have stories to share please do ...
Yep Got a 28 foot Triple E RV. Had a removable rack made to carry my 2014 VStrom 1000. Easy to load with one guy and solid as a rock. Don't even know it's back there even at high speeds and twisty roads. It's a great combination, and keeps the missus happy as a clam.
 

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Do any of you guys use a Vstrom as a go to rig for trips in the motor home ?

Seems to me they would make for a real good bike to have in this situation. :wink2:

If you have stories to share please do ...
I took my 650 on the back of 1/2 ton pickup truck all the way to Wyoming and Colorado and back no problems. I did install Air Lift air springs to level the back of the truck. I did not try to load and unload from the carrier by myself.

The bike did cover the tail lights of the truck so I attached some on the hitch carrier. I have also used the carrier on the back of a 1 ton Ford Transit van and that handles the weight much better. I did see a big motorhome hauling a big Harley touring bike.

Depending on the size of your motorhome, you should not have any trouble.
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The problem is any weight put behind the rear axel will take that same weight off the front wheels no matter how level the vehicle is.
 
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