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    I am debating on wether I want to tow my sportbike with me home on leave. The smallest trailer I could get was a 8ft flatbed borrowed from one of my Chaplains. Has small rails on the outside that dont have walls. I figure I will average around 16-19 mpg with my commander 4.7. How much do you think my MPG will drop the bike itself weighs roughly 380lbs trailer not sure of.
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    Probably not very much at all, I used to tow a small trailer behind my wrangler on road trips so I would have some room in the jeep. It probably weighed somewhere in the range of 4 to 6 hundred pounds average and I didnt even really know it was there?

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    I've got a JK-Unlimited, and I have a Hitch-Hauler that holds one bike. I was very skeptical of thm at first, but I found a used on eon CL and when I went to check it out, the guy was great. We hooked it up, loaded a bike and I was surprised at how stable they are. Just make sure it's not one of the 100 dollar specials from Harbor Freight or Ebay. But, I normally used it for my CRF250 (about 250lbs) and it worked flawless, you didn't even know the bike was there and my mileage never suffered. I know the sport bike probaly weighs in around 400lbs I'm guessing?? I did use it to hual my Supermoto bike, a KTM 560 which was a bit heavier, around 300lb with fuel, and that worked well also. Just an idea I guess down the line.

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    thats pretty cool. i would be worried about it breaking but i'm sure they've put in the brain work to make sure it's safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by medicbear View Post

    Yeah, I think I would steer clear of the Harbor Freight one. I looked at those in person, not exactly well manufatured. I believe they're built in China, crappy materials and crappy welds. Plus, it says it will support "up to" 400lbs. Most sportbike stip the scales a bit more than that with fuel and oil. Thats awfully close to the max weight capacity.

    This one (although I know it's sorta pricey) has a payload of 550lbs. Most Class II and III (2inch) hitches are tounge rated (I believe, check yours first) anywhere from 350-600lbs. Make sure to check your's first.

    http://www.mototote.com/motorcycle-c...arrier-us.html

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    this is me on my pcs from groton ct to florida


    i got 15 mpg all the way running 65 the whole way and that was a cheapo $300 trailer and i no issues but i did pack a spare set of bearings and grease an i repacked the bearings half way cause they was getting hot
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