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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-16-2014, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Can I tow my Voyager with a receiver hitch with the rear wheel on ground? I wonder if the transmission would be lubricated?

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Sure you can, but you sure need to know what your doing.
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With the front wheel up the tranny will have plenty of oil.


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You can, buy why would you? I guess if you have a car tire on the rear you won't have to worry about creating a flat spot.

I am assuming you are talking about towing it further than down to the local mechanic.

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You can, buy why would you? I guess if you have a car tire on the rear you won't have to worry about creating a flat spot.

I am assuming you are talking about towing it further than down to the local mechanic.
cross country, why would it cause a flat spot on rear tire?

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Cant see the wear on the tire being any different than riding it. Would probably be less due to reduced weight and no braking or accelerating forces on the tire.

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I wouldn't do it for the simple reason of tire wear. There are thousands of threads on this forum and every other motorcycle forum about poor rear tire longevity. If I wear out a rear tire I want it to be with my butt in the saddle, not following me down the road hanging off the back of my car/truck. But, that's just me.
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If I was going to tow mine that far I think I'd invest in a cheap HF trailer and haul the bike on it.

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Most trailer tires rot long before they show any treadwear.

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Most trailer tires rot long before they show any treadwear.
What does trailer tire wear have to do with the price of tea in China?

As far as a flat spot in the tire caused by towing, I believe towing across the country WILL cause a flat spot. It is much different than riding, because while being towed, the bike will never lean into corner. It will stay upright, putting all the wear in the center of the tread.

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Your picture shows a Harley Davidson being towed, which has a separate transmission from the crankcase with it's own lubrication oil. Distributed on the gears by an oil slinger.
The Kawasaki has an internal transmission combined with the crankcase, lubricated by the oil pump, which will not be turning when towing the bike. I would not recommend towing.
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