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Towing the bike Safe or Not?

Was looking at some of the tow hitches on the market where you attach them to your cars trailer hitch receiver. You then ride the bike up a short ramp into a wheel chock on the tow hitch then strap it in for the ride. Has anyone here ever used one of these and if so what model is the best out of these to get. I have a utility trailer but it is way too hard for me to get my bike up on it and off it safely anymore. Just too old I guess and scared of dropping it mainly on myself. Want to go with something easy to load the bike and get it to my destination.
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Bear in mind the transmission is lubricated by the engine oil pump. Even in neutral there are a lot of gears turning.
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Saw a guy roast his 2stroke, dirt bike with one of those. Hit a bump or pot hole and it knocked it into 1st gear without him knowing. 60mph in 1st gear with no fuel/oil flowing through the crankcase = new engine.

The transmission gears are siting in oil, and there will be a lot slung around inside the case. So I don't think it will hurt your trans, I dont like the idea of it though.

Have a bigger loading ramp built for your trailer and just ride smooth and confident, like you do when your pulling into your driveway.

Or you could sell yours and get one of these.

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I'll second the suggestion for a wider trailer and a nice wide ramp. Where you can ride up, put your feet down, and dismount. (With a wheel chock in front to keep the bike upright until you get it strapped down.)

I, too, would be leary about spinning the wheel going down the highway like that. Bump it into gear, or just spinning transmission components without any oil pressure.

My stepdad has a nice low motorcycle-specific trailer with a wheel chock on the front. Big wide ramp. You just ride up, put both feet down like you're sitting at a stop sign, and dismount! It's easy. (We even modified it with some 2x4's temporarily to fit an ATV so we could get it home from the dealer! Ha!)

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how hard would it be to remove the chain for the tow?
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