How Motorcycle Towing Trailers Work

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Moments like this are nice, but sometimes it's more expedient to strap your bike to a trailer and roll out of town.
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If you've ever climbed on a motorcycle and cut loose across the highway, then you know just how exhilarating a road trip can be. Even if you haven't, you've probably encountered plenty of iconic scenes in film and literature. Whether you're reading about a philosophic father-and-son road trip in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" or watching two drug smugglers search for America in "Easy Rider," it's hard not to dream about setting off into the sunset yourself.

Inspired? Well, unfortunately there's nothing romantic about taking your Harley on a journey through the American Midwest if you tow it behind your SUV. You can blast "Highway to Hell" all you want but, really, who are you kidding? Sometimes, however, you just need to transport a motorcycle from point A to point B. Maybe you're moving all your belongings cross-country or just want to get your precious 1965 Ducati Monza Jr. to the bike show in one piece.


­Whatever your reasons are, you can't just tie the bike to your bumper and drag it along. Nor would you want to. If you own a truck with an open bed, you can invest in various motorcycle cradles. Otherwise, you'll probably want to rent or purchase a motorcycle towing trailer. Various models are available, including flatbed trailers, two-wheel motorcycle trailers and trailer hitch adapters that clamp to the cycle's front wheel. It all depends on how many bikes you need to tow and how much they weigh.

In this article, we'll look at the three main varieties of motorcycle towing trailers, as well as a few options you might not have thought of.