I use both... a trailer (one rail) and my pick up... I think in Australia they call them.. pick ups. Depends on the length of the trip... camping gear...etc etc... one other advantage is you can trailer one bike and haul another for your buddy along with the gear.. tough to do in a van. The van does offer better security and a place to crash overnight.... after that sticker shock found at the counter of the Holilday inn. Trailer.. and a van... best if both worlds.
70',82' Xs650, 65' Tri 650 Tiger, 70' 450 Ducati "Jupiter", 1970 350 Ducati,66' Triton (featherbed frame) w/73' 750 Tri engine, 68' Honda 450P (Police),75' "CONDOR"(Swiss Army), 29' Motobecane (French), 50' & 52' Terrot Paris Police m/c's, 54' Peugeot French Military Police m/c.. Algerian veteran. 50' Alycon French fire bike, 82' Cx500 Police trike (Ex Chicago Police 2011 R/Enfield, with sidecar, 06' Helix, 62' Cushman, 71' Guzzi Ambassador, 65' Ford Mustang, 04' Mustang convertible.. 1 wife
In Australia they call them 'Ute's' It's a question I have some experience with ;D If you have space to store it, trailer, (but, open type isn't secure.) This can be an issue some places, even stopping for gas (unless you have someone with you to keep an eye on things) I've never had an enclosed trailer, they are heavier to drag around and a lot more expensive but look more 'professional' ;D Tranny is better to 'hide stuff' but has limited tie down points if you carry 3 bikes (not really a problem) If your carrying musical equipment it's probably more secure but you either unload Sunday night or drive to work Monday with loaded vehicle
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Props on the Volvo Wagon. I haul my bikes on a utility trail, pulled by my Volvo V70, hauled with my Volvo 850 wagon before that. Those I5 engines are good strong runners and decent on gas, but rated to tow 3500 lbs.
Fix em, ride em, maken em better. Loven these old school twins.
Post by ShakerNorm on May 30, 2010 12:05:04 GMT -5
I have a removable chock in the back of my Dakota pickup, and instead of one of those "bed extenders" I have a "Ready-Ramp". It's a combination bed extender and ramp. Great idea - I can drive the bike up into the truck, then the ramp folds up to use as an extender to make sure nothing falls out with the tailgate down! Much better than having to carry both a ramp and extender.
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Well I made up my mind and went for the Transporter. I rode my XS to the car yard, made the purchase, loaded the XS into the rear and drove home ;D Got a great price on it too. Heres a couple of pics...please dont laugh at my crappy tie-down method
buell88: Anybody have any idea who built the xs650 tracker used in the Draggin Jeans Ad on Pipeburn?
May 16, 2017 16:24:09 GMT -5
joshua: The regulator/rectifier unit I got from Mikes PMA has closer hole spacing than original. Are we supposed to mill the holes to fit?
Jun 7, 2017 19:25:58 GMT -5
joshua: My bad. I found the bracket they supplied to mount the rectifier/regulator... Uh oh. How is this meant to work? Which way is it meant to mount? Looks like I have to use some spacers or something. Good instructions would be nice.
Jun 7, 2017 22:09:52 GMT -5
craig8johnson: Not sure if this is the right spot or not but oh well...
Jul 11, 2017 18:04:15 GMT -5
craig8johnson: I'm checking the charging system. I'm afraid I might have fried the last battery. With the solid state regulator (after market) what should it be charging at. The book says, I think, 15 volts. I'm hitting 17 when revved. Is that too high?
Jul 11, 2017 18:06:19 GMT -5
gggGary: Yes 17 volts is too high, about 14 volts is max, sounds like you don't have the right regulator or it's wired wrong.
Jul 13, 2017 6:54:33 GMT -5
dean: Just saying Hello, new member who is going to fix up a 79 XS650 that has seen its better days. I will definitely have lots of questions coming up.
Jun 23, 2018 16:45:32 GMT -5
tt650: Trying to breathe life into a 1980 that's been stored (indoors) for 25 yrs. Air filters are dry rotted. Have cleaned carbs but she only runs briefly on choke then stops. Need jet setting info and other ideas that might help her idle and rev.
Jul 3, 2018 19:15:19 GMT -5
trix13: Hey everyone! New to the forum and am fighting those gremlins!! New charging system, ignition switch, coil and fuse box. Resistance is higher than normal on the ignition pick up so I'm trying to find one. No such luck yet.
Aug 16, 2018 8:50:48 GMT -5
trix13: Also, even though all of my connections are clean, I cannot seem to find out why , when at higher rpms, I hit the signals and the rpms pulse with the signals...hahah. same with the brake light. I appreciate all input!!
Aug 16, 2018 8:55:08 GMT -5
bob99: how do I post a question. I am new to the forum
Jun 6, 2019 10:52:10 GMT -5
adlpc: Hello all! Been enjoying your edifying posts and discussions - and as a fan of the XS650 since my early teenage years happy that I now own a 1980 Special which I plan to turn into a vintage half faired racer. Thank you all for being here!
Oct 1, 2019 0:58:56 GMT -5
jimothyj: Hello everyone, I just joined & wish would have known about this site in 2014 when I brought my 1974 TX650A back from the grave. I have spent a good deal of $$ and alot of time on it. Just painted it and working on electrical, I will post pics soon,
Apr 10, 2021 2:14:13 GMT -5
louisvan: trix13 - I had a problem with my 1975 SX650. When I got to highway speeds, the engine lost power. The problem was in the connectors. At a certain vibration and the wind pushing on the wiring loom, the connector lost continuity. A bad crimp to the wire.
May 20, 2021 1:19:09 GMT -5
deadlykittin: Hey guys,. i have a 82 xs650 special, super new rider, with almost no knowledge on bikes. So was just riding it, getting used to the clutch and all that. But i was noticed its really hard to get the bike to start, using electric start. And the kick pump---
Aug 4, 2022 17:09:55 GMT -5
deadlykittin: loses compression after the first kick. Ontop of that, i noticed it 1, wont go into neutral when sitting still. and now it dies after getting it started in neutral and going into gear
Aug 4, 2022 17:11:01 GMT -5
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