How many Tow a Goldwing and use it as a towed. I sold my Harley dresser a year ago after losing interest in the whole Harley culture loud pipes thing. I had a ton of fun on Harleys for 30 years my last one a 97. Well I kinda have an itch to ride and both DW and I getting older. She is near 70 (shhhhh). So I looked at a very nice 03 Goldwing 1800 today. I took a ride and really liked the refined ride and power. Now this is not a Harley shoot out so hold your horses but there is a time for everything. I have a good trailer I could put it on and I think with the nice features such as heated grips,seats and Nice Radio etcc. I think I could ride it more and use it for our trips. Tell me your thoughts about goldwing as a toad.
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Well Sir, you're right up my alley. We had a '99 Bounder with the F-53 Chassis and the V-10. We towed an enclosed trailer with our '02 GL 1800 in it along with a tiny trailer for the Wing just in case we decided to be gone away from our camp spot for longer than a day or so. We did it for one long trip, about 3500 miles worth and about 7 western states.
The good part. The bike was always in a locked and secure environment when not in use. It was out of the weather, when ever we had bad weather that is. The bike remained clean and ready to ride, when ever we stopped for any length of time, a day, few days or a week.
The bad part. The coach was 34' long. The trailer was/is 16' long. I purchased a 7 x 16' for a reason. I'm not one of those weasels that thinks, "Lets get a trailer 6" larger in all directions so we don't use too much gas". The heck with that. I wanted ROOM while loading and unloading this large bike. I wanted room for other gear. I wanted room for two bicycles too.
Anyway, what all this means is that the total length of the rig and trailer was 55' long and that because it was a trailer and we needed access to the rear drop down tail gate, we had to have a pull through when we arrived in any campground. What we encountered was many campgrounds could not accommodate that length in a pull through. So, we moved on 'till we found one that could.
Sorry for the long dissertation but, that's what we used to do. Now, because we wanted the Wing along, and a toad for those bad weather days, we now "Carry" the Wing on the coach and tow a new Honda CRV. That way we've got the best of both worlds. It's not something every one would like but, we changed rigs in order to do just that.
I installed the lift and set it all up. The bad part, the Wings gets a bit dirty back there but not all that bad. It takes me about 15 minutes for a spruce up when I off load the bike in prep for a days ride. We love this setup. By the way, you're going to love all aspects of the Wing. Smoother, quieter, FASTER, better mileage, more advanced features, and more. We're on our 5th. Ours is an '08 Level Two, with heated grips, seats, GPS and Audio package.
You can't ask for a better ride. Anyway, here's our setup. I'd like to discuss the "tie down" points etc with you if you'd like. PM me and I'll help with whatever you might have a question about.
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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext Cab 4x4 Toad 2008 Caliente Red LVL II GL 1800 Goldwing KI60ND
I have a 2000, GL1500 that used to get a free ride in an 8.5' X 18' behind my 1990 34' Sunbus. My total overall length was 58.5' bumper to bumper. I had room for 5 bikes if needed, but usually had it set up for two with a small shop in the front to help other riders and RV'ers.
I also took a lot of the gear that was in the coach and moved it to the trailer when ever I used it. If it was just the DW and I, I could even load in the Wing and my M/C camper trailer.
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I picked up a 5' x 11' enclosed trailer from a neighbor to tow my 2003 1800.
It fits in there nice and is sealed off from the elements.
I use a Condor front tire mount with 4 straps and after 20k miles everything is clean and OK.
When I stop for a while, I unstrap the bike and lower the ramp and use the bike and then at night or rain or whatever, I park it back in the trailer using the Condor to hold it upright.
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This is the trailer that we used when we had the gas Bounder. We still have it. As stated earlier, we changed rigs because we wanted a toad AND THE WING. The Bounder was not up to that task. But, as you can see in the pics, having a larger trailer sure helps in being able to get around the bike for tying it down, carrying other stuff and not being cramped.
We too used the "Condor" wheel chock. It's the best investment for not only your trailering use, but, it's removeable and you can put it in the garage and drive right into it for parking and not have to use either of the stands.