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Old 16th May 2017, 04:49 PM
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Just picked up a 3 bike trailer last night and was wondering about loading it up.

It's a similar set up to this one: https://www.donedeal.ie/trailers-for...ailer/15304582

I've to load my own bike and then travel to pick up another before heading up to Mondello. Would it be ok to load my bike into the left/right runner and then travelling to pick up the second bike or will there be a massive imbalance with one bike loaded to the far left/right?

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Old 16th May 2017, 06:26 PM
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safety first, load the bike in the center position, place it left or right when you pick up second one
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Old 16th May 2017, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Jimmy16v
Just picked up a 3 bike trailer last night and was wondering about loading it up.

It's a similar set up to this one: https://www.donedeal.ie/trailers-for...ailer/15304582

I've to load my own bike and then travel to pick up another before heading up to Mondello. Would it be ok to load my bike into the left/right runner and then travelling to pick up the second bike or will there be a massive imbalance with one bike loaded to the far left/right?

Thanks
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Old 16th May 2017, 06:56 PM
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Make sure you offer the guy you're picking up free coffee on the journey and fill up his bike with petrol
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Old 16th May 2017, 07:49 PM
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Make sure the guy you're picking up gives you a free coffee on the journey and fills up your bike with petrol
Fixed it
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Old 16th May 2017, 08:30 PM
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Having loaded truck trailers for long time with forklifts, I would do it like this
1 bike, load onto centre rail and drive to where the 2nd bike is, then unload your bike and put one bike on the left rail and the other on the right rail, so leaving the centre rail free. That way the weight is distributed evenly across the trailer.
Doing it any other way will make the weight uneven causing fishtailing or worse capsizing
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Old 16th May 2017, 08:48 PM
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I have a two bike trailer for years and often only had one bike on it, generally on the right as i feel its easier to load that way, never had a problem of any description, all kinds of bikes carried from motocrossers to pan 1100, make sure the bike is well secured, shouldnt be an issue.
The main things to watch are that the bike is well secured and that the trailer is in good condition and the tyres are properly inflated, there needs to be a small weight bias to the nose of the trailer rathe than the rear, thats it.

Oh, and go slow, i repeat, go slow, legal speed towing a trailer is 50mph or 80kph, I'd recommend sticking to that. Take it handy in the bends.

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Old 16th May 2017, 09:33 PM
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[QUOTE=allsorts&oddjobs;3474209]I have a two bike trailer for years and often only had one bike on it, generally on the right as i feel its easier to load that way, never had a problem of any description, all kinds of bikes carried from motocrossers to pan 1100, make sure the bike is well secured, shouldnt be an issue.
The main things to watch are that the bike is well secured and that the trailer is in good condition and the tyres are properly inflated, there needs to be a small weight bias to the nose of the trailer rathe than the rear, thats it.

Oh, and go slow, i repeat, go slow, legal speed towing a trailer is 50mph or 80kph, I'd recommend sticking to that.

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Old 17th May 2017, 08:07 AM
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Ya 80kph on the motorway is some craic. I tow the track bike from Cork to Mondello and when doing 80kph it feels like you are going backwards!!!
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Old 17th May 2017, 09:51 AM
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Ya 80kph on the motorway is some craic. I tow the track bike from Cork to Mondello and when doing 80kph it feels like you are going backwards!!!
Yup , just chill and put on some good music
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Old 17th May 2017, 10:05 AM
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I use a bike trailer most weekends, if I am collecting the lads I always have one bike on a side not the center as a result. Collect the lads load one or two more bikes and away we go.

It will be fine for short distance jst take it easy turning on the side the bike is and round abouts. The most important thing is good straps and mounting points.
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Old 17th May 2017, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by allsorts&oddjobs
Oh, and go slow, i repeat, go slow, legal speed towing a trailer is 50mph or 80kph, I'd recommend sticking to that.


I got three points on the license this year for pulling a trailer at 86kmh!
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Old 17th May 2017, 01:50 PM
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I got three points on the license this year for pulling a trailer at 86kmh!
Must've been some prick of a gard to do that Mike, ffs, ive seen trailers being towed far faster than that, often went faster myself thats just lousy.
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Old 17th May 2017, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by allsorts&oddjobs
Must've been some prick of a gard to do that Mike, ffs, ive seen trailers being towed far faster than that, often went faster myself thats just lousy.
I myself admit to occaissionally slightly exceeding the 80 kmh limit on my trips from Cork to Belfast (and back) to catch the IOM ferry. Not by much, mind..

Seriously, this 80 kmh = 50mph limit strikes me as being set back in the 60s or earlier, when Morris Minors were towing bockety oul trailers of churns to the creamery. Hard to believe any half daycent guard would pull you for it, when there's artics and 40 foot trailers running around at 105/110 kmh
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Old 17th May 2017, 10:07 PM
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A transit is the man,just lob the bike in the back and off with ya,member tieing down scramblers to trailers every week do ur bloody head in
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Old 17th May 2017, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by allsorts&oddjobs
Must've been some prick of a gard to do that Mike, ffs, ive seen trailers being towed far faster than that, often went faster myself thats just lousy.
I know, Moss!
But of course, it wasn't an actual garda, it was an automatic-speed-camera-cash-register parked beside the road.

At least if I had gotten the points for knocking a bit of craic out of the bike, it'd feel justified.

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Old 18th May 2017, 10:01 AM
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Still a lousy thing to get done for and afaik its the gardai that review those camera pics, The craic is really gone out of it now lads, feckin police state, wait till they bring in the average speed cameras, I'll have to start smoking again just to have something to do while waiting at the side of the road
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Old 18th May 2017, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by patod02703
I myself admit to occaissionally slightly exceeding the 80 kmh limit on my trips from Cork to Belfast (and back) to catch the IOM ferry. Not by much, mind..

Seriously, this 80 kmh = 50mph limit strikes me as being set back in the 60s or earlier, when Morris Minors were towing bockety oul trailers of churns to the creamery. Hard to believe any half daycent guard would pull you for it, when there's artics and 40 foot trailers running around at 105/110 kmh

Speed limit for an artic is 80 kph. And they are restricted to 90kph.
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Old 18th May 2017, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by gilles27
I know, Moss!
But of course, it wasn't an actual garda, it was an automatic-speed-camera-cash-register parked beside the road.

At least if I had gotten the points for knocking a bit of craic out of the bike, it'd feel justified.
Got caught by one of them too between cullahill and johnstown at 92kmh.
Tis a fair balls.
Also beware of towing weights and licence categories, there seems to be a bit of a clampdown on trailers at the moment. Having the BE on the licence is handy.
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Old 18th May 2017, 12:20 PM
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I got three points on the license this year for pulling a trailer at 86kmh!
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