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The Ultimate Guide To Towing a Motorcycle Trailer

Monday July 18, 2022 at 2:01pm
The Ultimate Guide To Towing a Motorcycle Trailer

Not all towing situations are nightmares. When moving home, you'll need a safe way to get your motorbike to its new location, or maybe you're hitting the road for a camping holiday and want to bring your bike for the ride.

There's a range of ways you can move your motorcycle from A to B, but the very best and safest way is always to tow it properly.

If you've towed a trailer before, then learning to tow a motorcycle will be fairly straightforward. However, if towing is new to you, we've got a comprehensive guide and added amazing discount inside.

Ready, Set, Go: Motorcycle Safety Checks You Need to Know

Before setting off there are a number of things you should check to ensure you get to where you need to be in the safest way possible. The government website has a guide on these checks but here is the rundown:

  • Make sure the trailer is coupled to the towball properly, that the height is correct and that the core cable is in safe working order
  • Fit a secondary coupling or breakaway cable to ensure the brakes work, and stop the trailer from running away should it become unattached; make sure there's enough slack so it cannot accidentally brake or drag along the ground
  • The tyres on your car and trailer must be checked before, during and after your journey; this includes inflation and tread depth
  • Check your wheel nuts and bolts are tightened and any mudguards fitted to the trailer are secure
  • Always make sure your lights are in working order and there is no visible damage
  • Make sure your load is evenly distributed and under the MAM of your vehicle, you can find this information on your vehicle manufacturer's plate or car handbook
  • A trailer without a braking system should never exceed 750kg or weigh more than 50% of your car's weight
  • Wheel bearings are one of the only moving parts on a trailer, check and add grease often
  • ·         Check your strap tension before you leave, a mile down the road and 50 miles down the road. Re-tension the straps as often as necessary. There's no such thing as too much checking, especially if it can save you a new paint job

    What can my car tow (weight)?

    Every car has a maximum towing capacity. The maximum mass you can tow is set by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found by reading the vehicle identification plate (VIN plate).

    Located under the car bonnet or on a door pillar, the VIN plate has four lines. The VIN plate will look like this:

    Calculate Your Maximum Towing Weight

    To calculate the maximum weight your car can tow, all you need to do is subtract the gross vehicle weight (GVW) from the gross train weight (GTW).

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