Trailering Your Bike

I have often said that unless your ride has a propellor, it does not need to be trailered. For the most part, I still believe that today. The reason you own a bike in the first place is to enjoy the journey – not necessarily the destination. Half the fun is in getting to where you are going – whether riding in a group – or by yourself.

There are certain advantages to trailering your bike, which over the past couple of years, the Grey Beard has come to appreciate:

  • You arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to ride
  • Since we usually are with another couple in the truck, we can easily talk all the way to the destination
  • You can definitely pack more clothes and gear
  • There is less wear and tear on your scoot
  • Air conditioning is your friend when it is hot

To trailer, or not to trailer, your bike is the question. I am still a bit torn about this. I am more accepting of it than I once was. It certainly does have its place. If we are going with our friends and can trailer our bike, the Grey Beard will certainly consider trailering. But then I am reminded of my last trip to Sturgis, many years ago. The ride there is across the plains and would be extremely boring in a vehicle. But on the bike, blasting across the “Big Sky” states, there is an unusual beauty to the vast openness which you cannot enjoy while in a cage.

What do you think?

The Grey Beard Biker

About the author

Living in Clarksville, Tennessee, Michael Noirot has been riding motorcycles for many years. He and his gal, Tracy, have traveled the United States on motorcycles and are always seeking out new adventures. Living with them are their pets, Willa, Lexi and Motor - the black cat!

Comments

  1. I have never trailered my scoot. I find that a lack of too much prior planning, making random stops to take in what’s around me, and simply living in the moment makes for a very relaxing trip. I do however try to arrive the day prior. As far as gear goes, I have learned over the years that my saddlebags will hold everything I need….not everything I want. But less is more when riding for the ride.
    Smoker

  2. I believe each to his own, it shouldn’t be a judgmental thing. As I have been aging, things change with the body. Yes I can still do the iron butt, but certainly would have a hard time walking after I get off the bike. I no longer have a trailer for my bike, but this does not mean I wouldn’t trailer it if I wanted to. Extreme weather could also dictate that need.
    Thanks for allowing us to comment on this subject my friend.
    Signed,
    Scoot

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