Motorcycle towing

Motorcycle towingOf course, the traffic rules are prohibited to tow a motorcycle both by single motorcycles and by themselves. And in sleet flexible coupling is outlawed. But this is on the road, where, in principle, can reach and tow. If there is a breakdown on the roads or in the forest, you have to rely only on yourself. Or to the aid of a friend. But even together, it is hard, if at all possible, to roll a motorcycle along a cross-country road (and a second motorcycle without a driver will not ride). Any rise, ravine or snow-covered field turns into an insurmountable (at least in a reasonable time) barrier. Meanwhile, the tent and dry rations for short pokatushki taken is not accepted. But when it is ten kilometers from the motorways, it does not matter how many kilometers to the house.


So, the most obvious and reasonable! - decision: move to the house or the big road, using the second motorcycle. Of course, if your is not torn in half and not tied in a knot, and he remains the ability to roll and brake. But how to fasten the cable so that it allows you to comfortably tow the defective motor, while maintaining stability and controllability of both?


The traditional method of mounting - for the trunk and steering column - although it begs for itself, is perhaps the worst of all options. Those who have tried to drive like this point out that it is very difficult to keep motorbikes on an even road, especially the back one. The driver of the “tractor” needs to work very finely with the throttle lever and clutch lever, so as not to pull the steering wheel. Yes, and the back will have to count with braking: a cable is slightly tugged, especially if it is at an angle, and the bike is on its side. This is also facilitated by the large shoulder of the application of force relative to the fulcrum — the road.


The harder the cable, the greater the jerks. Pyotr Rusinov writes: “A metal cable is the worst choice, since the motorcycle does not have special towing eyes, and it will at least damage the paintwork. Preference is given to polymer strops, especially dynamic ones. I, as a jeep with many years of experience, know that a dynamic sling, thanks to stretching up to 30%, compensates for towing errors — jerks. ”


Dmitry Shafikov told how once as a cable to friends had to use a hank of electrical tape. At the same time, in order not to tear the hitch, the towed scooter had to be dispersed first.


But even an elastic cable does not help much with an unsuccessful fastening. Pyotr Rusinov admits that with sufficient experience of riding a motorcycle, he has never been able to tow or be towed. However, he decided to look at the problem from a theoretical point of view.


“Ideally, the cable should be attached well to the steering column between the feathers of the fork, then it does not interfere with control. However, for this it is necessary to dismantle the headlamp.


Not on all motorcycles it is easily doable, so this method is more suitable for enduro, cross country and classic road builders. You can also bind under the bottom crossbeam beyond the ridge of the wound, but only if it does not greatly reduce the angle of rotation of the fork. Than the fork outage is longer and the lower the frame we are tying, the more the cable prevents the turn. However, below the wing of the front wheel, you are equally not attached. In motorcycles, strongly enclosed in plastic, the situation is worse - the power elements are not visible, it is necessary to remove the plastic. However, theoretically, if “it does not interfere with the windshield, you can throw the cable from above through the steering wheel and attach to the frame under the saddle in the front part. But then the cable will rub against the tank, which is not very good.It is possible to tie two not very long (identical-sized) ropes to the end of the cable, attach the ends to the symmetric parts of the motorcycle on the left and right, and in order not to interfere with turning, insert a rigid strut in the middle between them. The main thing is that it does not fall under the front wheel. " Difficult!


But the method, peeped at competitions in figure driving in Europe: the cable is tied to the right footboard leading and left - the slave. This winter it had to be checked in practice - and the result surpassed all expectations! The stalled motorcycle was towed along the icy paths, through the ravine and the creek all the way to the house, and even without a hint of loss of balance - this is what the short arm of the application of force means! Moreover, the towed motorcycle rode on the cable even more steadily than under its own power - the rear wheel does not slip without traction. The only feature is that motorcycles move along parallel trajectories, therefore they occupy almost a whole lane on the road. The towing vehicle must remember this and do not cut corners. Another advantage of this solution is that even the cable that is weakened during braking will not fall under the wheel.


In conclusion, a few words about the nodes that are best to knit the cable. The most suitable, perhaps, arbor - it will never drag tight, even getting wet. If the rope is not enough, you can use lamellar.