Three ways to move your motorcycle with all of the law
Motorcycles are for the summer, and also for the holidays. You don’t have to go on the road to enjoy your machine during your days off. Even if you go to the beach with the family, you can take advantage to enjoy the road and some getaway during that period.
Of course, to be able to use your motorcycle on vacation you will first have to take it to your resting place. These are the options you have.
Make the trip on your own
No matter the destination, there will always be a way to reach it. If you want to enjoy the motorcycle on your vacation, why not do it directly in a big way with the whole trip?
If you have a partner, it may be the opportunity to make a different trip and share a motorcycle or go to each one on the back of your machine. If you have a family you can always make an agreement for the other party to drive, go by train, bus or plane while you devour miles of asphalt. Surely you will find arguments in favor or some way to compensate later.
And if you have children of an age to withstand the rigors of the road and motorcycles, it is the ideal opportunity to spend time with them exclusively and even to introduce them to motorcycle trips. In this case, choose an easy route that has some interesting stops and that you can follow at a reasonable pace so as not to have the rest of the family waiting for a long time at the destination.
The advantage of being the one who drives the motorcycle is double. On the one hand, you get the basics: enjoy your motorcycle passion on vacation, and on the other, you save yourself from looking for alternative ways to transfer it that involve more expense. Here we leave you the keys to prepare for your trip.
Of course, before hitting the road with your motorcycle on vacation, make sure your machine meets the minimum requirements for the journey. We do not want to see you with your scooter on a highway or with your motocross motorcycle devouring kilometers of the road when it is designed for other things.
Also, it wouldn’t hurt to check your insurance to see what roadside assistance coverage you have.
Tow the motorcycle
It is the first alternative: buying a trailer to carry from the motorcycle. If you practice motocross you will be used to having to move your machine to the circuit either with a trailer or with a van, but this last alternative is not the most comfortable for the holidays depending on what your destination is (if it is camping it may be the ideal one, for example).
It is the cheapest formula to move your motorcycle and the best if your machine is motocross or is not adapted for long road trips.
Towing the trailer will make you have to take extreme precautions on the road, but it will be worth it if you can enjoy your motorcycle during the holidays afterward. Of course, there are several types of cranes.
Thus, the first thing to consider is that the cranes for the transfer of motor vehicles (cars, vans, motorcycles, etc.) are known as trailers. Within these, there are different ones depending on the weight they can carry and the way they transport it. Specifically, there are stretcher, hanger, fork or fork, plate, and heavy vehicle cranes.
Among the five types mentioned, the last one, obviously, is not suitable for motorcycles, while the second, third and fourth are more appropriate for cars or vans, since these are attached only to the front wheels, allowing the rear wheels to turn. on the asphalt in the transfer.
In case of urgent need, these four types of cranes can be used to transport motorcycles by making a ‘fix’, but it is not advisable to do so, since the integrity of the motorcycle could be in danger.
Stretcher cranes, the best for motorcycles
This means that the most common and safest for the transfer of motorcycles are the so-called stretcher cranes. If you do not want to have problems with your motorcycle, you must take it into account.
Cranes with or without rail
Knowing that stretcher-type towing cranes are the most appropriate for transporting motorcycles, it must also be borne in mind that some of them have a built-in rail for two-wheeled vehicles and others do not.
If you have it, the ideal is that the transfer is done with the motorcycle standing up, well secured with the straps. If you do not have the aforementioned rail, it is safer for the motorcycle to lie on the stretcher, also fixed with the strips.
Although it is desirable to never need your motorcycle to be carried on a crane, it is clear that it is a possibility that may arise. If it happens, we recommend that you do not forget the advice we have given you.
Lastly, even if it is common sense, remember that you must travel in the cabin with the tow truck carrier, and not in the back next to the motorcycle or behind the driver’s compartment.
Does the van work?
This is the million-dollar question for many riders who want to take their motorcycle on vacation or who simply want to enjoy it on the track for a weekend. Can the motorcycle be transported in a van? The answer is it depends. For everything to be 100% legal, it must be a transport vehicle, that is, not just any van will work. To begin with, the cabin must be separated from the cargo area and to continue you must have the appropriate license.
In other words, you can’t use your friend the baker’s van to carry the motorcycle, because it is equipped to carry bread.
Send the motorcycle to your destination
This is the last alternative, the most comfortable in a sense. There are companies specialized in Ship car across country that transfer motorcycles and mopeds that will take care of taking your machine to its destination.
When shipping your motorcycle, most will let you choose the transport system, which can be in an open or closed trailer, and if they or you will be in charge of mounting the machine and anchoring it.
In the end, it will not matter which alternative you choose if you manage to take your motorcycle to your vacation spot and enjoy it during your days off. Do it, you will appreciate it.