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Hey guys I plan on doing my first track day this upcoming season But the closest track is 2 hours away all I have is an suv so my 2 choices are to buy a trailer or ride my bike up there and I don't wanna ride my bike up there so I guess that narrows it down to buy a trailer my question is what do you guys use? I've never owned a trailer before But I don't wanna spend a lot of money on it I don't care if its inclosed door open My limit is about 1200 dollars I don't wanna buy just a motorcycle trailer if I can get something for the same price that can doubble for use around the house Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated. thanks guys And sorry for the noob question
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My buddy does about 5 trackdays a year and has a 4runner, and he rents a trailer from Uhaul every time. He lives in a town house tho so there is no trailer storage space. I want to say he can get the trailer for a whole weekend for under $50.

If you want to buy a decent trailer there are tons of RV/trailer centers in the area and you cound get a 6'x10' open trailer new for right around $1k.
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something like this would work, I think they have the weights mixed up tho, Im pretty sure the trailer itself weighs 860 pounds and can haul 2100 pounds. I can pick the tongue up on a trailer like this by myself and drag it over to the hitch of a truck when its empty.

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You definitely don't want to ride to the track unless you basically live right next to it. If you crash and can't ride it or hurt yourself your pretty much screwed. You always need a trailer IMO.

Well first thing is getting a trailer hitch and wiring harness if you don't have one. They can be a few hundred bucks. I got one from etrailer.com.

The trailers themselves come in a tonne of different varieties. Open trailers will likely be in your price range, closed ones are quite a bit more. There are so many you'd really have to look at them. If you want to haul garbage, yard waste, etc. then you'd want one with side walls, otherwise there are a lot of flat deck ones with 6" rails on the sides that are good for tying to. I like ones with wooden decks so you can drill wheel chocks into them if they don't have built in ones.

I've rented U-Haul trailers before and they do the trick if you don't think you'll use it that much.
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i just got a harbor freight 4'X8' foldable trailer for 300 and if you weld up the seams that sucker is super sturdy and for the price you cant beat it


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I use to rent a trailer from uhaul for $15/day, I would actually have it for 3 days. Pick it up at closing day before have it all day the next and return it first thing in the am the following day they would only charge me the $15 so not too bad. Ive since then stopped doing that since I bought my enclosed trailer and become a TD whore.
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You definitely don't want to ride to the track unless you basically live right next to it. If you crash and can't ride it or hurt yourself your pretty much screwed. You always need a trailer IMO.

Well first thing is getting a trailer hitch and wiring harness if you don't have one. They can be a few hundred bucks. I got one from etrailer.com.

The trailers themselves come in a tonne of different varieties. Open trailers will likely be in your price range, closed ones are quite a bit more. There are so many you'd really have to look at them. If you want to haul garbage, yard waste, etc. then you'd want one with side walls, otherwise there are a lot of flat deck ones with 6" rails on the sides that are good for tying to. I like ones with wooden decks so you can drill wheel chocks into them if they don't have built in ones.

I've rented U-Haul trailers before and they do the trick if you don't think you'll use it that much.
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I use to rent a trailer from uhaul for $15/day, I would actually have it for 3 days. Pick it up at closing day before have it all day the next and return it first thing in the am the following day they would only charge me the $15 so not too bad. Ive since then stopped doing that since I bought my enclosed trailer and become a TD whore.
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I bought a 5x8 open 'utility' trailer with a wood slat floor. I installed flush-mount D-Rings and other various brackets and tie downs. I use this to haul my two dirtbikes or my CBR. Works great for me the the trailer was only 600 new with TT&L.

I also use this for everything else that we need to move because I don't have a truck anymore.

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i just got a harbor freight 4'X8' foldable trailer for 300 and if you weld up the seams that sucker is super sturdy and for the price you cant beat it
This.

I have a tiny garage, it's true. This thing folds up and sticks in the corner. A friend and I rigged it up to hold two bikes + ramp and extra crap.

It looks sketchy but works quite well.

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Another vote for NOT riding to the track.

There are plenty of people that do it, but it just seems too harried for me. Unless you have a friend or two that will be there to help you prep the bike, bringing tools and all that. You need to get there a little earlier, prep your bike, get it back ready for street prep when you leave, and for me...I'm thinking, that I wouldn't be riding it as hard because it is my ride home. That kind of defeats the purpose.

Rent a Uhaul trailer, until you really figure out the investment associated with getting one. Check out the kinds of haulers that are being used by other trackday goers.

You could also get one of those trailer hitch deals where the bike just goes on a rail attached to your toe hitch. They're popular for dirt bikes, but seeing as you have a SUV, I'm sure it can handle it. Like one of these, but made for sportbikes.

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i have found a local place that sells a 5x8 utility with a ramp for just over 500 bucks so that is most likely going to be the route i go i know winter just started but i can wait for spring and hitting the track
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i got this 4x8 from a leonard truck place for $500, i think. i just put a cheap piece of wood down long enough to go under the wheels so it won't buckle. it's very handy, i've used it on several trips from nc to ri moving furniture, bikes, whatever and it easily fits in my garage with 3 bikes


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holy crap...you're towing with a 4 door sedan???

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^^ A lot of people do. Other than the tongue weight, the towing weight is usually comparable to 4 adult passengers and some luggage. Not that bad really.
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yeah it's an si but with all that on there i was getting about 25 mpg, no issues accelerating or stopping either, i was really impressed. i had to keep reminding myself it was even there

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For about $1200 you could also find yourself a semi clean little Yota like mine: 284,000 miles and still tickin! He ain't pretty and he ain't fast, but he gets good mileage and is reliable. Oh yeah, and cheap.
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Why not?

I have a 4 door sedan, 3.8lt engine auto box and tow stuff around quite regularly. Including my sisters (2.6 metric ton) car when she hit a roo about a year ago... 1000km round trip with no problems. I don't really notice bike when it's on my 6'x4'.
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I have a 4 door sedan, and tow stuff around quite regularly. Including my sisters (2.6 metric ton...) with no problems.
HAhaHA.... Nico I was trying to see if anyone else towed with a car b/c I have a 5 x 8 trailer and can't afford to insure a 3rd vehicle right now so I'll be using my car too. I was reading your comment and I really though you were saying your 2 sisters weigh over 4,000 lbs. LOL! Good to see someone else is doing what I'll be doing.

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another vote for the Harbor Freight trailer, They are perfect for one bike and whatever else you want to pack on there.

I set mine up with a Harbor freight wheel chock and some E-track for tie downs. I also made the ramps so that they are the sides when in transport. I get the bike up there, three gas cans and my pop-up tent. I installed a old battery box on the tongue to store my straps and bungee cords. I also went a little overboard and herculined the deck and the ramps to make it a little nicer.










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its not done yet, but i picked this up for free, new frame and wood and wires cost me $200. i build the sides last week for free. only thing left is some stretched steel welded to the sides and a bit more paint. the ramps fit into the sides so they dont take up any space, its also a tilt trailer so i didnt bother with a tailgate.




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I guess i'm in the minority here...

6x10 enclosed trailer.


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^ are those canyon dancers on your front end? i like that system for sure
Yes they are the canyon dancer2, the newer model. i also got some old socks and stuffed them in the ends of the cups so they dont scuff the **** out of my bar ends.

when I strap it down i do not have to strap the front down hard at all, very little compressing of the forks and the bike still doesnt go anywhere. But that is when i strap using the rear pegs, my new track bike wont have them so i have to come up with something.


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My dealer did some repairs on my bike and offered to deliver it back for free. To my suprise he rolled up with it in the bed of a small S-10 and with the truck being as low as it is he used a small ramp to roll it up/down.

Needless to say ever since then I've been on craigslist ect. looking for used S-10's to haul my bike around if I ever needed too. Just haven't pulled the trigger yet but the truck itself is so inexpensive.
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My dealer did some repairs on my bike and offered to deliver it back for free. To my suprise he rolled up with it in the bed of a small S-10 and with the truck being as low as it is he used a small ramp to roll it up/down.

Needless to say ever since then I've been on craigslist ect. looking for used S-10's to haul my bike around if I ever needed too. Just haven't pulled the trigger yet but the truck itself is so inexpensive.
For that reason I'm also going to buy a truck soon. But I was going to go with a Frontier though.

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For that reason I'm also going to buy a truck soon. But I was going to go with a Frontier though.
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i use a 5x8 open trailer with a drop tail gate with canyon dancer2 tiedowns. works great for me.


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