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I finally pulled the trigger - I am now the proud owner of a 2013 Heritage Classic.
I am picking it up next week - go ahead and dog me out, but I am not riding it for 12+ hours on the highway in January.

Has anyone used a UHaul 5' X 8' enclosed trailer (5' 4" tall) to haul their bike? I can get a one-way rental for $19.00. Since gasoline is under $2 a gallon, this seems like a decent option. (plus my GF wants a road trip)

I was going to use the Harbor Freight wheel chocks and use multiple cargo ratchet straps going to the floor and sides of the trailer.

Am I crazy? Has anyone else done this?
 

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That should work but stop and check her every few hundred miles after you first take off

Good luck with the trip

need Pic's or it didn't happen
 

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Strap it down with the bike on the kickstand then use the front ratchet straps to compress the front forks. That'll keep the bike stable.
 

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If you have time order a trailer set of ratchet Powertyes they are worth it, if you are going to trailer a couple times a year.
 

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Strap it down with the bike on the kickstand then use the front ratchet straps to compress the front forks. That'll keep the bike stable.

Is that without a chock on the front wheel. If you do use a chock, do you screw it on to the floor or leave it loose?
 

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Without a chock. With a chock the bike stands upright, not on the side stand.
I nose the front tire into the front of the trailer and turn the wheel left, put the trans in 1st gear and cinch it down the way I explained.
 

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That particular trailer would not be my first choice - metal floor and no ramp make it a bear to load and secure. Plus, it is a little short (6x10 provides the length, but also has a metal floor and no ramp). U-Haul offers an open motorcycle trailer that you can get for $15/day and is a breeze. Alternatively, check Craigslist to see if someone local is willing to rent their M/C trailer for the day. Lastly, might want to check out Ironhorse Trailers in Morrison to see if they have a used one they'd be willing to rent or know of someone in the area who would. Congrats on the new wheels... you will love that bike.
 

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I would also invest in a set of soft ties. These are 2 ft straps with loops in them that go on your bars and then you strap to the floor from the soft ties. That keeps the metal hooks off your bars and your bar's wiring harness. These are really cheap and easy to find. Congrats. Send pics

1-1/2" Soft Loops
 

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It will NOT fit in a 5x8 trailer... Well without sticking out the back anyway.
 

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It will NOT fit in a 5x8 trailer... I don't believe. Well without sticking out the back anyway. Seems like the bikes are more like 9' long.
 

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Without a chock. With a chock the bike stands upright, not on the side stand.
I nose the front tire into the front of the trailer and turn the wheel left, put the trans in 1st gear and cinch it down the way I explained.
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Hauled a Brothers Super Glide back from Fla. to Northern Ohio in a Ford short bed PU this way.
Non-stop other then gas and a lunch break. Checked the straps every couple hundred miles.
The bike never budged.
 

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Without a chock. With a chock the bike stands upright, not on the side stand.
I nose the front tire into the front of the trailer and turn the wheel left, put the trans in 1st gear and cinch it down the way I explained.
That all makes sense - I may have to turn the wheel to fit the bike in there anyway.
 

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That particular trailer would not be my first choice - metal floor and no ramp make it a bear to load and secure. Plus, it is a little short (6x10 provides the length, but also has a metal floor and no ramp). U-Haul offers an open motorcycle trailer that you can get for $15/day and is a breeze. Alternatively, check Craigslist to see if someone local is willing to rent their M/C trailer for the day. Lastly, might want to check out Ironhorse Trailers in Morrison to see if they have a used one they'd be willing to rent or know of someone in the area who would. Congrats on the new wheels... you will love that bike.
I'm with you on the trailer choice - but the one-way rentals limit me a little bit -
the 5' x 8' is available for $19, the 6' x 12' is $250. I would rather get an enclosed trailer because no telling what the weather will be next weekend. I'm still looking for options though. I may be able to find something on the way into Dallas.
 

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It will NOT fit in a 5x8 trailer... I don't believe. Well without sticking out the back anyway. Seems like the bikes are more like 9' long.
I need to measure one, but the specs say 7.91 feet - I'm hoping once you turn the front wheel, it would fit.
I will go measure a trailer and bike today -
 

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I just moved from Philly to San Diego with a big Uhaul truck. I used four straps and it never budged and arrived without a scratch. Two straps were around the triple tree between the two plates and two straps were aron the rear frame. It worked well.

In your circumstance I would opt for an open trailer so you could see everything going on. The weather won'the hurt anything during a 12 hour ride.
 

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I need to measure one, but the specs say 7.91 feet - I'm hoping once you turn the front wheel, it would fit.
I will go measure a trailer and bike today -
Think those measurements are axle to axle. Measure the furthest points sticking out. Do not want to ding up a fender.
 
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