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    Default TOWING WITH A CAR DOLLY

    Just wondering, has anyone ever towed one of these babies with a tow dolly for compact cars? The measurements
    are right. Conceivable idea? Your thoughts.....go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by namknight View Post
    Just wondering, has anyone ever towed one of these babies with a tow dolly for compact cars? The measurements
    are right. Conceivable idea? Your thoughts.....go.
    I would think you need to remove the belt if your going to tow it any dissident.

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    There was one member a long while back that tried...unsuccessfully. I wouldn't even consider it. The belt would have to be removed to keep the output shaft from turning, causing transmission wear. Wheel bearings would take a beating, too. I'm sure the dealer would not warranty any problems that arose. Even though it might be possible, I just wouldn't want to take the chance. A small, flat trailer is probably cheaper to purchase than a tow dolly, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NancysToy View Post
    A small, flat trailer is probably cheaper to purchase than a tow dolly, anyway.
    Problem is, for my Ryker, a "small" trailer would not due; a minimum of a 6 X 10 trailer is needed, so your tow vehicle's MPG is gonna suffer quite a bit, and trailers that size are quite expensive (compared to a small one).

    I wonder then, if you could tow it backwards with drive wheel on the dolly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aufgeblassen47 View Post
    Problem is, for my Ryker, a "small" trailer would not due; a minimum of a 6 X 10 trailer is needed, so your tow vehicle's MPG is gonna suffer quite a bit, and trailers that size are quite expensive (compared to a small one).

    I wonder then, if you could tow it backwards with drive wheel on the dolly?
    Disconnecting the belt from the rear sprocket is a quick and simple job. I think you could just tie it out of the way and not have to remove it. I wouldn't worry about wheel bearings, though some have said here that they shouldn't be spun without belt tension. Not sure why as I don't see them as special. Probably less stress on the bearings than riding down the road, as they won't have belt tension and rider/gear loads to deal with.

    As for towing backwards: In Washington State you would have to relocate the license plate to face to the rear. Have thought about this myself and I would go with removing the belt and towing forward if I needed to use the dolly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aufgeblassen47 View Post
    Problem is, for my Ryker, a "small" trailer would not due; a minimum of a 6 X 10 trailer is needed, so your tow vehicle's MPG is gonna suffer quite a bit, and trailers that size are quite expensive (compared to a small one).

    I wonder then, if you could tow it backwards with drive wheel on the dolly?
    https://www.spyderlovers.com/forums/...t=tow+backward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aufgeblassen47 View Post
    Problem is, for my Ryker, a "small" trailer would not due; a minimum of a 6 X 10 trailer is needed, so your tow vehicle's MPG is gonna suffer quite a bit, and trailers that size are quite expensive (compared to a small one).

    I wonder then, if you could tow it backwards with drive wheel on the dolly?
    I would consider 6' x 10' a small trailer. If it is necessary to trailer it, I move the Spyder on a 8' x 20' foot equipment trailer with an 8000 GVW rating.

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    Perhaps you could tow it backwards, tie off the bars if necessary. This is done commonly with small cars.

    Oops, I went away for a cuppa tea before posting, I see I've been gazumped. Hehe...

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