Showing posts with label Yagi Misc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Yagi Misc. Show all posts

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Installing HF Moto Carrier onto the Aluma Trailer

July 4:

Using a 25% off coupon, Martha and I went to the Harbor Freight store to pick up one of these:

source: Harbor Freight
Haulmaster Motorcycle Carrier

When they first came out, some reviewers made sure folks knew the mounting plates were "not great", lots of breakage apparently.  They now come with a set of steel mounting plates, one welded to the carrier and one to the tow hitch assembly.

I won't be using the tow hitch assembly, just the carrier and associated hardware.  It's got a 400 lb capacity so the sub-300 lb weight of the TW200 should be fine.

The front tire will sink into the opening as shown in the above pic and be secured somewhat by tire clamp hardware..  Yagi's rear tire is too wide and will require a separate strap to secure it to the rack.

The carrier rack is as wide as the outer edge of the trailer's fenders.  I'll be using hardware brackets that came with the system for tie town points and instead use them to secure the rack to the small wall at the forward edge of the trailer's cargo area.  This to help support the ends AND prevent lateral movement of the U-Bolts.

July 6

Got the U-Bolts I needed Saturday, installation was pretty straight forward but I ended up using only 2 of the 3 U-Bolts for now, the installation is pretty tight and when I shake it, the trailer shakes too.

I'm not sure adding a third U-Bolt will buy me anything.

Wood spacer to eliminate spacing between U-Bolts
and the trailer tongue assembly.

Above is one of the two brackets I'll use to prevent both
upward and downward movement of the ends of the carrier rack.

Miles provided a safety as we figured out how hard it was to load Yagi onto the carrier by myself, using the engine to move the motorcycle up the ramp:

July 7

Sunday, retrieved the RV from the storage yard and tested clearances with the TW200 and Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol loaded onto the trailer.

The spare tire should contact the rear bumper of the RV before the carrier rack or the handlebar ends contact the side of the RV.

Then it was time to test how much weight was on the tongue of the trailer.  Used the bathroom scale method with the trailer loaded as shown below:

We got 268 lbs on the trailer's tongue, which works out 15.9% of the GTW or Gross Trailer Weight capacity.  The specification on the tongue says 15%, so I think we're OK on that.  It's best to have be heavier than lighter when it comes to the trailer tongue.

I'll have to go to a truck scale to be sure but am estimating a combined weight of 1100 lbs by Yagi and Scarlett.  So still have over 500 lbs additional capacity for the wood levelers (they were part of the platform for the bathroom scale, a five gallon gas can and the usual gear carried on both motorcycles.

Still experimenting with ratchet strap setups for Yagi, It'll probably end up being three straps:  One on each side, putting pressure on the triple tree and one final one attached to Scarlett as a safety.  I'd rather she fall towards the rig and cargo area rather than forward onto the tongue!

Note: With both vehicles onboard, I can no longer lift the tongue without the aid of the support wheel assembly!

Need to purchase smaller straps to secure Yagi's wheels to the rack, for extra security.

Carrying both motorcycles now means I've options on the longer camping trips but it also means an end to easy loading and unloading of Yagi.....When the Ural rig is present, I must move it back enough to be able to walk the T-Dub off its carrier! 

UPDATE:  Aluminum proved not strong enough, cracks were caused by oscillation induced by extending the trailer tongue and placing the TW's weight where it shows above.  I've since removed the front rack.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Little Bit of Red

I think it was SonjaM, who told me before I acquired Scarlett, my red 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar Rig, that National Geographic photographers liked to have a dash of red somewhere in their pictures.

Over the years, people remarked how well Scarlett's red color showed up in pictures.

Yagi, the newest motorcycle in the stable (or harem as Martha calls them) is a mix of black/blue and silver colors, but mostly black.

This color scheme makes it really hard for Yagi to be seen clearly in some of my pictures.  Of course, over the years, my focus has been to minimize the presence of the motorcycle and emphasize the scenery I see in my rides; but I do want folks to notice Yagi when she's present.

So, here's a thought that's been rattling around my brain of late.

A rattle can paint job, with the brightest red I can find that is good for plastics and paint the presently black plastics (most of them) on Yagi:

Yagi as she is now

 Minimalist Red

Redhead Minimalist

 A bit more red, would involve a red seat cover too so
now we're talking more money than a can of spray paint.

 Over the top Red

Your feedback, my few faithful readers, is requested.  I may end up not doing any painting but your thoughts would be appreciated.