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Drove my baby to Maryland from Long Island yesterday (close to 5 hours) to haul back my 800 + pound Yamaha Venture and boy was I nervous.

After hooking her up nice and tight to the trailer I began my journey with heart in mouth disease.

After two checks at rest stops to check security I couldn't believe how she drove. Handling was awesome and after awhile you could forget you were towing something. Of course if it wasn't for the motorcycle that kept staying behind me everywhere I drove I wouldn't have known I was pulling anything.

I have always been in love with my SSR and today I also have a new appreciation of just what a great vehicle she really is. I actually enjoyed the drive and will have no second thoughts about trailering my bike anywhere, anytime.

Rick :cool
 

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Ricardo: I have a 200lb aluminum trailer to haul my bikes aroud on. (That's why I want to buy Jim P's hitch). I have pulled that trailer behind our Ford Escape numerous times, and after a while you get to feel pretty comfortable about it!

One thing that I found really makes a difference, is that I have a Baxley "Sport Chock". See:

http://www.baxleycompanies.com/Sportchock.html

That makes loading and unloading easier, safer, and truly a 1-person operation!

Highly recommended.

Jim G
 

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ricardo said:
Drove my baby to Maryland from Long Island yesterday (close to 5 hours) to haul back my 800 + pound Yamaha Venture and boy was I nervous.

After hooking her up nice and tight to the trailer I began my journey with heart in mouth disease.

After two checks at rest stops to check security I couldn't believe how she drove. Handling was awesome and after awhile you could forget you were towing something. Of course if it wasn't for the motorcycle that kept staying behind me everywhere I drove I wouldn't have known I was pulling anything.

I have always been in love with my SSR and today I also have a new appreciation of just what a great vehicle she really is. I actually enjoyed the drive and will have no second thoughts about trailering my bike anywhere, anytime.

Rick :cool
Rick,

Where in Maryland were you at. It would have been nice to meet up with you. Did you see any other SSR's during your trravels?
 

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ricardo said:
Drove my baby to Maryland from Long Island yesterday (close to 5 hours) to haul back my 800 + pound Yamaha Venture and boy was I nervous.

After hooking her up nice and tight to the trailer I began my journey with heart in mouth disease.

After two checks at rest stops to check security I couldn't believe how she drove. Handling was awesome and after awhile you could forget you were towing something. Of course if it wasn't for the motorcycle that kept staying behind me everywhere I drove I wouldn't have known I was pulling anything.

I have always been in love with my SSR and today I also have a new appreciation of just what a great vehicle she really is. I actually enjoyed the drive and will have no second thoughts about trailering my bike anywhere, anytime.

Rick :cool
except for the fact the trailer receptacle has to be installed, i am very pleased with the towing package and the road handling. I get 1/10 of a mile per gallon less with about 1600 lbs being towed. "Not Bad"
 
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I pull my 21' skeeter bass boat few times with my 03 SSR love the way it pulls it.
of course i have trailer brakes. th only reason i can see 2500# rating for the hitch it self the way it goes up rides on those three balls to keep reciever attached.
I have to lay down get under to attach it now. if thats the case i wish they would have just double pinned it like a normal receiver just verticle instead of horizontal.
would like to know if thats really the reason for the 2500# rating???
10.6 mpg in overdrive.
12.3 mpg if i leave in 3rd gear.
thats at 65 to 70 mph.
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Brownhornet:

I was in Owings Mills (near Pikesville). I have seen a yellow SSR on 695 a couple of times and maybe that was you.

FiftiesNut: Yeah I kept checking the mileage and couldn't believe I averaged about 16 miles per gallon towing that bike.

Bob- I HATE having to lay on the ground to attach the hitch especially on wet ground. I have actually thought about keeping the hitch in place and someone recently stated on this site that it has kept his rear intact after one or two rear collisions....

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Brownhornet:
Bob- I HATE having to lay on the ground to attach the hitch especially on wet ground. I have actually thought about keeping the hitch in place and someone recently stated on this site that it has kept his rear intact after one or two rear collisions....
Rick
A small blue tarp kept in the saddle bag is useful for so many things. ;)
 

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ricardo said:
Brownhornet:

I was in Owings Mills (near Pikesville). I have seen a yellow SSR on 695 a couple of times and maybe that was you.

FiftiesNut: Yeah I kept checking the mileage and couldn't believe I averaged about 16 miles per gallon towing that bike.

Bob- I HATE having to lay on the ground to attach the hitch especially on wet ground. I have actually thought about keeping the hitch in place and someone recently stated on this site that it has kept his rear intact after one or two rear collisions....

Rick
I live closer to Washington. My girlfreind lives in DC. But I have family in Owins Mills . Sorry to miss you.
 

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Buffy,
Yes, thank you for your commets. If you ever need any of my products just let me know. I also make inner primaries, torsion suspention for softails. We are working on our own engine, we have two different styles top ends now that work real well, next is the bottom end.
Ken
 

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Just to remind everyone, the 2500 pound trailer towing is because of the cooling capacity and not the strength of the hitch. I just leave mine attached to afford some rear impact protection.
 

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Leaving the hitch attached for impact protection may not be a great idea.

The energy absorbing bumper is designed to absorb low speed impact energy without damaging anything permanenty. The hitch on the other hand is NOT. IF you get hit moderately hard, you might have one of 2 outcomes*

1. Serious damage to the FRAME rather than the bumper

2. Hidden damage to the pin system that secures the hitch, whohc could reuslt in a failure while towing!

I'm not a vehicle design engineer, but AM a degreed mechanical engineer. The thought of using the jitch as a bumper really scares me.

Jim G
 
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