Can motorized bikes tow stuff?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Catalico, Jul 12, 2016.

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  1. Catalico

    Catalico Guest

    like a bicycle cargo trailer, also if they can what should the weight limit be

    I'm 150 lbs so I'm assuming around 100 lbs weight limit for the trailer?

  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    depends on how well bike is running & what size sprocket is on it - I have several customers pulling 100lb or so on trailers
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  3. panmines

    panmines Member

    If you gear it down with a larger rear sprocket or jackshaft they can tow a decent amount. If you do so with a two stroke, it is a good idea to get a lower compression aftermarket cylinder head with a lot of cooling area and run your carb a little richer to keep the engine cooler because the engine will be under extra stress at lower speeds. There is a user here by the name of Fabian who uses HT two strokes to tow a large amounts of weight and he would be a good resource to consult.
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  4. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Yes, definitely yes, I'll mark this for you, I have a 66cc, on a standard sick bike parts jackshaft kit, sprocket size wise that is
    I weigh 210 pounds, bike weighs roughly 40, and I have a bicycle trailer that is rated for 100 pounds of children meat, I try not to exceed that with groceries, but have in the past. Add my 10 pound bag of tools in my big ass milk crate (sexy and you know it)

    Now I like to shop the wally world (Walmart for the norm folks) up the main road from me, on the way home. At least 3 Hills at a 20degree incline, and one nice 35er, about 4 blocks long a piece.

    Math magic gives us a whopping 360 pounds to be taken 3 miles from the alien mart to home base, up some rather nasty hills. Never experienced a problem while towing, thank God, only have problems when I'm not bringing home ice cream in the middle of summer.

    I've pulled it off in rain, and once with maybe 25 pounds of stuff during a light snow.

    Yes, bikes can, and will tow, shift kit recommend as you can take it slow in a low gear and work your way up on flats. And no, with a shift kit I've never had to assist any tow job up a hill, in fact I mostly can't assist it, anything above idle speeds and the chainrings move faster than I can physically pedal to overcome the freewheel mechanism.
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  5. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Well-Known Member

    I tow stuff and I haven't got the motor on yet. :D
  6. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    I also weighed less before I owned a motorized bike, that affects towing ability as well, keep it in mind if you want to use your bike to stay healthy at all, then you should perhaps "forget" to refuel it once in a while...
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  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member