It is always most convenient to simply take a freshly purchased classic with you on the trailer, even after a serious test drive. Experience has shown that otherwise it will rain unexpectedly or that you will have bad luck, especially if your new addition has not ridden for a while before he got his new owner. And the chance of this is growing rapidly. Because at the moment quite a few motorcycles are being 'cleared'.
The offer is increasing
That has been said and kept silent among us more than anything to do with the senseless pleasure of working with old motorcycles is usually an age-related action. And where as a sixty-year-old you still eat your miles cheering like a young God, after your seventy you often become a bit stiffer. And the eighty-year-old motorcyclists I know all take it easy these days. Peter Koelewijn already sang it: “You are getting older, Daddy”.
For example, motorcycles, which simply take up less space, are placed in garages and sheds where they only come out once: to be sold. In the meantime, these are no longer Norton Dominators or Vincents, but mostly Japanese from the late seventies, eighties and early nineties.
More than often, they are neat motorcycles
But that does not mean that they are immediately ready for holiday. The tires are often outdated, the air filters can contain interesting fungal cultures, the brakes can be stuck. And the brake hoses are often against a stroke.
If you are proud and happy on a beautiful Yamaha three-cylinder for next to nothing, it will rain. And the front brake jams because of such an infarction in which the brake fluid leaks between the lining of the brake hose and the outside. Then the brake fluid can still go forward, but not back properly. Waiting for five minutes until the prostate complaints have disappeared temporarily helps. Disconnecting the hose (s) at the claw as well. Then you will be without a front brake for the rest of the ride. And you have to be very careful because brake fluid does very ugly things with paint.
But it can also go wrong when you take it with you on a pendant.
In principle, it is enough to put the front wheel in a wheel clamp (only costs about ten or six and is also handy when parking in a shed or garage) and to pull the front fork in the springs. Then secure the rear wheel against escaping to the left or right with an extra strap and you are safe on the road. Another investment before and after charging: buy such a darn handy folding aluminum ramp. And don't be tough: you have to use at least two, preferably three people to put a motorcycle on and off the cart.
A friend bought a V-Max
When it rolled onto the cart, it shot the selling party in the back. Boyfriend was splitting with one leg on the ground and the other already on the cart. In the balancing act that followed, my friend heard and felt something very strange in his shoulder. The good news: The V-Max didn't fall. The bad news: One tendon in my friend's shoulder was broken and another tendon was ruptured.
It will be repaired soon. And then he can go into a rehabilitation process for six months. After that, he never buys a machine of more than 850 cc. So with this one: Rob, I wish you a good recovery!
Oh yes: For us enthusiasts, a motorcycle trailer is quite a cunning thing. If you buy one with a few like-minded people and store it with the person with the most space, then that is a good investment.
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