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Old 12-18-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Teardrop Trailer - what small bike to add ??

Those of you that know me (Very few I suspect ) will know that I am always busy doing something......

My wife and I have a 1200GS which we love, but dont use enough, though that is set to change in 2011 when I get a UK passport, meaning we can pop over to Europe at the drop of a hat and do more long distance touring.

We also have a couple of older cars, and love Hotrods etc.
The cars are a 1956 Ford Anglia, which I gave Nicola as an "engagement present" as she is a bit of a petrol head.
I have a 1963 Ford Taunus Transit, ex fire engine , imported from Germany and stripped out to be a camper van, which has had a 1800cc Ford Zetec transplant in 2010.
However, last year we realised that the Transit van was just too cold to make a decent camper for attending bike and car shows, so I decided to build a "Teardrop Trailer" for us, to tow behind the Transit.
The trailer build took around 380 hours to complete, and cost a lot more than anticipated, also took longer than planned and nearly had Nicola leave me before we got married on the 6th of August this year..... however , once the trailer sides were up, and she could see, rather than imagine the trailer, things got much better, and she started helping a lot and contributing like a woman does, making up the interior soft furnishings etc.

Here is the Build thread link:

http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/...y&thread=67389


The "A-Frame" part of the trailer is purposefully made quite long, to either carry gas bottles for the cooker and fridge, or to fit a couple of folding bicycles for us to use when camped and set up.
This year we had a small kids electric scooter which worked great, but is a pain for recharging batteries after 3 miles use.

Now I have changed my mind, as one does, and started thinking of mounting a small motorbike, moped, or similar on the A-Frame to use when we are camping.

I need some suggestions, or advice on what to get.

Please add pics or links and your experience of these small bikes or mopeds to the thread.


What I started with..... had lived in the hedge for 6 years, cost me 20.00.





Stripped down, this was the chassis before cutting it shorter etc...... much more detail in build thread.



Building outside in the back yard, meant that this sort of thing slowed things down a lot too.




Couple of pics of the trailer if you do not want to look at the build thread.


This is the space where the bike or moped will be fitted, I will make up a small deck for it to be mounted on for transporting.
The smaller the better, but still has to be legal for the English laws.



Fitting the pop up roof vent....... I was worried that the hole would not be water tight.


Space on front of "A-Frame.


After its first rain storm.... no rain water leaks.





Camping at Santa Pod raceway.




Interior.




Pic of my 1963 FORD Taunus Transit.

As found in Germany, been off the road more than 20 years, done about 7000km in all its life.





Broken down on its maiden voyage after being in storage for more than 20 years..... it blew out its oil pressure sensor. Nicola was not fussed at all.... good girl.


Nicola's Baby - "Myrtle"

1956 Ford Anglia.



Happy girl.

Rubber mats and no airbags







Any advice or directions toward finding something that can be added to the trailer, much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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No advice, but I loved the photos! Very cool toys, all of them!
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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I am slightly biased, but a silver painted classic Vespa would look just right riding the A frame.
The shape of the trailer is a near match of the rear vespa cowls.
Get a 200 cc then it will have enough oomph to carry two adults.

BTW i love the trailer, good work... can you make one for me too :)
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:05 AM   #4
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Whatever you try to put on the trailer is going to have to be very, very light or your tongue weight is going to be way too heavy. Maybe basing your bike choice on something fits inside the Transit would make more sense?

Nice collection of vehicles. I've always liked the teardrop trailers but my vanagon camper has proved far to useful to get rid of, it'll have to blow up before getting replaced.

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Old 12-18-2010, 11:17 AM   #5
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Honda, 60's 90Scrambler CL or Trail. Or for a more modern twist Reflex.
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Old 12-18-2010, 01:01 PM   #6
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Old 12-18-2010, 03:56 PM   #7
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What exactly, and are you selling one Rob ?



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Old 12-18-2010, 04:25 PM   #8
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How about a Honda Cub? Light and cheap.


Can you enlighten us across the pond about the US flag? War memorial


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Old 12-18-2010, 06:55 PM   #9
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I think that's an Ariel Leader up there ^ ?

I was going to suggest an Enfield before I saw what you're talking about.
Honda Trails don't have double seats, as I recall...
A Suzuki TU250X looks vintage. Can you get a Kawaaki Estrella over there? (Send it to me when you're done with it, please)
The Vespa 200 idea seems like a winner to me.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:46 AM   #10
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How about a Honda Cub? Light and cheap.


Can you enlighten us across the pond about the US flag? War memorial


Santa Pod was a WWII air station, with American presence.

Here is a memorial stone to all those who made the greatest sacrifice.



This pic gets the Stars and Stripes in the background of the Grizz-Pod - Perfect.

A salute to the origins of my trailer.



Read more: http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/...#ixzz18Z5MaUaB





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I think that's an Ariel Leader up there ^ ?

I was going to suggest an Enfield before I saw what you're talking about.
Honda Trails don't have double seats, as I recall...
A Suzuki TU250X looks vintage. Can you get a Kawaaki Estrella over there? (Send it to me when you're done with it, please)
The Vespa 200 idea seems like a winner to me.
Thee trailer done, and was also our accomodation while on Honeymoon in August.

I am quite hard on myself, but will say that it surpassed my own expectations.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:48 AM   #11
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This would be ultimately cool to have as well, it is road registered and tested yearly for roadworthiness.





Oh, and a vey lucky outthe window shot when taffic came to a halt on the way home from its "maiden voyage"

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:49 AM   #12
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How about an early 60s Douglas Vespa, made in England. Light weight, capable of carrying 2 adults at 45 mph, very reliable, parts still available. This is my ex-wife on the 63 Douglas 150 she owned about 30 years ago.

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:09 AM   #13
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[QUOTE=subagon;14731083]How about a Honda Cub? Light and cheap.



+1, my Suzuki M31, a copy of the Cub weighs only 136lbs. Or maybe a Honda CT110? Check out the Battle Scooters threads to get some ideas as well.
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:35 AM   #14
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How about a Honda Cub? Light and cheap.



+1, my Suzuki M31, a copy of the Cub weighs only 136lbs. Or maybe a Honda CT110? Check out the Battle Scooters threads to get some ideas as well.
I absolutely love CT's.
The only one I could find for sale in the UK is on Ebay, and in my view a bit pricey.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Honda Cubs generally make for good money too.

Mobylette looks like this, and this one needs major rebuild but is for sale, about 5hrs from me.




Could be made into this, amazing what a bit of imagination can get you.





A thread with some nice Mopeds here:

http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/...d=92193&page=1
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:05 AM   #15
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I absolutely love CT's.
The only one I could find for sale in the UK is on Ebay, and in my view a bit pricey.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Honda Cubs generally make for good money too.

Mobylette looks like this, and this one needs major rebuild but is for sale, about 5hrs from me.




Could be made into this, amazing what a bit of imagination can get you.





A thread with some nice Mopeds here:

http://www.retrorides.proboards.com/...d=92193&page=1


Nice site Grizz, but I actually like this one. Cool look and great patina.

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