It works great and doesn't seem to affect the Rialta negatively. I haven't weighed it in over a year, but I'd guess it's at ~7500 now with water and excluding 550lb bike, which has it's weight split with the carrier's wheel & RV when loaded. I have a leaky suspension airbag, but even flat, the rear doesn't bottom out or drag in dips. I've looked at the Pit Bull trailer restraint and the Tyre Down as options of better securing it without pulling down on suspension. Since that video, I've added self-retracting ratchet straps permanently attached to the carrier that grab a strap set up like the Tyre Down atop of my rear tire (see pictures in album) and plan to build a collapsible front chock soon. I had to take off the front fender of my bike to restrain it like I have been, but think I can make attachment for hooking on the outsides of the installed fender. Also added on the Rialta is a company logo on the doors and fleet numbers on the corners to appear more "utility van".I'd be happy to help anyone out with dimensions or more details on the design; I built it in my Dad's shop at home, so can't easily reproduce one right now. If it's feasible to build the carrier frame with aluminum, that would help with weight, but you'll probably have to reinforce it in more places.Tynan, sorry for this post's delay; I didn't realize that uploading a video on mobile broadband was completely hopeless. Bonus pic of the Austin Clique attached.
Wow... great setup. Much better than I expected. Crazy solar panel rig, too... how much capacity do you have up there?
I'm currently selling a very similar swivel wheel carrier that I used briefly with another vehicle. More pictures and details can be found here:
This comes with an upgraded dual receiver hitch set up that increases the carry capacity up to 1,000 lbs, plus a three piece loading ramps, and a motorcycle chock. Its cost new is in excess of $2100, not including tax and freight, nor assembly and wiring. It is well built, well taken care of, and with a small amount of welding, could be modified to retract upwards like the one I built for my Rialta. If I recall correctly, the Rialta's tongue weight is only rated for 200 lbs, so for a large motorcycle, you will need something like this.
Hello! We have 95 Rialta, dup of Tynan's (sans fancy upgrades) ... Husband has a few <cough, 14> brit bikes that we've hauled with traditional trailer ... much too large and pain for driving in/out/about. But the trailer in photo would be perfect! Advice on any likewise(?) that don't cost a fortune. Appreciate any suggestions. Thanks dr
Hi! If you don't have the time/skill/interest to build one yourself, there are very similar things out there, although they tend to be costly. The closest would probably be the Swivelwheel trailer. Same single wheel, and built in taillights. Otherwise, for a less expensive option the same place has trailer hitch mounted motorcycle carriers too. Those hang off of the hitch like other cargo carriers (ie, they don't have a wheel).
Seriously. I may not have mentioned this before, but my life revolves around one thing. Tostadas. Whole foods makes them raw, and they are a flax seed cracker with fake beans, avocado, mixed greens, pico de gallo, and fake sour cream. I love these things with most of my heart. Since discovering them I get one every time I go to Whole Foods, and sometimes I take one home with me even though they get soggy.
Tonight I had myself a nice little night planned out. I was going to drive to Whole Foods to meet Todd for Dinner, come back home, get ready, and go hit SXSW with some friends from San Fran.
As usual I took a lesuirely shower and planned it so that I would have JUST enough time to eat dinner there.
UPDATE: I've upgraded from my original design (post below).
I'm now using a NordicTrack Commercial 400 recumbent bike ($499 shipped from Costco.com, also available in most stores for $399). This bike works better for me than my original bike, because the resistance levels go higher. The original bike had a dial-resistance which was not sufficient for me, although overall it was a fine bike, especially considering the low price.
Because the NordicTrack bike couldn't accommodate the original laptop stand, I had to fabricate my own laptop stand, which I made out of aluminum. You can watch a YouTube video of the bike + stand below.
If you're interesting in a stand like this, I might consider fabricating them on a production-level scale, and probably sell them for something like $99 each. I'm already doing way too may things, so to make this worthwhile I'd probably have to get at least 200 orders. If you're interested, please email me with the type of recumbent bike you have, so I can determine the feasibility of creating a stand for your brand of bike.