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I have transported my primered Cycle Truck to local rides on a regular four bike receiver rack. The 2" receiver "four bike" rack is very heavy duty and has worked just fine hauling the Cycle Truck's 80# weight. The rack arms fit under the lower frame bar and the bike is secured with ratchet straps. It's not the easiest to mount, but it works OK.

I tow with a F150 truck that has a painted hardshell locking bed cover. This prevents me from rolling the Cycle Truck into the bed and securing it normally with motorcycle tie downs.

To compound my transportation issue, I recently purchased a Cycle Truck Power Cycle which will eventually have the Whizzer motor re-installed. The motor and the Gas Tank will be in the way of the four-bike receiver rack I'm currently using.

I'm leaning toward fabricating a steel channel rack that will support either of the Cycle Truck's from under the tires. The front tire will have a channel to prevent the fork from turning. It will need to have a secure pole to have a solid mounting point for the frame to prevent front/rear movement, or the bike rubbing the truck's tail gate. I figure the rack needs to be 14" behind the rear bumper in order for the Cycle Truck basket to clear the tail gate. Actually, the widest point is the Box handlebars.

I would be interested in hearing from other Cycle Truck owners that have come up with innovative ways to haul these beasts. Obviously, an open pick-up bed would be the easiest, but that's not an option at this point. Ideas, or photos appreciated.

John
 
Not much to contribute as to ways to haul that beast other than an open bed truck or a small flat bed trailer.
But the weight of a Cycletruck definitely gets into the, you’re not lifting it catagory, especially the older we get.
So, I can’t imagine what adding a Whizzer kit to the mix is going to do to the feasibility of actually lifting it off the ground?
A good sturdy motorcycle ramp is definitely in order, so that absolutely no lifting needs to be done at all.
Maybe, some kind of reinforced flat deck type of thing that just plugs into the receiver hitch on the F-150?
It would have to be supported out at the ends to keep it from jostling around in the hitch.
There’s probably some part of the bumper or where the bumper mounts to the frame that would provide an anchor point for stabilization struts?
A dilemma for sure, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Just do not try to lift that thing up on to any platform or carrier.
Or you’ll be laid out in the driveway begging for mercy.
Good luck with the solution.
I’m sure you’ll come up with something satisfactory.
 
Not much to contribute as to ways to haul that beast other than an open bed truck or a small flat bed trailer.
But the weight of a Cycletruck definitely gets into the, you’re not lifting it catagory, especially the older we get.
So, I can’t imagine what adding a Whizzer kit to the mix is going to do to the feasibility of actually lifting it off the ground?
A good sturdy motorcycle ramp is definitely in order, so that absolutely no lifting needs to be done at all.
Maybe, some kind of reinforced flat deck type of thing that just plugs into the receiver hitch on the F-150?
It would have to be supported out at the ends to keep it from jostling around in the hitch.
There’s probably some part of the bumper or where the bumper mounts to the frame that would provide an anchor point for stabilization struts?
A dilemma for sure, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Just do not try to lift that thing up on to any platform or carrier.
Or you’ll be laid out in the driveway begging for mercy.
Good luck with the solution.
I’m sure you’ll come up with something satisfactory.

Years ago, my son and I drag raced. We hauled a Yamaha 125 with a "receiver rack" on the rear of our "open" race car trailer as a Pit Bike. I'm currently thinking of reconfiguring that well-seasoned carrier to haul the Cycle Truck(s). It's a receiver style channel rack but would need to have support bar to stabilize the bike. I bent up a 1 3/8" .083" chrome moly tube yesterday to use as a support bar.

I'm kind of stumped {too many different ideas, lol) on figuring out a simple, but strong way to attach the support bar to the bike's seat post. I think a seat post mount would cause the least amount of damage from clamping/hauling. Looking at the height differences of my various Balloon Cruiser bikes, I would need to design the clamp to have an inch or two of height adjustability to accommodate different frame sizes. I think I would like to make the rack adjustable to be more of a universal fit, and not just a single use Power Cycle/ Cycle Truck rack.

So, it comes down to these clamp design considerations, quick release, but secure, maybe a small cable as a safety backup, it needs to adjust for some frame height differences. One of my ideas is to use a small 6" "C-type" Vise Grip, another idea is to make a bracket/clamp that stays permanently on the seat post to provide the attachment point. But some of my bikes have a 5/8" post size and the Cycle Trucks are 13/16" posts.

Thanks for the ideas and concerns.

John
 
Good morning John!
You’re a vintage trailer guy. Why not do a 30’s-40’s pickup bed trailer? Would solve all your issues and have a killer cool factor with the vintage bikes in it!

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Good morning John!
You’re a vintage trailer guy. Why not do a 30’s-40’s pickup bed trailer? Would solve all your issues and have a killer cool factor with the vintage bikes in it!

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OH that would be way too simple, and a good idea. I would look good towing behind my 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon, or the 1970 Bronco.

BUT, my "other hobby" is Vintage Camper Trailers and I have a total of five trailers currently in my driveway. No More Trailer's is what my boss of 57 years told me! Happy wife, happy life. LOL.

One of my Hot Rod friends invented the Kendon fold up motorcycle trailer. It was a very nice motorcycle trailer, that folded in half, stood on it's end, and would fit into your garage.

I'm currently building a receiver type motorcycle carrier. It's about 3/4 done, but I keep changing my mind on how best to connect the stabilizer bar to the seat post. I'll figure out a way, or ask for help posting a photo when it gets closer to completed.

John
 
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