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July 16, 2005, 02:58 PM

I am looking to purchasing an SUV. I need it to be able to haul 2 bikes.
Anyone know if the small ones can handle them "Ford Escape, Saturn Vue, Honda CRV/Passport", Jeep Liberty ?

I would rather have an SUV, but if the smalls ones cant haul then I will get the Ford Explorer, Sport Trac or Nissan Frontier
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July 16, 2005, 03:04 PM

typical 600cc I4 bike is no more than 400 wet (full gas, etc). So two bikes = 800lbs. Plus really small two bike trailer is what ~500lbs? probably less. So roughly 1300lbs. Saturn Vue V6 towing capacity = 3500lbs. All other vehicles you can look up yourself
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typical 600cc I4 bike is no more than 400 wet (full gas, etc). So two bikes = 800lbs. Plus really small two bike trailer is what ~500lbs? probably less. So roughly 1300lbs. Saturn Vue V6 towing capacity = 3500lbs. All other vehicles you can look up yourself
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I just checked the Escape, and its 3500 also. I would be towing a 600 and 900, whats the typical 900 weight(ZX-9).

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whats the typical 900 weight(ZX-9).

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Probably not 2300 lbs which would keep you from towing. Actually that information can be found here.
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July 16, 2005, 04:09 PM

I've seen two bike being towed by a volkswagon rabbit, I've towed a single bike with my nissan 300zx. I would not recommend either as a towing vehicle but I think you get my point almost any SUV would do the trick.
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Any SUV will do the trick. SBC pulls her R6 with a Dodge Neon.


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July 16, 2005, 05:18 PM

Go with anything thats rear drive. Theres a reason semis are rear drive its called stability. Your tow weight needs to include EVERYTHING that your bringing that means the stuff in the trunk too.


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July 16, 2005, 07:09 PM

What ever you get make sure you get a good hitch. Class II or better. Dont play the ball through the bumper stuff unless you want your bikes on the side of the road.
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Keep in mind that the towing capacity is 3500 lbs, but they will be f'in dogs with that much weight... Get a nice pickup, you can fit two bikes in there.


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July 16, 2005, 07:52 PM

I tow a 5x8 box trailer that holds both of my bikes with a Jeep Liberty Limited, affectionately called my "Barbie Malibu Fun Jeep". It's simply adorable, with a tow capacity is 5,000 lbs. With two bikes, toolboxes, and bunch of race gear, my trailer still weighs less than 2,500 lbs. The Liberty has a class 3 hitch, so if I ever get a boat or a bigger bike trailer, I'll be okay.

The Ford Escape comes with a class 2 hitch, but that's good enough to tow a trailer with two bikes. Whatever you get, make it rear-wheel drive, as someone else said. My Barbie Jeep tows my shit with no problem, but I've seen a front-wheel driver spinning up an incline on a rainy day with a box trailer.


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July 16, 2005, 08:52 PM

Thanks for the info!! I got to trade in my Scion XB, thing couldnt tow a fly....
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July 16, 2005, 10:59 PM

The Liberty with the CRD engine is really nice and would tow really well. Then engine won't be fully broken in until somewhere in the area of 100k miles. it's a great engine. Not much for liberties but if you are going compact suv that would be the best choice.
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July 17, 2005, 04:14 PM

I drive a Ford Escape and it pulls an enclosed 6x12' trailer with 2 bikes, no problem. I have loaded 3 bikes into the trailer (it was crowded) and my little truck pulled it, but wasn't that happy about it!


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