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No not read up on it Peter so thanks for pointing out the error of my intended ways Another idea bites the dust.

So back to not being able to go anywhere except in the van, I'll re look at a scooter, but it needs to be at least a 250cc in my opinion, 125s are fine for racing snakes but we is full sized peeps, and both on diets, but not being very active through health, it's not having much effect.
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I was just thinking, how does the Qpod get around this braking when towed issue?
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I used to have one of these, Gilera Fuoco 500cc. Looks a bit strange but great bit of kit. Would that be a solution?
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I used to have one of these, Gilera Fuoco 500cc. Looks a bit strange but great bit of kit. Would that be a solution?
I dunno, it still needs holding up, just more stable on gravel I'd suppose, not a great fan of trikes.
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I would say your best off with the Armitage side loading bike trailer Kev if your going to go for a scooter then you dont need to worry about weight with scooter choice.

http://www.armitagetrailers.com/biketrailers.htm

They look the same set up as our rack just on a two wheel trailer. Not cheap but they just do the job properly I guess. Dunno if you could reverse with one though.

Easy to store though and wont take up space on an Aire if you get over to France.


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I would say your best off with the Armitage side loading bike trailer Kev if your going to go for a scooter then you dont need to worry about weight with scooter choice.

http://www.armitagetrailers.com/biketrailers.htm

They look the same set up as our rack just on a two wheel trailer. Not cheap but they just do the job properly I guess. Dunno if you could reverse with one though.

Easy to store though and wont take up space on an Aire if you get over to France.
Still tricky to reverse, especially with a long rear overhang. In fact I would think it would be trickier than a conventional bike trailer.
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What needs designing is an Armitage type side-loader with castor type wheels and a rigid mount to the MoHo. A bit like a Easylifter hydra trail but better. If it was rigid side to side but flexed up and down you'd be able to reverse no problem. If I was an engineer I'd design one, but I aint.
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What needs designing is an Armitage type side-loader with castor type wheels and a rigid mount to the MoHo. A bit like a Easylifter hydra trail but better. If it was rigid side to side but flexed up and down you'd be able to reverse no problem. If I was an engineer I'd design one, but I aint.
I agree. They are missing a trick there I think. Ive seen the Easylifter or a version of it and what a fart on it was getting the bike on and off. If Armitage had a reversible trailer that had the ease of use of their rack and current side loader it would be a winner. Just one clamp over the seat with a ratchet strap and one through the front wheel and that is it. 60 seconds on or off. Ive seen people mess about for ages with the other racks and trailers.
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Apart from how you transport the thing, a farm style quad, I'd suggest will not be ideal. I've got a Honda Foreman 450, a true 4 wheel drive (switchable) farm quad and absolutely brilliant for its intended use i.e. off road WORK, I use it around the lake and our land; get it on the road and it can be a bit of a handful and it's a bit slow and noisy. If you're over this way you can try it.


Some of the proper road quads are pretty good but pricey and still quite heavy, stay very well away from the cheapo Chinese ones, they tend to be unreliable and difficult to get spares for, the higher priced ones are of a much better build quality and you can get parts for them.


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Just thought I would resurrect this thread as I contacted Armitage who have always been helpful for their opinions. They tried to join the forum but could not manage to register sadly (I wonder how many others are still having problems )

Anyway their reply is below

" The problem with the castor is the only versions that work properly without scrubbing tyres, wearing nylon bushes or bearings, twisting chassis is the French and German versions where a lot of money has been spent on the self-dampening castor hence why they cost 3500 – 4500 euros, it’s not the steel, it’s the specialist castor system that costs. When I developed the side loading trailer it was after doing lots of research on the castor systems and I knew it would take a lot of money and development costs to get the wheels not to shudder or shake at speed without over tightening bearings to dampen them which would end up throwing the grease out etc. so many headaches where involved hence why I eventually gave up and stuck with the trailer version, as there’s only a handful of people that would pay £3500 – 4000.00 for a trailer that you can easily be reversed with ( it’s only advantage ) against £950 for our trailer so didn’t think it was worth making the investment. We have a great name and didn’t want to compromise this with issues that would happen trying to make an affordable castor system trailer. When you look at what you get with our trailer for £950 against the Hydro-tow for £1200 that is even debatable whether it’s even legal? As it doesn’t carry a certificate of type approval, he says it’s a grey area it’s not a trailer but it’s not a rack, it’s something in the middle, my understanding is if it has wheels it’s a trailer therefore requires a type approval certificate by law?

Unfortunately I have to explain this a lot as many ask but get a shock when I explain how much it would cost to make one that actually works without heavy maintenance bills and above board legal.

Kind regards
Wayne Brear (Manager)"


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