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I have a 2002 4 door Ford truck and a couple of bikes. Truck does not get used much (13 miles per gallon) except when I get a new project bike and it is getting old, as a matter of fact I am getting old too (70) so projects are fewer for sure. I have had interest in Volts for a few years and have test drove gen 1 and gen 2. My wife has a 2016 Prius which be both like. Figured I would make a change and on 9/8 got a slightly used 2016 Volt with just over 19.6k miles. On 9/10 got a used trailer. On 9/15 installed the Drawtite hitch rated at 2000 pounds with 200 pounds tongue weight. On the 19th I took my motorcycle tied down on the trailer for a 60 mile test ride. On the road it seemed like it was hardley there. Getting up to speed was just a little slower. Stopping no problem. Only a few trailer accessories to do to finish it up (spare tire, jack, etc.)


Trailer loaded has 98 pound tongue weight, trailer weighs 395 and bike weights 405 so maybe truck will go now.


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I've been pulling the same trailer behind my Gen I for a few years now. Most of the time just light trips to the dump and hardware store. I do tow my atv between my house and my parents several times during the winter, as it does double duty plowing my driveway and for ice fishing.
I definitely notice some range loss, but it has plenty of power.
 

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I also had a red '90 Hawk back in the day. Neat bike that would eventually fuel my desire to get the first '98 SuperHawk my dealer got in a few years later.
 

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emartin00, I have yet to make a dump run by my recycle cans are about full. The HF trailer is pretty popular kit and easy to make it into just about any type trailer you wish.

fotomoto1, This 89 is my 4th and best Hawk with lots of modifications. We have a lot of twisty roads nearby so it really shines on those. Never owned a Super Hawk in my 36 bike list of owned bikes. There were super fast when they came out. I did have a V4 VFR750 Interceptor and super rare 1987 VFR400R (look that one up).

LOL lagagnon......thanks for pointing out that truth. I am just a lazy old fart who hauls my bikes to riding meet ups that go most of the day so I am more rested once there. If only 50 miles or so away, yes I ride there.

My new Volt will deliver me there in style.
 

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Just an Update on my bike hauler post.....

The 8th of October was going to be my first Bike haul for a riding with friends day. My 60 mile test mentioned earlier was done all flat roads and freeway. Where I was going on the 8th was up in the hills above Sacramento over very twisty narrow mountain roads.

I still had my truck..Call me a chicken if it helps.... I decided that the Volt should not be subjected to that kind road pulling a trailer with a bike on it. So I just loaded it in my truck like I always had.

When I got home after the nice ride up in the hills, I was happy I did no use the Volt to haul the bike. As long as I have my truck I really don't need the Volt to pull a trailer. But... I can use the hitch on the Volt for a bicycle carrier to carry my fat tire bike instead of the truck or trailer. Been looking at electric fat tire models lately......

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Just an Update on my bike hauler post.....

The 8th of October was going to be my first Bike haul for a riding with friends day. My 60 mile test mentioned earlier was done all flat roads and freeway. Where I was going on the 8th was up in the hills above Sacramento over very twisty narrow mountain roads.

I still had my truck..Call me a chicken if it helps.... I decided that the Volt should not be subjected to that kind road pulling a trailer with a bike on it. So I just loaded it in my truck like I always had.

When I got home after the nice ride up in the hills, I was happy I did no use the Volt to haul the bike. As long as I have my truck I really don't need the Volt to pull a trailer. But... I can use the hitch on the Volt for a bicycle carrier to carry my fat tire bike instead of the truck or trailer. Been looking at electric fat tire models lately......

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A truck with a bed is definitely more convenient that a trailer. I have a Pathfinder as a second vehicle, and it does more hauling than the Volt does. That being said, I try to use the Volt any time I need something larger than I can fit in the Pathfinder. I figure if I need the trailer, I might as well not burn any gas.
 
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