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Old 03-23-2016   #1
Missoula, Montana
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Motorcycle shuttle

I'm tossing around the idea of picking up a lightweight motorcycle to run shuttles this year on certain runs. Just curious who uses a motorcycle for shuttling, and what bike? Have you ever tried tossing it in your raft for those runs that you have to backtrack to pick it up at the put in? How's your trailer set up?

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Old 03-23-2016   #2
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I used a KLR 650 for a few years. I highly recommend the moto shuttle if you have a bike. The KLR is a little heavy to put on a hitch rack IMO, so I would ride it separate and whoever I was floating with would drive the rig pulling the raft. A smaller dirt bike would be ideal. Depending on the length of the shuttle, I also bike it or hitch hike if there is enough traffic.

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Old 03-23-2016   #3
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Yamaha tw200, xt225 are both good.

If on dirt or very rural Roady a Honda trail 90/110 would be a light option.

If your shuttle includes highways I'd go with a klr650, dr400z, or something along those lines.

I have a klx 650, but it's a pig to load on trailer tongue. Thinking of picking up an xt225. Lighter and higher top end than my old tw200. Tw200 top speed was 38 mph if I remember correctly.
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Old 03-23-2016   #4
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I've been looking at Trail 90s, but there's a TS100 near me for a good price that seems to be about right. Big enough to get me down the road, but small enough that I won't be able to get too stupid with it, and light enough to not worry much about too much tongue weight.
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Oh ya, a ts100 would be great.
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Old 03-23-2016   #6
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I thought about it, but if I put a bike in the truck the raft will likely stay dry, and I will end up washing a bike on Sunday night.

A street legal enduro or a full on duel sport are the ticket.
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Old 03-23-2016   #7
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I use a DRZ 400. Versahauler hitch rack has a receiver hitch off the back. Mount the trailer ball back there and use my normal raft trailer to haul the boat. Solo days I can use my Watermaster 8' raft or a duck and leave the trailer at home.

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Old 04-02-2016   #8
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MC shuttle

1979 DT 125, street and highway legal enduro

I use this bike on both my truck and van with a front receiver hitch and standard MC carrier. the aftermarket front receiver hitch is available for many trucks and larger vehicles, and it keeps the rear hitch available for pulling your raft trailer. the MC blocks the vehicle lights a little, and i have been planning a fog light addition for several years but never got to it. no legality issues i am aware of, i have never been pulled over for it.
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Old 04-02-2016   #9
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Motorized bicycle if you are not going over 25mph and not a great distance. They have electric or gas versions.
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I use either my KTM 500EXC or my SV650n.

Both ride in the bed of my pickup.

They work great for running shuttle.

I can easily load and unload either bike by myself.


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