I had to read this thread, when I saw the title "Motorcycle" in the Towing and Hitching section... some motorcycles are pretty big, and lots tow trailers, but towing an Escape with one?
I think the basics and major concerns of the actual proposal have been covered well.
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett
In Alberta a double tow is legal as long as the first trailer is a fifth wheel.
That's a good example; there are a couple of other conditions in Alberta as well, but the motorcycle-as-trailer scheme might not violate them.
One factor to consider: how is the motorcycle licensed
? When I was involved in motorsports one of my friends ran across a problem: a trailer needs a license, and a motor vehicle can't get a trailer license. So the bike has its own license and thus its okay... or not, because it may not be legal to tow a motor vehicle as a trailer other than behind a motorhome or as part of a commercial towing service. I doubt it would cause a problem, but its just another thing which could go wrong.
I'm not sure I would want a motorcycle's rear wheel running on the ground, due to wear
. This is the classic flat-tow scenario for cars behind motorhomes, and not all vehicles are suitable for it. Of course the usual problem for cars is automatic transmissions, and very few bikes are automatics, but I still wouldn't assume that transmission lubrication would be okay. I would also wonder about chain life: a long trip could put a lot of use on the chain (assuming it has one) that it wouldn't see otherwise, so you would at least need to consider that in maintenance timing.
Cool COE rig, Jack.