What to Know About Motorcycle Towing

Motorcycle enthusiasts love the freedom of the open road, but sometimes it comes at a cost. If your bike has broken down and you’re stranded, you’ll need a tow truck driver to help. It might be tempting to call a buddy with a pickup truck, but unfortunately, tossing your bike into a truck or otherwise towing it improperly can cause even worse damage. It’s best to err on the side of caution and have a professional tow truck driver handle the situation. There are three main methods of towing a motorcycle.

Flatbed Towing

When you call a tow truck driver, there is a good chance he or she will use the flatbed towing method. It’s the most commonly used method for motorcycle towing because it’s the safest. After wheeling the bike up the ramp and onto the bed of the tow truck, the driver will secure it carefully using special straps that are locked into place. These will prevent the motorcycle from tipping over while in transit. 

Two-Wheel Towing

Less frequently used by professional tow truck drivers is the two-wheel towing method. This involves the use of what is essentially a towing trailer or dolly towed behind the vehicle. These towing trailers got their names thanks to their two wheels, which are connected to an axle. Sometimes, these towing trailers feature wheel cradles mounted within them for added security when towing a motorcycle. In addition, they usually feature a ramp that can be used to walk the bike up onto the platform.

Towing Cradle

This is the most bare bones method of towing a motorcycle. Towing cradles are also sometimes called motorcycle trailer hitches. A towing cradle consists of a metal framework that attaches to the truck hitch. The front wheel of the bike is nestled within the metal framework, above the ground. When being towed, the back wheel is allowed to make contact with the road surface.

Barnett’s Towing, LLC maintains a diverse fleet of towing vehicles. Our experienced drivers can tow any sort of vehicle in Arizona—from motorcycles and passenger sedans to SUVs and big rigs. If you’re stranded, give us a call at (800) 722-2302.