Performed the 1000 mile service on the Road Glide Special and the 10,000 mile service on the Nissan Frontier.
Got the Trailer rigged out with E-Channel along the floor on both sides and my Harbor Freight wheel chock in the nose. The Road Glide Special will be locked in with the Biker bar but I wanted options in case I find something interesting on craigslist during my travels.
The loaded weight of the trailer came in at 2590 lbs with 14.3% of the weight on the tongue. That is 200 lbs more than just the bike with the biker bar. I can live with that.
The bike tucked away nicely in its garage on wheels.
Ready to roll.
The truck is rated to tow 6500 lbs so it had the power to tow the 2590 lb load. At interstate speeds it would barely ever upshift into 5th gear though. It averaged 12 MPG during the first 1200 miles with a low of 9.8 MPG and a high of 16 MPG. Empty the Frontier will get 21 MPG. My worst mileage was while using cruise control to give my leg a break. The cruise would downshift and run the revs up to almost 4000 to maintain speed. If I manually drove the throttle and let the truck slow down so that down shifts never put the RPMs above 2500 I could get decent mileage between stops.
I took US 82 over the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico. It is the monsoon season so I drove in rain from Snyder, TX to Alamogordo, NM. The roads aren't very good in the rain. They tend to puddle in the tire tracks and have spots where water is across the roads that you have to slow down for. The ABS kicked in a time or two when slowing down for lights, or gas stops.
Took a break coming down from Cloudcroft with an elevation of 8668 feet. It was nice and cool up there as well with mid day temps in the upper 50s. Coasted in 2nd gear off the mountain.
Looking towards White Sands National Monument