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Old 03-24-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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Is towing a motorcycle realistic with a 4-cylinder Tacoma?

I’ve read the most recent threads about towing with a 4-cylinder. I think my load is doable, but I’d like some input from owners with real world experience.

The data I’ve found indicates the GCWR for the 2nd-generation Tacoma with a 4-cylinder engine, Access Cab and automatic transmission is 7,500 lbs. The curb weight is supposed to be 3,580 lbs. That should leave ~3,920 lbs available to carry (1,320 payload) and tow (3,500).

I like to do sport bike track days. My bike (a ‘10 Z1000) and an open, Harbor Freight, 4x8 trailer weigh ~737 lbs. Me, my passenger, my toolbox, EZ-UP canopy, gear and equipment weigh ~611 for a combined weight of ~1,348. Is it realistic to expect a 4-cylinder Tacoma to tow my rig at a reasonable speed (65-70) without burning it up?

My previous experience started with loading everything into the back of a ‘98 S10 with a 4.3L V6. That truck was a real trooper but all my ‘necessary’ equipment eventually maxed it out.

I moved up to my current ‘05 V8 Dakota and an enclosed 5x8 trailer. I assumed a V8 Magnum would chew on a 5x8 like a play toy but instead I was amazed at how much it labored. I have since sold the enclosed trailer and would like to get rid of the Dakota as I don‘t need so much truck and I‘m just not happy with it, for many reasons.
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The best place I've found to get reliable towing information for your specific vehicle is from your local RV dealer... I have a 2004 Toyota Tacoma with the 2.7L 4 Cylinder, and it is rated to pull 3,500 lbs... We pull a 2,400lb camper with it, and it's pushing it at that since we live in the mountains, but on flat ground, 3,500 lbs wouldn't be too bad...
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Trailer Towing

I've got a 2010 Regular Cab, 2.7L, Manual Transmission.

I regularly transport my cats in a 6'X10' enclosed trailer weighing 990 lbs.

Loaded up with cats, cages and gear it's typically around 2300-2500 lbs. total, well below the 3500 lb. max. Passengers and cargo bed payload is another 700 lbs.

I am able to maintain 70-75 mph in 5th gear on level ground with no problems. Occasionally, I have to shift down to fourth gear if I'm climbing a hill.

I am using Firestone RideRite air springs set at about 15 lbs. Handling is good to excellent.

The only differences I've noticed is that mpg drops from 26 down to 19-21 mpg, and acceleration and braking are appreciably slower.

Hope this helps.
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Welcome to the forum!

I tow a 1900lb boat with a 2003 2.4L 5 speed standard cab Taco without problems. The problems come when I tow a high profile travel trailer (wind resistance). Can tow a low profile boat @ 65MPH on interstates with the Taco. Have to slow down to 55MPH with the "lighter" travel trailer. Never had problems towing a motorcycle on a 4'X8' trailer with my 1987 2.4L 4 speed Toyota Pickup, either.





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^ Wow, is that a Nuda? Nice ride!
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^ Wow, is that a Nuda? Nice ride!
Bet the Nuda is a fine twisty machine!!!!!!

It's an Aprilia Dorsoduro 750. It's a hoot in the mountains, too:



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Kulahaga,

Curiosity.... How many and what kind of cats and where do you take them?
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Kulahaga,

Curiosity.... How many and what kind of cats and where do you take them?
I've been rescuing and re-homing wildcats for over thirty years. At the moment I have nine including African Servals, Cougars and Bobcats.

I transport them to various wildlife events, the vet, etc.

Here are some pics of my "vicious" wildcats:

Cairo (African Serval)


Kowee (Cougar)


Amadeus (Bobcat)
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^^That's freakin cool!!

OP: I'd say your fine, but i'm a little concerned that you struggled with a V8 Dakota. Why not go for a V6?
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It's an Aprilia Dorsoduro 750.
That's right - a Nuda would be a Husqvarna.
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OP: I'd say your fine, but i'm a little concerned that you struggled with a V8 Dakota. Why not go for a V6?
There's not enough difference in gas mileage between V6's and what I have now. Toyota's are expensive. I can buy a lot of gas with the difference between what a V6 Tacoma costs and what I'll get for my Dakota.
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That's right - a Nuda would be a Husqvarna.
Checked out the Husky after you mentioned it, and a sweet looking machine, too!

The DD is a sweet machine, too!
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I have another question. Do 4-cylinder's with automatic transmissions have an overdrive lockout selector?

EDIT: I think I double-counted my bike weight. The bike and trailer should be ~750 lbs and payload ~700. Both are well below the tow (3,500), payload (1,320) and available GCWR (3,920) ratings.
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