A tukaway-style tailgate lifter is an option, but one that's neither affordable nor practical for many. While there are some good solutions out there, like the Motolug and Bikeloader (which we'll look at in a future issue), South Australian-based company, Gladstone Concepts, has taken a different approach to bike transport in the form of their Quanti lift HVS trailer.
HVS stands for Height Variable System and as you can see from the photos, the entire load area drops to ground level to make loading & unloading a motorcycle ridiculously easy. The Height Variable System also enables the load area to be lifted up to one metre - standard loading dock height.
The Quanti lift HVS's patented design is an extension of Gladstone Concepts' original 'Quantum lift' trailer for farming applications that used a system of linkages and forward motion to eliminate the requirement for hydraulics. From that design, and with an eye to markets that require safe loading of heavy items like ride-on mowers, mini diggers, etc., Gladstone developed the Quanti lift HVS, which has obvious benefits for the loading and transportation of motorcycles. The lift is performed by off the shelf hydraulics, electric screw jacks, or similar devices, depending on the customer's requirements, using a pair of 300mm (12 inch) rams.
In the tandem wheel configuration shown, the Quanti lift HVS is around the same size as a standard 8 x 5 trailer, and falls within the maximum 2.5metre width limit in most States. The model pictured has a slightly narrower load area, but Gladstone's David Catford told us that it can be widened to the maximum legal width for easier access around loaded bikes. The 2 tonne gross weight (800kg unladen) of the unit pictured should easily accommodate even the biggest cruiser or quad, with a 3.2 tonne gross unit also available, which requires electric brakes to be compliant.
Being manufactured locally, Gladstone Concepts can also tailor each Quanti lift HVS to suit individual requirements. While not shown on this example, numerous anchor points for tie-down straps can be added as required, and David told us the trailer walls and tops of the frame are also sturdy enough to support anchor points, which may make tying down handlebars easier. Of course, the enclosed front and sides also reduce the risk of stone damage that comes with an open trailer. A tilting function can also be engineered in, should you require it.
The safety benefits and ease of use that that comes with the Quanti lift HVS's lifting platform makes it a winner for motorcycle dealerships, bike transport companies and even race teams, while the versatility of the design means it can also be used for other applications outside of motorcycle transport - something that can't be said of many other bike trailers. Single axle designs and varying tonnage options are also available. Pricing starts at $14,850 including GST. To find out more, contact Gladstone Concepts on 0408 842 226, email [email protected] or go to www.gladstoneconcepts.com.au