• Sep 21st 2010 at 4:31PM
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We don't know why you'd want to haul a car with a Honda Goldwing, but a Swedish company called Coming Through hasn't constrained themselves to our tiny imaginations. That's why they've created The Retriever, a stowable towing unit you can have installed on the back of a Goldwing 1800 that's good for pulling up to 5,500 pounds. If you want a little more help doing a dirty job, you can get a winch added to the package. The only drawback: maximum speed while towing is 20 miles per hour. That wouldn't stop us from wanting it, though, even though we never imagined... Hat tip to Alexis!

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      • 5 Years Ago
      My ex-girlfriend always wanted to ride on my motorcycles. Looks like she can now. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      But *why*?

      Where in the world is there a need for the ability to tow cars with something much smaller than a regular tow truck?

      Are there places where there is enough traffic congestion that the police or driver assistance forces can't get to accident or break-down scenes on anything bigger than a motorcycle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Short answer: yes.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Now that is just wrong. Get a proper tool for a job, everybody knows you need at least F-150 truck to haul 6 bags of mulch for your wife's yard hobby. This would call for at least dually.

      What's next? People using cars to haul RVs instead of RVs hauling cars as God intended it to be? Sheesh.

        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 for you.

        Next people are going to get the wild and crazy idea that they don't NEED a ginormous SUV to haul their spoiled kids to school.
        People and their crazy imaginations... I tell ya!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I recall, European and Asian countries use these Goldwings to tow away illegally parked vehicles from streets were typical tow trucks cannot perform their duties.... Ever seen a Dually rolling around in the tiny streets in Rome?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, but that's a sight I'd like to see.

        Some of those alleys make a Smart feel like an 18-wheeler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see this working maybe for local track owners who wish to save money on buying a huge tow truck, or a large land owner who wishes to tow small boats without having to buy a huge truck. Overall yes its useless but some will buy it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Assuming you get that car to 10 MPH or more.... How long does it take to stop the vehicle with the Goldwing's brakes? Is there a trailer brake to complement the bike's brakes?
        • 5 Years Ago

        6,000 (goldwing, load, rider and gear) lbs @ 20 mph = 108 kJ kinetic energy

        1000 (goldwing alone, rider, gear) @ 70 mph = 216 kJ kinetic energy.

        It'll stop without roasting the brakes from 20 mph easily - much more energy to dissipate in a standard goldwing cruising down the highway screeching to a halt. Distance is a little harder to come up with, but the standard brakes are capable of doing it.

        I would imagine that it is the reason for speed limit though, saving the brakes from crying themselves to sleep. - 6000 lbs @ 70 mph = 1296 kJ
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone say "accident waiting to happen?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Autoblog had a post 2 or 3 years ago about the Japanese using this very same concept for police to tow cars in Tokyo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen this a couple of times in China as well, haven't seen it in Japan though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AB is simply recycling. Leave them alone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've actually seen the motorcycle ShamelessMT linked in Shanghai a couple of years ago, quite amazed at it at that time, it's really useful in traffic packed cities like Shanghai. When a car get stuck on the elevated road, it's almost impossible to get a regular tow truck to travel pass all the pissed motorists to reach the site.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats cool. the only thing i can think of is pulling a vehicle to safety. but hey im sure some poeple can think of other things as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        New repo-man tool of choice?

        And how long before you see someone towing a boat with one of these?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean I don't need a F-Gazillion HD POWER CUMMINS to tow something? Blasphemy!

      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been on a Goldwing to know how tall or short first gear is, but it seems like this would be hard on the clutch if done with any frequency.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did we find out if there was a planetary reduction planetary that is engaged for towing?

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Worse than pulling a caravan with a Kia Cerato... check out the queue!
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