Actually, the 650 Transalp was originally for this venture (had an XR before) and it is much better for touring and off road than the XR and at 325, is on the light side for dual sports. And, the idea was to have a boat that had a tubular frame that was also a trailer. Pull it with the bike to the water, rearrange things, float with the bike, get out and ride home. That can be done but the inflatable
tube part was pretty expensive just to try a little R&D. From that the boat kept getting bigger and here I am with basically the same overall goal, but a much larger boat and a bigger cruising area in mind.
And, where this initial venture was just me, with me staying in a tent or a small cuddy, my GF has decided I would not be safe alone with so many single
women out there and she now has to go with me. That means we are not staying in a tent.
If I'm taking the 650, it can be loaded and unloaded with a rigged "A" frame or small winch
and swing boom. Depending on the boat, a simple ramp is sufficient, I can ride it. Slimmy muddy banks or ramps might be fun, but I can ride it anywhere someone can walk (not climb, walk).
Most docks have a main dock
with slips to the sides, I can back up to the end and off set the bike as well, I only need a 3 foot wide area.
The cruiser is more of a problem, generally requiring a boom and rigging
, but I can ride it on a ramp as well. I ride it up into my F150 with an 8' ramp. Easier if you get a little running start at it. It's kinda like swimming in deep water, if you think about how deep it is you might freak, just think about the top three feet of water you actually use to swim and don't look down.
My floating trailer thing would be pretty easy for either one if you build in a removable or fold down stern as a ramp.
Yes, I'm sure it would be a PITA. Could be that it would not be worth it, since I may need to rent two slips at a dock
while I ride the bike for a few days, locating decent spots to get in and out and the difference in efficiency may be eaten up by pulling the trailer....but there would be many, if not most times, I'd be going with the bike too.
Now, if anyone has a 30' cat with an 8' clear deck
space in good condition for sale
in the 20K range, pleas let me know. I won't hold my breath....lol!
Might be easier to find a new GF, younger, that can keep up with me and won't mind more of an adventure and go back to the smaller side of things.....