I live in North Carolina and am hoping to take a motorcycling vacation in the Smokies either this year or next. The thing being, my bike is an '83 Suzuki GR650 with about a 140 mile range counting the reserve tank, and I’d rather not ride the bike the 3+ highway hours out to the national park.
So the plan is, fit my 2001 Subaru Forester with an aftermarket trailer hitch and haul the bike out on a trailer, use the campground as a base camp for motorcycling excursions (Blue Ridge Parkway, the obligatory Deals Gap run, etc.), and then drive back. In theory, the numbers work out: the '01 Forester has a listed 2000 lb towing capacity (which oddly is close to twice what a current Forester will pull), and the motorcycle weighs 400 lb dry and a trailer similar to one my aunt owns weighs about 800 lb. The car has 190k miles on it but my mechanic tore down and rebuilt the engine after a cracked head gasket last January and I do regular maintenance on it. The transmission and AWD also seem to be okay aside from having had a cooler hose bust last year (I pulled over very fast when that happened, lol).
So, comments, suggestions, recommendations?