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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking about getting a motorcycle trailer. For those long trips with Mrs. Lee, she likes to bring some extras.. We are going all over the west next year and to i would need a little extra storage. Plus all the safety geae, heated gear etc,
Who has a trailer and what do you likr and dislike about it? I havetime now to gather information and that is what I am doing, I found this trailer out of NC and it goes for $3000. free shipping,

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 12:00 AM
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My 2 cents worth.

After around 25,000 miles towing a trailer, what I consider important.

Wheel size, nothing under 12 inch.
The greater the wheel diameter, the higher your speed, can't imagine 8 inch rims running at 100 mph. And you can tow trailers that fast, believe me, I had my little beast at 90 with no problems.

People will tell you to keep tongue weight at 30 or 40 pounds, or some formula to total trailer weight, ignore that BS, get as much tongue weight happening as you can it tows a lot better and allows stupidly fast speeds. EDIT: - safely!

Get a hitch that swivels, it will allow greater cornering angle as well as if the inconceivable happens and the trailer tips, there will be minimal disturbance to your bike stability. A trailer will pull down the road upside down or sideways quite well if the bike is stable, don't ask me how I know...

If you are going to carry fuel, don't carry it in the same box or area where you carry clothes or food. Once you get a fuel stink into anything, it is hard to shift.

Lee, if you think I am being stupid about pulling the trailer at 100, I am not, you will do it, or want to do it, so prepare the trailer to do it, because as much as you think you wont do it, you will. I guarantee that.

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Who has a trailer and what do you like and dislike about it?
Likes: -
The fact that it unloads the bike and makes the bike handle a hell of a lot better, and ride better than it would fully loaded.
My tip, load as much as you can on the trailer, and as little as you can on the bike. Better ride, better handling.

The sheer volume of gear you can carry, warm riding gear, hot weather riding gear, food, tools yadda yadda, no more sacrificing comfort for the space it takes up, especially if you will be camping.

Now this may sound strange, but I like the way a well weighted trailer will tow, I lost count of the number of times I would suddenly look behind me just to make sure the trailer was still there, you tend to completely forget you are towing it.

The ability to just unload the bike of all your gear in 15 seconds by simply dropping the trailer. It is a portable lockable storage locker. Unhook the trailer, and your ready to carve the twisties on a bike not encumbered with 150 or 200 pound of gear upsetting the CoG and making it a pig to handle.

Dislikes: -
You have to really think about the bike every time you park somewhere, leave yourself an escape route.

Reversing the thing, you reckon a 6 by 4 box trailer is a pig to back, try a short trailer behind a bike!

If you have the trailer poorly weighted, you can get a slight instability travelling behind 18 wheelers that are doing 75+ mph. Easily solved by just getting your trailer packing correct though.

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post #3 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 12:28 AM
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Saw these posted elsewhere...but they are no located in the US. I've never used a single-wheel trailer....but thought I would toss it out there because they have some pics of some Triumph hookups.....

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post #4 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 03:57 AM Thread Starter
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DOG my friend excellent points and information, swivel hitch comes with it.
  • 25 cubic feet of storage
  • Automotive High Gloss Black Paint
  • All hand laid fiberglass
  • Air Ride Suspension with Air Cylinder...( no need to pump up shocks when you add weight)
  • Black High Gloss Paint
  • Chrome Coupler
  • Tubular powder coated tongue
  • Nauguhyde cooler cover that matches your seats
  • GL 1800 Goldwing lights (clear & amber)
  • 16 inch aluminum tubeless wheel
  • 400 lb carry capacity
  • 125 lbs empty weight
  • Overall Length ... 88 inches
  • Height at the tallest 30 inches
  • interior 51x35x22inches
  • Cargo net inside of lid
  • Lock & key entry
  • Paperwork ready to register in any 50 states
  • Tongue weight 10lbs
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Another thing Lee, there must be some sort of "law" like Murphy's Law that goes along the lines of the amount of luggage you carry seems to expand to 10% more than your capacity, no matter what the capacity is.
Especially when a woman is involved...

Plus now you can add that cocktail cabinet, cigar bar and second television you always wanted to your travelling kit.
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post #6 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 10:23 AM
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A friend (a Wing nutter) has one that probably has 100K miles on it, works great. His family is in NY and he rides from NC to NY 4-5 times a year...Wes is 87, his wife is 85. No problems except for the aforementioned tail wag around big trucks. A buddy of his has the same setup on his Rocket and loves it. He's in VA and don't think he's on the T-Rat forums. Wes has had his for around 10 years and has only replaced wheel bearings every other year. Finish has held up well. Wheel bearings replaced "Just in case", not due to failure. Don't know the manuf. of the hitch, but Wes said that it is a key point.If needed, I'll ask for more info...we had discussed it 'cuz I was pondering doing the same on my Sprint...decided against it finally.


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thanks Derswede....i think for the trip yo nj it will help especially to the shore,
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post #8 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 10:45 AM
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What Dog said+ you will go fast. I tow a small trailer with my Roadster we have a width limit of a metre in the UK and a trailer weight of 150kg Including trailer.
Nose weight is good keeps back wheel planted as well as helping rear brake.
Cornering, still able to get footrests down.
Heavy stuff packed low down is better as well.
We take 2 bikes with luggage and trailer and still my wife wants more space:-) but you have an unloaded bike when you reach you're destination.
Only negative front tyre wears a bit more quickly.
It's quite good fun and you are noticed.

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I like the big wheels on it, I have a Cargomate I tow behind my Rocket, high speeds have never been a problem, but I do worry about the bearing speeds in the little 8" wheels, but so far so good.

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Triple i figured on the tire wear,,,,but the new line of tires Elites and Commanders have hard rubber middles and soft rubber sides they would work well
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