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.
Originally Posted by LEE
Who has a trailer and what do you like and dislike about it?
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.
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.