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Old 01-30-2012, 04:14 PM   #151
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Moto Mule is kickin ass after 1500 miles.

That night, I ended up in Big Bend National Park, and stopped for a photo at one of the park entrance signs. I had ridden over 1000 miles with the Moto-Mule trailer behind my bike at highway cruising speeds ranging from 55mph-75mph. It never gave me a problem. (A great solution to clear up space on your bike!)

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Old 02-03-2012, 09:17 PM   #152
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Thanks for posting all the pics and putting the trailer to good use Alex!! It's great to see that you enjoy it so much!! It feels great for me to have made something that improves your riding experience

Keep it up, love your ride report too!
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:50 AM   #153
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Had some fun with the trailers this past weekend, rode to a potluck and then to the coast and home. Fun times!







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Old 02-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #154
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We need details on the roto pack mounts !!!!!
Will they work with a fender ?

Have you ever done any work on trailer mounts going to pannier racks that go around the rear wheel (happy trails like) ?

Fantastic pictures ! Looks like a great ride.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:36 AM   #155
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We need details on the roto pack mounts !!!!!
Will they work with a fender ?

Have you ever done any work on trailer mounts going to pannier racks that go around the rear wheel (happy trails like) ?

Fantastic pictures ! Looks like a great ride.
The rotopax mounts you see there are a prototype I'm working on. They worked very well, and seemed to be located nicely as well. They will indeed work with the fender kit and the lighting kit I'm also working on. I'll add them to the website once I get everything dialed in

The first trailer I built had all the weight straddling the rear wheel, as I thought keeping the trailer as short as possible would be beneficial. It turns out that the having the weight in between the trailer wheel and the motorcycle handles the best. Keeping the weight in between and LOW handles the best, picture a hammock.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:14 AM   #156
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We need details on the roto pack mounts !!!!!
Will they work with a fender ?

Have you ever done any work on trailer mounts going to pannier racks that go around the rear wheel (happy trails like) ?

Fantastic pictures ! Looks like a great ride.
Hairsmith,
I misunderstood your question... I have not worked on a mount that goes up to a rack on the back of a motorcycle. It is something I could do on a custom basis. I tried to come up with a design that worked on a large variety of motorcycles. Sorry, my previous post probably made no sense at all.... , not the first time I haven't made sense....

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Old 02-09-2012, 09:40 AM   #157
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Rotopax mounts look awesome. I would no doubt get those if I was taking a long trip.

Meeting a guy Sunday to check out an 09 Wee Strom and possibly trade my DR650. If so, anybody know if the Vstrom has a hollow rear axle? Would like to keep the mot-mule if it will continue to be compatible...
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #158
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Rotopax mounts look awesome. I would no doubt get those if I was taking a long trip.

Meeting a guy Sunday to check out an 09 Wee Strom and possibly trade my DR650. If so, anybody know if the Vstrom has a hollow rear axle? Would like to keep the mot-mule if it will continue to be compatible...
My 09 Wee strom rear axle is hollow!

I wondered how this would work with a strom. Although the strom can definitely be a pack mule, it never hurts to get some of the weight off the bike. I've been eyeing this trailer setup for awhile.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #159
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My 09 Wee strom rear axle is hollow!

I wondered how this would work with a strom. Although the strom can definitely be a pack mule, it never hurts to get some of the weight off the bike. I've been eyeing this trailer setup for awhile.
Sweet. I'll try to do a test fit on the other guy's bike and post some pics.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:21 PM   #160
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Sweet. I'll try to do a test fit on the other guy's bike and post some pics.
Hi Evan,

Your current hitch will not work on the Wee-Strom, the WeeStrom has a much longer axle that the standard hitch will allow. I am almost done with a trailer that will go behind the V-Strom 1000, going to ship it out tomorrow. I'll snap a couple pics before it goes out. I tried to test fit it on the 650 model but it did not fit, it appears the 650 axle is even wider than the 1000 axle??? Not much, only about 3/8 of an inch. Also, the 650 axle will allow a 3/8" rod to pass through about 90% of the length of the axle, the threaded end has an ID too small for the 3/8" skewer. It is just ever so slightly too small, it could be drilled out to just over 3/8" and allow the skewer to pass clear through the axle.

So long story short, I could make you a wider hitch and you'd have to drill out the end of the axle to make the trailer work. I'd help you make it work, we'd just have to work together to make all the pieces come together.

Hope that helps give you some information to help you make a decision about trading off your bike. Keep me posted.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:34 PM   #161
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Hi Evan,

Your current hitch will not work on the Wee-Strom, the WeeStrom has a much longer axle that the standard hitch will allow. I am almost done with a trailer that will go behind the V-Strom 1000, going to ship it out tomorrow. I'll snap a couple pics before it goes out. I tried to test fit it on the 650 model but it did not fit, it appears the 650 axle is even wider than the 1000 axle??? Not much, only about 3/8 of an inch. Also, the 650 axle will allow a 3/8" rod to pass through about 90% of the length of the axle, the threaded end has an ID too small for the 3/8" skewer. It is just ever so slightly too small, it could be drilled out to just over 3/8" and allow the skewer to pass clear through the axle.

So long story short, I could make you a wider hitch and you'd have to drill out the end of the axle to make the trailer work. I'd help you make it work, we'd just have to work together to make all the pieces come together.

Hope that helps give you some information to help you make a decision about trading off your bike. Keep me posted.

thanks,
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Depending on what year 650 you tested that on, it could be that on 07+ it changed with addition of ABS being an option. The swingarm is 10mm longer on 07+ DL650's over 04-06 models. Also, not sure if this changes anything but in 09, they changed from using a pin in the axle to just a locking nut on the axle. All of those may have small variations on how it fits.

The 1000 has been the same since 04 and the 02/03 might be the same on the axle too, not sure?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:52 PM   #162
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Had a visitor!

Not sure if any of you are following Big Al's Ride Report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764

Alex stopped by on his way home from Mobile Alabama to say Hi. He stayed with my family for a couple nights and then rode home to the Seattle area today. While he was here, we made some side panels for his trailer to advertise his blog and my trailers. He has put about 3000 miles on his trailer already!! Ask him what he thinks of his moto-mule trailer

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Old 02-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #163
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Shipped out a trailer for a VStrom 1000

Still trying to get the shop moved..... but, had a guy that really needed a trailer for a trip at the end of this month so I built him one to fit behind his Suzuki DL1000 before I unplugged all the tools to move them. I shipped it out yesterday, but I snapped a couple pics to show you what the hitch looks like.... W I D E !!!!



He also ordered it with a DOT tire, so I snapped some pics to show what the DOT tire looks like in the frame and how it compares to the stock tire.







Stock tire on the Left, DOT tire on the Right.



The DOT tire is a Shinko brand, it looks like a Shinko 244 but I couldn't find "244" anywhere on the tire.
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The DOT tire is a Shinko brand, it looks like a Shinko 244 but I couldn't find "244" anywhere on the tire.
Very cool, thanks for sharing. If that tire has "Golden Boy" or something like that, it basically is a Shinko 244. Not sure on why the naming differences, but are identical tires.

I hope that customer posts up some pics or sends you some with it behind the DL1000. I'm curious to see that.
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Very cool, thanks for sharing. If that tire has "Golden Boy" or something like that, it basically is a Shinko 244. Not sure on why the naming differences, but are identical tires.

I hope that customer posts up some pics or sends you some with it behind the DL1000. I'm curious to see that.
He promised to send me pics... I built the hitch off of dimensions he sent me, scary but he was in a rush... I got a little scared when it didn't fit the WeeStrom I checked it on, but he double checked the dimensions so I shipped it off.
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