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Old 03-06-2013, 07:33 PM   #76
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Good for you that you have ridden a motorcycle/driven a car/gotten out of bed in the morning for thousands of miles successfully. I am sure dead people said the same thing UNTIL things went wrong and now they are dead.

So Yes... riding a motorcycle/driving a car/getting out of bed in the morning is just great... UNTIL IT ISN'T.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #77
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Dakez,

If the bike had traction control would you not be so concerned?

The other thoughts were a GS with Jesse bags or a 2013 FJR with traction control and the trailer.

I just can't pack for two up on an extended trip with the FJR luggage and camping.
I have no experience pulling a trailer with a bike that has traction control so I can't speak to it. It may help. Just be sure to play around a bit with as many different road surfaces as you can so at the very least you can learn what to expect.

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Old 03-09-2013, 03:07 PM   #78
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:18 PM   #79
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DAKEZ,
Why doesn't that HOG sticker state "Always wear a do rag, sunglasses, and pirate gear"?
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #80
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No mention of assless chaps either.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:06 AM   #81
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If you haven't any experience with a trailer, your opinion is not needed.
Well great then that i do have experience. A LOT of experience with trailers. I used to tow them for a living, 120.000 miles every year for a decade.

Yeah i know trailers. All kinds.

Here is my piece of advise: You don't want a trailer behind a bike if you can avoid it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:45 AM   #82
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Well everyone now knows the pros and cons of the trailer towing with a bike. If you want to, just do it. If you don't want to, well don't then. For me I will continue to tow a trailer, I have many friends who also tow trailers, I am sure that they will also. And many that don't. I too have lot's of trailer and bike experience, seen just about it all, more than 3,000,000 miles on 18 wheels and more than 200,000 on 2 wheels, I speak from experience. If you ride/drive beyond your experience level and/or some else you meet has done the same, the road is gonna slap you down. Have a great day compadres.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:08 AM   #83
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Wow, THANKS... Be sure and come back to let us all know when it doesn't work out for you or your friends

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Old 03-10-2013, 12:23 PM   #84
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Well, let me know if any of your friends fall off thier bikes while not pulling a trailer.......it's just like this, wrecks happen all the time, no matter if you bubble wrap yourself. Riding a bike has it's risks, trailer or not.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:31 PM   #85
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Have many.....many miles pulling a trailer... and safely to boot.
Yes they are not for everyone. And anything can happen on a bike.
I would rather pull a trailer than ride an over loaded bike.
But I believe it has alot to do with the trailer and experience.
Plus you do have to change your riding style when pulling.
You must have a good suspension on the trailer. Trailing arms with shocks are much better than springs. A well built trailer will pull just fine.
I hardly ever unhook the trailer.

This is riding up Moik Dugway Sept.2012. 2 up with trailer. 4300 mile trip in 9 days.


April last year AR HY7. the wife and wing. 3 days 2200 miles.


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Old 03-10-2013, 04:08 PM   #86
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Have many.....many miles pulling a trailer... and safely to boot.
I hardly ever unhook the trailer.

This is riding up Moik Dugway Sept.2012. 2 up with trailer. 4300 mile trip in 9 days.


April last year AR HY7. the wife and wing. 3 days 2200 miles.

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yep, what he said. Anyone know Tom Finch? Bah, what does he know.
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We pull a Bunkhouse camper (Bunkhouse is now part of Bushtec) with electric over hydraulic brakes. The running lights power up the system and brake light circuit operates the pump. You set the pump to bypass at a certain pressure (takes a little tweaking to get it right and I have different setting for different road conditions) don't want the brakes to stop the bike just not let the trailer push the bike. I built a dolly to carry the weight of the trailer tongue. First one was with a KwikKamp and worked great, second was built to pull the Bunkhouse and did not work at all. Had it not been for the brakes we would have gone down when the trailer started to sway violently. Pull the front brake lever enough to turn on the brake lights and apply the trailer brakes. Could hear the trailer tires squeal when it would sway over and unload the tire enough for the brakes to lock the wheel. Built the dolly to save wear on the rear tire, which it did. Load the trailer right and get the weight distributed correctly and it's not bad. Don't do that or go to fast/not leave yourself enough stopping distance and you can get hurt quick.
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I keep my tongue weight at about 40 pounds or so, since I went to the sidecar rig it is not so critical. If you pull a trailer, always think safety first, not third.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:37 AM   #89
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Thought I would chime in . Motorcycles are dangerous ! Not to mention unless you have a boss hog with a 572 you won't have enough power to pull a small hill ! All the bullshit aside , I used to pull a nice little trailer with my Kawasaki 440 . I will be the first to admit that going over the rocky mountains I had to downshift and my mileage dropped down into the thirties . My buddy and I took turns pulling it and we added short ATV flags to the fenders so we would remember it was there . Emergency maneuvers were a bit more dicey . I came over a hill near Devils Tower and a full sized station wagon was passing a logging truck and had to run myself into the ditch . It was a bit of a pucker moment but no harm , no foul (just a bitch tilling sand getting back up on the road) . The total weight loaded was around 320#. Just remember I had around 45 HP and multiple hundred pound tow rig . Here is the only pic really showing the rig going to Sturgis in 81' . [IMG]Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug[/IMG]
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #90
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And for DAKEZ, a load of hogs.
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