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Old 04-10-2013, 03:13 PM   #91
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Do you have to put automobile tires on your bike in order to tow a trailer with it?
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:02 AM   #92
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:24 AM   #93
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:01 PM   #94
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #95
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No, what I am saying is: Pulling a trailer with a motorcycle IS a FOOLS game.
A lot of People Die every year riding a Motorcycle, you are 33 times more likely to die on a bike than in a car (based on miles driven) So many people who do not ride will tell you that "Riding a Motorcycle IS a FOOLS game"

Why does that not stop you from riding. there are people all over the world that are telling you how dangerous it is everyday and showing you crashes and fatalities yet you still ride.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:20 PM   #96
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question to verify what may be common sense or maybe I'm over or under thinking

I have never pulled a trailer with a motorcycle yet, but am considering, maybe even building my own

seems like a solid axle trailer with no suspension would impact the composure of the tow bike when the trailer hits a pothole more severely than a trailer with a suspension

is a trailer with suspension easier to tow on a rough road?
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:05 AM   #97
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The trailer I posted had simple (cheap) leaf springs . It also had small tires and a standard 1 7/8" ball hitch . We didn't pull it off road , but did hit a few rough gravel roads . The biggest learning curve was how heavy of load versus tire pressure . Didn't really have any problems except at low speed . If you dropped a tire in a hole at under 5 MPH , hang on sport it would make everything go sideways quickly . I would imagine trailers with motorcycle wheels / tires would make rough roads a bit more pleasurable and cut rolling resistance . Always wanted to try a tent trailer , back when I had my Aspencade 1200 . No desire with my Wee Strom .
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:18 AM   #98
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YOU do the comparison:

Case One-



Case Two-



No situation is exactly the same as any other. Some motorcycles can be over-loaded WITHOUT any luggage being involved-



At other times, its an excess (or improper distribution) luggage load involved-



And to those who question whether a motorcycle can stop under heavy braking while towing . . . . I can testify to braking so hard that the ABS intervened when almost missing a turnoff while towing my trailer and kayak.

In addition, I would NEVER tow without attaching the safety chains. The vehicle operator is responsible for WHERE his trailer ends up. A well behaved trailer with its coupling unattached behaves quite similar to a rear flat on a solo.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:10 AM   #99
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Do you have to put automobile tires on your bike in order to tow a trailer with it?

That's double dangerous to a new level.....only the bravest of riders would court danger in this foolhardy manner.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:58 AM   #100
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That's double dangerous to a new level.....only the bravest of riders would court danger in this foolhardy manner.
Motorcycle plus car tire plus trailer equals triple dangerous.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:58 AM   #101
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YOU do the comparison:

Case One-



Case Two-



No situation is exactly the same as any other. Some motorcycles can be over-loaded WITHOUT any luggage being involved-



At other times, its an excess (or improper distribution) luggage load involved-



And to those who question whether a motorcycle can stop under heavy braking while towing . . . . I can testify to braking so hard that the ABS intervened when almost missing a turnoff while towing my trailer and kayak.

In addition, I would NEVER tow without attaching the safety chains. The vehicle operator is responsible for WHERE his trailer ends up. A well behaved trailer with its coupling unattached behaves quite similar to a rear flat on a solo.
Op here. Take your first picture and add a 170lb passenger, that's what I have. Hence the desire for a trailer.

My trailer is still half built, got a bit tied up with work and overtime. We're finishing up sometime this week so hopefully I can get it finished. Its the harbor freight homemade with car topper trailer, so I'll find out just how well it really works. I'll be towing with the road king and may later on add a hitch to the fjr.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #102
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Bluhduh

I saw this guys sister at the T,O,T,D a couple years ago.

Here she is on an RC 51
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Here She is again!
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Here she is pulling a trailer
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:56 AM   #103
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Ok, trailer is getting close. Going to finish it up today and start painting.

Just for reference, here's how the bike was packed for 2 up camping, just got home last night. There was nothing, except for a few tools, that didn't get used. Not much that can be trimmed from the load without degrading from the camping experience. Might be able to lose 5 pounds if I tried hard enough.







Here's about where the trailer is at now. It's a bit farther along than it looks, the lack of wheels makes it look like I just threw a box on some parts. Just need to bolt on the swivel hitch adapter, weld on a cooler mount for the tongue, paint, and come up with a plan to secure the box. I think a treated 2x4 would be the best solution, might help with lowering vibration and adding sound deadening somehow. Not sure what I'll use there yet, but it's time to figure it out.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:43 AM   #104
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jules,
I have the Harbor Freight version of your trailer for my Ural ( can't tow it yet because it voids the warranty ) and the box is bolted to the frame in four places with big fender washers on the inside.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:16 AM   #105
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Not much that can be trimmed from the load without degrading from the camping experience. Might be able to lose 5 pounds if I tried hard enough.
Are you sure about that?


It seems to me that for all the time, effort and money you are using to set up and equip your bike and trailer you could have found and purchased some better gear and IMPROVED your camping experience (and saved much more than 5 pounds) without even bothering with a trailer and the increased risk of pulling one.
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