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satan
September 22nd, 2009, 02:12 PM
Prolly waaay-of from the other threads here, but ...
...Does anyone pull a trailer? I'm starting that bit of shopping and kinda wondering what you've got and how you like it and all that stuff

Anyone? Thoughts??

TheCopperCowboy
September 22nd, 2009, 05:19 PM
I was considering building one out of a truck tool chest, but I think I could load my bags, rack and handlebars with plenty gear to make the bike heavy enough. I could see if you were packing a tent and cooking equipment that you would need a trailer.

http://cache.autoanything.com/images/products/med/tool_boxes/delta_pro_aluminum_chest.jpg

or if you ever hit the lottery.

http://www.texelent.com/xtctrailer.htm

http://www.texelent.com/images/backview.jpg

CLYDE
September 22nd, 2009, 06:21 PM
I have had several friends that pulled trailers, have watched a couple of them go down, because of the trailer. Its a great concept, but I personally will never pull a trailer with a bike.

satan
September 23rd, 2009, 08:58 AM
Yeah -- I'm kinda 'split' on it; I've pulled a few people's trailers without incident, but it's easy to feel the extra momentum so it'd be all about sintered brake pads trying to control that (too light to put brakes on the trailer - full on trailer weights are like 350lbs).

I'm looking at a few kinda like the photo - and seeing the dollar signs. Having space for a week's supplies is kinda nice though.

I rode with a guy from GJ and pulled his little "home-brew" basically a 4x4 Harbor Frieght 8" wheel job with a car-top cargo carrier on it... Embarassing, but it pulled easily and really well. He was having power issues so I got him up to Vail where he was comfortable that he'd get the rest of the way.

Just looking for thoughts and input - Thanks for the input so far...

and yeah -- the "off-bike" experiences should be kept to minimums !!!

CLYDE
September 23rd, 2009, 10:00 AM
2 of the incidents I have personally seen have been caused by tire issues. those little trailer tires just dont hold up well, and when they let loose its catastrophic, both times I saw one blow, thru the bike pulling them into a death wobble that couldnt be recovered from, a 3rd incident, was a hub siezed up, and locked a wheel

Mudbug63
September 23rd, 2009, 11:16 AM
I rode as a Road Guard for 2 years with Run For The Wall. The order of march was Bikes, Trikes and then anything with a trailer.

Two wheels pulling two wheels just seems to be bad news. We averaged 2 serious incidents and several minor ones every year with the trailers. They were at the back of the pack for a reason. The trikes with trailers fared better but present their own handling issues.

From what I have seen I would never pull a trailer with less then 4 wheels on the tow rig. As Clyde pointed out when things go wrong its normally in a spectacular way.

BFMparts
September 23rd, 2009, 01:40 PM
I have about 4000 miles with a one wheel trailer behind my bike. Hardly even know its back there. Leans and corners with the bike.

satan
September 23rd, 2009, 02:55 PM
Yeah, I've seen a few... never tried to pull one -- I may need to come visit and have a talk !

One thing that I've "heard" is that the final-wheel set-ups tend to have heavier tongue weights (like 50% of trailer load). I suppose that'd all depend on how it's loaded and where the loaded COG is though.

Sure look a lot less pricey

BFMparts
September 23rd, 2009, 04:57 PM
Yea they have a little more tongue weight, which makes it a little harder to attach to the bike. That is my biggest complaint. I have a system of how I do it by myself. With an extra pair hands it is a piece of cake. I can tell you I sure do get some looks, especially when you park the bike on the kick stand and the trailer leans too. I usually have at least one or two people looking at it when I come out to leave somewhere. Doesn't seem to matter if I am at a bike event or a grocery store. It is so handy I find myself taking it to Home Depot instead of my truck. One more reason to ride. Twist my arm

satan
September 24th, 2009, 07:41 AM
Interesting - I've seen similar one-wheels on the road.

I know that my ride doesnt really feel comfortable with a lot of tounge-weight, prolly cause it's already dealing with a lot of ass-weight :lolly: I could always use an excuse to hop-up the rear shocks/springs though.

I'm not sure if I could get my brain around the "one tire" thing -- Clyde? Mudbug63 ?? what say you? Any towing = bad, even a uni-trailer?

Mudbug63
September 24th, 2009, 10:06 AM
I have no first hand knowledge on the uni-trailer and I don't know exactly how they hitch but in the grand scheme of things your still doing something the bike was never designed to do.

Depending on the hitch design I could see either a huge tail-swing and/or a possible tail wagging the dog situation. I also think, depending how its loaded of course, you might have an issue keeping it up if you got slightly over center at a stop since the Uni wheel design cant be self supporting.

Granted the single wheel at the rear should at least help minimize the instability created by a blow out/failure on a normal trailer. On the other hand I could see a Uni wheel trying to change ends in a panic stop faster then a normal trailer.

I'm just relaying what I have witnessed and playing devils advocate. It's really a "to each his own" type thing. If you feel comfortable pulling one then go for it, but I'm with Clyde you wont see a trailer hooked to anything I ride.

Scott39
September 25th, 2009, 06:54 AM
Get the right trailer, and you could pull your boat with your bike.:D
This not my bike by the way.

http://i36.tinypic.com/o0tir9.jpg

satan
September 25th, 2009, 01:16 PM
http://www.comingthrough.se/download/gallery/images/2007-09-13%20013.jpg

http://www.comingthrough.se/main.php?lang=UK&page=pro

...or just tow your car, but hey... :P

(not my bike)

CLYDE
September 26th, 2009, 12:54 AM
yeeah the japs use those, but as a biker, and a guy that drove tow trucks for 25 years, all I can say is, PASS

Mudbug63
September 29th, 2009, 02:06 PM
Oh Hell no, not this kid.....Note the max towing weight.....




Product data



Our patented Coming Through Force Control (CTFC) limits the forces transferred from the towing device, so the Retriever can be driven as an ordinary motorcycle.
The Retriever transforms easily from transportation mode to towing mode in less than 2 minutes (click here for pictures (http://www.comingthrough.se/main.php?lang=UK&page=pro&del=utv)).
The patented braking system makes towing safe, even downhill.
A patented steering system makes the towing stable.
Thanks to a low centre of gravity the Retriever offers great manoeuvrability.


Base model
Honda GL 1800 GoldWing
Engine
1832cc water cooled, six cylinder boxer engine
Power
118 bhp at 5 500 rpm
Torque
163 Nm at 4 000 rpm (120 lbs/ft)
Transmission
5 gears + reverse
Width
100 cm
Weight of towing device
165 kg (360lbs)
Maximum towing weight
2500 kg (5500 lbs)
Maximum towing speed
30 km/h (20 mph)

Scott39
September 30th, 2009, 04:21 AM
http://www.comingthrough.se/download/gallery/images/2007-09-13%20013.jpg

http://www.comingthrough.se/main.php?lang=UK&page=pro

...or just tow your car, but hey... :P

(not my bike)
Thats just stupid crazy!:eek:

satan
October 1st, 2009, 01:20 PM
at 20MPH that ought'a be a hoot...

It's nice that they can unjam freeways and al, but you'd have to assume that there were (at one time) people in the car, so they'll need other arrangements, and there's no way that a busted-up car could be dragged by that rig...


Totally Frankenstein

MrC
November 28th, 2009, 06:01 PM
i do. here is mine.
http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=156&pictureid=2382
worked well for my 2.5 week 5000 mile trip to our northern border then west to cali and home. it looks big but pulls well.

Dotcom
November 28th, 2009, 06:47 PM
i do,,,,, ohh wrong kind of trailer lol

MrC
November 28th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Dotcom. are you a driver? if so who for?

CLYDE
November 29th, 2009, 10:29 AM
Hes a Stevens boy:D:D:D

Scott39
December 6th, 2009, 11:34 PM
Here is some more crazy trailer towing. If I get me an CR500 dirtbike again, I thought about building an aluminum trailer to tow the CR500.
I would build it with the absolute minimum materials needed to keep the weight down.
I would probably use 21" front motorcycle wheels for my trailer, not trailer wheels. I know the motorcycle wheels can handle the high speed, and they would be turning a one to one ratio. Not like a small trailer wheel half the size of my Harley. It would be turning twice as fast, and burning up the wheel bearings on the trailer, and that could be deadly if the bearing seized up.

http://i47.tinypic.com/1ylvl.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/21cryxc.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2ewme1h.jpg

satan
January 6th, 2010, 02:54 PM
I hear ya on the tire size... I'm not so worried on bearings, but the "bump" and "pot hole" factors of a similar sized tire NOT dropping into or bouncing off of some obsticle would be more of an issue for me.

I've got a little tow-behind, and I enjoy having all the extra space (drops a lot of weight off of the bike as well -- Just was kinda looking to see what folks thought/think about em...
:beer:

http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/6/7/3/5/trailer.jpg

BumperMan
March 8th, 2010, 11:05 AM
Little late on this one.

I know a guy in tucson who makes single wheeled trailers. He uses a small frame, with the tire in the middle of 2 Goldwing saddle bags. There is room for a small cooler between the bags. Not a lot of space, but they are a nice addition of space. PM me if you want his information.

ETA:

C & R Cycles

(520) 326-0648

Address: 4465 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714


He is also one of the best Trike builders I have ever seen.

Dotcom
March 8th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Dotcom. are you a driver? if so who for?

stevens transport for now

Dotcom
March 8th, 2010, 04:17 PM
Hes a Stevens boy:D:D:D

shudup clyde lol :flipoff2:

Scott39
March 8th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Here is some more crazy trailer towing. If I get me an CR500 dirtbike again, I thought about building an aluminum trailer to tow the CR500.
I would build it with the absolute minimum materials needed to keep the weight down.
I would probably use 21" front motorcycle wheels for my trailer, not trailer wheels. I know the motorcycle wheels can handle the high speed, and they would be turning a one to one ratio. Not like a small trailer wheel half the size of my Harley. It would be turning twice as fast, and burning up the wheel bearings on the trailer, and that could be deadly if the bearing seized up.

http://i47.tinypic.com/1ylvl.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/21cryxc.jpg
http://i45.tinypic.com/2ewme1h.jpg

Thats weird, I wonder how my images got changed in this post of mine.