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post #1 of 24 Old 07-26-2011, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer suggestions?

I am considering a trailer to transport 2 bikes sometime in the next year. While I am happy to ride everywhere, I can drive longer than I can ride... so it might shave a few days travel and let me enjoy the destination more.

What would you recommend? My needs:
- 2 standard bikes (no Goldwings or Boss Hoss to transport)
- Useable for other purposes (dirt & plywood etc...)
- Towable with a small suv or decent size car
- Won't break the bank (goes without saying I guess)

Or even any rental suggestions...

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Other considerations:

Open or enclosed.
Solid floor or landscape type.
Ramps or tailgate.
Single or dual axle.
Total tie downs or front wheel chock + tie downs.

Just a few thoughts.


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A good friend and I went in on a trailer last year for the same purpose... we had both been riding to destinations for a while, but decided we both enjoyed the rides at the destinations much more when we towed the bikes up and back.

We went with a landscape-type (6' x 8') trailer to keep costs down, then added wheel chocks from Northern Tool, and a few eye hooks from the local hardware store.

A few things to consider:

Avoid the trailers with the mini-tires. The full size (15") tires keep the trailer from bouncing around.

Diagonal braces from the side of the trailer to the tongue helps the trailer track better

A built-in ramp makes loading and unloading a whole lot easier... especially if you plan on using it for other things... like riding mowers, etc.

The only photo I can find of mine is from when I picked up my Buell in May, but the 919 fits just fine as well. Crappy cell phone photo, but you can see the wheel chocks, eye hooks and diagonal braces.
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I saw one of these Kendon folding motorcycle trailers at a track day last year. It worked extremely well was very well made. Kendon Stand-Up™ Trailers & Lifts - Motorcycle Trailers, Motorcycle Lifts, Car Trailers, and Utility Trailers

Another option that was mentioned is an enclosed trailer - if you're traveling on a budget and the weather gets crappy, you can always push the bikes out and sleep in the trailer. Plus you can keep tools, parts, and supplies in there.

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Another thing to think about is:

Ratchet straps vs. cam lock.
Soft ties for the particular.
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Best of luck in your search.

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I have a trailer for sale. Let me know if you (or anyone else) are interested. I'm in the Army, and don't need it anymore since I'm deploying soon. I live in Enterprise, Al.

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Here goes. Oh by the way, the trailer does have a good leaf spring suspension.

$900 Or best offer
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Regardless of the trailer you purchase, get some Pit-Bull Trailer Restraints!!!

You attach the axle pins to the bike then roll the bike into the latches on the trailer floor and walk away! No strapping down or binding the forks etc...






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Wow! Nice little setup you got there, LDH.

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Thanks when I haul 3 bikes I move both bikes to the back of the trailer (behind the restraint plate) instead of staggered like they are in the pics above and put a 3rd bike in front of them in the middle.


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If you get at least 4 people, maybe phobman will make a trailer

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Regardless of the trailer you purchase, get some Pit-Bull Trailer Restraints!!!

You attach the axle pins to the bike then roll the bike into the latches on the trailer floor and walk away! No strapping down or binding the forks etc...
I like this concept, but can you use it on the 919? Rear axel is solid on the 919 unless I am mistaken and there is no way to put the pin in to hold the bike.

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That's an excellent question!!! We need to ask Charlie at Pit-Bull if he has an application for the 919

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If you get at least 4 people, maybe phobman will make a trailer


New Thread: Looking to buy a Phobman Trailer

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New Thread: Looking to buy a Phobman Trailer
If i had the money I'd buy one!

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Of course LDH is going to have a sweet ass set up. Jeez why have I been wasting my life with rachet straps lol. Last thing I want to do at 4am or after a long day at the track is to fiddle around with straps.

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That's an excellent question!!! We need to ask Charlie at Pit-Bull if he has an application for the 919
Just swap in a F4i rear axle and this instantly goes away.
I think you were testing us all today !

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Just swap in a F4i rear axle and this instantly goes away.
I think you were testing us all today !
I was unaware that you could do that (seriously)

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I was unaware that you could do that (seriously)
Are you saying I now have a "Gotcha" on yah ?

And for sure, they are a simple straight interchange.
(I've got one)

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Pit-Bull does have an Trailer Restraint application for the F4i so me thinks that fixes that problem!

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I never thought about using the F4i axle for this purpose (but it is a damn nice setup you got there LDH!!!) - I got my axle just because it's hollow and I could say it's lighter....

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