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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I posted this this afternoon but I can't find my post. But does anyone know if I can put a trailer hitch on the 93 vn750? If so, do they make one for the bike?

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With enough steel and a welder, you can do about anything. I wouldnt recommend towing a trailer with the VN though. Its just really not set up for it. A hitch needs to sit fairly low, so you'd have this buttugly thing hanging out in the air below your fender. You CAN change to a more suitable fender though. The Vulcan has enough umph to pull a trailer, but be prepared for premature clutch failure especially if toting a passenger too. The bike is a cruiser, not a tourer (tourers= full fenders, wider tires, and larger engines). But again, as I said, "have welder will tow"...I seriously hope you decide not to though, IMO those things are dangerous.

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Many Goldwing riders tow trailers, and it's their business, but I wouldn't even consider it. It might work fine out on the open highway, but it would totally destroy the handling characteristics of a motorcycle, and in traffic, that near miss that most riders have had so many times wouldn't be a miss anymore. The ONLY advantage a motorcycle has over a car is it's maneuverability, and a trailer would completely destroy that.


I would even go so far as to say that towing a trailer with anything other than a semi tractor is a bad idea. They are the only vehicle specifically designed to tow a trailer.

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is towing a boat behind a GMC yukon xl a bad idea?

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According to some folks, apparently it is. Since I don't have a semi, guess I'm stuck pulling my utility trailer with my pickup.

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You can pull a trailer with a bicycle.

The list of things Jerry would and wouldn't do is getting longer. Don't do an earshave, don't add more lighting, don't pull a trailer. You don't need both discs in front and you don't need a sidestand switch. Don't alter the stock exhaust and lord or lord, don't use K+N filters...

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I think AmsoilMan added a trailer hitch a few years back. I don't remember every thing about the process, other than it was pretty cool when he was done/
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I think AmsoilMan added a trailer hitch a few years back. I don't remember every thing about the process, other than it was pretty cool when he was done/
Didn't GCextreme add a hitch and build a utility trailer also,not real sure, it could have been someone else




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Didn't GCextreme add a hitch and build a utility trailer also,not real sure, it could have been someone else
Yes you are right https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16332
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My personal opinion is that towing a trailer would change the normal bike ride characteristics and would take some getting used to. If someone was to choose this option then I would hope that they do a good deal of practice riding with the trailer before attempting any long rides. Also I would think that a properly engineered production hitch would be better than "a lot of steel and a welder". Besides all that, I would make sure the electrical system was capable of handling the added drain involved with a second set of lights on the back of the trailer.

I would not say it is impossible but it is more involved than just welding or bolting a hitch on the back. Once again, my personal opinion, when I ride I try to get away from most things and do not want to carry a full load of extras with me if not fully necessary.

With that said, if you do decide to go with the hitch I would surely like to see the final setup and hear your opinion as to the results. Good luck no matter what you decide. After reading all the opinions given here always remember that opinions are like a**holes. Everyone has one and most of them stink anyway. Make your own decision and enjoy whatever you decide to do.

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