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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Monroe, LA
Thanks for all the input. What I was looking for is information, and you have all given me things to consider.
I too have a pickup truck, but it's not as much fun to operate and doesn't get the mileage the Vulcan does. And better mileage is why I got into motorcycling. I can haul more "stuff" on my Rebel than I can on the Vulcan, thanks to a custom rear rack. Why they made the Kawi rear rack so small baffles me.
Hoss, I've seen the single wheel trailers, and in addition to the benefits you mentioned, they track directly behind the bike's tires. So you don't have to worry about a trailer tire catching a pothole. But they have a limited payload compared to two wheel trailers, some use tube tires, and are just as, if not more expensive than, two wheel trailers.
If I had a trailer, it would primarily be used on longer trips travelling major roads. That kind of riding bores me, compared to secondary/interesting/twisty roads. But I would have the bike once I arrived, and could detach the trailer for fun rides. Plus, I would be able to carry a tent, sleeping bag, more clothing and other nice to have "stuff".
If some idiot is going to pull in behind me so close that they would hit a trailer, they are probably so oblivious that they wouldn't see me either. Probably happens every day, unfortunately. That's when KM's LED lights mounted to the back of the bike would come in handy: "Come any closer, and you'll see how well I shoot!" Come to think of it, RPGs mounted on both sides and back of the trailer, could do a lot to rid the road of stupid drivers!
What I have been pondering may not be practical/more than I want to spend/compromise my safety too much. Again, thanks for the input.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts