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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-25-2013, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I've been designing a travel trailer and hitch set up for my bike in my head for a while now. Got some mods to the bike on the agenda too to make her a better tourer. Basically I won't to be able to load the bike up and just go or Maby take the bike grocery shopping. I already use it for next to everything and I can haul anything I can get a bungy cord around

Today while filling up a guy on a trike rolled up and he was pulling a trailer. My wife thought I was nuts becouase I went over and asked if I could check out how his trailer was made. My initial designs were pretty close to what his production trailer but he had no suspension. The wheel hubs were mounted to tubes that came strait down off the frame.

I posted here cause it ain't a topic normaly discussed with our bikes but I was wondering what kind of set up outhers on here have run or heard of. I'm digging the simplicity of the solid axel and I had decided for the cupples hitch to cut and box it and weld a sealed bearing onto one side with a nut and bolt threw the outher to hold it together. This would aloe for the bike to lean white the trailer stayin upright.

The frame would be a simple box platform made from tubing. The hitch would mount to the swing arm of the bike. I'm going with fiberglass for the body. Strong and light.

Thoese were my thoughts on how to set up a trailer on my bike any one got any suggestions or have a trailer they pull with their bike.

Keep her rubber side down.

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Aluminum would probably be lighter than fiberglass and could build frame out of aluminun square tubing

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My son bought an aluminum (small box type) trailer for his RK to carry his & the wife's golf clubs in... He has only used it a few times but he said he had to change the straight back exhausts due to the sound bouncing back, he put some turned outs on it for that reason... He said it made a difference... Just Sayin...
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My only problem with aluminum is that it's hard to weld with a non shielded welder. Ill be using a stick or wire welder for the fab work depending on whitch one I can barrow. I was going fiberglass for the body becouase it would be Easyer for me to sculpt and build. I don't have access to a lot of metal working tools outher than a welder, hammer and grinder. I know with these 3 u can build most anything but I like to do things the easy way.

That's some good advice old dog depending on how things sound I might be doing a little exhaust work once the trailer is made.

Keep her rubber side down.
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Some people just get those car top carriers, the turtle shell, and build a trailer frame for it. Not really custom or unique, but they do the job.

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Since you want to mold your own fiberglas, do one of these. A bike pulling a car! I bet fiberglas materials are quite expensive these days, it wasn't cheap back in the day.


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Some people just get those car top carriers, the turtle shell, and build a trailer frame for it. Not really custom or unique, but they do the job.

https://www.google.com/search?q=moto...w=1600&bih=768

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The biggest WARNING!!! Is do NOT mount the hitch to the swingarm!! all motorcycle hitches I have ever seen mount to the frame of the bike,Even automotive hitches don't mount to the rear suspension,That is a recipe for disaster. Go to Hitch Doc or Chucksters customs and look at their hitches and fab up a reasonable copy of their design since you probably won't find one for your bike ready made.

Check out GCextreme's home built hitch on here.I think he even builds and sells some stuff,he might be able to "hook you up",pun intended.

I also like the trailer with the car top carrier.A lot of people buy the small Harbor Freight trailer and put the carrier on it and ,voila,instant motorcycle trailer.




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I think I remember the "vulcan 750 pulling a trailer" subject being discussed before....

How well would the VN750 do pulling a trailer?
How much weight would it handle?
What would be the downsides of pulling a trailer?



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Amsoilman built a trailer hitch for his Vulcan.
as well as a couple of others

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