trailer advice


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jswag5
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trailer advice

Postby jswag5 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:17 pm



ive never ridden with a trailer before, and have a good lead on a cheap one.

any advice or tips i will need to know before taking a trip with it on the back of the bike?


others ive owned

78 honda cx500(in pieces)
82 kaw kz1000p(still own)
83 yam maxim midnight(my dads now)
85 yam maxim x
79 kaw kz900

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Re: trailer advice

Postby dingdong » Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:55 am

First thing to remember is the safety factor. Stopping distances are longer. Speed should be slower. Turning to fast in the curves can cause the trailer to do strange things. Rough roads especially in a curve can cause the trailer to bounce and wig wag.
Tongue weight is critical, should be somewhere near 30 or 35lbs. Not more than 40 and not less than 20. So packing is important.
Most bike trailers pull great even to the point that you tend to forget they are back there. Be aware at all times.
Now go get it and enjoy it. I have pulled a trailer many miles and love it.
Tom

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Re: trailer advice

Postby dingdong » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:56 am

Forgot to mention that your parking spots will change. You will need to park in drive through spots.
Tom

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Re: trailer advice

Postby gareva1 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:47 pm

Check and see if your trailer has led tail/brake lights...if not, you can swap out for a set and reduce the load on your charging system.

Also, you may do well to invest in a trailer isolation harness, that way if you have a trailer wiring problem, your bike lights will still work and not fry them.

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Re: trailer advice

Postby jswag5 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:34 pm

good advice, still waiting to pick it up, there is no lights on it now, so i will put leds on it, also need to find some wood to re-do the floor of the trailer, it is rough, but it is cheap enuff
others ive owned

78 honda cx500(in pieces)
82 kaw kz1000p(still own)
83 yam maxim midnight(my dads now)
85 yam maxim x
79 kaw kz900

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Re: trailer advice

Postby blackbird » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:20 pm

I'm curious for information from the knowledgeable experts out there: I have seen some folks at shops cringe at the mention on towing trailers. I got one along with my "82 GL1100A, which should be finally running the end of this week. The comments passed, after the "cringe" were along the lines of "Those rear drives were not meant to tow trailers". Any feedback? I sure have seen MANY on the road over the years. Thanks.

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Re: trailer advice

Postby dingdong » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:07 am

Can only comment on personal experience. I have towed a trailer with an 83 gl1100i for approx. 25k miles, 76 gl1000 for at least 15k miles and now with the gl1500 about 7k miles. So far no problems what so ever. I haven't seen any noticeable signs of wear on the rear splines at all on either bike. Don't be afraid of towing your trailer. I suspect the folks at the shops are reacting to Honda not recommending towing a trailer. On any of their bikes. There are some shops that will install a trailer hitch if you want one. Go figure!
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Re: trailer advice

Postby jswag5 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:30 pm

i got the trailer all wired up, but i think i have an issue with the bike harness, it has 5 wires going in, but has only 4 prongs out.
i think it has a system inside to isolate the brakes from the turn signals, it has a fairly large plug compared to the standard plug.
i need to find one of these that wont cost a fortune, going on vacation in a few weeks and will need this trailer.
others ive owned

78 honda cx500(in pieces)
82 kaw kz1000p(still own)
83 yam maxim midnight(my dads now)
85 yam maxim x
79 kaw kz900

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Re: trailer advice

Postby dingdong » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:05 am

The bike has separate turn signals and tail lights. The trailer uses the tail lights as turn signals. Thus 5 in and 4 out. You can get a converter at any auto supply or Wal-Mart. I think Wal-Mart has one for $20.
Tom

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Re: trailer advice

Postby speedmill » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:28 pm

I have always loved the speed and handling of a motorcycle; going thru corners, being able maneuver and avoid danger on the road. Had a buddy from Dayton, riding his wing with trailer and wife on the back, go down in Utah. Tire failure was the problem. I looked into it and none of the motorcycle tire manufacturers reccomend towing (as well as the motorcyle makers). All that considered, I wouldn't do it. Besides, I hate camping!
Have fun.

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Re: trailer advice

Postby jswag5 » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:05 pm

ok, got the bike wire fixed up, was rather cheap, also got a great deal on a set of bearingbuddies for the trailer, 89cents for the pair at harbour freight, was open package, but they work great.

pulled the trailer around the block a few times empty and it was like there was nothing there, so i think i could put enough camping gear on it for a week.
others ive owned

78 honda cx500(in pieces)
82 kaw kz1000p(still own)
83 yam maxim midnight(my dads now)
85 yam maxim x
79 kaw kz900

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Re: trailer advice

Postby dan hefta » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:47 am

My wife and I are planning a big trip next summer... Running our 1983 GL1100 from MN to Seattle, WA, then jumping on a cruiseship and heading for Alaska... Big trip in my book... We are concidering buying a trailer to tow for all of her loggage. Any do's and Don't's that have not been covered? Milage and wear and tear? Thanks

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Re: trailer advice

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:58 am

The first thing I would do it load the trailer with the amount of weight you feel you will be taking with you, get yourself and wifels' on the bike and go for a test run for 30 miles out of town or so, ride it around in town , simulate your trip, some things may accure while doing this that we cannot help you with, like maybe you notice the lights aren't working proper or it feels strange..Stuff like that, only you will know, that's my advise.. :D

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Re: trailer advice

Postby zamboni920 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:21 pm

Keep some standard spares in the trailer, like spare wheel bearings, spare tire, lightbulbs, tools specific for trailer(lugnut wrench, maybe a small manual jack)....also a padlock for coupler.




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