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trevor forest
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trailer hitch conversion

Postby trevor forest » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:26 pm



I'm new to this site. Fwiw have an 85 1200 interstate. I believe there are kits to add a trailer hitch to it.
Are there any restrictions to doing this or is it a straightforward process with the bike capable of doing it without other modification other than the kit?



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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:30 pm

You bolt the hitch on, and you're ready to go. There's nothing special that the bike needs in order to work with it.

You will need to add the wiring in order to operate the trailer lights. Some hitch kits come with it, some don't. Cheaper kits are just a plug that hooks into the existing brake/turn/running lights. A good kit will have an isolator that isolates your trailer wiring from your bike wiring, to prevent a connector or trailer wiring problem from taking out all of the lights on your bike.

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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby trevor forest » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:35 am

Thanks for the info. I thought it would be as you indicated but wasn't sure. I presume the hitch has it's own mounting points/hardware. (I have saddlebags/trunk already)

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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:52 am

If the hitch is made for your model of bike (and they normally are), they will include what you need to mount them in place.

trevor forest
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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby trevor forest » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:17 pm

thanks again for the good information

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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby vtxcandyred » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:50 pm

trevor forest wrote:thanks again for the good information

I had an 85 Aspy that I added a hitch to, too. The only thing I had to do was change the two rods on the inside to a longer one. I have access to that type of material so it was no problem. They were just a round bar that I cut and drilled to fit. Other than that, its pretty straight forward. Good luck.

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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby seabee_ » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:44 pm

Your best bet is to get one that is made for your bike. You run in to problems when you start doing modifications to make something work. I have an 85 Aspencade that has a Markland trailer hitch that works really well. You can find them around $100-$150. Check this link to see what you get in a complete kit.

http://www.davescyclesupply.com/product ... tem_id=972
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trevor forest
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Re: trailer hitch conversion

Postby trevor forest » Wed Jan 01, 2014 5:00 pm

I finally got around to getting the kit, and have also found a used trailer with a wiring kit included. Will advise when I get everything installed.
Thanks to all for the tips.
Trevor




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