Pulling a Trailer


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B-2
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Pulling a Trailer

Post by B-2 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:57 pm



I'm sure it has been mauled over a lot on here but I'm retiring this month we are riding a 98 Valkyrie right now but plan on getting a Goldwing Trike or put my Voyager kit on a Goldwing. I have rode a Goldwing Trike before but I have never rode a Goldwing with a Voyager kit yet. We plan on pulling our 1939 Tear Drop Trailer or a motorcycle camping trailer. We plan on doing long trips on back roads so I'm sure we will end up on some gravel roads from time to time. So my question is which one would make the best one to use on this kind of riding a 1500 Goldwing Trike or a 1800 Goldwing with a Voyager Kit. From checking prices on line I am going to be able to get a 1500 Goldwing trike or a 1800 with the Voyager kit I already have. The only thing I'm a little worried about is with the Voyager Kit if I am on a gravel road & come up on one at night that has a lot of pot holes & my rear tire ends up in a pot hole pulling a trailer it will be a lot harder to push it out. Like pulling into a camp grounds at night that's why I'm going to a trike the Wife wasn't very happy when I stepped into a deep pot hole one night & laid down the bike. :oops: It didn't hurt any thing but my pride. Thanks for everyones input



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Re: Pulling a Trailer

Post by newday777 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:11 pm

1939 Tear Drop? How much does that weigh?

A 1500 trike will pull most mc trailers fine.
A Voyager kit doesn't handle a well as a trike conversion will but will pull it fine.
B-2 wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:57 pm
I'm sure it has been mauled over a lot on here but I'm retiring this month we are riding a 98 Valkyrie right now but plan on getting a Goldwing Trike or put my Voyager kit on a Goldwing. I have rode a Goldwing Trike before but I have never rode a Goldwing with a Voyager kit yet. We plan on pulling our 1939 Tear Drop Trailer or a motorcycle camping trailer. We plan on doing long trips on back roads so I'm sure we will end up on some gravel roads from time to time. So my question is which one would make the best one to use on this kind of riding a 1500 Goldwing Trike or a 1800 Goldwing with a Voyager Kit. From checking prices on line I am going to be able to get a 1500 Goldwing trike or a 1800 with the Voyager kit I already have. The only thing I'm a little worried about is with the Voyager Kit if I am on a gravel road & come up on one at night that has a lot of pot holes & my rear tire ends up in a pot hole pulling a trailer it will be a lot harder to push it out. Like pulling into a camp grounds at night that's why I'm going to a trike the Wife wasn't very happy when I stepped into a deep pot hole one night & laid down the bike. :oops: It didn't hurt any thing but my pride. Thanks for everyones input

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Re: Pulling a Trailer

Post by harvey01 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:08 pm

My first thought Is your Voyage kit designed for a GL1500 or a GL1800? Does the manufacturer approve?

I totally agree with the comment about a full on trike being better than than something with a kit added!

But depending on your fabrication and mechanical skills you may be able to make it work great.
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Re: Pulling a Trailer

Post by newday777 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:37 pm

harvey01 wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:08 pm
My first thought Is your Voyage kit designed for a GL1500 or a GL1800? Does the manufacturer approve?
They make brackets for both to install it.

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Re: Pulling a Trailer

Post by B-2 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:19 am

Thanks for the info I found out that it will work with just a little bit of fab work. But we have decided to sell our Valkyrie & Voyager kit and get a 1800 Trike the Wife wins again. :lol: Happy Wife Happy Life truest words ever spoke. ;)

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Re: Pulling a Trailer

Post by tfdeputydawg » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:35 pm

Make sure you check out a Wing w/a Hannigan GenI conversion!!!
Extended & wider wheel base + IRS makes for the smoothest ride I found!
The big + is the rear end is offset to align w/the Wings drive shaft output. No severe drive shaft angles to put undue stress on the U-joints. Also, scheduled maintenance is almost none!



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