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Motorcycle trailer question

Post by 702scottc » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:19 pm



I have a question for you folks who own bike trailers and use them. I have an opportunity to pick up a 2 bike trailer and I'm wondering how a 2 bike trailer tows with an 1800 on one side? Since I only own 1 bike it would likely never be used in a 2 up configuration. I can have it modified to a single configuration but that's an additional cost I'd rather not deal with if it's not needed. With the weight of the goldwing biased to one side of the trailer how do they tow? Do they tend to walk more and feel unstable at hwy speeds? I've only trailered my bikes a few times and I used rented trailers. I've attached a picture of the trailer. Give your honest opinions please.
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:13 am

The trailer will set a bit lower on the loaded side of course, but it should tow just fine.

For me, I would leave it alone....
Look at it this way, you and a buddy up and decide that you want to run through Death Valley to attend a rally on the other side of the valley..... the day you want to go, the temps there are running 128* and y'all make the decision to drive in air conditioned comfort and pull the bikes.

now you have the ability to do that.....

I have two trailers, one much like yours, but just wide enough for the 1800 only...
there is about 6 inches of space on each side to the rails.
It was custom built 30 years ago for a GL1200, the 1800 fits a bit snugger, but all is good.

Last July, my daughter bought me a Toy Hauler so that we can take both of our dogs, a Pyrenees and a Husky/Shepard cross. The 1800 goes into the rear garage, we climb in the Suburban and crank up the a/c and go go go...

I have pulled a double bike trailer with only one bike on it, and it didn't bother me at all.
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by DaveO430 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:45 am

It would probably work just fine on 1 side but judging from the picture it wouldn't fit 2 goldwings side by side anyway so might as well convert it to single, if it's even long enough.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by themainviking » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:40 am

If it was me, I would purchase a $40 wheel chock for a front wheel, which was removeable, and install it in the middle. The point of length is very valid as well. It must have a deck of about 8 1/2 feet long to accomodate a GL1800. It would likely pull fine with the bike on one side, preferably the uphill side (drivers side), but I personally would feel more comfortable if I was doing it if I put the bike in the middle. We are talking about our precious pride and joys here, right?
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by 702scottc » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:02 pm

When I went and looked at it yesterday the guy had a HD roadglide bagger and an FXR on it strapped down. Both fit with room to spare so the 1800 will fit as well. It's actually wider than it looks in the photo. It's a custom built trailer, it has no suspension just the 2-16" tires with a 5" wheel offset. I drove it around with his truck, handles nice and really no bouncing. Even with 2 bikes on the trailer i can easily pick it up and move it by hand, no more than 50lb tongue weight. My wife's PT Cruiser will tow this easily. Needless to say it's now in my carport.. lol.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:25 pm

Ummmm,

I would keep looking. No suspension is a deal killer for me.

With a suspension, it is lower to the ground, but not enough to make any real difference.
But, the tires have to absorb all road shock, and that means that if one tire hits a tall "speed bump" the trailer is going to bounce way up in the air on that side.

That can be counteracted by lowering the tire pressure, but that will result in premature tire wear.
That might be something you don't care about, but tires are nearly a $100 bux a pop now.
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by redbug » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:36 pm

Posted 6 hrs ago on craglists 6x12 wells cargo w/ramp for 1000.00 in Henderson nv 440-209-2932 looks nice 9bvt-6486455290
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by DaveO430 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:58 pm

Back in my dirt bike days we had a 3 bike trailer with no suspension. It worked fabulously, no bounce ever and pulled great. Trailers WITH suspension actually bounce worse. You just DO NOT tie down the rear suspension, just strap the rear wheel down.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:07 pm

redbug wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Posted 6 hrs ago on craglists 6x12 wells cargo w/ramp for 1000.00 in Henderson nv 440-209-2932 looks nice 9bvt-6486455290

got a direct link?
that ID number does not return anything

the only trailer that shows up in Henderson is a tow behind

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mpo/d/c ... 22379.html
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by DaveO430 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:14 pm

Here is a trailer I built for my present dirt bike/ parts runner, no suspension. As a test I pulled it down & up my 700' , rough driveway much faster than I normally drive on it. Rock steady, watching in the mirror it rode better than my truck.

Sorry, for some reason I can't attach a picture, it keeps telling me it's too big, even if I resize it down to 1/2 the maximum pixels.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by 702scottc » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:33 pm

It will bounce alot more with springs than without. It was loaded with 2 bikes and didn't bounce much at all. Ive seen alot of bike trailers with no suspension, no one complained about the ride. They all stated that they feel in holds the road better without leaf springs. The exception is air bags.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by 702scottc » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:39 pm

This trailer was purchased in mojave,.az. if was paying 1000 it would be new. This one will work fine. I.don't plan to be using it to much.

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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by redbug » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:49 pm

AZgl1800 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:07 pm
redbug wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Posted 6 hrs ago on craglists 6x12 wells cargo w/ramp for 1000.00 in Henderson nv 440-209-2932 looks nice 9bvt-6486455290

got a direct link?
that ID number does not return anything

the only trailer that shows up in Henderson is a tow behind

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mpo/d/c ... 22379.html
The enclosed trailer was posted under "Trailers" it is a wells cargo 9bvt6-6486455290 listed phone number 440-209-2932 it is 12 hours old now..
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Re: Motorcycle trailer question

Post by redbug » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:01 pm

redbug wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:49 pm
AZgl1800 wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:07 pm
redbug wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Posted 6 hrs ago on craglists 6x12 wells cargo w/ramp for 1000.00 in Henderson nv 440-209-2932 looks nice 9bvt-6486455290

got a direct link?
that ID number does not return anything

the only trailer that shows up in Henderson is a tow behind

https://lasvegas.craigslist.org/mpo/d/c ... 22379.html
The enclosed trailer was posted under "Trailers" it is a wells cargo 9bvt6-6486455290 listed phone number 440-209-2932 it is 12 hours old now..
Closer to green valley nv.


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