GL1100 Trailer Hitch


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binder49
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GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby binder49 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:43 am



Hi everyone. I have a 1980 GL1100, and am thinking about putting a trailer hitch on it and making a small trailer. I was wondering what kind of weight my old wing can handle. With two riders on it also.



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bcassel
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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby bcassel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:06 pm

I pull with my 82. Stay under 40 lbs on the tongue and keep total weight under 300 and you will be fine

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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby RoadRogue » Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:01 am

Im with bcassel on this one ,I tug a trailer around too and thats what mine weighs in at when loaded. I really dont notice its back there.
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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby binder49 » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:30 pm

Thanks guys for the input. thinking about taking the wing from North Dakota to Kansas this summer

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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:46 am

be sure to use 12" wheels..8's or 10's not a good idea.
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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby dingdong » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:20 am

RBGERSON wrote:be sure to use 12" wheels..8's or 10's not a good idea.


Why do you say that? I hear guys repeating that all the time. I have 8s on mine and it is the 2nd trailer I have pulled. At least 50k or 60k miles between them. There is so little weight on them that the hubs have never even gotten warm and that is with sometimes running 80 to 85 when on the Interstates. I even have a full size pop up tent trailer that I pull behind the truck with 8s on it. Never a problem. Just wondering! ???

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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby bcassel » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:48 am

I too question the comments about the 12" vs. 8" controversy. Yes, 8" will have to turn more times in a mile than 12", but they are designed for that. I can't tell you how many small boat, camper, tent trailers have gone countless miles up and down our highways with 8" wheels.

8" or 12", service them annually, keep them greased, feel for heat on potti stops, no big deal.

I like the 8" on mine from HF because 1) the cost was $40 less than the 12" wheel model, 2) the trailer was smaller overall and 3) the trailer sits lower than with the 12" ones. If I want it lower, I can reverse the mount of the axle and drop it another 2 inches, but I like where it sits now and how it lines up with the bike.

Trust DOT, they wouldn't let it go down the road if it was going to expose them to liability.

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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:17 am

I have towed with both 8" and 12" wheels, the only difference I have found is that the trailer is taller with the 12" ones, and the 8" spins faster. big deal right...If you are new to towing or thinking about it, take your time getting used to it..Backing up a trailer can be right down funny, it's not easy , try to park were you don't need to back it up if you can...when I finish my paint job I'm taking the trailer to the lake and I'm going fishing and camping...I gotta repaint the trailer now for the 10th time..Same colors as bike.. :D Oh Oh I have a visual, i am making two fishing pole holders out of pvc piping fastened to the back two sides of the trailer at about a 30 degree angle out the back to hold my large fishing poles, I could bolt the 1 -1/2" pipes to the trailer but I'd need to cut a slot for the handles of the reels to slide down inside the pipe good so it won't fall out ,,,yep got another idea. Can you see it..why yes you can, Littlebeaver riding down the HWY with fishing poles sticking out the back,,,, This is what I'm talking about ..Man..Can you dig it... :lol: :lol: I'm going to catch JAWS...Fresh water Jaws Good luck Binder49 on the trailer deal, just go buy one already :D

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Re: GL1100 Trailer Hitch

Postby dingdong » Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:13 am

Hey Beaver. Just ride on down south 150 miles and catch the real Jaws.


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