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How big of a trailer is needed

Postby tprender » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:45 pm



I went an got a Harbor Freight 4x8 trailer that folds up last year, but after getting the trailer I was scared to load the bike on the trailer. I would like to carry the bike when I go to the farm for a few days and ride the local area around there. Will the 1500 fit on a 4x8 trailer with a drop gate or do I need a 10 ft trailer? I measured the bike and I think that it is 8 1/2 ft long. Could I cout a piece of the front railing to get the bike on a 8 ft trailer or will this weaken the trailer. I do have a welder and could fit the front up with a notch in the front rail. The 10 ft trailer in my area used start at $500+, but I can get a 8ft one for $300 used.



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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:49 pm

I have not ever trailered my Wing, but I know the shop I use for repairs (Goldwings only) will not use anything but a 10' trailer, for what that is worth.
I know the enclosed trailer I am looking at to double as a garage is a 7' x 14' V-nose and I am building a "toolbox" in the V Section. . . .
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:03 pm

Keep in mind that the 4x8 $300 Harbor Freight trailer has a maximum load of 1195 lbs. That's awfully close to the weight of a GL1500 with fuel, bags etc. in it.

Also, there have been reports of people who have had the hubs in that trailer lock up shortly after they bought it. If you do get a Harbor Freight trailer, it might be prudent to scrap the hubs and replace them with hubs you know to be of good quality.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby RBGERSON » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:52 pm

and ad 12" wheels!!! measure your GL at the wheel base and front to back. 8' will cover it, just
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:21 pm

RBGERSON wrote:and ad 12" wheels!!! measure your GL at the wheel base and front to back. 8' will cover it, just


I don't agree with you here RBGerson, if you take in the forward edge of the front tire to the rear edge of the saddle bags and trund, I THINK you are looking at 9' minimum, specially when you consider he is talking a drop rear gate, you HAVE to factor that additional length in.
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby flogger » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:34 pm

I like the measurement from the front of the front tire to the back of the trunk, if the trailer has a gate/ramp because most will fold up and not allow anything to hang over the rest of the trailer when closed. I believe 9 feet covers it and then 10 gives you a small amount extra...
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby detdrbuzzard » Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:45 am

I don't think your HF trailer is heavy duty enough to carry a 1200 wing
my 1200 wing just fits on an 8ft trailer
my 1500 will not fit on an 8ft trailer
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:15 am

just a quick question here.........will a 1200 pull a 10' trailer with an 1100 strapped down on it? let me rephrase it. what is the smallest trailer i can use to trailer an 83 aspy on.

never mind, i measured the bike and it comes out to 92" which is just about 8', so i guess i'll be using an 8' trailer.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby tprender » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:05 am

The wheelbase on the 1500 is under 8 ft but with the trunk it goes past 8 ft. I have taken off the hubs on my trailer and regreased the bearing so it should be good. Have read that they were being shipped with little to no grease.
I knew of a person that would pull a small trailer with his 1500 and on the trailer he had his dirtbike. He would ride his wing to a place and camp on the way and when he got to our location he would ride his Honda XL650 for 2 days.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby RBGERSON » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:50 pm

Yes the total lenght for a 1500 is 8'6" but the wheel base is 7'6". So if yoiu pull the front up so wheel bottom is at the front of an 8' trailer..the rear just fits on the back..with a lift gate pull up to almost vertical it works..the issue is securing the front wheel..a real front wheel chuck won't work unless you ad a small extension just for that. You can "chuck" the front wheel with straps tricky be one can.

PS don't put either stand sown the bike should ride on it's shocks.
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:12 pm

Hey Uncle Fester, sounds exactly how/why I ended up with a 7x14 v nose. Lol. They work out pretty good.

Whatever trailer length you end up using, keep in mind the way the trailer was built and its capacities. You dont want to be at max or overloading it. You also want to make sure theres more than just a piece of plywood under the bike. All that weight, localized on the small areas that your tires are on, may not end well without some support.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby flojo160 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:07 am

Hiya,
I moved from Ky to Wa this last fall and I used a 5x10 tilt bed for my '06 1800 airbag. It did the job but I had a lot of sway the entire trip till I added about 300lbs of sand to the front end of it. The bike fit well on it and I had no problems length wise but if you use a tilt be cognisant of where the center of gravity on the bike is and keep most of the weight forward of the wheels.
I measured my bike out at 9 ft if I remember right, you might be ok with it on an 8ft but I would go longer if I were you.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby OldZX11Rider » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:31 am

Don't get too small of a trailer. I've got one of those 3 rail trailers that's great for smaller bikes.
When I bought my 1500, I had to go a couple hundred miles to pick it up. The Goldwing just barely fit on the trailer, even though I had measured the trailer and looked up the wheelbase on that Goldwing.
I was able to haul it back home but after unloading and un-hitching, while stowing things away, I noticed my loading ramp was bent.
The trailer is homemade and I don't know what the weight rating of it is, but the ramp, made of angle iron, was too flimsy.
I'll not haul the 1500 on that trailer again.
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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby 280slbuff » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:54 pm

I purchased a single rail trailer from Kendon - it will handle one or two bikes depending on weight and rail configuration. It is sprung with soft torsion bars and folds up for storage against a wall in a garage. I have only one caution - the 14 inch tires indicate "max inflation 35 psi" - raise the tire pressure to 50 psi to get best results. My initial trip at 35 psi resulted in bobbing, bouncing, weaving. The owners manual provides no advice on tire pressure - phoned the manufacturer to resolve this problem.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby triwing » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:16 pm

U HAUL has the perfect trailer for any basic type of motorcycle, hauled my newest 84 standard home on one, could have just as easily been my 1500 Aspencade.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:06 pm

triwing, not trying to steal this thread, but i want to tow my 1100 aspy down to Florida with my other 1200 SEi, hence the reason for my question to this thread.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby triwing » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:11 am

Didn't realise your doing two, :oops: but think they rent bigger trailers as well, :roll: that are a nice box, with places to tie down, enough room for two. :) Personally i don't like a trailer, :roll: but a truck is a lot to rent if your driving more than a few miles. :x

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:51 pm

triwing, i think your misunderstanding what my question was about. i want to put my 1100 aspy on a trailer and tow it with my 1200 SEi down to Florida.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:40 pm

roadwanderer2 wrote:triwing, i think your misunderstanding what my question was about. i want to put my 1100 aspy on a trailer and tow it with my 1200 SEi down to Florida.

stuart.


Wow...you want to pull a 700 lb bike on a trailer that's going to have to weigh at least another 300-400 lbs, with a GL1200? You better have a fire extinguisher on hand to put out your brakes when they catch fire!

That's way, way more that I would ever attempt to pull with a GL1200 or any motorcycle, especially over a long distance. My camper, fully loaded is around 425 lbs, and that's on the upper limit of what I would feel comfortable pulling with my GL1500. You're talking about pulling almost triple that!

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:24 pm

well, i figure if a GL500i interstate can pull a 14' boat, why shouldn't i be able to tow a bike on a trailer with a GL1200 SEi. its 99% interstate highway most of the way down.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby triwing » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:26 pm

I'm afraid YOU don't understand. :o What i spoke of, IS the smallest, as well as the least expensive way, in my opinion to transport two heavy bikes :roll: IT's insane to tow one bike with another :lol: Good luck to you

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:31 pm

triwing wrote:I'm afraid YOU don't understand. :o What i spoke of, IS the smallest, as well as the least expensive way, in my opinion to transport two heavy bikes :roll:


i understand what you were saying, but what i want to do is transport one bike to someone down there and have my other bike for use while im down there and for the ride back home. i can leave the trailer down there.

stuart.

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby 280slbuff » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:19 am

I would only consider an bizarre bike caravan like this if I had a death wish - even though it's all freeway driving just imagine the other risk factors - gusts and sidewinds from passing tractor trailers, blowouts,changes in tongue weight on road bumps ,jacknifing situations, lane changes - ruts, low maneuverability in evading unexpected road hazards, gravel and tricky pavement grooves just to mention a few. Sounds like a dream gone bad - an absolute horror movie in the making in my opinion. Why not ship the bike ahead and enjoy the ride! Question - would your insurance cover any damage in case of accidents? My bet is you'd have a problem collecting, Safety first is your best chance of arriving alive. Have you checked the owners manual or manufacturer on recommended (safe) towing practices? From a concerned rider!

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:31 am

280slbuff wrote:Have you checked the owners manual or manufacturer on recommended (safe) towing practices? From a concerned rider!


There isn't any. Here's what every Goldwing manual says:

Towing warning
Towing warning

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Re: How big of a trailer is needed

Postby roadwanderer2 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:58 pm

ok guys, i get the message and i appreciate all the concerns. i guess i'll have to figure out how to get both bikes down there some other way. right now the only other thing i can think of would be buying some beat to hell p/u, something around $500 bucks, get a trailer big enough to transport both bikes down there, sell the truck and trailer once i get down there and make some money back.

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