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trailer or hitch rack for travelling? which do you prefer and why?
I have the chance to sell my old motorcycle trailer for a good price, never had the chance to use it since I don't have a hitch installed (bought the wrong one :( )
I've seen the hitch racks, kuryakin and show chrome, they can hold 35lbs, good for a cooler and a few items, it would help me limit the gear I carry lol

but I'm on the fence, what do you all think?



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I have a hitch rack on my 1500 wing, never thought about yanking a trailer around nor did I have a need to. with the hitch rack I don't need a trailer plate or insurance and i'm not being charged for a trailer when I take the toll roads
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I have the rack and a trailer, and will keep them both.

1) if I am just going out for the day and it will be hot, like 85°F or higher, the rack goes with me.
It carries an ice chest with water and ice. That is used to soak my Phase Change vest that is used to protect me from having a Heat Stroke.

IF, I am going out longer than one day, the trailer goes with me, it has a ramp on the front for the ice chest.
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I like to camp, and I especially like to camp by motorcycle. One of the racks, to me, are just to haul a cooler for a day ride, or maybe a set of golf clubs if I golfed, which I don't, anymore. I have had four different tent camper trailers small enough for hauling with the motorcycle, and enjoyed them through different and sundry bikes, and then sold them. I still have a nice light cargo trailer that I can fill with camping gear and go away for anywhere from one to 30 days or so and be reasonably comfortable. Since the rack is so portable, and easy to store on a shelf somewhere, I see no reason at all to not have both like our AZ friend has. So far, I do not have a rack, but if one was to make itself available, I probably would have one.
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I would personally rather tow a trailer. Reason being, with a trailer, the tongue weight is adjustable. With a hitch rack you are limited to how much you can carry. Too much weight at the rear is a quick way to wear out the front tire as well as making for unstable handling.

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I have not convinced myself the trailer thing is for me yet.

I've considered the hitch rack direction. Mostly to be able to get to and from my daughter's softball games with her gear, which wouldn't be much of an issue if she weren't a catcher with a gear bag about as large as my seabag once was. Not as heavy, but fairly large and maybe in the 30-40 pound area. I'm not sure any of the hitch racks I've seen would accommodate it just due to it's physical dimensions.
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If you don't exceed the 30/40 lbs you should be okay with the hitch rack.

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I just ordered the Kuryakyn hitch rack, should get it by friday, in time for the weekend, hopefully the weather will be nice to go camping

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dingdong wrote:
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I would personally rather tow a trailer. Reason being, with a trailer, the tongue weight is adjustable. With a hitch rack you are limited to how much you can carry. Too much weight at the rear is a quick way to wear out the front tire as well as making for unstable handling.
+1 on the trailer. I tent camp (can't afford two week trips moteling it), don't want all the gear piled on bike, making bike top heavy. Haul a trailer and barely know it's there.
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ok, so my hitch is installed, all that is left is to install the rack bracket, easy peasy I thought, but I can't get the ball's nut to come off, might have to go to the garage to get it removed :x :cry:

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fred1diver wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:57 pm
ok, so my hitch is installed, all that is left is to install the rack bracket, easy peasy I thought, but I can't get the ball's nut to come off, might have to go to the garage to get it removed :x :cry:
They're on there really tight, usually with a lock washer. Mine is put on with an impact wrench, and is not intended to come off, ever. :)

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Rode and handled just fine on many trips, most often with black plastic tote, rarely with smaller cooler. Tote was / is an "Action Packer". just pack it like a piece of luggage and lash it down, extra round red trailer lights take over for those obstructed below.
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Finally managed to work the bolt loose, installed the receiver rack, then tried to install the rack in it, I had to force it in and the weld on one side gave out, I’ll have to go see a welder friend of mine, bought a cooler today that fit perfectly on the rack, 2 rok straps and it’s good and secure

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so even with the busted weld, the rack did a perfect job this weekend, went for a 100km ride to and from and everything stayed solid

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so even with the busted weld, the rack did a perfect job this weekend, went for a 100km ride to and from and everything stayed solid
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You have those 2 angled down rod supports that carries a good part of the load.
It still had 3 points of attachment.
Good to go until it's welded up. Just wiggle it on every stop.
Carry a length of rope, JUST in case.
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I have a homemade hitch carrier and trailer(s), so I have choice of which to pull for the expected load.

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I use both. If I am camping by myself for a couple of nights, the rack handles my tent, air mattress and stove well. If I am going for a longer period or if wife is with me, the trailer is needed.

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Since I got my hitch mounted yesterday I tried holding the Add-On hitch rack from Wingstuff up to see what the clearance was going to be like this morning.

The support arm is about an inch too short and the front lip of the rack is up under the plastic between the saddlebags under the license plate. That decreases the usable area of the rack. I haven't seen too many boxes that matched the dimensions from the website. All were either bigger of smaller, so I guess I'll have to go smaller anyway. If the support arm were 2-3 inches longer it might be perfect.
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I've been both ways over the years and each has its advantages.

Definitely the trailer (in my case camper) will haul more and cut into your gas mileage. Remember the trailer allows Significant Other to pack "just one more little thing".

The hitch rack if utilized properly can be a money saver on tolls roads - no extra money for the trailer. Notice I said utilized properly. I used a 6-pack cooler on my rack for my 750 Shadow trike since I knew I would be stopping for gas along the way. I could replenish it at pit stops. As far as food stuffs, I would get perishables (and ice) just before pulling in for the night. Less weight means better GPM. Another reason for using the smaller cooler is that I was able to put a tent, fly, ground cloth, and 2 sleeping bags on the rack; leaving plenty of room in and on my trunk for mine and GF's clothing.

One thing to watch out for is the "drag" entering/exiting steep driveways.
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Here in the UK, we don't get so many very hot days, so a cool box is the least of our needs, so I rarely see the hitch racks on British bikes.

My need was to carry more stuff for camping and rallies. As my wife and I had always rallied together on two bikes with hard luggage, we are used to taking a reasonable amount of camping gear with us. Nearly two years ago, my wife had to give up riding her own bike for health reasons, so the options were; a trike (neither of us liked the idea of that, having had one briefly in the past), a bike and sidecar (vetoed by the difficulty of my wife getting in and our due to her disability), or a big bike and sidecar. Well, I reckon you can guess the outcome of that debate, and two weeks later the GL1500 and trailer was bought. What a revelation it was, the first time we did a rally. All the camping gear and bedding in the trailer, clothes and food on the bike. So easy, I don't know why we didn't do it before. Even better when it is time to pack up. Everything gets thrown into the trailer and sorted and dried out when we get home.

The UK laws limit speed with a trailer to 60mph, but as there are so many speed cameras about nowadays, I just keep the speed to under 70 and there are no issues. Virtually no toll roads here, so that is not a problem, and many ferries just charge a bike and trailer as a solo bike. All in all, a win for the trailer, as far as I am concerned. The only down side is finding somewhere to park the trailer when not in use, as space and parking are sometimes an issue here in the UK.

There you go, that's my pennies' worth.

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I made one of these years ago that comes apart and fits in my trunk. I added a stem to mount it upward as an alternative store point when the trunk is full. I love the concept. I have had zero issues.

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I just bought a trailer to pull behind my GL1500. So far we love the ton of extra room and it makes it so much easier to travel. We have traveled a week on my old 1100 and made it work. I have thought of getting a rack for short outings and convenience of having a cooler to throw on the bike, but the trailer is so little trouble to hook up and tow so I will stick to the trailer.

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C-dub wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:15 pm
... The support arm is about an inch too short and the front lip of the rack is up under the plastic between the saddlebags under the license plate. That decreases the usable area of the rack. ... If the support arm were 2-3 inches longer it might be perfect.
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I am soon to be 69 and have had 4 major back surgeries so don't do long distance anymore so the hitch rack is what I use when I ride w/ my wife. I can put a nice size Ice chest on it with lunch and drinks for a 200 mile ride which takes us all day w/lots of stops even during the summer. I can keep our extra cooling towels water and roadside lunch's in there for both ourselves and my older brother and his wife. The license plate visibility is the issue and I have had folks as about that and I have passed and been passed by State troopers and local sheriff dept as well as local Law Enforcement and not had a problem yet. I can't do long trips so a trailer would not work for me anyway. I hope this helps someone who has wondered about this, plus no wiring to worry about.
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FM-USA wrote:
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:55 am
C-dub wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:15 pm
... The support arm is about an inch too short and the front lip of the rack is up under the plastic between the saddlebags under the license plate. That decreases the usable area of the rack. ... If the support arm were 2-3 inches longer it might be perfect.
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I’ve seen those, but mine is a vertical hitch. I’m going to check and see if someone local can make something for to my specifications.


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