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Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:19 pm



Hi everyone. Thinking on a trailer hitch for my 2012 GOLDWING. Pros & cons on brands & other suggestions. Thanks.



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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by M61A1MECH » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:25 pm

POPPY'S WING wrote:
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Hi everyone. Thinking on a trailer hitch for my 2012 GOLDWING. Pros & cons on brands & other suggestions. Thanks.
I have a Bushtec on my 2013, like it a lot. It is a vertical receiver, so you do not see it when the "stinger" is not installed. I did not install it, paid to have Bushtec install it while they were in town for an event, so I cannot speak to how hard or easy the install is, but it is rock solid. I do not like how most folks including Buschtec do the wiring for the trailer connection, so I pulled their's out and designed my own, if you are interested in a better mouse trap for the wiring, PM me and I will tell you how I did mine.
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by themainviking » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:28 am

This is the best type of trailer hitch we have found for the GL1800. Kuryakyn makes a version but this one is Show Chrome. The stinger is removeable and hides the hitch quite well. It is six point mounted which makes it pretty darned solid.

https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/139192
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by GoldWingrGreg » Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:59 am

There are many to choose from. The first thing to know is what you are using your hitch for. If towing, you will want a 6 point. I believe there are 3 manufactures who make them. I've always used a BushTec. It allows me to remove the rear wheel through the back fender area, and theirs attaches to the frame instead of attaching to the rear crash bars. They also make an awesome mud flap for their hitch.

Also, you might find the trailer you are towing does not feel safe, and because BushTec is a top-of-the-line trailer, if you upgrade to it, you tung and hitch will all be at the correct height.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:44 am

Thanks for your replies. All that I've gathered,I'll probably go with a Bushtec.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:40 pm

no idea what brand it is,

six point, mounts to frame members.
has a vertical square draw-bar type hitch adapter with a flat, horizontal plate sticking out the back for the ball.

just pull the safety pin, and the hitch adapter falls out, and you can't see the vertical hitch.

Downside is, it is in the way of removing the out backwards.

but, I always lay the bike over on the right side, a 5 minute job to R&R the tire.
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by RoadRunner15 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:16 pm

Bushtec hitches are sturdy. I currently have their hitch with the pin mount, but on previous rides I had their hitch with the ball mount.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:19 pm

Thanks RoadRunner15, I'm not sure about their trailer. I like the mini mate ,they're also cheaper. Also WOW! You were a Brigadier General ! That's awesome.Thanks again.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by 823JIM » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:39 pm

You could check with trike builders and get a used take-off for less than half of the price of a new one. My brother bought one from KD cycle last fall, there was nothing wrong with it and got everything needed for the install.https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_nkw=&_ ... arts&rt=nc
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:03 am

Thanks Jim, I'll check it out.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by Metal Mangler » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:40 am

If you have not all ready done your hitch. I would recommend this one https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/76/703
It is removable on the back side for easy tire removal. This is my second one and it is also hidden when not being used. i installed it my self .
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:57 am

Thanks Metal Mangler, I probably won't start till just before springtime. I'll check it out. Sounds good.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by C-dub » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:28 pm

All this hitch talk is getting me itchy for a hitch again.

Why is this show chrome one from cyclemax only $209
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/139192

While this one is even lower at $179
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/76/703

and this one from wingstuff by kuryakyn is $312
http://wingstuff.com/products/34320-tra ... er_hitches

I'm not too interested in towing a trailer, but rather being able to fly 1-3 (usually only 1, but maybe sometimes 2) 3'x5' flags when riding with the PGR and when just traveling maybe using hitch rack for a little extra storage space. Can you use a hitch rack with a vertical style hitch? I'm not wild about towing a trailer yet and neither is the Mrs.. We might revisit that idea in a few years, but for now we're not going the trailer route.
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by POPPY'S WING » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:38 am

I have a friend who trailers,but also has a rack for vertical hitch. Has a bracket that bolts to the hitch around the ball. Haven't seen it on the bike. So don't know much about it. Actually a rack might be all that I need.

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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by Metal Mangler » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:15 am

They do sale vertical style racks I would not have no problem towing with one and you could Weld up a vertical style flag stand. The 179.00 is the one I have it still allows you to remove the back so you can remove the tire if so desired. With all the other supports still in place. It is the best option in my opinion.
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by themainviking » Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:09 am

C-dub wrote:
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:28 pm
All this hitch talk is getting me itchy for a hitch again.

Why is this show chrome one from cyclemax only $209
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/139192

While this one is even lower at $179
https://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800 ... tch/76/703

and this one from wingstuff by kuryakyn is $312
http://wingstuff.com/products/34320-tra ... er_hitches

I'm not too interested in towing a trailer, but rather being able to fly 1-3 (usually only 1, but maybe sometimes 2) 3'x5' flags when riding with the PGR and when just traveling maybe using hitch rack for a little extra storage space. Can you use a hitch rack with a vertical style hitch? I'm not wild about towing a trailer yet and neither is the Mrs.. We might revisit that idea in a few years, but for now we're not going the trailer route.
I like the one from Show Chrome//Big Bike Parts for $209 because it is bolted six point and is really strong. It also serves as a hidden hitch when the ball is removed.

I have not had the occasion to use the $179 one from Cycle Max, tho it does have an interesting benefit. It allows removal to get the rear wheel out. As I lay my bike on it's side to take the rear wheel off, this is not a true benefit for me.

I do not particularly like the Kuryakyn hitch as it does not become hidden if the ball is removed. Other than that, it does look strong.

The hitches myself and my friends here have, came from a source in Georgia who also makes trailers, but I think he may not be in business any longer. His hitches were similar to the Show Chrome one, but made use of a clamping system onto the rear roll bars and heim joints to adjust perfectly for each bike. I have over 50K miles of towing on it and it is still as good as when I put it on. It also hides when the ball is removed.
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Re: Trailer Hitches

Post by C-dub » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:09 pm

Still thinking, but getting closer.

I'm starting to like the Bushtec hitches.

Of the hitches listed in my earlier post, the Add-On, Show Chrome, Kuryakyn, and now Bushtec, are all of these 6-point hitches mounted to the frame or subframe or a combination? Or are all or any 4-point frame mounts with 2-points mounted to the subframe for additional stability?

I've read somewhere that the Add-On hitch is mounted to the subframe, so that's what carries the weight on this hitch instead of the main frame. Is this true?

I kind of mentioned it earlier. At this time I'm not interested in towing a trailer, but can't completely rule it out yet. Therefore, I want a hitch that will be able to handle that if we change our minds later. For now, though, it will mainly be to fly one or more flags while riding with the PGR.


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