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post #1 of 39 Old 12-17-2017, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer instead of topbox and panniers?

I am planning on heading up north again next year, hoping to do the run up to Tuktoyaktuk. Last year I made it to Eagle plains before my fork seal blew (or clogged). I have some covers and a cleaner for it this time.

There is a lot of weight on the back of bike since I camp going up and need to bring everything. I was wondering if a trailer might make more sense. Get rid of Panniers and topbox and have everything in the trailer.

The back of bike would be nice and light then, only the balance weight of the trailer arm on swingarm.

What happens if the bike falls over though? Does the trailer disconnect, or does it also fall over? I suppose that depends if you have a two wheel trailer, or single wheel, and if it is attached with a ball mount?

Thoughts on trailers? I ride a 2014 V2
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I prefer not to tow trailers with a truck when I can avoid it. It certainly wouldn’t be my first choice on a motorcycle
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single wheel tracks grate, but if bike goes over so does the trailer, weight is low so bike doesn't feel like it's carrying anything, has good articulation over speed bumps/trees,
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I am planning on heading up north again next year, hoping to do the run up to Tuktoyaktuk. Last year I made it to Eagle plains before my fork seal blew (or clogged). I have some covers and a cleaner for it this time.

There is a lot of weight on the back of bike since I camp going up and need to bring everything. I was wondering if a trailer might make more sense. Get rid of Panniers and topbox and have everything in the trailer.

The back of bike would be nice and light then, only the balance weight of the trailer arm on swingarm.

Whaat happens if the bike falls over though? Does the trailer disconnect, or does it also fall over? I suppose that depends if you have a two wheel trailer, or single wheel, and if it is attached with a ball mount?

Thoughts on trailers? I ride a 2014 V2
Google “motorcycle trailer swivel hitch’s”, they keep the trailer from falling over and/or twisting the bikes mounting system. Although I’ve never dropped the bike with trailer, I wish I had installed one on our Wags pet trailer I tow with my Harley. Personally I’d prefer not to tow a trailer, but many folks don’t seem to mind.
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How much weight are you carrying?
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I've read lots of stuff on line about the motorcycle/trailer combo, and it's kind of weird; I've read lots of opinions about what a stupid and dangerous idea it is by guys who haven't done it, and I've read lots of accounts by guys who've done it and think it's a great solution. What I don't recall reading are accounts by guys who've done it and totally hated it and thought it was a bad idea. I'm not saying that opinion isn't common; only that I haven't seen it, and the two camps seem pretty evenly split between the "hell yes!" and the "no freaking way!" outlooks.

Anyone who's ever toured two-up for more than a couple days would recognize the advantages of the extra room a trailer provides. Even when you travel as spartan as you can, you're still going to need extra gear if your trip takes you down to the desert and then up to the mountains, especially if you're camping. I've batted the idea around a bit over the years, and if I do it, I'll probably go with the one wheel trailer design. They seem best suited for a motorcycle. I lean more towards the Unigo style, rather than the type where the load is distributed between the hitch and the trailer tire, mainly because of tongue weight issues.

The hitch is probably as important as the trailer you choose. I wouldn't select a hitch that attaches to the swingarm; it would have to mount to the frame in some way. If I went down on a bike while hauling a trailer, I'd rather it was a single wheel. I'd rather have the trailer going down with the bike, rather than the bike going down and the two wheel trailer staying up and continuing to push you until the forces on the hitch flip the trailer over.

I believe that Richland Rick on this site has had some trailer experience, and I know a lot of other have.
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I've read lots of opinions about what a stupid and dangerous idea it is by guys who haven't done it, and I've read lots of accounts by guys who've done it and think it's a great solution. What I don't recall reading are accounts by guys who've done it and totally hated it and thought it was a bad idea. I'm not saying that opinion isn't common; only that I haven't seen it, and the two camps seem pretty evenly split between the "hell yes!" and the "no freaking way!" outlooks.
For a second I thought you were talking about dark side tires lol.

There's a video somewhere that has a rider using the trailer Pepe mounted to go over hills and that trailer handles very nicely. I remember the trailer being a bit pricey for what it is, though.

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LOL, that's true, caruser4; trailers don't quite engender the level of animosity that the darkside subject does, but there's definitely a common theme...

Trailers like that are pretty common; they resemble a modified BOB trailer, the kind bicycle tourists use. They're probably the easiest to build, and offer a better loading platform if you're carrying bulky stuff like camping gear. They definitely track well. I imagine if you overload one you can really ramp up the tongue weight pretty quickly, moreso than on a midship mounted wheel.
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My Kwik Kamp tent trailer has the swivel hitch on it. it rides flat and doesn't get torqued in the turns.
i pulled it with a sidecar rig but that bike had less power than a Wee Strom and only had one disk brake up front.
The solo Wee, or more powerful Vee would have no problem towing a trailer.
It's an acquired taste but too many folks dismiss it out of hand with no first hand experience.
Trailering allows you to bring some items along for a more comfortable camping experience that less capacious packing does.
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Bugzy, check out Youtube; there are a bunch of videos on there of motorcycles pulling trailers. Looks like a lot of success stories.
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