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post #1 of 25 Old 08-10-2012, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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i did a "trailer' search and got thousand of pages of everything but trailers! anyway, months ago, i read an add with pics for a 650 with trailer. can't find it now...may have been on advrider. i had a 2 wheel trailer on my goldwing that made out 5k mile trip doable. i'd like to pull a one wheel trailer behind my 650 but not sure if it's big enough to pull a hundred pounds. anyone here ever pulled a trailer behind a strom?

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No offense meant here...... but in my opinion if you cant pack it all on the bike you have too much stuff. Its amazing the amount of stuff I can pack on the bike even with my wife as passenger.

Also in my opinion if you do need more stuff than you can pack on the strom the weight would make a large negative difference whether on the bike or pulled behind. I do not think a trailer would be safe behind a strom say tow or ride a gold wing.

Now a side car rig I do think would be manageable but expensive.

Just my opinions tho. I hope you don't take offense :biggrinjester:
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No offense meant here...... but in my opinion if you cant pack it all on the bike you have too much stuff. Its amazing the amount of stuff I can pack on the bike even with my wife as passenger.

Also in my opinion if you do need more stuff than you can pack on the strom the weight would make a large negative difference whether on the bike or pulled behind. I do not think a trailer would be safe behind a strom say tow or ride a gold wing.

Now a side car rig I do think would be manageable but expensive.

Just my opinions tho. I hope you don't take offense :biggrinjester:

and the question was "anyone here ever pulled a trailer behind a strom? "

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I'd be interested in this topic as well. I've been riding Moto Gymkhana on my Wee and carrying cones and supplies on the back of my bike. At some point, the volume of stuff may get too much for the back of my bike and I'd hate to have to drive my truck because I couldn't practice running cones.

I too saw the thread that your referring to, about someone that was developing a hitch and trailer for the Strom. I can't remember where that was either. I've thought about a smallish trailer that would allow me to pack a small table, cones, tools like a measuring tape and such, as well as a few plastic chairs, and the timing equipment. That way, I can drop the trailer and still compete.

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when my wife does not come with me, i camp using a hammock and a tarp. everything for sure will pack in the boxes and on the seat behind me. but there is a possibility she will will fly to colorado and ride for 2 weeks while i take a month. i am trying to avoid hotels...she loves to camp as much as i do. i just pulled a trailer 5k miles with a goldwing. GOLDWINGS SUCK. she has her motorcyle endorsement and we sold her bike so i don't want to got that route for a once a year trip for her. i also know there is a trailer being built which is a bare bones frame...attach a hard box/bags or whatever you want. there are options out there...there are opinions out there. i'm just looking for experienced type responses. many on advrider are pulling trailers but this being a vstrom forum, i thought there might be vstrom experience. i'm thinking of something along this line http://www.moto-mule.com/trailers.html it doesn't even took that hard to build, except i don't weld.

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Here is a link to a semi complete list of motorcycle trailers. I haven't looked at it in a while so I am not sure if there are any single wheel trailers such as the "inline" trailer. I've seen a few guys that have towed with the strom and it's all about the hitch. Here's our dog trailer on my HD just for kicks.
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I found it on VSRI

From the VStrom Riders International site: Moto Mule I also found a list of trailers to pull behind motorcycles on WebBikeWorld. (this is quite a list but a bunch of the links are broken) However, this is what I've been looking for: Bushtec Spartan but the Moto Mule is still half the price and will serve the same purpose with only minor modifications needed.

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Here: moto-mule a cargo trailer to pull behind your dual sport motorcycle - ADVrider

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If I ever needed a trailer I'd use something like the moto mule or similar. The benefits I like is that the hitch bolts through the rear axle, which only puts the extra load on your tire only, not on frame and suspension like others I've seen. You'd feel the weight by the drag, but you would feel the weight on the suspension.

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i did a "trailer' search and got thousand of pages of everything but trailers! anyway, months ago, i read an add with pics for a 650 with trailer. can't find it now...may have been on advrider. i had a 2 wheel trailer on my goldwing that made out 5k mile trip doable. i'd like to pull a one wheel trailer behind my 650 but not sure if it's big enough to pull a hundred pounds. anyone here ever pulled a trailer behind a strom?
To answer your question, at least indirectly (I haven't pulled a trailer with a Wee), I see no reason you cannot safely pull a small trailer with your Wee. I think one of the single-wheel trailers like the Tag-a-Long would be just fine. If the Wee can haul a rider and passenger without issue, it ought to pull a rider and a small trailer OK.

The question is, would you be happy having a trailer behind you? I pulled a Bunkhouse camper trailer thousands of miles behind my Gold Wing, without issue, but the Wings is heavy enough to take the added weight of the trailer. (500+ lb. loaded) I think as long as the trailer, loaded doesn't exceed, say 200 lb., you should be OK.

Another question is, does anyone sell a trailer hitch for the VStrom that puts the hitch coupler down level with the rear axle of the bike? There was a recent thread regarding some sort of weird hitch that attached up high, on the cargo rack, I believe, but posts suggested that it caused the bike to handle unsafely.

Personally, I see no problem pulling a trailer with a motorcycle. If you plan on a long trip and see the need to take a lot of stuff, or your camping gear, say, is heavy and/or bulky, a trailer takes the weight from being up high on the back seat and keeps the center of gravity low.

Hope this helps some.

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