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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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To use a trailer or not to?

So, now we are going out tomorrow to see the 1500. It has a trailer with a heavy duty toolbox anchored/installed whatever on it. I can get the motorcycle for $500 less if I don't take the trailer. What are the pros and cons of pulling a trailer on a motorcycle?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 10:27 PM
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I'd just buy the bike, you can always find a nicer looking trailer later on. If you know how to pack, you can fit everything you 'Really' need on the bike. I could cram 2 weeks worth of groceries on a GL1500. I personally wouldn't pull a trailer even though it had a hitch for one. In my opinion I don't feel a motorcycle of any type is a good tow vehicle.
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+ side = you can take more stuff you mght need
-side= you can take more stuff you won't need or use,
decrease in gas mileage
increase in stopping distance

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 04:55 AM
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@Pamtha lots of folks drag trailers. I do not and never found the need to. As Ron pointed out there is a plus but also more negatives.

I will say that just looking at that picture that the trailer in question is not worth the $500.00 you are getting off the bike so I would not take the trailer.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 07:51 AM
I am a on the positive side of the trailer thing. I and my wife camp on our travels, for a mere 35 lb of tongue weight added to the suspension of my bike I can carry all my gear:
cooler
tent
air mattress
2 sleeping bags
2 bag chairs
clothing for 2
extra blanket
tarp
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As I said all this all without piling stuff all over the bike making it top heavy and ill handling. The bike handles pretty much as normal for 2 up riding, only trade off is making a little wider corners to allow for trailer and allowing a little more stopping distance, but I actually have had no real stopping issues ('Wing has plenty of brakes). Going out east I got between 36 to 40 mpg pulling trailer @ 65 mph on interstate depending on terrain ei. grades.

If I were to pile all my travel gear on the bike it would add way more than 35 lb to bike suspension and raise the center of gravity, and hurt fuel mileage as well. If I even could figure out where to put it all, as I said pillion seat is being used.

PS; this little trailer has been towed 25k+ over the years behind this bike, including 5 trips to Sturgis.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 08:24 AM
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The problem I see with the trailer is that it has a very narrow wheel base. I think this may cause it to fish tail easily. The wider the trailer, the more stable it is.
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I pulled a trailer all over the United States. Would not do it without one. Or should I say My wife would not let me NOT pull one. Another thing to consider is the amount of time you will be gone and where your going. I would pass on the one in your post. You can find a nice used trailer if you just look around.
A trailer makes it a lot easier to pack and unpack. If I was riding 1 up I would not pull one, but with the wife I feel it is necessary.


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i agree with Joe, the trailer is not worth it.

I also tow a trailer, only when Elaine is going. One up it’s not necessary.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-26-2018, 06:44 AM
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I also tow a trailer, only when Elaine is going. One up it’s not necessary.
I tow mine when I travel alone also. Was originally for when my wife travels with me, but now all the camping gear is already packed in trailer. It is easiest to just throw in clothes needed, hook on and go. After having pulled it as many miles as I have and as well as it pulls, would rather do this than repack everything onto bike making it a rolling pack mule.
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+1 for pulling a trailer. It's just so much easier, especially with camping gear, even when solo. Personally, I feel very little difference in handling with the trailer. Looking at the trailer in the pic, I'd agree that you can do better. Mine is a Bushtec. Bushtec will cost more that $500, but it's a much nicer trailer. Well made, space for the cooler, narrow wheels for less resistance. Gas mileage is a little lower, but it's just so much easier to have all that space. Sure, you'll end up packing some stuff you don't need, but who cares? A few extra changes of clothes, and you don't have to spend every other night of your vacation doing laundry! And you won't spend so long dealing with juggling bungy cords, digging through the trunk to find the other gloves, you can carry your FULL cover, maybe a few more tools, just in case. Want to shed your jacket, just toss it in, rather than trying to figure out where you're going to put it. LUXURY!
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