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Hey all, I'm a newbie here and would like to introduce myself. My name is David and I live in so. Nevada. I recently pick up a very clean 86 GL1200 and decided to build a trailer for it. Having many years experience as a custom fabricator I went for the aluminum and stainless steel approach. It is 4' long and 28'' wide on the box. Made from .125 alum. and is all tig welded. The draw bar is 304 polished stainless steel with a custom swivel hitch using a brass bushing. All lights are LED as well ass the cargo light inside. The lid is made from .125 tredbrite and has a luggage rack built from chromoly aero strut as is the front cooler rack. It weighs about 110 lbs. and tows very well. I got the idea from reading threads on this site and it has paid off. My wife and I just returned from a 1100 mile trip and the extra room make a big difference. We also do our shopping and the looks you get loading an entire shopping cart into it with a 50 lb. bag of dog food on top. Here are a few pics.
 

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Welcome from Ontario Canada earthpig. Interesting handle and trailer :). You are a talented individual and I'm sure you'll solicit a few comments from this knowledgeable site. I just put my Wing to bed for the winter :(
Ride safe,
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Thanks for kind complements strat. Sorry to hear your down for the winter. I'm sure I'll have a few trips to share with you while your waiting out the next few months. earthpig.............
 

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Welcome David from NC.

I do some projects in my garage as well and pretty comfortable welding steel. I am envious that others know how to weld aluminum. Not an easy thing to master. Congrats on the trailer, it looks awesome.
 

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Real nice job!! Not much different than my Aluma,,,,,,,,,looks just as good. I hope you get out there and use it. We're also just about done for this year, maybe we'll see you on the road next summer. Hope so..........
 

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Welcome to the forum from Pa and congrats on your 86 Wing. You did a great job on the trailer. You may get some calls from guys wanting one like it. Ride safe and enjoy the forum..
 

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Welcome ! Great to have a fabricator on board. No joke earth, as I'm typing this the banner ad above is advertising Aluma Mct Trailer for Motorcycle. I click on the ad and eventually end up on E-bay . Someone has one for sale for $1,750.00 and except for the wheels it looks like a copy of yours.
 

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Welcome from Down Under. You have done a great job of your trailer. It's something that you can stand back and say I made this. Not everyone can do things like that.
 

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Thanks guys. I have been blessed with this talent but it took a lot of years to get there. Some of the crap I built 30 years ago looked pretty scary :eek: I have already built two more for others, so if someone is in need of help let me know. Here's a few more pics.
 

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Awesome looking trailer!! Welcome from Vermont!! Makes me wonder how on earth I can live without one now!!
 

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Hey Rex, it really is a way to use your bike to a larger capacity. I have it on my bike all the time just running around town. I build custom fuel tanks also and I have delivered two out of state on top of the trailer. The fuel savings is a good reason to ride the bike as well as the main one, it's just fun. I cleaned out the trailer today and took some pics on the bike. Here they are.
 

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Perfect rig,

If you want something done right, gots to roll up them sleeves!
Boy, ain't that the truth. I was to cheep to hire a welder some 30 years ago when I needed a hitch welded on a jeep. The guy wanted $50 bucks to make two 2'' welds. He told me the if I didn't want to pay that much, go buy a welder and do it yourself. So I did and never looked back. But what a learning curve I've had. Things have improved over the years and I don't get picked on for over building anymore. Today I just give away those 2'' welds all day long. For BEER of course...:D earthpig...........
 

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Same here. Reasonable evaluation saves your ass, floating makes you a nice target. Some call it cheap but who gives a flying f***, we live...
 

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Nice trailer.

I recently bought one to pull behind my 1500. It pulls nicely but the weather here is not good for traveling. We are wet and cold these days.
 
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