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Offline kurtmartin1027

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Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« on: October 31, 2013, 06:48:51 PM »
I am not sure that I would ever need one but the idea has always enticed me.  I don't know the specifics of trailering with a Motor but....  I guess I am just curious?  Any input would be appreciated.  Either with the TT or just any in particular.  Thanks  Motor On!!!
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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 11:51:59 PM »
Trailering is quite common over here.  The basics are first check local road laws  speed while towing, maximum loaded weight etc can vary.  You will need a trailer hitch to suit the bike and wire it up.  Trailers vary a lot, from one wheel small ones to general purpose and camping trailers.  Then ride the bike accordingly, but I have ridden with riders towing and they can easily keep pace with bikes in the straight and through most corners.  The better trailer setups hide the fact that you do have a trailer on.

If you want to read up I could find a few links to threads on Honda ST forums.

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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 08:26:28 AM »
Hi. We've had a trailer for touring on my FJR, its been all over Australia with us and on those long trips, the ability to camp with your own gear  vs motels each night paid for itself on the first trip. A joy to tow, you don't even feel its there and cornering is the same, Only on hard braking do you feel the extra weight, though mines a well designed one Ive heard some horror stories of trailers too.
On getting the Trophy I asked about attaching a trailer and the dealer said that it would automatically Void the warranty.. the TT SE manual states that the bike is not designed for towing trailers or attaching sidecars.
I doubt the FJR was designed for trailers either. but the thing towed and tracked beautifully.
I did end up replacing the rear suspension spring with a slightly stronger one.
The trailer builder said its all in the +weight put onto the hitch. when loading up.. 15kg +weight on the hitch and All was good.
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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 08:45:46 AM »
The warranty issue is the only reason that I haven't as yet fitted my trailer. For the moment I down graded my camping style and made a rack that will allow me to carry all the gear. I believe that a well balanced trailer will put less pressure on the rear than carrying all the gear on the rear.
The major set back will be getting the bike to work with extra lights with out effecting the can bus system  :005: Already on my second bike due to the electric on these bikes  :087: :087:.

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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 08:58:07 AM »
*Originally Posted by Chaos [+]
I believe that a well balanced trailer will put less pressure on the rear than carrying all the gear on the rear.
The major set back will be getting the bike to work with extra lights with out effecting the can bus system
Chaos
Yes couldn't agree more. with the load all in the trailer the bike sits and handles like 2up no luggage. Acceleration was a bit slower due to the all up weight.
I still haven't got my head around this canbus system.   :087: indeed.
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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2013, 09:36:30 AM »
There are so many warnings in the owners manual that I missed that one!

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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2013, 11:04:58 AM »
I posted a "How to add rear stalk lights" over in the "How to" Section.

Not exactly what you need but there is some information there that you might find useful for wiring the trailer lighting   :028:


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Re: Has anyone thought of a trailer option?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2013, 04:17:30 PM »
*Originally Posted by Coconut [+]
I posted a "How to add rear stalk lights" over in the "How to" Section.

Not exactly what you need but there is some information there that you might find useful for wiring the trailer lighting   :028:



Thanks Coconut

Had you in mind but not touching until out of warranty  :028: :028:

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