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Old 05-16-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Do you take your pets with you?

Ok Guys - Need help.

I have a 2011GSA with the 3 factory aluminium cases. I also have a wife and 2 yorkies (5 lbs each). We want to take the dogs with us. I was thinking something along the lines of secured sturdy pet cages on each of the side cases and wife on the pillion.

Seen many pics with dogs on bikes but not sure if these guys parade around town (cutesy stuff) or actually take them at higway speeds and multiday travels. Currently I am doing my research on the feasibilty/safety aspect of this....assessing comfort with the risks, the cages etc. But one thing is for sure, I cannot leave the dogs behind and/or the wife - someone's bound to suggest that

Also considered risks of tipping over and thinking the cases may take most of the impact. But the yorkies are small dogs and I am struggling a bit with that. But then, I see many folks take their small kids on the bikes. Also going as far as considering getting the wife a licence and a used canam spyder - 3 wheeler to eliminate the tippover risk.

So...anyone out there carrying there pets with them on long journeys? If so, what carrier are you using and how are you securing it to your GS/GSA? Any other mature insight, links, stories would be appreciated.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:39 AM   #2
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Sidecar...problem solved.
Unigo...problem solved.
Car...problem solved.
Cages on panniers...problem(s) created.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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sidecar and unigo = no 2 wheel fun/feeling...that's why the spyder solution came to mind.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:01 AM   #4
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You should've bought an RV not an Adv.

I see a minor get-off resulting in a dog being buried on the side of the road in your future... plan accordingly (bring a bag and a folding shovel).

Taking a dog on a bike for a parade is one thing... taking two bolted to a pannier has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read on any mc forum in my 16 years of riding.

I will never understand people's obsessions with their pets.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:17 AM   #5
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Did you miss this point?
"Any other mature insight, links, stories would be appreciated"

I articulated clearly my thoughts, concerns and indecisions...just wanted some mature response from folks who are either in this predicament or know someone who have addressed this challenge.

"Get an RV not a GSA"..."shovel for roadside burial" comments were not solicited and needed...nothing constructive.

your 16 years of riding comes close to my 24...just so you understand who you may be responding to.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:27 AM   #6
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Love 'em and leave 'em...

Sam,
Understand that you truly love your pets and cannot stand to think about leaving them behind. You certainly wouldn't knowingly put your pets in 'harms way' by your 'need' to take them with you, would you? Sounds awfully dangerous. Put the pets safety first in your decision making. This could turn out rather bad.

A car/RV is a great way to achieve your goals. Short of that...leave 'em at home or a kennel.

Just think of how happy they'll be to see you when you do get home!
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:29 AM   #7
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My dog loves to ride with me. But I doubt I would bolt him to pannier. A top box modified maybe. A dog kennel bolted to the adventure rear rack maybe. At least you won't kill the dog in a minor get off.
Ben usually rides up front on my scooter. I used to have a harness on him with a strap for saftey. But after a year of riding he actually fell off last week and got dragged. So we don't use the strap anymore. He would of just tucked and rolled. The strap made things worse. Even with the drag he was not phased. He got up and ran around. Then climbed right back on. He is a trooper. Some of my friends could use his balls.....

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Old 05-16-2011, 10:36 AM   #8
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Take your top box and cut holes in them. Then add screens. 2 Yorkies should be comfy. Make sure the windows are to the sides. If the windows are to the back, the will get too much exhaust and road dust. \

I like the rest don't agree with dragging the pets along on real trips. Riding around town is one thing. But the open road is a bit much. On the other hand I don't agree with taking the wife either. Leaving her home would solve both problems.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:22 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by sam104535 View Post
sidecar and unigo = no 2 wheel fun/feeling...that's why the spyder solution came to mind.
A unigo tracks on one wheel and is easily forgotten about while riding. It does not detract from the "fun/feeling" of riding a motorcycle.

Putting a tow hitch on your bike will void the warranty (if it still has one) however.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #10
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Brand new 2011 bike. Did not know about warranty getting issue!!!!...shoot...there goes the unigo idea. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:39 PM   #11
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How about a sidecar setup - will that void the warranty? Curious
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Old 06-17-2011, 06:06 PM   #12
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If you go with a top case solution, regardless of the configuration you choose, before placing your dogs in it, go for a long ride on a hot day and measure the temperature inside the case, just to be certain. Also, given the size of your yorkies, perhaps you can rig up a mount inside the case to hold one of those large guinea pig water bottles.
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:26 PM   #13
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Uh...............

nope!
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Old 05-16-2011, 02:08 PM   #14
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Sam,
I have a Boston that I think would love to go along. My idea was to make rectangular spacer out of welded screen or something found here:
http://www.mcmaster.com/#wire-cloth/=cc0p5j
that would fit between the pannier and the lid, raising the lid by 6" or so. Using matching stock latches, you would be able to remove the lid, latch the extension to the top of the bag, and latch the lid to the top of the extension.


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Old 05-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #15
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There's more than one way for your pet to ride along. This is Tucker, a 70lb Australian Shepherd.


He loves to ride, but I only take him for short rides when the weather is mild because he's got no way to get out of the sun, and I don't have anywhere to carry water with me. His longest ride was probable about an hour.

The other problem is that most stores don't allow pets, and I'd have to leave him when running errands or such. So far, he only gets to go for "pleasure" rides.
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