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Old 09-02-2013, 08:36 PM   #721
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what are those saddlebags?
They are British surplus haversack / gas mask bags, got them for $8 in a pawn shop. Sportsmans guide has them in camo.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:57 AM   #722
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Some better finished trailer pic's,
You can go with this,

Or you can go with that,

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:22 AM   #723
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Looking good R80rt!
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:41 AM   #724
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Looks pretty low slung. Built in skid bars? to get over tall rocks and curbs. Doesnt look too bad. I hope to build a trailer this winter for myself.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:02 PM   #725
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Nice work r80rt!

You mentioned cutting the front at 45deg, that would be a great solution to being low to the ground. That or add some rounded "skis" in the front like a snow sled might have. Just to get you up over obstacles rather than smacking them straight on.

You'll be able to haul more weight with it lower to the ground. A single wheel trailer is a lot like a hammock. You want the weight below the axles of the wheels if possible. If the center of mass is above the axles, the trailer wants to flop side to side. In theory, the taller the trailer wheel the better, it allows the load to be higher off of the ground.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #726
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Thank you! Your Moto-Mule inspired me to build a trailer ya know. I really appreciate all the tips and advice you've given to us home builders.
I've just loaded it up and tested it through much rougher ground and bad roads than I ever intend to use it on, and it worked perfectly. I still may 45 the front corners but for now I can't see a reason to. It'll be used on dirt roads, but not off road, so I should be fine. Thanks again for the inspiration!
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:51 PM   #727
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Looks pretty low slung. Built in skid bars? to get over tall rocks and curbs. Doesnt look too bad. I hope to build a trailer this winter for myself.
Thanks, I have 8 1/2" of ground clearance and two full length runners on the bottom. I'll only use it on dirt roads so I doubt I'll never hit the ground with it. Good luck on your build and post pic's!
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:36 PM   #728
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Nice work.

Kudos to Bracketdood for sharing some of his hard-earned R&D.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:21 AM   #729
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Thank you Lizrdbrth, and yes kudo's to MrBracket for all the excellent advice
Those other pictures are a little deceptive because of the angle, the trailer isn't as low slung as it looks in them. Here are a couple with the bike propped up almost level with a loaded trailer. I put a a coffee can under it for perspective.



Here's another look, this time it's on the sidestand and loaded.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:49 AM   #730
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #731
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These last pics show the ground clearance much better. Looks like there is plenty. And honestly if it is little low it should be easy to drag over a high spot. Nice.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:31 PM   #732
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We got out today and took the trailer back through the washed out deserted roads for further testing. My riding partner and trailer builder OldBrattrider was the camera man, and I am the test pilot. The video doesn't really show how steep, rough and rocky it is, but you'll get some idea. This little trailer will follow me any where!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqEiU-ClOEI
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:50 AM   #733
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I didn't see you load the beer & ice....? You sure went to a lot of time & effort building that sweet trail trailer for just hauling a little camping gear.

Have you experimented with seeing what's a comfortable load capacity ?

Good job. Wish I had one.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:21 AM   #734
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No beer on that ride, well maybe a little when we got home... My camping gear and fuel weigh in at 30lbs, I don't think I'd want to carry a lot more than that, maybe 50lbs would be max for me.
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Old 09-06-2013, 12:27 PM   #735
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Very nicely done video. Looks like you've built another winner.
I'm thinbking 80 lbs will be my max weight on my trailer because of the shock spring. The frame and suspension will handle more but I'm not wanting ton try and stop too much weight. Remembering my other trailer I built years ago and the braking problems it created behind my Suzuki GS 750.

Yours looks like it belongs back there. The optional bare cargo rack is a nice touch because it gives you the option of dropping the Action Packer at camp and foraging for firewood.

I have a set of panniers built for my little trailer, but the width will be a problem on the trails. And I've got monster panniers on my KLR already.
So I really don't need more space!

I'm planning on riding up your way through Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky on the way to North Carolina next month, so if you see me rolling by, be sure to flag me down. Not going to be in a hurry, so I'll have time to stop and say hi!
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