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Old 09-11-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Trailer on a dime.....

My son is headed to Texas in a couple of days for school and he wanted to take his VStrom. I needed a little trailer, so I offered to buy the trailer if he would equip his car. He purchased the hitch and completed the wiring.

Here are the details about the trailer....

Harbor Freight offers a 1,090 lb trailer kit on sale for $179. I also purchased two sets of loading ramps to complete the trailer. A pair of rails were on sale for $39.99. I purchased two of them.







Additionally, I purchased a 4' piece of angle iron, cut it in half, mounted an eye-bolt and have a great strap attachment.



Pretty darn good, little set up. We will be able to haul a big bike like a Strom (about 500-550lbs) on the center rail....or a couple of dirt bikes on the outside rails.

Bryce has a nice little setup with his 2008 Rabbit and 2010 HF Trailer.

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Old 09-11-2010, 04:59 PM   #2
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Nice job....

But I'd put a front wheel chock on (Condor maybe?). What's preventing the bike from ending up in the back seat if you need jam the brakes hard - just the straps and being in gear? At a minimum, I'd strap the bottom of the wheels down to the trailer frame.

Also do you need anymore tongue weight? It looks almost too evenly balanced to me.

Once again, nice job at a great price.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:22 PM   #3
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Definitely needs something to keep it from going forward. The one thing most likely to happen is somebody will pull out in front of him and he will have to apply the brakes hard. A couple of heavy duty straps pulling straight back might work.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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my thoughts, in order:
"wow, the v-strom really is the new KLR"
"I wish I had a dad that gave me a car and bike like that."
"yup, needs a wheel chock."
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:20 PM   #5
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yeah wheel chock dude, seriously.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:38 PM   #6
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or straps from bars to rear tie down points...

Where is he going to school down here?
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:42 PM   #7
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Good deal, and another thing to check is the wheel bearings. I've seen some Harbor Freight trailers come with little to no grease at all!

Good Luck!
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:49 PM   #8
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Yeah, I should have mentioned, this isn't the finished product.

A few things left to do.....

1. Support the front of the rails better, as they are flexing a little when we really crank on the straps. I will purchase a 4' piece of square tubing, probably 2" diameter, that will run over the tung and support all three rails at the front.

2. Buy some more angle iron, cut in 12" pieces and bolt to the edges of the rails so that the tires can't slide or bounce off the rails.

3. Not purchasing chocks..... But I will strap the front wheel toward the rear of the trailer and the rear wheel to the front of the trailer. 2,000 lb straps should do the job. (but if I were to haul my BMWK1200LT in a trailer, there would be serious chocks!!!!l......I understand and get it.)

4. Before we bolted the rails down, we put the bike up on the trailer and determined where it should be.....focusing on a tong weight of about 100 lbs. We did a 65 mph test and the trailer tracked and followed just fine.....no crazy weaving, whipping or anything.

5. Bearings fulling packed, air pressure checked and lug nuts tightened three times.

This is my third HF Trailer in 14 years.....I have them figured out.

Yeah, I bought him the car, but he saved his pennies and purchased the Strom. It was a light blue in color, but he repainted to white. Good looking bike.

He is headed to a school just out of Houston, TX.

I appreciate everyone's thoughts. Maybe.....I have not thought of everything. Part of the reason i posted.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:55 PM   #9
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John looks good for a nice on the cheap trailer.

Please make sure he has a spare for the trailer and the tools to change it.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:46 AM   #10
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You can avoid the wheel chocks or wheel straps if you can figure out how to move the tie down strap mounting points further forward and further back to get some angle on them.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:17 AM   #11
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John looks good for a nice on the cheap trailer.

Please make sure he has a spare for the trailer and the tools to change it.
Good point. You don't see so many cars broken down on the highway anymore, but I still see lots of trailers with flat tires.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:29 AM   #12
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I have the same ramps and the only problem I have had is they are slippery when wet. Trying to load in the rain or after playing in the mud can be fun, had the 650 walk off the the side on a rainy day.

I keep meaning to buy a couple of the non-skid 3M self adhesive pads for stairs and cutting strips to put on the ramp.
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Old 09-12-2010, 01:24 PM   #13
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That trailer tongue looks awfully short, might be prone to side to side weaving.

Find some square tubing and extend it two feet to avoid a lot of WTF moments when looking in the rear view mirror
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:03 PM   #14
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I think you really need to flip those ramps upside down so the wheels sit inside the channel. Right now if there is any flex or bouncing the tires could easily bounce/slide off the ramp. All our old m/c rail trailers were done this way for a reason.

And if you don't want to buy the harbor freight wheel chock (also pretty darn good for $30 on sale), rig up something to keep the front wheel in place, even if it's just a couple of pieces of steel angle.

Well done.
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:58 AM   #15
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John,
Nice job on the trailer. I'm getting ready to put a hitch on my 2009 VW. Curious where your son got the wiring kit for his install.

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