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Old 08-12-2012, 02:33 PM   #331
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I am all but finished with the wiring. A few more pics of the mil-spec Moto Mule:

Wiring harness with 12 volt plug for charging electronics, and dome light:



The battery box. I made this of two electrical junction boxes. It was the perfect size for the 12v 4.5 AH power supply battery I had on hand, with room for fuses and a junction block. An SAE pigtail leads off it for emergency jump-starts or whatever:

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Old 08-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #332
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Mil-Spec Mule again.

Another thing I am considering is adding a Rotopax mount on the inside of the case. Before you jump all over me, this would be for water containers, not fuel. I'm not as dumb as I look, although I've never had the slightest leak from my three Rotopax containers.

I live in an area where fresh water is in ready supply, but I plan on going to much drier climates at some point. A gallon or two of water would be extremely valuable. I've been reluctant to carry my old First Need water filter on the bike because of bulk and weight. Now that wouldn't be so much of an issue.

So, imagine that these are in WHITE.

1 gallon Rotopax:



1.75 gallon Rotopax:



To note: the mil-spec container is a good 3/16" thick. It's far sturdier than the Actionpacker, and would support the load just fine, even over rough terrain.
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:47 PM   #333
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Can someone post pictures or more info about the XR650l attachment to the rear axle? I see it says drilling is required, which is definitely no biggie for me, but am curious as to what it looks like and how it is done. I can see a lot of uses for the moto mule.
I travel to so archery competitions and this would be awesome to carry my gear, with my bow on top in a hard case. Awesome!!!!
Not to dissuade you from the Mule -- it's a phenomenal unit. But as for archery, this works just fine. I know of several people who commute to shoots this way, on a variety of things from a KLR to a Goldwing. And yes, that's a target bow in there.



A full-sized bow case would easily strap onto the Actionpacker on the standard Moto-mule set-up, if you let it hang over on the ends. You could use the Actionpacker for all your other gear. These make things much easier: http://www.strapworks.com/Footman_Loop_p/ssfl.htm.

If you use silicone "rescue tape" http://www.amazon.com/RESCUE-Self-Fu...ne+rescue+tape under your connections, things are very watertight.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #334
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how would you hook a trailer to this
Zip ties. Obviously.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:27 PM   #335
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why didnt i think of that thank you i have zip ties now all i need is the trailer
But seriously, folks. All you need is a bolt that runs through somewhere are around the axle. It's fairly simple to fabricate tabs off of that. Although the rig was designed to tow from the axle, there's also a good possibility of hitching it to the upper parts of the sub-frame, or the rack mounting structure. I'm going to discuss a mounting structure for my Honda PC800 with fab-man Jackpiner57 when I see him next. The tow weight and "tongue weight" on the Moto-mule are very light. Although the zip-tie thing was in jest, I'm sure that you could make it work. How does the sub-frame from your fender look? Also look at your racks. The mule has a very simple mounting system, well within the skills of an ordinary welder to fabricate. MrBracket has quite sensibly eliminated the trailer ball and all that weight. The trailer has a steering head with bearings that takes care of the side-to side movement. All the hitch point needs to do is provide towing strength and let the bushings move up and down. It's a brilliant system, and very adaptable.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:11 PM   #336
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Hey guys,

The moto-mule is so awesome, that I can't believe that I'm doing it. But I'm putting my moto-mule up for sale. I've made a for sale ad in the parts section, but I don't think that it's getting the exposure it needs over there. I've sent Mike an email about posting it here, but didn't get a response in the past 6 days. I don't mean to step on anyone's toes of course.

My lovely girlfriend Kristi and I applied for our working holiday visas last week and were both granted our visas within few days. Next step is to buy our plane tickets to Australia, meanwhile selling off all my motorcycles.

So, here's the link to my own moto-mule trailer that is up for sale: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815192

I'll be sad when I get home and don't have one of these to pull behind my DR650, but my damn DR650 is up for sale soon as well, so I'll have even more to cry about. But Australia is calling our names, and I can't leave all my stuff to rot in the garage for a year...

Thanks for looking.

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:14 PM   #337
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The moto-mule is so awesome, that I can't believe that I'm doing it. But I'm putting my moto-mule up for sale. I've made a for sale ad in the parts section, but I don't think that it's getting the exposure it needs over there. I've sent Mike an email about posting it here, but didn't get a response in the past 6 days. I don't mean to step on anyone's toes of course.

My lovely girlfriend Kristi and I applied for our working holiday visas last week and were both granted our visas within few days. Next step is to buy our plane tickets to Australia, meanwhile selling off all my motorcycles.

So, here's the link to my own moto-mule trailer that is up for sale: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815192

I'll be sad when I get home and don't have one of these to pull behind my DR650, but my damn DR650 is up for sale soon as well, so I'll have even more to cry about. But Australia is calling our names, and I can't leave all my stuff to rot in the garage for a year...

Thanks for looking.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:03 PM   #338
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The moto-mule is so awesome, that I can't believe that I'm doing it. But I'm putting my moto-mule up for sale. I've made a for sale ad in the parts section, but I don't think that it's getting the exposure it needs over there. I've sent Mike an email about posting it here, but didn't get a response in the past 6 days. I don't mean to step on anyone's toes of course.

My lovely girlfriend Kristi and I applied for our working holiday visas last week and were both granted our visas within few days. Next step is to buy our plane tickets to Australia, meanwhile selling off all my motorcycles.

So, here's the link to my own moto-mule trailer that is up for sale: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815192

I'll be sad when I get home and don't have one of these to pull behind my DR650, but my damn DR650 is up for sale soon as well, so I'll have even more to cry about. But Australia is calling our names, and I can't leave all my stuff to rot in the garage for a year...

Thanks for looking.

--Alex
Hey Alex,

I got your email and wrote you one back. Has your email address changed?? You wrote me through here and I wrote you back through the email function here on ADV, check to make sure your email on here is correct.

Anyways, I encouraged you to put a link on this thread. It should sell quickly as I am behind in building new ones! Alex's trailer is ready to roll right now, no waiting!! Snatch it up now!

Alex, I wish you well in your travels! I have a feeling you'll be getting yourself another adventure setup when you get back home... it's in your blood
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #339
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how would you hook a trailer to this
On second glance, I realized that yours is the new style BMW rear end. The axle's hollow, unlike my old BMW rear ends. If you were to chase up someone with a lathe, you could turn some T-bushings to fit within the inside diameter of the axle. The skewer and the outer bushings from the Mule would keep everything in place. It's a pretty simple job to fit it up, and would be in keeping with the way the trailer is mounted on many other bikes.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #340
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Any word on hooking one up to a 2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré???

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:25 PM   #341
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thanks have a lathe at work whats a t-bushing got a pic. thanks

T-bushing= a bushing with a flange head on it to keep it from sliding into the hole. The flange can also be used to keep something from rubbing against outside face of the hole the bushing is put into. So in the above hollow axle the flange would keep trailer hitch from rubbing on the bikes swingarm nut face and the bushing part would take up the space in that big old hole you got there. I think, rj
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On second glance, I realized that yours is the new style BMW rear end. The axle's hollow, unlike my old BMW rear ends. If you were to chase up someone with a lathe, you could turn some T-bushings to fit within the inside diameter of the axle. The skewer and the outer bushings from the Mule would keep everything in place. It's a pretty simple job to fit it up, and would be in keeping with the way the trailer is mounted on many other bikes.
Personally I would not recommend this.
I opted to have Mike fab up a bracket... because now "I have a friend in the bracket business".
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:49 AM   #343
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Personally I would not recommend this.
I opted to have Mike fab up a bracket... because now "I have a friend in the bracket business".
Any particular reason why you would not recommend it?
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T-bushing. Use at your own risk. I am not a BMW engineer, nor have I played one on television.

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Any particular reason why you would not recommend it?
There is only support on one side of the swing arm... The shaft drive doesn't have much oil... subjecting it to additional stress isn't something I would choose to do... YMMV, it would be interesting to see the results but I am not willing to take the risk. I love my GS but I keep a close eye on the final drive and change the fluid often. I don't want any additional stress on it.

The bracket that Mike made me is supported by the brackets for my Jesse cans. It is stout and rigid to the frame.
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