Anybody recommend that I buy a trailer from Harbor Freight for my GS?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by das Motorradreiter, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. maxjett

    maxjett Ride Grasshopper Ride

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    If you get in a accident it will probably collapse fold and bend with your bike on it, otherwise they're fine! I just suggest heavy plywood on the deck and forget about that hinge even better spend the money and just buy a real trailer at Lowes or AgriSupply and hook up and go!

    & update they are fine for KLR's not ragging on KLR's but they aren't that fragile like a BMW.

    &towing across town occasionally doesn't really matter but going down an Interstate for miles, high speeds, traffic and idiots and towing a big pile of money noddya.
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  2. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    How do you know it's a POS without ever owning one?

    I have one. Several years old and use it to haul scrap. I've hauled away (1600'ish lbs) well over it's rated weight capacity dozens and dozens of times. They're good trailers. That guy above is just taking out of his internet fueled ass.
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  3. RunninRanger

    RunninRanger Rainy day Rider

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    I think they are good little trailers. I bought one in 2005. Replaced the axle with a one-ton Dalton axle , exchanged the leaf springs and mounts for 52" Wrangler leaf packs , added air-shocks, a rock-n-roll hitch from Adventure Trailers, mounted the back half of a 68' CJ-7 tub on the frame. Had a topper built for the tub out of 14g steel. Then mounted an Overland roof top tent on it.
    I've been across Kansas pulling it behind 3 different Jeeps through the four-corners area of Az, Colorado's Imogene pass, Utah's Moab, wheeling in Farmington to El Paso to Yuma across the El Camino Del Diablo 6 times from Ajo. (33x12.50x15 bfg all-terrain tires)......yes, they make fairly good trailers.
    It sits presently in Austin, Texas where my step-sons take it out to the hill-country still.
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  4. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Maybe it's just me but I would not put a $20000 bike on a $200 trailer.:dunno

    I have an Aluma MC210 tandem trailer and I absolutely love it. If you spend a little more up front, it will pay off later.

    I just returned from a three week vacation at our summer cabin in Vermont. I hauled the GS up and I added an old Wheel Horse tractor on the way back. The tractor was cheap and I'm a sucker for old cool shit.:scratch

    I was able to put 900 twisty mountain miles on the GS in three weeks!

    Anyway, I'm really happy with the pitbull restraint that I have. Once you get used to the bike swaying back and forth a little in the rearview mirror as opposed to being cinched down tight, it's all good.

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  5. KKORO

    KKORO Been here awhile

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    I had one for about 6 years. It did yeoman's duty. You have to check the bearing as they're cheapos. I had to replace when I first got the trailer and the other a year later. None since - until this year. Just before I took off for Alaska I checked the bearing and one was shot. So, instead of trailering the bike out to Kalispell, MT, I did the whole trip on my trusty 2004 KLR. Check the bearings and the trailer will do well for you.

    By the way, never again will I ride across the plains. 30-40 mph winds dead on my nose and 90 degree temps. From now on when heading west from Michigan "No trailer - No go!"

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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Meh, neither the price of the bike, or the trailer, make any difference to me. Safe is safe. If the trailer can handle the weight safely, what difference does it make how much it cost? I am far more concerned with safety than a damaged bike.

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    Cheap Chinese trailer, modified by adding a V to the front to fit a bike.

    But that is just me, I have repurposed Camhead GSA pegs on my GSw, a bunch of grinding and they fit fine! :-)
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  7. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Crash tester & discount dummy

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    I had the folding trailer. Never again, too flimsy. Then I bought the HD version with larger tires and welded all the joints. Then I made a rail out of angle iron which I also welded to the frame. Trouble free for over a decade other than the rotting cheap Chinese valve stems that were later the source of a massive recall.
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  8. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Point taken.

    I read your thread when you modified your HF trailer with your HF welder. Nice job.

    I just know that I trailered my GS over 3000 miles in the past month on my Aluma and it is rock solid.
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  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    No doubt yours is a fine trailer! :deal
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  10. RunninRanger

    RunninRanger Rainy day Rider

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  11. GSMotorrad

    GSMotorrad XT1200z Ténéré Yamaha 2016

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    This little (too expensive) trailer allowed me to go buy a bike from a dealer 2.5 hours away by myself, without paying for a taxi to get there or whatever. I've used it a lot more than I thought I would, since I don't need to ask anyone for help. Its "kickstand plate" makes it really convenient to roll the bike on up it (super low loading height) and put the kickstand down as I'm strapping it in.

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    I also have an enclosed 6x12 cargo trailer, but it's so much easier to mess with straps out in the open like this, rather than trying to walk around inside all up against the walls.

    I do have an empty truck-bed, but this trailer (swift) has a much smaller ramp, that is much easier to deal with:

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    It all comes apart, to stow in my empty truckbed, so I don't have to have tow it empty and bouncing on the way to pick up a bike. They say it will stow in a car's trunk, but it's much heavier than advertized (just from my guess) and bulkier too. I did opt for all the options of larger tires and fenders, so that's probably part of it. It's also galvanized, with TorFlex suspension axles, that really allow the bike to ride incredibly smoothly down the road.

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    It has an adjustable tongue weight, by moving the "wheel-chock" fore and aft. It's called the http://www.portachopper.com/

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    It stores in less space than this, but I just threw all the pieces (including the spare tire) in this little 5x10 storage space with the cruiser for short-term storage. It was nice to store both without spending more on a larger storage space though:

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  12. GSMotorrad

    GSMotorrad XT1200z Ténéré Yamaha 2016

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  13. kenstone

    kenstone worn out

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    Without those bolts, the thin hinge plates take all the stress/weight on a folder.
    Some have posted about those hinge plates shearing when the bolts were lift out while trailering a load.:hmmmmm:fpalm
    HF Trailer mega-thread:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/harbor-freight-trailer.123255/
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