Dual Sport Trailer assembly thread

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by The Cheat, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. Mr. Fisherman

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    You need a WR250X/R tester too...

    I been thinking about one that would hold the Jesse paniards off my GS and maybe haul my dirt wheels too so I could motard there then set up camp and ride dirt, saving my knobies and making the comute that much more fun...
  2. MrBracket

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    That sounds like a cool idea, I just put a new DOT knobby on my bike, they wear out soooo fast...... You could also carry a front sprocket and size the rear sprockets to keep the same chain and have great gearing for both road and dirt!
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    MrBracket, KLR owner here. Put me down for one. Really, really nice work. :thumb
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  6. Cromoth

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    +1 tester
    Canadians have a nice design www.trailtail.com but pricey.

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    I agree, the trailtail does look very good, I love the pic on their website with the dog under the bubble in the trailer!! Looks like I've found the price to beat!!

    That brings up a good question... To those of you who'd be willing to purchase such a Dual Sport Adventure Trailer, what seems to be a fair market price?
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    Only about 10 pounds, just a backpack full of gear, some raingear, and tools. Ok, maybe a little more than 10 pounds??? Didn't weigh it honestly.. I also need to weigh the trailer, I don't know how much it weighs...
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  11. Cromoth

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    I'm in for $300. It's my 'budget', not a fair market price. Any more & I'd have to ride out there to save on shipping...ok, $500. Man you're a tough negotiator!

  12. Wlfman

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    As far as pricing. It's hard to say. You would want/need to make some profit from them for sure. Being a one man operation its not like you can churn them out. Also, its a limited market. You wouldn't want to price yourself out of business. One reason I don't already have a "Trailtail" is IMHO they are asking WAY too much for it.

    I am definitely interested in yours, especially if you could come up with a way to mount a second set of bike wheels to it as suggested. To allow street tires on the bike while getting to campsite, then swapping to dirt tires.

    I've subscribed to this thread anxiously awaiting for production of a KLR model.:evil
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    I'm think'n the $400-$500 range is doable................remember I own a KLR :lol3
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    Considering what goes into this trailer, along with the small market size and few alternatives; I think the $350 - $400 range would seem fair for your bare bones prototype version. Though I will say even that price range puts me out of the market anyway.

    I agree with other posters that the 'trail tail' is priced way to high to support any significant volume (for a low volume item, that is). I think you'd see way more of these things out there if they were more affordable. It's a great idea, but the cost/benefit has got to be there for the consumer.
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    Urk! A grand for the Trailtail? To pull with my $1700 bike? Not ever gonna happen.

    I think you'd sell a bunch around $500.

    I'd imagine you could also cut some frills- powdercoating for instance. Maybe sell it as a "kit", where you scrounge up your own wheel and shock?

    Website looks great!
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    I agree with subyaja, you could sell it as a bolt together kit so folks could choose their own color frame, top box, shock and rear wheel (although I do like the wheel you are using) and keep the price down. Hey, I'd be willing to buy a blueprint diagram with dimensions and parts list so I could build my own. Think on that, hummmmmmmmmmmmmm
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    Getting the prototype back tomorrow. I loaned it out for a week to one of the guys over at ProCycle. He will be my first customer!

    Here is a quote from him (copied from his email to me): "Yeah, I need one. Notice don’t WANT, but after having it for a bit, NEED is a better word. Tell people that. Use this thing for a week and you won’t want one, you will NEED one! "

    He used it more as a daily commuter trailer behind his DR650 than as an adventure trailer, but still a great review!

    So.....
    I'm Gonna do a little test production run. I ordered up five wheels and shocks. Ordering Cro-Moly tubing tomorrow along with all the necessary bearings and nuts and bolts to build five trailers. I'm hoping this will give me a better idea how much they will actually cost to produce.

    I'm not going to put any pricing or anything up on my website yet, this will just be a test run. I will offer these first five production trailers for $500. This is just for the basic trailer, no container, flatbed deck, or special hitches. That means it will fit a DRZ400, DR650, KTM, or Husaberg as built (maybe others, but I need more data). I will be making a hitch for the KLR, but that will cost extra and I don't know how much extra yet.

    I don't want to offer it as a kit at this time, perhaps in the future. Many times kits sit around and don't get put together or get put together with sub par components and don't accurately represent the product. I'd like these first five trailers to get out there, get used, and gain exposure.

    The action packer tubs work great and are avaliable at most home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes. You do need to put a pin in the handles to keep the lid on when you bomb down gravel roads or dirt trails. I've had to stop and retrieve the lid a couple times, at first I stuck a little twig in each handle when I noticed the issue out in the woods. A simple "R" shaped hair pin used on hitch pins works great to keep the handles latched.

    If you are interested in owning one of the first five moto-mule trailers send me an email with your contact and bike info to mtsfabman@yahoo.com We will figure out the payment arrangement. The first five should be done before Thanksgiving.

    Thanks for all your input!
    Mike
  18. ben2go

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    Awesome little trailer.I never like the one wheeler until I saw sport bikes killing curves with them.I'm planning a cross country tour of the US.I may have to look into these more when the time draws near.I'll have to fab up a hitch for my bike.
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  20. 1Bonehead

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    I want to see the loaner with the lights mounted. I will take a first production run model. Can I choose the frame color?:D Like KTM orange with a black wheel? Or I can use the black and red on another bike I got:evil