Dual Sport Trailer assembly thread

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

  1. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Used to have a v-strom, and was considering a single wheel trailer for it too, so I spent time looking the strom over for ideas. Here's one to consider: bypass the swing arm, and hook to the peg area (don't remember if it was the rider or passenger pegs that looked like the perfect spot, but you can tell by looking.

    You'll need to build a long Y to straddle the rear wheel and swing arm, and modify the trailer hitch a little, but none of that will be very difficult for you. I think it should pull great hooked up by the pegs, and on the V-strom, it looks like it was made just for it.
  2. dentvet

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    I made a hitch like boatpuller suggests, tied into both sets of pegs and the muffler mounts, too. As a bonus, I lowered the peg position as well in the process.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=895385

    Maybe you could tap both ends of the axle hole and use a bolt from each side rather than a thru-bolt on your vstrom. It might preserve some wall thickness compared to drilling the hole bigger.
  3. jules083

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    I've seen them, that hitch won't quite work for me since I have so many bike to make it fit. If it was a one-shot deal I'd try it.

    Interesting, I'll have to look around when I get outside. That might work. Not sure how I can adapt it to my trailer, I'll have to look around and see. My hitch already has to go through the axle of other bikes, so anything I build will have to adapt from there.

    Failing to make the one wheel work for me I'll steal your hitch idea. Work good as-designed? I already have a 2 wheeled Harbor freight trailer I bought last winter. It works good, but only on the FJR. I wanted a lighter one-wheel version for the Ninja, and it just happens to be about the right size to work with the KLX and Harley also.

    I have too much crap and too many bikes sometimes. :lol3



    Here's what I have so far. It's just tack welded, there's a lot more to do.

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  4. dentvet

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    My two wheeled setup works fine on the road. I just looked at my vstrom and saw that it would be easy to make a mounting plate setup similar to that shown by r80t on his tw200.

    Just get a 5/16 steel plate and make an extended chain adjustment block to tie your trailer into. Your attachment point would be just in back of the axle instead of thru the axle.

    Or you could beef up the attachment point for the swingarm spool just in front of the axle. It looks like its threaded for a 10mm bolt there...
  5. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Just to clarify my point about attaching a trailer to a V-Storm at the foot pegs: I was thinking you could extend the tongue with a big Y and attach with a hinge at the rear foot pegs, so that is the trailer tongue pivots up and down in relation to the motorcycle. It actually transfers the weight of the tongue to the middle of the motorcycle between the axles, like a goose neck or fifth wheel trailer does to a truck, and would carry the load in a more neutral manner. You would need to put a left/right hinge pin in the tongue behind the motorcycle so you could turn. Now, how all that works with your current tongue that also fits other motorcycles - I can't suggest without seeing those. But if you provide pics, I try to suggest something.
  6. jules083

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    Thanks


    I'll have pictures tomorrow hopefully, but there's surely the right answer somewhere. I doubt the swingarm spools will work, they seemed pretty light duty last time I looked.

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  7. PapaYolk

    PapaYolk happy camper

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    On the forth of July I met a most remarkable man from Australia who has worked six years at enabling his wife, paralyzed from the chest down in a motorcycle accident, to ride again. She rode up with her feet strapped to a KTM with two front wheels that track with the rear wheel. Just like riding a bike. He developed a switch-activated means of locking the cantilevering front end to turn the hybrid into a trike when stopped so that one can take their hands off the bars.

    Here is their trip thread:.

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    I met this remarkable couple because I'm listed here on tent space. If you're a bit of a recluse, like me, it's a cool way to meet new fellow riders in the comfortable surroundings of your own home.

    Her wheelchair was carried atop a Moto-mule pulled by a Vstrom. Well built , good looking rig.


    Took three years, but I got the patent on Spud and she'll be on the market soon. Yes, it has a top.

    My son brought home a KLR, so I've drawn up plans for the his ADV sleeper. First, on wall with boot black.


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    Spud Lite: a knee high platform for stacks of beer and firewood, a four and a half foot (tongue to tale) cargo lockup and, using my proprietary design, a six and a half foot bunk and shelter.

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    I don't have a shop or garage, so like Spud, this proto will be built in the drive way.


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  8. oldNbold

    oldNbold Been here awhile

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    I really like this thread. Lots of great innovation to fire my own imagination.
  9. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    PapaYolk I've been following your Idaho bedroll rig for quite a while. Glad to see you have gotten the patens and near production. :clap
  10. Haul Ass

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    Now I have been lookinand cannot find a hitch for the Explorer or a single wheel that I like. Made a hitch[​IMG][​IMG].
  11. Haul Ass

    Haul Ass Adventurer

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    Now I have been lookinand cannot find a hitch for the Explorer or a single wheel that I like. Made a hitch
  12. Curtis in Texas

    Curtis in Texas Been here awhile

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    Where are you in Texas????

    See my sig, If you're close I may be able to help you with it.

    I'm about to make one for my Tenere before Spring, very similar to the one I built for my KLR! Only with a bigger wheel.
  13. Haul Ass

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    North Fort Worth, not too far. My plan is good, hitch is done and time is the issue. Hope to finish it before summer.
  14. Haul Ass

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    The frame is done now[​IMG]
  15. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Been thinking about building a trailer for a long time - even started collecting some parts (got a scooter front end for wheel and a rear shock).

    Got a lot of inspiration from this thread - but none seem to jump out and speak to me as much as this trailer did:

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    Photo came from this thread: (very moving story)
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=470415
    There were a bunch more photos showing lots of detail - just wish I could have captured some of them before they got deleted.
  16. Haul Ass

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    And the body is starting to come together[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  17. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    I want to see more photos on the build - like the suspension, coupler connection - etc. What wheel are you using? Is that a bicycle wheel?
    I like your approach to using a box design as opposed to making a flatbed I may alter my approach once i see more on yours. Thanks for sharing.
  18. Dblarrow

    Dblarrow Been here awhile

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  19. Haul Ass

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    Rear suspension is off n mini trail bike, wheelrim off a kawasaki 250 sportbike front, 16 inches, tire is an Avon scooter tire. The shock has adjustable compression and rebound and a 250 lb /inch spring.
    Backbone frame is thickwall dom tube, 2inches and the rest is thinwall 1 1/4 inch square tube. The towbar and attachment plate is UniGo.
    No idea of the weight but this is built for a purpose and not for light weight. It pulls easy and is not noticeable in cornering or regular riding. The suspension actually works and it does not bounce.
    i am quite satisfied so far. I received the other 2 cases in the mail on friday and the mounts in on order. I wil show more as I go.
  20. Haul Ass

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    Because no one makes a hitch i had to build one too. I used 1/4 inch plate, 3/4 inch rod for the bends and 3/4 inch tubing for the straight pieces.

    I cannot find a way to attach pictures today, will try later