Kendon Dual Trailer Review

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by mdsn969, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    i pull my kendon w/ 2 bikes with a chevy silverado 5.3 motor. i don't even feel i was towing it. mpg about the same.

    california highway allows 55 mph for towing trailer. sometimes i do 65, sorry i can't help you as far as its behaviour at 80.

    i never worry about the paint chipping off since my kendon is deteriorating from inside due to poor weld quality and bad metal prep prior to painting.....:cry

    btw, my kendon is not made in china.
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  2. KendonGuy

    KendonGuy n00b

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    h8chains, PM me with your contact info and we'll see what we can do to get you fixed up.
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  3. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I tow with a Chevy 5.3 too. I don't really feel the trailer back there. I am sure I have had it up to 80 and did not detect any change or stability issues. I put mud guards on my truck rear wheels not so much to protect the trailer but to protect the bike on the outside rails but it helps with the trailer too.

    Most of the time I run about 65 with a loss of about 2 mpg. Of course it depends on your speed, the wind and of course if you have one or two bikes on the trailor. After meeting up with my wife one time, I towed my VFR on the optional center rail and experienced just about the same mileage as normal without a tow.

    The center rail is not needed but I put it on and feel more comfortable, get better mpg and there is less crap/flotsam on the bike. At first I went with a Baxley center rail but decided to just use the optional OEM rail.

    You can see the mud on the trailer after this crazy dirt road trip (Goldwing on the left side rail and MTB on the right). I slapped on some truck mudflaps when I got back and that took care of 95% of the problem.
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    BTW I do not recommend this trailer for off/dirt road work. The last time I did it I took two KLRs out to the sand and setup a base camp in a remote area. Just not enough ground clearance with the Kendon to make a habit of doing this.

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  4. StreetGlide07

    StreetGlide07 n00b

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    I agree i would want to add the center rail just to be on the safe side if just one bike. Im looking to haul two Harley Full Dressers about a 2600 mile round trip. We have rode out to Sturgis enough from Ohio getting to old need to stay out of that hot sun all day long. I should be good with the weight on the trailer just hope it wont Bogg down the Chevy Colorado Z71 down to much.
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  5. mike1952

    mike1952 Long timer

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    I have a 3 rail shoreliner that can hold 1500 lbs and it cost $999. Bad part it does not fold up but I can store it in my driveway. Bigger bikes are harder to load due to the narrow rail ramp. I want o build a custom trailer from a standard flatbed eventually so I can ride the bike up or powerwalk it up.
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  6. Mr. G

    Mr. G Normal Dude

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    When I towed my Kendon behind a 1/2 ton Yukon/Suburban I lost 2 MPG. Behind my Dodge Ram gas mileage is about the same (still terrible).

    I keep my Kendon outside and have not noticed and significant deterioration of the paint or frame. Mine is a 2004 dual rail model with the front storage box.

    I long ago gave up on the Kendon ramp. I use a 43" by 7' ATV ramp. Makes it extremely easy to load. I probably should dismount the spare and throw it in the truck. Haven't needed it yet.

    Overall I am very satisfied with my Kendon. I bought it used in 2007 for $1500.
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  7. ADV NY

    ADV NY unsportsmanlikeTAGER

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    so I have taken the trailer up to Canada and back to NYC. handles well. I had a bit of bounce at 55mph but above and below it was smooth ( have to check the tires balanced or not). I have the 3 railed new dirt bike kendon got it for 2150. think I did not like is you have request the kick stand (was not aware it was not apart of the trailer) After the trip I added LED lights, cost more then the standard lights but they seem much brighter. I have loaded a r1200gs and a G450x with no issues.
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  8. Barak202

    Barak202 n00b

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    Hi there! I have an 06 single rail kendon.. I usually take my Ducati st3s closer to destination as my wife hates long highway hauls... Recently I got into offroading
    And would love to tow my dr650 and klr250 on the trailer. Has anyone came up with the 1 to 2 conversion?
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  9. mdsn969

    mdsn969 Long timer

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    Update to my original review.

    With less than 1000 miles on the trailer I am replacing both sets of wheel bearings tomorrow with Timken Bearings and seals. The Chinese junk wheel bearings have all failed, what fucking junk!!!
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  10. Goss

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    Interesting on the bearings. Mine started slinging grease the last two hauls. Guess I need to follow your lead on good quality bearings.

    Now my next issue is when I have two bikes loaded the wheels are leaning in at the top. WTF ? They caused my last set of tires to wear on the inside third of the tread. Any way to shim this setup to correct this ? Put new tires on and I normally only haul one bike so the lean in is not very noticeable.
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  11. Socal996

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    I'm in market for a Kendon, all issues aside, my question is: Can the older dual bike trailers (1998, 1999 etc.) haul one bike safely? I know the newer ones can, but am not sure about the older. Would be hauling a 1200GS. Cheers
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  12. chrishsu

    chrishsu Been here awhile

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    Could you please let me know the part numbers for the bearings and seals? Where did you buy them?

    Thanks!
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  13. chrishsu

    chrishsu Been here awhile

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    You are not going to have any issues with them assuming they are well maintained. I had a 1997 Kendon dual stand-up before I sold it to get a 2004. I used to trailer a 1200GS and 1200RT, or 1200GS and my buddy's HD UltraClassic for over 1000 miles on interstates.
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  14. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    I have a line on a 2000 Kendon single rail.
    I think it's weight is 300lbs.
    Gonna want to tow my 250# KTM behind a Prius....
    I've read all about pulling behind Priii, do's and do-nots.

    Anyone else pull on behind a small car (with small bike)...?
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  15. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    No, not behind a Prius but I once pulled two dirt bikes accross North America behind a Fiat 124 Spider. Not with a Kendon trailer but with that experience and having owned a single in mind, I would think a Kendon single would be my first choice. My old single and my current 16 year old Kendon dual, track beautifully loaded and a KTM 250 would hardly be felt.
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  16. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    That's what I'm hopin'.
    If all goes well I'll have it on Saturday.

    I've looked at alot of fixer-uppers, home-mades, crappy lightweights, that are lighter by maybe 50# and all have the 12" and under wheels.
    Considered doing the Harbor Freight kit deal. Money spent, then spend some more to get wheel bearings and everything right.

    At around $1200 the used Kendon just makes sense.
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  17. ERhino

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    I have a line on one for $1500. Not sure if the trigger should be pulled. This thread makes it seem hit or miss. But, I am keen to get something rather than spending the $300 at U-Haul every time I want to go on a trip.
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  18. andy3d

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    Update 7/26/2013

    Update to my original review.

    With less than 1000 miles on the trailer I am replacing both sets of wheel bearings tomorrow with Timken bearings and seals. The Chinese junk wheel bearings have all failed, what fucking junk!!! Unfortunately mine is one of the trailers manufactured in China and it is a total piece of shit!!!

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    This is shame, I was about to buy one. I wonder if the new ones are better -
    for near $3,000 one would think they would be top notch.
    http://www.kendonusa.com/limited-edition-single-ride-up-motorcycle-trailer.html
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  19. outlaws

    outlaws Been here awhile

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    For $3500 can't you get a used E3500 Van instead :eek1
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  20. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Don't have to pay liability insurance on a trailer every year.
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