moto-mule a cargo trailer to pull behind your dual sport motorcycle

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  1. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Sounds good. PM headed your way.
  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I equipped my MM frame with a mil-spec electronics container in lieu of the standard Actionpacker. Since wretched excess seems to be just about enough in the adventure field, I've been wiring it for lights and a few creature comforts.

    I found a bunch of reasonably priced LED lights at Mall-wart. I like the idea of using them, because should they fail, spares are readily available.

    I installed turn signals, tail light, brake lights, and a license plate light. I am going to register the trailer. It's cheap enough here in VT, and it could save being hassled elsewhere.

    Rear view:

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    I thought the wiring came out rather well. Using 14 ga for a couple of LEDs is likely overkill, but I had it on hand and it's not going to fail.

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    Tomorrow, I'm going to fabricate a battery box and install a power plug for charging electronics. The spare battery will be a small 4.5 amp hour 12 volt power supply battery. It doesn't weigh much, and could come in handy.
  3. Manneman

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  6. Manneman

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    Can you take a close up photo on that solution?
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    looks like custom bracket bolted between tour boxes.
  8. TrainedChimp

    TrainedChimp Consistently wrong

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    Ditto. Please take a close up of how you hitched that up.
  9. Manneman

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    Looks like a durable solution for my bike!

    My panniercarrier could probably survive a nuke...

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  10. Rider11x

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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!!!!:freaky
  11. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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:

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    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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  12. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    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:

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    1.75 gallon Rotopax:

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    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.
  13. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    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.

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    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-Fusing-Silicone-Tape-BLACK/dp/B000ZTK6CI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344815144&sr=8-1&keywords=silicone+rescue+tape under your connections, things are very watertight.
  14. Canuman

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    Zip ties. Obviously.
  15. Canuman

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    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.
  16. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Been here awhile

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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
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  18. MrBracket

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    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 :evil
  19. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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.
  20. Dallara

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    Any word on hooking one up to a 2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré??? :dunno

    Thanks!

    Dallara


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