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

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by MrBracket, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Apple Jam

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    Hmmm.
    I had always assumed this was gunna be for long rides and "in addition to", rather than "instead of"

    This ^^^^ thought process bring this trailer into small overnight excursions......
  2. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    MTBR12, yes the intent of the trailer is for long distance dual sport rides. It can handle freeway speeds, tight single track trails, and just about everything in between! Depending on the bike you tow it with, you can use it in addition to, or instead of other cargo carrying equipment. I ride a smaller dual sport bike, so for me, it was one or the other. I choose the trailer over racks and bags. Someone with a larger bike can use both if they would like, as their bike can handle the extra load.

    Each method of carrying cargo has it's advantages and disadvantages. In most cases I prefer the trailer to haul my gear. However, for shorter trips when I want to ride hard over rough terrain, I prefer a Giant Loop bag. Obviously I can ride much more aggresive without the trailer. But for most dual sport rides, I'm not riding many knarly trails. I can still tackle some very technical terrain with the trailer, just not as fast as I would without it.

    Where I think the trailer really shines, is when you ride to a camp spot, set up camp, ditch the trailer and go explore. In a matter of seconds, you can explore on a bike without bags, racks, or gear. Just un-hitch the trailer and you are free! No removing a bunch of straps that you've spent hours adjusting to fit just right. No risk of dropping your bike on it's side and bending or breaking the side rack that needs to support your cases for the ride home...

    Obviously I am biased, I build the trailers. I built the first one because I didn't want to "permenantly" add the weight of a larger gas tank and racks to my bike. I wanted to be able to quickly get back to the light weight nimble dirtbike that I love. Others see the trailer as a way to carry even more gear than they could on just their racks and bags. Like any other tool, it will be used to best suit the needs of it's owner. We all have several tools that can do the same job, which we choose to do the job depends on ______________ (more things than I could ever list....)
  3. asrvivor

    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    We'd love to have you come along Mike. We are doing our first trip down near you. Join in, there will be a few of your trailers there for sure.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746036
  4. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Sorry if this has been covered but what kind of clearance is there for jack knifeing? What I'm wondering is when I'm on say a quad trail with my SE and one of these in tow would it be possible to do a multi point turn and get my bike facing 180° and ride away or would I have to disconnect to turn it around? I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on one of these. How do you ship to Canada? One last question how necessary is the fender in the wet country, I don't care about the tub getting muddy but will I get a bath every time?
  5. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Multipoint turns can get tricky, it takes practice. Just like when pulling a trailer with a truck, the backing up part is what takes practice. I've turned around in some pretty tight places but I honestly have no definate dimensions or angles of tightest possible turn, it will really depend on the rider. The terrain is always different and often I've been able to back the trailer off of the trail a little and turn around in one motion.

    I have not yet shipped to Canada. I have one customer in Canada but he had me ship his trailer to some relatives in the US and he picked it up there. I would need your input on the best shipping service. When you order from the US, how do large items usually arrive? The box is 36x20x15 inches and weighs 45 pounds. I believe you may also be subject to import duties or additional charges by the carrier.

    I highly recommend the fender kit. It's most important duty is to keep crud out of the shock and extend the life of the seals in it. The fender kit does keep some grime off of the contents of the trailer as well. In most situations, the spray from the trailer tire would not reach all the way forward to hit the rider.

    Thanks for your interest, I hope to be sending you one soon, Mike
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    triplenickel Long timer

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    Thanks for the reply Mike, if I did have to disconnect how long would it take to disconnect and reconnect after a bit of practice? I usually only ship with USPS as they don't blast us with brokerage fees, will they accept one of your trailers for domestic shipping? If so I'd assume we could use the same. Hmmm duties could get tricky but the border brokers will figure it out, MC parts and anything US made should be duty free but I'm not sure how this would get classified. Can you sell me one with the DOT tire right off the bat without the extra cost? You'll probably be hearing from me in the new year.

    Thanks, John
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    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    I can take mine off the DR in about 30 seconds and reconnect in about the same. It's way easier than you think it would be. Haven't had a huge load in it when doing this yet, but can't imagine more than maybe a minute for off and another for on.
  8. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    Just subscribing to keep track of this great idea. Love the simplicity of it and hope you have fittings for a BMW R1150GS. This would be great for packing a good sized tent like the Redverz and a comfy air mattress. :clap
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    As stated, backing up is a bit tricky. I've found the best way to do a 180* on the trails is to try to do it with as little backing up as possible. If you can do the 180* by turning a sharp right or left without any backing, you'll have no problem. the trailer can past perpendicular to the bike if it has to. If you do have to back up, it'll just tae practice. You'd never have to disconnect it though, maybe just get off the bike and swing it around.

    Remember, it pivots behind the rear wheel. :deal
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    Thanks fellas.
  11. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Thanks John and Evan! Great to have customers helping me out answering questions on here! Looks like my work is done here today and I better get out in the shop and build trailers!! :super
  12. Apple Jam

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    It's here, It's here :clap

    Now, to go unpack it and play with it :norton
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    asrvivor Rabies Cure ????

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    You are gonna love it. What a great new year treat. Tell Shelly hi and happy new year. Also tell her sorry she has to work all day!:cry
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    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    hmmmm.. new toy, woman off to work..... take pictures Apple Jam, I wanna see that trailer in action :D
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    Hooked it up in the Garage, looks super sweet so far.
    Then, I felt guilty for playing with MY toys,
    and installed the LED blinkers, low amp flasher relay, and indicator diode set-up on wifey's DR200SE
    Tomorrow's the day for trial and pics. Wifey has to work all day.
  16. MrBracket

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    So what did you think Apple Jam? Get any pics?
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    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Hello fellow Adventure Riders!! Just a heads up, I'll have three trailers done and ready to ship next week if any of you want to get yours before the Spring Rush.... Thanks again for all your support, this is shaping up to be a great adventure it's self!!!

    Get Out There, Stay Out There
    Mike
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    Guess not to many recent miles on that bike
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    Good luck.Hope you get moved before the floods.Stay safe.