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

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

  1. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Depending on what year 650 you tested that on, it could be that on 07+ it changed with addition of ABS being an option. The swingarm is 10mm longer on 07+ DL650's over 04-06 models. Also, not sure if this changes anything but in 09, they changed from using a pin in the axle to just a locking nut on the axle. All of those may have small variations on how it fits.

    The 1000 has been the same since 04 and the 02/03 might be the same on the axle too, not sure?
  2. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Not sure if any of you are following Big Al's Ride Report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764

    Alex stopped by on his way home from Mobile Alabama to say Hi. He stayed with my family for a couple nights and then rode home to the Seattle area today. While he was here, we made some side panels for his trailer to advertise his blog and my trailers. He has put about 3000 miles on his trailer already!! Ask him what he thinks of his moto-mule trailer :D

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  3. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Still trying to get the shop moved..... but, had a guy that really needed a trailer for a trip at the end of this month so I built him one to fit behind his Suzuki DL1000 before I unplugged all the tools to move them. I shipped it out yesterday, but I snapped a couple pics to show you what the hitch looks like.... W I D E !!!!

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    He also ordered it with a DOT tire, so I snapped some pics to show what the DOT tire looks like in the frame and how it compares to the stock tire.

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    Stock tire on the Left, DOT tire on the Right.

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    The DOT tire is a Shinko brand, it looks like a Shinko 244 but I couldn't find "244" anywhere on the tire.
  4. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Very cool, thanks for sharing. If that tire has "Golden Boy" or something like that, it basically is a Shinko 244. Not sure on why the naming differences, but are identical tires.

    I hope that customer posts up some pics or sends you some with it behind the DL1000. I'm curious to see that.
  5. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    He promised to send me pics... I built the hitch off of dimensions he sent me, scary but he was in a rush... I got a little scared when it didn't fit the WeeStrom I checked it on, but he double checked the dimensions so I shipped it off.
  6. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    I added a customer picture page to my website complete with links to your webpage if I have them. I figured I would help promote your business since you have helped mine! Thank you!

    http://www.moto-mule.com/trailers-customerpics.html

    I added the pics I had, feel free to send more. Any other customers out there that would like to be added please send me pics and links to your web page or blog. Thanks again.

    Mike
  7. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    The question is how did the non dot tire handle the 3000 miles so far. I have used the Shinko 244 in the past and I bet it would last a very long time on the trailer.
  8. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Alex just has the stock, non-DOT tire, after about 3000 miles it hardly showed any wear. Which is understandable, there is hardly any weight on it and it is not a drive wheel.
  9. Iamdanman

    Iamdanman Regular Dude

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    Looks like the design is a total success! Now it's time to expand your customer base, there has to be a XR650L rider or two besides me that want one :D
  10. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Now that you mention it, how about the 650 Dakar??
  11. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    I can build hitches to fit just about any bike, I just need access to a bike to build the hitch off of. If you guys live close to Springfield Oregon or can find someone on the forum in my area, I can build a hitch to fit it :D

    Thanks,
    Mike
  12. Manneman

    Manneman Polarbear

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    Now I´ve got a nut to crack for you!
    I´ve read all about Alex adventures and am a dedicated follower of his thread here and there´s where I saw the trailer.

    Well now I´ve decided that I want one.

    2 problems:

    -1. My bike the Yamaha XT 660 X SM doesn´t excist in the US at all, never did...

    -2. I live in Sweden in northern Europe...

    -3. You´ll have to include a 24 gallon box with the shipment...

    It shouldn´t be a problem anyway I think if i just provide you with the right measurements, right?:ear
  13. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Manneman,
    Is the axle hollow? Will a 3/8" (10mm) rod pass clear through the axle? If so, I would need to know the overall length of the axle.
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    I really only need the "A" dimension unless the tire is not close to being centered in the axle.

    International shipping is quite expensive as I ship them currently, I would need to figure out how to ship them in a smaller package, perhaps two smaller boxes?? Are you quite handy if you had to assemble a trailer, more so than I currently show in the assembly video?

    Mike
  14. Manneman

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    The axle is hollow but an 8 mm rod should fit better, 10 mm won´t go true and the overall length is 310 mm edge to edge.

    Good idea about the shipping in separate packages btw and picking it together is no problem for me, I´m a carpenter so I´m used to problem solving matters.

    Price including shipping? DOT tyre. No fender, I´m sorry but i think it looks hideous...:yikes
    I just now found out that he Actionpacker from Rubbermaid is available in Sweden so I´ll manage fine!

    If we do this right I take it to Africa on the 25th of May and hence promote it in my part of the world?
  15. MrBracket

    MrBracket Been here awhile

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    Manneman,
    An 8mm skewer is not large enough.. Can you PM some pictures of your swingarm from each side. Also, could the axle be drilled out to 10mm without ruining the integrety of it?
    Mike
  16. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    What about 8mm in Stainless? Stronger than a conventional 10mm...? And then a bushing or sleeve on each end to accommodate the arms of the trailer
    "tongue" where the skewer passes through...
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    From my point of view I´m not trilled about making the hole bigger so I´m open to any other solution.
  18. Moto-Kafe

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    Does the rod HAVE to be metric...........3/8" SAE...????
  19. Apple Jam

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    Sorry, it's been a while.
    I had to send my front wheel off to Woody's,
    I'd messed it up last year, and waited until the snowfall to send it off.

    I just got my first very short ride in yesterday in over three weeks.
    Talk about withdrawals....I'm dyin' !!

    Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day right below Mt Hood, but still kinda cold at 45 degrees.
    Good enough for photo op, and the Moto-Mule's Maiden Voyage :clap

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    These other guys are right, you don't even know this trailer is behind you.
    It is TOTALLY SWEET.
    I can't WAIT to go moto-camping now :freaky

    My hollow axle is significantly larger than the 10mm rod going through it,
    so I just rolled up a small piece of cardboard to act as a bushing, to help keep the rod centered in the axle.
    Seems to work just fine, indeed.

    My business is Audio/Video,
    .....so my first step was to integrate a rather nice Paradigm AMS-150-SM 8" Single Stereo Speaker into the Action Packer.
    With a very small battery/12v powered 20wpc Stereo Tri-Path amplifier, and my iPod or Pandora from my phone,
    and this Moto-Mule will fucking ROCK the campsites now !!!
  20. ert01

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    I am eager to see it behind that DL1000... I have a 1000 as well and I may be in the market for one of these come springtime.