Scooter Cargo Trailers!

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by tburick, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    In answer to Your Question, Hell Yes. I may just buy a ruckus to match the trailer. I want something similiar (With a Longer trailer tongue) So I can haul My Kayak to the Beach, Beautiful setup.
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  2. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  3. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    Trailers are more often than not fairly boring visually and can seriously detract from the imagery of a motorcycle, or sidecar outfit. For me these examples not only look good, but do the job in ways I've not come across, or imagined. Well impressed.:clap

    From the point of view of the possibilities for a sidecar appropriate trailer, i.e. two wheeled rather than a monowheel, there'd be hardly no issues on the hitch system, whilst something more than a mere box could be considered.
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  4. tburick

    tburick BLESSED

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    Sidecarjohn,

    Wow! High praise indeed..."A new art form and functional".

    Thank you for the compliment.

    I really need to get off my lazy arse (in the UK it's arse...not ass, right?...lol)
    and start a scooter cargo trailer company...I've only built three...so I imagine with a little more practice, I could design and build some really beautiful trailers...I've got a million more ideas...

    The CRAZY thing is, I don't have a workshop...and barely any tools. The black Metropolitan trailer was LITERALLY built outside on a PICNIC bench with a few hand tools and a rattle-can paint job. NO joke...lol.

    I imagine that if I had a fully equipped shop, I could really turn out some beauties.

    T
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  5. mr duck

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    I ran across your post while researching options for
    towing a fishing kayak/gear.

    You've done some beautiful work.
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  6. gkam

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    What is the advantage of a single wheel tailer, over a two wheels one?
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  7. Cromoth

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    1 Goes where 2 might not want to:
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    Great work tburick!
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  8. gkam

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  9. k3ith

    k3ith Been here awhile

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    tburick, is the red and white vespa trailer built partly out of a bicycle trailer? The frame looks a lot like one I saw recently. Yours obviously looks like an awesome upgrade.
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  10. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I've been thinking of doing something similar, I started welding at 13, been away from it for a bit, kinda like riding a bike though. I use to make all kinds of small pcs. for my bikes and cars.

    I could swing it from a hobby perspective, make good money at my fulltime gig, plus 3 days off a week. It might even keep me out of trouble with the wife.:rofl

    I usually write down ideas as they come in my nitebook 4 work, gotta write stuff down, gettin old.:lol3
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  11. Curtis in Texas

    Curtis in Texas Been here awhile

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    Trailers are a hoot to pull! I built one for my KLR that has made a big difference in capacity and function of my Camping Trips.

    Yours are great designs. I really like the Vespa Charriot trailer.
    Makes me wish I had my old Lambretta again.
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  12. Eliter85

    Eliter85 Been here awhile

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    Resurrecting an old thread here but I was wondering If I could get some input.

    Looking to build a small trailer. Probably smaller then the one on the Giorno. Just to carry some touring gear. Tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 pads, and a couple stuff sacks, some other odds and ends, and a 1 gallon rotopax. I'm thinking roughly the size of a cooler.

    Hopefully total weight will be 80lbs or so fully loaded. Aluminum structure, single 10" wheel, shock, and probably a plastic/fiberglass body.

    The plan is to pull it with a Scarabeo 200. probably mount it to the rear wheel opposed to the rack to put less strain on the rear suspension.

    I was curious on affected performance. I haven't been able to find much input on how performance is affected with a trailer on a smaller bike. There's a thread in the tw200 forum with a single wheel trailer build but other then that I cant find much on how a scooter could be affected. Would I see a significant drop in power/top speed? How would this compare to 40+lbs in saddle bags and a top box? (My plan is to use only the trailer and under seat compartment for storage)
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  13. leejosepho

    leejosepho Sure, I can do that!

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    You have five factors:
    1) Rolling resistance (friction) if the additional weight squishes a tire;
    2) Wind resistance (friction) and/or turbulence;
    3) Pulling and braking against inertia (an object's resistance to a change in its state of motion);
    4) Pulling and braking against gravity (upgrade or downgrade);
    5) Road-surface resistance (soft surface = friction).

    Putting the load on a third wheel behind you takes care of 1 and most of 2, then everything else mostly affects only acceleration, cruising speed, braking and fuel consumption. Sidecar rigs suffer more from wind resistance, but passengers cannot ride in trailers.
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  14. Jason Ridgeway

    Jason Ridgeway n00b

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    I would pay to have you make me one... Im looking for a military / Prepper looking one with ammo cans and storage kinda like the one you made above let me know if you have any interest in making one.
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  15. Bar None

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