Trips with a dog

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by BigCrank, May 15, 2017.

  1. BigCrank

    BigCrank Adventurer

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    I've been looking at tow behind trailers that are for pets. I have a 1290 Adventure that I would like to be able to ride to destinations where I could have my dog with me. I love the idea of having something like a Ural but having two bikes already, a Ural wouldn't fit in my current garage. I have read some posts about the handling of your bike being affected but I believe ridden responsibly, it wouldn't be too much of an issue.
    Anyone here have experience doing this type of travel?
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  2. Mark Gregory

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    I wanted to do so also. Not fair to the dog. Leaving my Border Collie buddy with a trusted friend. It is bad for their eyes and too confining.

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  3. Durkbeef

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    I was thinking of getting one of those Hardsided doggy duffels that strap to the back of a bike. (Look up the Kuryaken Pet Palace for an example) I have a smallish dog so i think it would work. But I've also fucked up on a motorcycle before. Even if I wasn't the one fucking up, I was feel absolutely awful the bike went down with my buddy strapped to the back of it. Remember we have the ability to get off the rolling piece of metal!
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  4. Balootraveler

    Balootraveler Been here awhile

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    How big is the dog? My border collie aka ranch mutt travels with me in one of two kennels either a an enclosed one or open top. I am sure there are two threads here about dogs on bikes. I never want to hurt my dog so real scetchy spots he hops out til things are better.
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  5. Mark Gregory

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    Got a picture of your dog kennel? I too have a BC that will be 6 mos old when we head out- if I take her.

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  6. migilito

    migilito Been here awhile

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    I've looked into a dog trailer too. There's many designs out there and a bunch of folks who have done, and continue to, tow pooch with no issues.
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  7. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    Funny you should mention... Just built our dog a carrier after i bought a new ride that came with a trailer. Didnt need the luggage room so "Blue" gets to join us now. Got jealous when i saw the bakery quest set up...

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    (Their two pups ride in the back trailer)

    Just finished a 250 mile journey with him with zero issues. Has room for him to lie down in and sit up and enjoy the wind, is confined to the trailer by his collar attached to a caribiner which runs along a two point rope set up.

    Started with this...
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    Began hacking....
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    Spare windshield and pipe wrap glued to the border....

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    Continued....
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  8. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    Venting from Lowe's, front and back for cross-breezes...
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    Few extras....

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    Dog bed goes in here...
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    Tie down goes between the two eye bolts up front...
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  9. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    Trial run worked good...

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    The real trip went great. He barked at cars, never tried to get out, slept some, and we had our buddy for side hikes during the trip. Great stuff... Bike rode like normal without sway or handling issues.
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  10. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Probably the largest responsibility we, humans, have in caring for animals is making decisions for them. I absolutely respect and support your decision to not trailer your Border Collie.

    However, I think saying it is not fair to the dog is an unfair blanket statement. That ginormous trailer up there, behind the hack, is ours - been on the road since September and our dogs are doing great. In fact, they get more exercise now than they did before we left on our trip, and they are essentially "with us" all the time, which they seem to enjoy. My avatar is our now 15 year old Aussie, Culprit, and she was having trouble with stairs before we started - she's more than half a year older now and her mobility has increased.

    The impact on a dog's vision and hearing are important considerations. When she rides in the sidecar, she wears Doggles, and if she did that more I think we'd upgrade her to Rex Specs https://www.rexspecs.com/ http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/rexspecs.1097323/

    She's been deaf since birth so hearing is not really a concern for her. Our rig is a BMW, so relatively quiet - I don't think I'd pull a dog behind something with "loud pipes" (I don't like following those bike too closely even with my ear plugs in). If you look around, you can find some solutions other have used - scarf type wraps to keep the dog's ears down, or even ear muffs. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/hacks-n-pups.295048/

    Our smaller dog, when riding in the sidecar, will curl up on his bed up in the nose area and only come back to peek out if we are going really slowly (stop and go traffic) or when we actually park, so I don't feel like he needs the eye protection. Both dogs are on harnesses clipped to a two-point line, like in MrZINK's setup, when riding in the sidecar. I don't think they find this overly confining. When we lived in Alaska Culprit loved to ride in front of me on our snowmachines - sort of sitting on my lap with her paws on the tank - and she didn't seem to find that confining either.

    I would never advocate that all dogs should ride, or that any trailer or solution is safe. Life is all risk management - you can't eliminate it. Obviously putting a dog on or behind a moto is going to add all sorts of risks they wouldn't otherwise have; everyone has to make their own decision there.

    Obviously dogs aren't great at risk avoidance or management and we make a lot of those choices for them, but I can say that after seven + months on the road living in the trailer, both dogs are still happy to get in there whenever we start loading up the rig, and one of them will actually spend his free time "around camp" in there if we leave the door open for him.
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  11. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    Awesome! That looks to me like a very happy Blue :) :) :)


    edit: Lisa looks happy too, but not AS happy ;)
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  12. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    I think she may not have been AS happy because she was jealous of blue. I might have to make a trailer for the trailer so she can just ride along too....
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  13. boatpuller

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    Looks like a nice set up, but here are a few ideas that might make it even nicer:
    1. Paint the trailer pod part white to reduce the heat from the sun.
    2. Use a harness on the pup instead of a collar to keep them in the trailer. If they hit a big enough bump to fly out, you don't want them caught by the neck.
    3. Consider removing one of the leaf springs on the trailer, presuming there are two, to make it ride smoother. The trailer is sprung for max weight, and your dog isn't that.
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  14. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    No leafs on this trailer. He once rode across country on a rigid with a springer front and told me it was "too cush" . He likes rigids. He is weird like that.
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    Moto North Ontario ADV Rider

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    I just built this for my Bulldog. He's 70lbs. Handling wise its about the same feeling as having a 100lbs passenger onboard. Not much wind on him because he's protected right behind me but he can still look out to the sides or stick his head out if he wants, which he does when we're riding around town. Even got caught in the rain the other day and when we got home I was soaked and he was nice and dry. I don't do any long trips with him, just day trips and runs to town. He loves it and wants to come every time he hears the bike fire up. The inside is fully padded and lots of ventilation. bike 1.jpg bike 2.jpg bike 4.jpg bike 5.jpg
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  16. MrAndMrsZINC

    MrAndMrsZINC zero income,no children... Lots of time

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    ^ thats way cool.
    Looks like he is poking his head out of a large helmet
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  17. kurtphyre

    kurtphyre Been here awhile

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    Anybody know any potential long-term negative vision and hearing impact(s) of motorcycling with your dog?
    I've been riding with my 6-month pup for the last 2 months. She loves it...but I was thinking the other day...is this wind noise bad for her ears???...is the wind/sun bad for her eyes??? She wears doggles but takes them off after about 15-min of riding. She can escape into the carrier to reduce wind noise but oftentimes is sitting with her head sticking out! She loves looking around!
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  18. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Wind noise is a very real concern. Equine earplugs work great, that's what I use on my guy...they're mushy and easy to install and seem to be comfortable.

    Luckily, mine keeps his Doggles and helmet on without issue.
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  19. WUribe

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    Seems like you have enjoyed it a lot.
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  20. kurtphyre

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    Would Equine ear plugs work for an 18 lb dog you think?
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