Trailers Pulled By Motorcycles - Here's mine

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by bandito2, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. bandito2

    bandito2 Been here awhile

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    Once upon a time, my brother wanted an efficient way to deliver newspapers on a motor route and maybe also a way to carry his two beagles to the dog park using his motorcycle. Side hacks and trailers were discussed and finally we decided on a trailer since a hack would be trickier to do. Even moreso if it were a tilter.

    Researching, we came across a single wheel trailer site. Several of them were for scooters and motorcycles. Some old, some new and some were one-off home builds. Lots of good ideas here, some of which were incorporated into the design of my trailer.

    http://www.singlewheel.com/

    I thought something like that would be great for hauling stuff on a tour. Now that I'm retired, I seem to have some spare time to devote to doing longer rides. So after doing some thinking and making sketches and having some specifications in mind, I contracted with a welding fabricator to build my trailer.

    Close up of the hitch point. Having the hitch mount up high like this did present some challenges. But, I made do with what I had and there are other trailers that mount high successfuly. I may have the hitch mounted lower some time later. It will take some figuring out how to make a hitch fixture fit in the available space without cutting holes in plastic. This hitch has been slightly modified since this picture. Some reinforcing was added to prevent the tab mounted on the rear wing from bending down and closer tollerance bolts were used to take out all of the freeplay in the fittings. It would allow a pretty severe wobble of the trailer without those fixes. But all is good now.

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    At the fabricator shop. A test fit to make sure it "hangs" OK on the scooter. Laid a pallet on the frame and took a 200 pounds+ sized employee for a little ride around the parking lot. He almost fell off a couple times from laughing so hard. It was a hoot to see. Man, but it turns so smoothly. I'm really suprised how steady it makes the scooter feel.
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    A close up of the trailer swing arm. Nice welds!
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    Checking out how pet carrier looks and how to do tail light pillar while giving door clearance.

    Say, isn't that a car tire on the back of that scooter?....Why yes it is!!!

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    Looking at profile of trailer with pet carrier. Thinking about how to make it easy, on easy off.
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    Well, it turns out my brother decided against using any bike for newspaper delivery. Seems he couldn't really afford a trailer after all. So I only had the one built for myself. (so far)
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    I decided to have the trailer upgraded at a custom bike shop and had the diamond plate work done along with the addition of the tail light pillar.

    In the driveway, assembled before wiring and painting were done.
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    The Honda Reflex "rear wing", minibike shock, Honda CBR600RR tail lights and a front wheel from a Yamaha Riva were cheap ebay finds. The wiring, connectors and chrome look wire sheathing were from the local auto parts store and were relatively easy to install. Rattle can paint and final assembly I did myself as well.

    Rattle can painted objects d'art drying in an oh so gentle breeze crossing the driveway. LOL! (must be effects of paint fumes. Phew!!)
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    Nice diamond plate cover over the empty brake drum. Replaced the old open bearing with a new sealed bearing for the axle on this side.
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    Rubber trim was later added to the hard thin edge of the forward splash guard.
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    My very red 2007 Honda Reflex "Scarlet" pulls the custom built single wheel trailer "ROAMIN' CHARIOT"

    Just out for a little 200 mile ride in the "Thumb" area of lower Michigan.
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    Finally got the trailer all done along with getting a license plate for it. Had to get it weighed at a truck scale which only calculates in 20 pound increments... Jeez, Only 40 pounds? Really?. I think the actual weight is closer to 60 pounds.

    The first showing of my trailer was during the annual "Woodward Dream Cruise". A 32 mile loop driven through several towns along a spectator and vehicle crowded Woodward Ave. near Detroit Michigan. Vehicles of all sorts parade up and down the avenue, screetching tires, reving throttles and just having a grand time. Many thousands participated and over a million attended. This little trailer draws attention wherever it goes!! As I rode along, my scoot pulling the trailer, guys would ask "What do you haul with that thing?" Women and children would say "I want a ride. Can you take me?" I was tempted several times to say to a few really good looking women: "You know, I might ask you the same thing" LOL!

    Mostly I just tool around looking good. But I did pull it all the way to a scooter rally in Arkansas this last September. About 800 miles one way and I did it in one day. (same thing coming home) Just over 2000 virtually trouble free miles for the whole trip. My scooter and trailer won first place in the "Show and shine" in my bike's size class. A minor reinforcement was done on the hitch upon arrival home, but it has been trouble free since.

    While traveling, it would slow down some going up the steeper hills, but did fairly well if momentum was maintained. (it never got under 51 MPH.) The extra weight and wind drag pulled my usual 75 MPG down to about 55 MPG on the expressways. Gusty wind from passing trucks could be felt, but the extra weight of the trailer kept the bike solidly planted and relatively unperturbed. It was nice not getting knocked around for a change and made the long trip more comfortable.

    Hills are one thing, mountains are another I'm sure. I don't know what to expect traversing mountains, but 'spect I will some day. This little scooter and trailer could get up and stay at 70 MPH for hours on end. There was plenty of storage space in the 35 Gal. Rubbermaid "Action Packer" heavy duty storage box bolted to the trailer bed. I added some weather stripping material inside the box lid to help ensure water resistance. I do wish the lock hasp was metal instead of just tough plastic. Its enough to keep honest people honest, but determined theives could still bust in and steal my stuff in spite of security measures. (pad lock)
    More trips are on the agenda. Considering a coast to coast trip sometime this year and maybe a few more scooter rallies. Plus anything else I can come up with.

    That's my story so far.
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    Pretty neat rig, but putting the hitch that high seems problematic.

    Oh, and there is a "Battle Scooters" forum just down the hall...
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    The PacRat I'm that other guy

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    I'd like to see a trailer that can carry a bike and also be pulled by that bike. Sort of a Swiss-Army-Knife of trailers.

    BTW - that red trailer for the Reflex is superfriggincool!
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    Nice fab there bandito
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    davevv One more old rider

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    There is a thread in ride reports by a guy who rides a Honda Sabre and pulls a dirt bike on a trailer behind it. The two wheel trailer has a lot of Sabre parts also. He had engineered a neat surge brake system using a fork tube and front brake master cylinder and lever. As the bike slowed, the tube compressed which pressed the lever and activated the brakes on the trailer. It was a very neat system, just wish I could find the ride report I saw it in

    Edit: Found it. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=702346&highlight=sabre+trailer
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