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Turn Alpha Sport trailer into a Kendon??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Rider68, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. Rider68

    Rider68 Been here awhile

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    So I just purchased the Alpha Sport single folding trailer here:
    https://theusatrailerstore.com/alpha-sport-single-folding-motorcycle-trailer/

    It seems to be a 95% copy of the Kendon:
    https://www.kendonusa.com/collectio...e-rail-ride-up-srl-folding-motorcycle-trailer

    The primary difference I can see is the Kendon has caster wheels for standing it upright while the Alpha Sport does not. It was not worth the $1200+ difference for me.

    Now that I have it home, I can see it doesn't quite stand upright as stable as I'd like. It works, but it rests on a metal bar and wouldn't take much of a bump to push it down. When I get around to storing it, I'll strap some hooks on the wall to keep it from falling.

    When I asked the retailer why their model doesn't have wheels, they said it was because of a Kendon patent. That's one expensive patent.

    That said, I wouldn't mind adding those missing features to this trailer but I'm not quite sure how, or if it's even feasible. It will probably involve welding and that might not work . The two pictures I found of the Kendon are from this forum. The one Alpha is mine. Does anyone own a Kendon trailer? Can you take some close-up pictures of the hardware it uses to stand upright? Or better yet, does anyone own the Alpha trailer and have added wheels or a stabilizer of some sort?

    Kendon1
    Kendon1.jpg

    Kendon2
    Kendon2.jpg

    Alpha Sport "resting upright"
    Alpha1.jpg

    -Robert
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  2. mslim

    mslim If it's worth doing... it's worth overdoing

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    How about two wheel dollies under the tires instead of casters? Would that work?[​IMG]
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Kinda what I did for my Kendon Lift.
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  4. Rider68

    Rider68 Been here awhile

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    Both good ideas... I think the separate lift might be a better idea for now since it's under warranty, but wondering how I could lift it onto one. It would still be cockeyed on any level surface. Looking at it more, anything I do to lift the front up more upright would take the wheels off the ground. I would need small wheels on both sides at various places to even it out. Sigh...
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