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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-15-2017, 05:54 AM
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Because I had no idea where to start and the trailer in the video seems to pull great, I am going to start there. With the dirt bike's front wheel on the tongue, I'll need something to hold it won't I? I was concerned about shedding weight, but it was mentioned above in a post about the high COG and it's effects. They may have put the plywood deck and the gear bag on it to get some weight down low. So, once the snow and ice is gone here, my first pull will be as close to the video set up as I can make it, then make adjustments from there.
Here is the finished trailer just before I sold it to a motorcycle recovery company. As you can see I flipped the axle and got about another 2 inches that is why I had to mod. the coupler and raise the fender a little which I went too high with. I built my rail and loading ramp out of wood to save weight and $$. If I was to do it again I would not solid deck it before I attached the rail. I put the solid piece of plywood on to stiffen up the frame because it is just bolted together. If I did it again I would weld all for corners to stiffen it instead and just repaint. The latest version I have of the HF trailer has a welded box and I like it a lot better. That black block on the deck is where the side stand hit on the deck so I could get off before I tied it down. The loading ramp I just pinned to the deck to travel. I could have saved another 1 1/2 " in height by using a metal rail on the deck.
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post #32 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-16-2017, 09:31 PM
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While looking on EBay today for small trailers I saw this one in Wisconsin. With a torch or saws all lots of weight could be trimmed and a half decent trailer made to pull a single motorcycle on top.



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post #33 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 09:22 PM
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You guys and all this trailer stuff are gonna get me in trouble. I had this old trailer setting at the house, so i rigged it up real quick and put my KLR on it. Rode fine and pulled fine, didnt feel at all like it was top heavy. I wasnt hot rodding, but i wasnt put putting with it either. I ran it 65mph+ down the highway and everything was fine. Put a camera on it so i could watch it behind me and all was good. Pulled it over 50 miles just checking things out. It was an old jet ski trailer. After some painting and fender tightening, it looks like I will be dragging them both down to the mountains now. ;=)

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post #34 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 07:08 PM
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Glad to read your comfortable with your KLR on your trailer . I tried my best with my KLR and I was not . At 550 lbs if I remember correctly it sucked bad . Looking back at pix I was too far forward and need a longer tongue for KLR . Bit that rolling weight total I have pulled long distance before and it was not for me . Braking was highly sacrificed and an emergency swerve to get out of harms way would have been ugly . BTW I pulled the weight from Ma. To Wi . And vowed never again .
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We'll see how I feel after my first long haul. It doesn't appear to be as heavy as my loaded Aspen Classic.

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Done! So far so good.

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post #37 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-27-2017, 09:10 PM
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I pulled mine 600 miles this weekend, no problems. I set the cruise at 65, but ran it up to 75 when passing. Lots of lookers. 70 miles or so in the rain, I didnt care for that, slowed down to 55 on the curves.
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