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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all :
Looking to purchase a Piggyback Trailer. How many of you own one. Does it pull nice behind the bike. Any problems with the topper part ( locks-- hinges etc.) All wiring include. 8 " tires-- are they just as good as 12 " -- What milage can i expect from 8" tires. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi all :
Looking to purchase a Piggyback Trailer. How many of you own one. Does it pull nice behind the bike. Any problems with the topper part ( locks-- hinges etc.) All wiring include. 8 " tires-- are they just as good as 12 " -- What milage can i expect from 8" tires. Any help would be appreciated.

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I have the Piggy Backer XL. Pulls nice. Some times I forget its back there. The lock is probably the most complained about thing. Its kind of a cheapo lock. Some here has added other kinds of locks. I Cant say much about the 8" tires as I have never had them. Mine has the 12".


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I have a 2004 model with about 30,000 miles on it. It has the 8" tires and are still on the original bearings and tires. The orginal lock went 3 years before they broke. I replaced the latch with a set of rubber boat hatches. I also installed a rubber seal around the bottom tube lip for when we ran through the rain that would be considered "toad stranglers". This winter I was finding some craking around the 4 mounts and an impact in the right front lower corner. I used some fiberglass and resin to fix and strengthen the bottom tube. I pack the bearings 2 times a year whether it needs it or not. It pulls best when loaded and with about 15 - 20 lbs of tongue weight you have to look in the mirrors to verify it is still there. I use it for touring around the country in the spring through fall and use it on the weekends to get groceies or to take trash to the transfer station.

Depending on what you do and how often you plan to use it you can not beat the piggybacker for service and customer service from Tom at the factory. While I would love a Tailwind, I just cannot justify the cost and service I get out of the Piggybacker.

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I have a Piggy. with 8 ' tires. They pull great. Last year I did a 10,000 mile trip in less than 3 weeks and it was loaded top to bottom: side to side. No worry. Better lock would be the one thing that needs some improvement. Locking cover arms would be good too. (made some myself) Can't beat the trailer, even if it cost more.

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I have a Piggy. with 8 ' tires.
How does that pull with 8 foot tall tires, just curious? Is that a standard upgrade, or something you had to go aftermarket to add?

I am of course just kidding. I have been thinking of getting a trailer and will have to check these out. Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

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The suspensions are different between the two also. The 8" you get a straight axle with leaf springs and the 12" you get torsion suspension



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How does that pull with 8 foot tall tires, just curious? Is that a standard upgrade, or something you had to go aftermarket to add?

I am of course just kidding. I have been thinking of getting a trailer and will have to check these out. Have a Merry Christmas everyone.
I'll bet the 8 foot ones are much cheaper than the 12 foot!!

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I have one of the original styles from my GL1200 days,8 inch wheels. I pulled it all over TX,OK,Ark. with no problem, and now pull it with the Trike, and I have loaded it down relatively heavy with both bikes, and no issues with the 8 inch wheels. Best Bang for the Buck. Ugly little beast but Highly Functional. I did add my own lock! the stock lock isn't worth messing with.

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I have one of the original styles from my GL1200 days,8 inch wheels. I pulled it all over TX,OK,Ark. with no problem, and now pull it with the Trike, and I have loaded it down relatively heavy with both bikes, and no issues with the 8 inch wheels. Best Bang for the Buck. Ugly little beast but Highly Functional. I did add my own lock! the stock lock isn't worth messing with.
George, we need to get you out of the southwest and over to the east coast. When are you coming into NC and TN areas?

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George, we need to get you out of the southwest and over to the east coast. When are you coming into NC and TN areas?

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I spent a few years there in NC, and VA. Ran corn in the early 70's from Mt Arie to Galax up and down Baldy in the winter. When I left I don't think I left any thing But did later send a wife back , and may even still be wanted in the northern counties Use to hang around the Tarboro area, (How many people even know where that is )

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