Motorcycle Trailers – Tips for Touring with Trailers

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So, you’ve decided he want to take your motorcycle on the open road for a trip. Nothing can be more freeing and exhilarating than touring on your motorcycle with nothing but the wind in your face.

Unfortunately, if you’re planning to travel far you will need to be able to take a few things with you. If you have ever tried to carry anything or simply pick up a few groceries on your motorbike, then you know that carrying stuff on your bike is no easy task.

This is nothing new to motorcycle riders, it is an age-old problem. In fact, there are a variety of options available to help your carry your stuff while riding including: soft and hard saddlebags, rear seat bags, motorcycle tank bags, backpacks, and integrated luggage. But if you plan to do some serious traveling or long trips even these alternatives will make it difficult to bring along the things that you need. Motorcycle trailers are the perfect solution for extended motorcycle touring when you need to take along a lot of enclosed cargo.

A motorcycle cargo or utility trailer can allow you to comfortably take along everything that you need including a tent for camping, clothing, tools and whatever else you might need. The first thing that should be considered if you’re thinking about purchasing a motorcycle trailer is whether your motorcycle’s engine can carry the extra load. Review your motorcycle’s manual and factory specifications when deciding what is a safe load for your engine to carry. If your motorcycle’s engine is more than 1000cc then you are probably good to go for pulling a cargo trailer.

When shopping for a trailer for your bike there are a few things keep in mind.

  • First, you want your bike trailer to be light but sturdy at the same time. It seems that the optimum weight for bike trailers is anywhere up to 150 pounds. A good utility or cargo trailer that is the proper weight should not affect the handling of your motorcycle. In fact, you really should be able to handle your motorcycle as if you’re not even pulling the trailer. If the trailer is too heavy it can cause you to have difficulty maneuvering and stopping quickly. This can produce a dangerous situation.

A properly chosen cargo trailer which is well designed and less than 150 pounds should improve the handling of your motorcycle. This is because the trailer can produce stability and balance which would otherwise not be there. This can be help in strong winds.

  • Secondly, your trailer should not be higher than the bottom of your touring trunk. You do not want your trailer kicking up exhaust causing you to breathe dangerous carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Thirdly, and this is pretty much common sense, your cargo trailer should not be wider than your motorcycle including the saddle bags or luggage.

Cargo and utility trailers for motorcycles are most common motorcycle accessories can allow you to enjoy the open road and taking long trips on your bike without the hassles of having to do without necessities or carrying them on your back in a backpack.

Motorcycle touring is not the only purpose and benefit of having a trailer for your motorcycle. Next time you go to the grocery store hook up your cargo trailer and ride your motorcycle.