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    Senior Member bangkokbonk's Avatar
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    I am thinking of building a lightweight trailer for my TW.



    I plan on using a car roof top box similar to this.







    I wondered if anyone has any experience with towing trailers with a bike?



    I wont be towing heavy stuff My Gf's got a Bulldog (about 25KG) and i plan on making a hatch in it for him to stick his head out of. maybe use it when we go somwhere for a couple of days on a road trip, so would just be a few clothes in there, laptop and some light odds and ends.



    i plan to use thin lightwight motorcycle wheels and a very basic frame to keep the weight down. Standard ball and socket tow hitch that can be removed from bike when not using the trailer.



    Does anyone see any saftey issues with this? Plenty of people seem to do it with big bikes. Everyone i speak to in Thailand seems to bag the idea and say its unsafe, probably because it's not the Thai style way i think. They prefere home made side cars for heavier weights.



    Anyone got any experience with this or advice. Seems like it should be fine to me if i break slowly and dont make it too heavy.



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    I am pretty sure I have seen a guy here with something similar he towed around for long rides. Do a search.

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    Here's a really amazing set up. I'd be cautious going down steep grades though. Maybe add a trailer brake?












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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenalder View Post
    Here's a really amazing set up. I'd be cautious going down steep grades though. Maybe add a trailer brake?













    Wow thats awsome!! best setup on a tw i've seen yet. Makes me want another TW

    thanks

    Trailer is Uni-Trak Dakar i belive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RisingSun View Post
    I am pretty sure I have seen a guy here with something similar he towed around for long rides. Do a search.
    Thanks, yea i think it might be tw2007 your refering too i read a post by a member on the old forum who mentioned building a trailer for a road trip, will keep searching thanks. Be nice to know how it handles and any build ideas.

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    Braking is the biggest danger. You don't want to be shoved out into traffic.



    If you build a two wheeled trailer, consider a swivel hitch. If the bike lays over and the trailer cannot, something will probably bend. It could be your frame. I have heard of this happening with the bigger bikes.



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    That looks good, I was wondering if I could make a mount on the back of my TW to tow my kayak trailer to the water to launch the boats, I think it's feasible after seeing your set up, thanks. Nice mods on the cycle rack I found mine needed mods also, I cut the back bar that turns up 90 deg and welded it back on straight out the back, so i have a handle still and I can use my Givi removable trunks, Plus I added a loop on the bottom to keep my soft bags out of the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvbobsmith View Post
    Braking is the biggest danger. You don't want to be shoved out into traffic.



    If you build a two wheeled trailer, consider a swivel hitch. If the bike lays over and the trailer cannot, something will probably bend. It could be your frame. I have heard of this happening with the bigger bikes.



    BS
    The swivel sounds like a good idea. Think of what might happen if a top heavy load does a highside on a corner.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wvbobsmith View Post
    Braking is the biggest danger. You don't want to be shoved out into traffic.



    If you build a two wheeled trailer, consider a swivel hitch. If the bike lays over and the trailer cannot, something will probably bend. It could be your frame. I have heard of this happening with the bigger bikes.



    BS
    Very good point had not considered that factor, thanks for the input.

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    I'm thinking an auto roof box might be a little big for a TW. This one came from Walmart. It's lightweight, lockable, and has lasted thousands of miles on Tdubs back fender. There is a larger version.






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