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How heavy of a trailer would you pull?

How-dee folks.

Okay so here's my question: I've got a 900 and I'm thinking of getting a small trailer, like a piggybacker, to increase my practical 'range' to do some longer trips.

Now, if anyone would like to tell me I should just get a bigger bike. Rather than post, just write me a check.

So anywho, how heavy would you pull (loaded down and everything) and still be safe and not worry about damaging the bike? I've found a few small trailers here and there that are a bit heavier, but also a bit cheaper than something like a piggybacker. What got me thinking was a guy I ran into who modified a cheap utility trailer with a more 'highway friendly' suspension and tire combination and put a top on it and pulls it behind his goldwing. Of course, the towing capacity of a GL1500 is a wee bit more than a 900

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well, how big are you?

I know the bike isn't supposed to have more than 400lbs on it, something like that according to the manual. So I probably would think that you shouldn't put more than 200-300 on a trailer, if that much, Also think of the extra drag a trailer would add to the bike as well. You are going to want very small and light weight. Also I wouldn't be going 2 up with it when the trailer is on.

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Also I wouldn't be going 2 up with it when the trailer is on.
Well that may shoot the idea down right there then. I'm about 250, but losing (down from 290 so far..) The fiancee is barely 110 pounds, but anywhere I'd be going far enough I'd want to pull a trailer, I'd have her on with me. Any other suggestions for a practical way to be able to carry a couple days worth of clothes or something? Ideally I wanted to carry some camping gear, we were thinking about taking a long ride out west or something after the wedding, throw some camping gear in a trailer and just camp along the way. But, that sounds like that's not going to be an option. Any other ideas? (For carrying camping gear and clothes that is, I've heard enough of y'alls opinions around here to know I don't want to know your honeymoon ideas. LOL)

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Whiting, a forum member pulls a trailer. You might look him up. I know for a fact he rode all over the U.S. from Canada last summer, since some members met up near Kerville, TX. I also believe he has done 2 up trips with a significant other.

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I've been toying with the trailer idea also, except I've got a 1500 so a little better off than you in the engine department. One of the things I have considered is that I don't think I would be carrying a lot more than I do now weight-wise, and the benefit of the trailer is that the load would not be on the bike's suspension if it was in the trailer (it is now in saddlebags, luggage-rack bag, and a couple of small bags strapped onto the saddlebags). Of course the weight of the trailer is an issue, but once you get it moving I doubt you would feel it much except when stopping or trying to accelerate hard .... you would just have to get used to the extra distances. Also, if you were pulling the trailer and your wife was with you, the bike might be a little more stable and less sensitive to the trailer's movements. Just some things I have been thinking about, weighing the pros & cons.

I have ridden solo with a tent and sleeping bag and had enough room with saddlebags and sissy bar bag, but with two-up touring I don't know how I would add two sleeping bags and a tent to our load, we motel it which has a lot of benefits if the budget allows.

One other thought - almost everyone I've talked to who pulls a trailer would do it again. Good Luck !

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Any other ideas? (For carrying camping gear and clothes that is, I've heard enough of y'alls opinions around here to know I don't want to know your honeymoon ideas. LOL)
I got excited for a second - finally something I know something about!

Hehehe

No, seriously - have you considered a really nice-sized sissy bar bag? I use the Saddlemen Deluxe bag, and it's big, secure, and I can pack for days. Between it and my moderately sized saddlebags, I can pack for several days - clothes, liquor, beer, a big-ass laptop, water, food, pistol case, and still ride 2-up. It's pretty awesome. You can even strap a backpack onto it and carry even more crap.
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I got excited for a second - finally something I know something about!

Hehehe

No, seriously - have you considered a really nice-sized sissy bar bag? I use the Saddlemen Deluxe bag, and it's big, secure, and I can pack for days. Between it and my moderately sized saddlebags, I can pack for several days - clothes, liquor, beer, a big-ass laptop, water, food, pistol case, and still ride 2-up. It's pretty awesome. You can even strap a backpack onto it and carry even more crap.
ESPECIALLY you brother, LOL

Hmm, not a bad idea. I saw the saddlemen deluxe but it looked small. But, I guess not huh. That sounds like a good idea...

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ESPECIALLY you brother, LOL

Hmm, not a bad idea. I saw the saddlemen deluxe but it looked small. But, I guess not huh. That sounds like a good idea...
LOL! I'll see if I can dig some pics out.

It's actually a pretty big bag. And, I like the fact that you can get into all of the compartments without removing it from the bike. I actually found mine on Ebay for a steal - barely used, and about $110.
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LOL! I'll see if I can dig some pics out.

It's actually a pretty big bag. And, I like the fact that you can get into all of the compartments without removing it from the bike. I actually found mine on Ebay for a steal - barely used, and about $110.
Definitely cheaper than a trailer. Sounds like it could be a decent setup. Fit a pup tent or another small tent, handful of camping supplies and food, clothes for a few days, I think we'd be set. Looking forward to pics of the inside of that bag. Is it fairly secure / easy to lock? As a side effect, it might also be a nice way for me to secure both of our riding gear when we're out and about. When it's cooler out and we ride, we have our normal gear (ff helmets, jacket, overpants, gloves) plus liners and extra sweatshirts, it can get a little crammed in those saddlebags! Sometimes I can't close them all the way and I'm afraid to let the bike and gear out of my sight, so it might also be neat to lock up the gear.

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Here's the bag mounted on the Ol' Lady's Classic. As you can see, she was packed for about 5 days (which means 3 weeks in comfort for the fellas). Backpack strapped toothed back, spare helmet, etc, etc. It's the best I could do for now from the pictures on my phone. LOL
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