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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 2010, 11:41 pm Thread Starter
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"Trailer-in-a-Bag" Any comments?

Link: Specifically, this thing.



Thinking about getting one for the sportbike and it can be stored in a trunk. (Too much junk and not enough room.)


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 2010, 2:50 pm
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I have one but it never went back in the bag. Much too heavy to carry. I bought it as cheap insurance . I have towed my Harley several times going north when I needed my truck and wanted the bike . If you tie the bike down proper, it is very stable. you would not even know it was there. Only issue for me is the lights. The filaments keep breaking. I am looking for a set of LED lights for it. That will solve that problem. Otherwise, I like mine.
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Someone on another forum reported high tire wear.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 2010, 5:11 am
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Very similar to dinghy launchers.

Small wheels to keep the loading height low, so expect high tire wear and more frequent punctures if used for long trips.

Probably got a max towing speed limit for those small wheels and tires.

No suspension so may jump around a bit.

Checkout if they use decent wheel bearings.

Can you adjust the beam position for the bike weight so you can get the nose weight right on the hitch?

Checkout the ply rating of the tires and max gross carrying weight.

Lights are failing because there is no suspension.

If you use it a lot, think about adding a nose wheel.



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You could put a rubber torsion axle under there with some bigger wheels for cheap and a lot safer. Save that old axle and wheels for your lawn tractor
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For $1200? Not worth it. Not sure I would trust my bike on it, but that is just me ... I am sure it holds up. You can get a similar trailer with bigger wheels for $300 less or pop a little more for something even more substantial. I realize you want to put it in your trunk which would be great if you are stopping to help someone, but if it is to tow your own bike, you or someone has to go get your car anyway, right?

http://www.motorcycletrailer.com/rad/trailers/

Something like the monorail one here is easy to stand on end and get out of the way. I like the diamond plate one here if it carried two bikes.

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For $1200? Not worth it. Not sure I would trust my bike on it, but that is just me ... I am sure it holds up. You can get a similar trailer with bigger wheels for $300 less or pop a little more for something even more substantial. I realize you want to put it in your trunk which would be great if you are stopping to help someone, but if it is to tow your own bike, you or someone has to go get your car anyway, right?

http://www.motorcycletrailer.com/rad/trailers/

Something like the monorail one here is easy to stand on end and get out of the way. I like the diamond plate one here if it carried two bikes.
They want $1200 for that thing?.....I could build 8 of them for that....
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The idea of having a trailor I could store on a shelf in the shed, is very appealing. Assembling it before use can't be any worse than having to take my boat off the trailor and installing a plank, before using it to haul the bike.

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Trailer

I looked at the trailer in a bag, plus many others, then I bought this one.
http://www.stingertrailer.com/
It cost a few hundred more, but looked a lot stronger.
Is easy and quick to fold/unfold and hook up.
Tows very well with the bike, K1200S.
No springs so unloaded it does jump around some.
The small wide tires work with in 25-35 psi., which gives you some adjustability.
It is rated for large bikes, 1000-1100 pounds, so I played with tire pressure and ended up using 30 psi. The K12S weights about 540 with a full tank.
Have had no lighting issues.
The only issue I see on some applications is the hitch hight from grade.
It is a very low frame and needs an 11-12" hitch hight.
On my car it required the 5" receiver drop.
It is real easy to load/unload, but like any trailer park on a slight uphill if you can.
It will fit in a pick up bed and some larger trailer.
No long trips yet, bascilly got it to take the bike to/from the dealer.
Mine came with a wheel chock, my first experience with such an item.
No trailer should be with out one!

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