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« on: August 26, 2020, 04:25:59 pm »

I’m looking for a small trailer to hold up to a 400 pound motorcycle.  I’m looking for something that fits in the corner of the garage.  Is there anything out here like this?   I have looked at the sylvan (that could be a possibility)

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2020, 04:35:54 pm »

Kendon makes some folding trailers.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2020, 05:10:14 pm »

Thanks.  I will do a google search  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2020, 08:42:06 pm »

Check this link out for Trailer In A Bag

https://www.stingertrailer.com/product/trailer-in-a-bag/#prettyPhoto
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2020, 09:01:52 pm »



Do you own that trailer as it looks convenient?
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2020, 09:11:42 pm »

Some great stuff out there  Thumbsup
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2020, 10:41:19 am »

No, I don't own one of those, but I have seen them used.  Seems to be easy and sturdy enough for the purpose.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2020, 10:52:39 am »


I’m looking for a small trailer to hold up to a 400 pound motorcycle.  


Obviously not going to haul a "meals on wheels" bike.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2020, 11:07:46 am »




Obviously not going to haul a "meals on wheels" bike.


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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2020, 12:16:22 pm »

My Kendon is made for 3 and takes up 28" deep x 7' wide x 88" tall when folded and stood up.   I don't know the size of a single, but somewhat smaller than that.  It is very well made and tows like it isn't there.  It was difficult see it to back up until I got an SUV with a camera.  Now, that's a breeze.  I also use it to carry my kayak when the canoe is cartop.  Also used to carry other things as a utility trailer.   Worth every penny.  I'll have it for a long time.  

I have heard good things about the trailer in a bag and for only a small motorcycle, I would consider it as it costs less and stores a lot smaller than the Kendon.
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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2020, 01:15:24 pm »


My Kendon is made for 3 and takes up 28" deep x 7' wide x 88" tall when folded and stood up.   I don't know the size of a single, but somewhat smaller than that.  It is very well made and tows like it isn't there.  It was difficult see it to back up until I got an SUV with a camera.  Now, that's a breeze.  I also use it to carry my kayak when the canoe is cartop.  Also used to carry other things as a utility trailer.   Worth every penny.  I'll have it for a long time.  

I have heard good things about the trailer in a bag and for only a small motorcycle, I would consider it as it costs less and stores a lot smaller than the Kendon.


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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2020, 09:03:39 am »

TiaB aren't things I've had but I have looked at them. Like was said, within their weight limits they seemed well made.  IIWM, I'd search high and low for the kind where the bed lowers to flat on the ground and then cranks back up and locks in place. Makes the whole process very easy and a 1-person job even for heavier bikes.

Found them (yes, it was that easy)!

https://razortrailers.com/
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2020, 11:57:41 pm »

If you dont need a trailer for other uses, another option to consider would be a 600 lbs rated hitch hauler. I have a 5x8 trailer with a fold down rear ramp that I use to haul my bikes on. But when I make the annual 1400 mile trip from Florida to North Carolina every October, and if Im bringing the Kawasaki Versys X-300, I use this hitch hauler. Its rated at 600 lbs, and the Kawasaki only weighs 385 lbs, possibly 400 with accessories, so it handles the trip easily with room to spare on the weight. It also free's the bed of my truck up for all my other gear and makes for a nice compact package when traveling.

I love the trailer, and it works fine everywhere except for that trip. When I get to the cabin in the mountains, even though its a small trailer, the dirt/gravel road leading to the cabin is steep, twisty and narrow. When I get to the cabin on top of the mountain, there's hardly any room to turn my truck and trailer around without hanging the end of the trailer off a 400 foot drop off (it gets sketchy). So I researched hitch haulers and came up with this one at a cost of about $200 dollars.

They make lightweight aluminum one's, but they are rated only up to about 400 lbs, some even less, so I went with steel constructed because they are rated for more weight (this one 600 pounds). It hardly takes up any space standing up in the garage, maybe 2' or so. It has a built in wheel chock and a ramp, I dont push it up the ramp either. I stand next to the bike and walk it up the ramp under the bikes own power, right into the wheel chock. When finished, the ramp goes back on the hitch hauler.

It takes a while to get use to seeing your bike hanging off the back of the vehicle (its an uneasy feeling). I still stop every hundred to hundred & fifty miles or so just to check the straps and make sure its ok back there. But honestly, these things have been around for a long time, I just never considered one until I had a need for it.

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« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2020, 06:16:52 am »

Thanks zebra.  Another great option
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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2020, 11:38:53 am »

I recently assembled one of the 4x8 foot Harbor Freight folding trailers.  I got it to haul mine and my sons dirtbikes.  It folds up to a small footprint in my garage.
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« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2020, 06:00:19 pm »


Thanks zebra.  Another great option


+1  I ordered one this weekend. Thanks for your real world review. I put a lot more stock in what a real rider says.   Thumbsup
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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2020, 07:51:20 pm »

Be careful with those hitch carriers. I backed into my driveway, it dragged, and folded like a pretzel. I'll find the pic's later.
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2020, 01:48:10 pm »

I backed mine into the garage door once when the bike wasn't in the carrier. If the bike isnt in it, its easy to forget the carrier is there. Didnt damage the carrier, but sure did a number on the garage door. I've never even come close to bottoming out the carrier either in my inclined driveway with a big gutter at the street, or in the mountains with some pretty steep gravel pot hole roads, you must either have a pretty steep driveway, or the carrier sits low. Mine being on a 4 WD pickup, its got some pretty good height and clearance in the back.
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2020, 02:16:56 pm »

Mine was on a 4x4 Ford with my DR 650 on it and wife's CRF230 in the bed of the truck.

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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2020, 03:04:17 pm »

Oh man that sucks, was the bike ok? What was the weight capacity of the hauler?
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2020, 03:06:17 pm »

Looks like the "outrigger" dug into the asphalt. Ouch!  But that should buff out.   Smile

My tailgate is pretty high, and have a very short bed where the back tire sets close to the end. Makes my ramp pretty steep and a big step up. I actually have two 18" wide folding 8' ramps I hook together side by side. That way I can walk up one with the bike on the other, or just ride it up the ramps (which I've been warned not to do but is a lot faster   Wink ).  

I'll make sure I am careful on unlevel terrain with the carrier.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2020, 03:11:15 pm »


Mine was on a 4x4 Ford with my DR 650 on it and wife's CRF230 in the bed of the truck.




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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2020, 03:53:33 pm »


Oh man that sucks, was the bike ok? What was the weight capacity of the hauler?


Bike was okay. It snagged on the concrete when I was backing into the driveway. In the pic, I had turned the truck around to make it easier to get it off. It was a fairly heavy duty one, 500 pounds, if I remember correctly. I was bummed. I only had it a couple months and just used it a few times.
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