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    ISO 1st time trailer purchase

    Hello

    I am thinking of buying/renting/borrowing etc a trailer for my bike R1200RT for a trip or two away from the local area (Northern Virginia). I have a Tundra with all the hook ups etc.

    I am looking for advice of dos and avoids and anything in between. A basic first question is do I go open flat trailer or enclosed. Enclosed has security advantages and also using it for other missions. Flat presumably is lighter and cheaper.

    On either type of trailer, how do I actually get the bike up on the trailer? Would it come with a removable loading ramp? Does it need to plated and insured separately? Lots of questions!

    Grateful for any help.

    Thanks!

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    Whether an enclosed or open trailer is chosen - get a fold down ramp permanently attached to the trailer. Messing with "ladder" type ramps and boards, and such is both a hassle and a hazard. For your entertainment go to YouTube to see every screwup known to man trying to load a bike on a trailer.

    For occasional trips I would get a simple "landscape" type trailer with short side rails and a fold down loading ramp. If parking the rig with the bike on it for more than an overnight or two is in the cards then the security of a small single axle enclosed trailer is nice.

    Get as small a trailer as you can, making the bike and stuff fit, of course.
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    There is a good trailering thread here- https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...orycle-trailer
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    you might look at some of the aluminum trailers. Aluma makes one that you can specify front and sides and get with a fold down ramp. The really nice thing is the 6x10 is still so light you can easily lift the tongue and wheel it around. This also translates into lighter towing and less wear on your truck.
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    Trailer

    Have both open and enclosed trailers, the 10 ft. X 6 enclosed I have used a lot ride bike into front wheel chock hook up 2 back straps move up hook up 2 front straps shut back ramp door and side door and go.
    Using the open trailer less weight and wind resistance so better fuel mpg. Again using the same front wheel chock ride bike up ramp into chock after you have found tie down straps and got them in place ready to fasten bike to trailer, what you will find with bike out in the open, straps blowing in the wind are much more likely to loosen as you travel.
    Enclosed trailer I use 4 cam lock straps one on each corner, open trailer 4 straps one on each corner but use ratcheting straps or the cam lock straps with extra locks.
    Cost open trailer about 1/3 the cost of enclosed trailer.
    Having a choice I never use the open trailer to haul the bike.

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    I will be selling my aluma MC10 open MC trailer next week if interested. In NOVA also.

    Great trailer. I like it so much I bought another one. And don't need two!
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    If you have no other use for the trailer you can rent a motorcycle trailer from U-haul. That will let you know if open or enclosed works better for you. Decent deals are available on used trailers once you decide on what you need.
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    A few things to consider;

    Is space an issue? Do you have a place to store the trailer?
    How are you at backing up the truck to line up the tongue to the hitch?

    If I had my way I'd have an enclosed trailer even though I suck at trying to back up my trucks to the tongue of the trailer. I don't have space to store a trailer on my property so I'd have to rent a spot at an RV/Trailer place.

    I opted for a Kendon single bike Trailer. Absolutely fantastic. While I don't have the security from an enclosed trailer, I have something that folds up nicely and fits in my garage. It's also light enough (without the bike) when I need to move it around to line it up with the hitch I can do it easily without straining my back. It's fairly low so, its not difficult to get a bike on to it. The ramp while removable, "locks" into the trailer so it doesn't move while loading. It also uses full-sized 13" wheels so it doesn't bounce all over the place. It is rock solid. When I was roadracing, I had finished a race and my brain still felt like 75 mph was slow, I found my sell doing 90+ on the highway with my bike in tow with no issues...

    I've owned it 17 years and have let friends borrow it. While I've yet to put my GSA on it, I've put all other manner of motorcycle on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GSABart View Post
    I opted for a Kendon single bike Trailer. Absolutely fantastic.
    I have a 2010 Kendon single trailer. I added the ride-on rear ramp which makes it much easier to load my K13GT.
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    Be sure to read your bike owners manual to learn how to properly tie your bike to your trailer.

    Make sure the trailer you purchase allows you to do that.

    You'll be happiest with a front wheel chock.
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    Do you have other reasons to have a trailer? Will you be storing it outside? I got a good deal on a used aluminum trailer and got an aluminum condor chock. I am really happy with it.

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