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Old 01-26-2019, 09:48 AM
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Good motorcycle trailer

Now that I'm retired I want to take two motorcycle vacations a year so I'm looking for a motorcycle trailer that I can tow at least 2 motorcycle. For trips under 800 miles I can ride my motorcycle but for longer trips from PA to places like AZ, CO or Montana I have no desire to ride that far and would prefer to drive my truck with my bike(s) in tow. So what's a good trailer I can buy that will be sturdy enough to tow a K16GTL and ZX14R and not bankrupt me.

So far I've looked at loadrite, utility trailers at Lowes and a couple enclosed trailers. The enclosed trailers are nice but a bit to heavy and more than I want to pay. So looking for suggestions.
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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

When I was looking for a trailer I looked at the utility trailers all the big stores sell. Any of them would work and the price is comparable to the quality. I then went to a place that sold trailers exclusively. I was ready to pull the trigger on a wood deck utility trailer, but then I inquired about an all aluminum trailer they had, the Aluma brand. It was only like $300.00 more than the wood deck trailer. I ended up buying a 5' X 10' Aluma trailer. I chose that size because it wasn't any wider than my GMC pickup, which makes for easier towing. It is big enough and has the capacity for two bikes, but I have only ever towed one. Now these aren't cheap by any means, but the quality, light weight and being all aluminum sold me. Good luck with your search.

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I concur with Rick. I don't have an Aluma but I have worked with one. It is an great trailer, very lightweight and has excellent construction. If I was going to buy an open trailer this would be it.
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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

Aluma also makes motorcycle specific trailers with rock guards on the fronts.

We have one for one bike towing and it folds up and sits on its end against the garage wall.

It also has a stow away ramp.

MC1F model. See post #7 below.



BTW, this 2012 Ody tows 3500 lbs.

That can be increased by taking out the middle and last row of seats (which we did to put in an elevated bed for two).

At a little over 1,000 lbs. of trailer and bike, you don't feel the presence of the trailer.

At 1,500 lbs. trailer brakes are recommended.
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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

I towed a cheap 5 by 8 utility trailer from Tallahassee Florida to Yuma Arizona with no problem. Trailer cost $600 at Lowe's with 13 inch wheels. We had 2 KLR 650 s on it. For your bikes I would get a 10 footer. 6 ft wide would be nice.

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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

Here's an out of the box suggestion from someone who's been towing for years...

Evaluate how often you'd actually use the trailer..You mentioned only twice a year... That's not that often.. You might want to look at alternatives.. Most local bike shops have a trailer or two they rent out and they're usually reasonable and already set up for bikes.. or check out local motorcycle clubs which always have a member or two with a trailer for rent..

BTW.. if you're anywhere near Asheville.. I'd loan mine to you for a small fee and deposit. .
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I have a Aluma 6810 with optional folding ramp that would work for two bikes.
https://www.alumaklm.com/utility/sin...tility-trailer


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Aluma makes a single and double motorcycle trailer. They also make a folding model in single and double.

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Lee, I didn't know you towed your Trek and LeMond!
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Here's an out of the box suggestion from someone who's been towing for years...

Evaluate how often you'd actually use the trailer..You mentioned only twice a year... That's not that often.. You might want to look at alternatives.. Most local bike shops have a trailer or two they rent out and they're usually reasonable and already set up for bikes.. or check out local motorcycle clubs which always have a member or two with a trailer for rent..

BTW.. if you're anywhere near Asheville.. I'd loan mine to you for a small fee and deposit. .




Thanks for the offer Pirate but I live in PA so unfortunately I can't take advantage of your offer :-( I have thought of renting and looked into rental options when I hauled my bike out to AZ last December but even at 15 bucks a day it still would have cost me over 200 bucks for a 15 day trip. Cheap for a one shot deal but after renting for a few years I've paid for the cost of a trailer in rental fees. Plus I can use the trailer if I need to transport my bike to the shop for service or if I had the Aluma 6810 I could haul stuff other than my motorcycle.



I'd like to purchase something for under 2 grand, I don't want the cheapest trailer made nor do I want the most expensive, just something well built that will last and not breakdown or fall apart after a few years. The Aluma trailer looks nice and a buddy recommended Kendon so those two will be at the top of my list.
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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

Here is a popular brand and type. Although the "utility" of the Aluma one above seems like it could be used for other work.
https://www.kendonusa.com/product/du...QaAmsIEALw_wcB

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The nice thing about the Aluma is that the front wheel chock position may be adjusted to optimize weight distribution.

May not be a significant issue but there can be a large difference in COG distance from the front axle with an Indian Chief Vintage vs an S1000RR.
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Interesting seat stays on the LeMond.
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get a motorcycle specific aluma....the MC-210. way better than those generic utility versions suggested. rock guard in front, ramps that slide into track under the trailer (no giant wind block sticking up in back!)

ditch the crap aluma MC chocks and buy two Condor chocks
https://www.ebay.com/p/Condor-SC2000...2181974&chn=ps

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PS - no, you don't need an F250 diesel crewcab long bed truck to pull it! :-) the truck normally tows a 10k lb enclosed race car trailer......
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get a motorcycle specific aluma....the MC-210. way better than those generic utility versions suggested. rock guard in front, ramps that slide into track under the trailer (no giant wind block sticking up in back!)

ditch the crap aluma MC chocks and buy two Condor chocks
https://www.ebay.com/p/Condor-SC2000...2181974&chn=ps

good to go!


PS - no, you don't need an F250 diesel crewcab long bed truck to pull it! :-) the truck normally tows a 10k lb enclosed race car trailer......

That MC210 looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for, except the price, and your F250 is nice, I'll have to be satisfied with my lowly Tundra :-) to get me fro point A to point B. Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions they are much appreciated.
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That MC210 looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for and your F250 is nice, I'll have to be satisfied with my lowly Tundra :-) to get me fro point A to point B. Thanks everyone for your input and suggestions they are much appreciated.

i would much rather have your tundra when towing the MC's! the F250 is obnoxiously large for small trailers...
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That MC210 looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for, except the price,....

you are looking to haul two expensive bikes. don't cheap out on the trailer they will be depending on. some of these trailers are more expensive for a reason.

that said, motorcycle trailers are pretty solid and don't get tons of abuse, so also look for used ones. i had an aluma MC10 before i got my MC210. i bought both used for half the new price and both looked new.

MC trailers pop up on craiglist all the time.
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I have the Ironhorse trailer and move my K13GT and s1000rr with no difficulty using a Subaru Outback with a 3 litre engine. Wind does not bother the streamlined unit. Gas mileage drops by 2.5 miles per gallon. Easy to load and provides me with a clean bike, especially when we travel through some salt areas to reach the heat in the winter. http://www.ironhorsetrailers.com/mot...cycle-trailer/ The manufacturer also has some used ones for sale. Mine is over 10 years old and is like new.
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The iron horse looks interesting and may be a possibility depending on price, I'd rather buy new but I'm not opposed to buying used so long as I can inspect the trailer prior to purchase. I still owe 10K on my 2018 GS so before I spend 3-4k on a trailer I'd rather spend that same amount of money paying off my GS. If I can find a trailer for between 1500-2000 dollars that would fit in my budget.
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The Iron Horse Trailers would be my preference but a used one 10 years old is still asking $6,000.
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The Iron Horse Trailers would be my preference but a used one 10 years old is still asking $6,000.

I figured the iron horse was expensive but 6k for a used trailer is totally out of my price range so I'll have to cross iron horse off my list. So far the Aluma MC210 and Kendon are at the top of my list but both are at least a grand out of my price range. Will look and see if I can find a used one
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Every few months I see a kendon for sale on Craig's list in my area. I'm on the verge but passed on a good one for less than a grand a few months ago. Just looking at the trailer listings for Seattle there are many that would be just fine for not much money. Some pure junk too.
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Options?

Torsion axles vs leaf spring suspensions?

Electric brakes?

Spare tire carrier?

Hitch jack with or without wheel?

Ramp?

Trailer wheel chocks?

Wheel bearing lubrication process/type?
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Options?

Torsion axles vs leaf spring suspensions?

Electric brakes?

Spare tire carrier?

Hitch jack with or without wheel?

Ramp?

Trailer wheel chocks?

Wheel bearing lubrication process/type?

good list above...
1/ TIRES - should be less than 5 years old. trailer tires age out long before showing any wear.
2/ axles - i prefer torsen. better ride, fewer moving parts, less rust.
3/ brakes - not needed on light MC trailer
4/ Spare tire carrier - a must. ya gotta have a spare, and you don't want it inside tow vehicle
5/ tongue jack - not needed on tiny single MC trailers, but needed on doubles. gotta have a wheel..much easier to move trailer around.
6/ ramp - must have. best if it stores under trailer out of the way.
7/ wheel bearing lube - get EZ-Lube bearings. maint much easier. ( but you still need to take apart the bearings every few years to clean out and adjust, simple job but messy)
8/ trailer wheel chocks - yes, should have a couple to keep trailer from rolling when not on hitch
9/ MC wheel chocks - get good ones that lock the front wheel in and hold bike up so you can get off and tie it down without help
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I don't know who copied who (Rocket or Aluma) but I've had my Rocket trailer now for over 10 years and it's been one of the nicest (and best pulling) trailers I've ever had. They are in Cocoa Beach, Florida. And same as others have said, their wheel chocks are crap. I set mine up with Baxley motorcycle chocks (https://www.baxleycompanies.com/) and never looked back. I have two Baxleys and three trailer mount kits. That way I can put two chocks on the outside ones if I'm carrying two bikes, or just use one Baxley in the middle if I'm only carrying one bike. I don't even strap the front of the bike(s) down. I lock the Baxleys down and put straps on the back pulling slightly forward. Ten years+ and thousands of miles later I've had zero problems. I don't know how they react with customers these days but when I bought mine they worked with me in any way they could. Just another option... maybe it will help you..maybe not.
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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

I see that you will be pulling the trailer with a Tundra.

Have you ever thought of just putting the bikes in the back of your truck?

I used to haul my bikes on a trailer and got tired of trying to find parking places as well a the worry of the bikes coming off the trailer, a flat tire, etc.... and now just load them in the bed of my truck (Silverado 1500)

Just an alternate suggestion.
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Whoops, reread your post and saw your hauling a ZX 14 and a K16. Don't believe your bed will be wide enough for them.

I know mine will fit a ZX 14 and a k 13 though.

When I used to haul, I had a 4X8 trailer that I bought from a local dealer. It was steel with wooden floors. I believe it had a 3500# axle with 15" wheels.

I had less than $800 in it.

This was several years ago so price may be higher.



Also, should you buy a "tilt" trailer beware of where the axle is located. Mine was located in the center of the trailer and would not tilt due to where the bikes were located in relation to the axle. Had to use a ramp to off load.
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I see that you will be pulling the trailer with a Tundra.

Have you ever thought of just putting the bikes in the back of your truck?

I used to haul my bikes on a trailer and got tired of trying to find parking places as well a the worry of the bikes coming off the trailer, a flat tire, etc.... and now just load them in the bed of my truck (Silverado 1500)

Just an alternate suggestion.

SInce I'm retired most of my travels will be solo so while loading two bikes in the bed of my truck is an option I've considered it was a challenge for me to load my GS solo when I hauled it out to Tucson last December. It would be twice the headache if I had to load/unload two bikes without help from at least one other person.

I'd be hauling a 2018 GS and ZX14R, I own a K16GTL but wouldn't consider putting it in the bed of my truck just because of the bikes weight and difficulty getting it loaded without help. With a trialer I could take two bikes or just the K16GTL and it would be much easier to load/unload doing it alone.
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Anyone familiar with Loadrite or Trinity? I came across these two while doing a google search. The Trinity is price at 2K and looks very similar to the Kendon, more research on my part would be required to discover the differences in build quality.
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Anyone familiar with Loadrite or Trinity? I came across these two while doing a google search. The Trinity is price at 2K and looks very similar to the Kendon, more research on my part would be required to discover the differences in build quality.

Late last November I bought a used Kendon stand up 2-bike trailer. New they cost $3800, I paid $1K for a unit that needed some TLC. My plan is to trailer two of my bikes to AZ and spend time visiting friends and riding. So, yesterday I loaded the K12S with the intent of getting familiar with how to load the tow the rig.

The first thing I learned is the K12S is pretty friggin' heavy to push up the ramp and into the wheel chock. If my trip is to be successful I have to be able to load and unload my bikes alone. It's a bit dicey to get the K into position and stable so I can affix the loop straps and tie downs. My original plan was to load it and the ST3 but I took off with only the K loaded because its fairing and fork setup isn't as conducive to mounting loop straps and tie downs given the Kendon's framework.

I'm thinking I'll have to have my bikes powered up and do a slow creep up the ramp and into the chocks. I'm not pleased about this although the ST3 is a lot lighter than the K. Kendon offers a ride-up platform that offers more footing area, the cost is $900. Knowing what I know now I'm thinking the Aluma might have been the better way to go but for now I'll see how the Kendon performs - or doesn't - and report back.
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The first thing I learned is the K12S is pretty friggin' heavy to push up the ramp and into the wheel chock. If my trip is to be successful I have to be able to load and unload my bikes alone. It's a bit dicey to get the K into position and stable so I can affix the loop straps and tie downs. .




Do the chocks on the Kendon not clamp onto the front tire like a Baxley chock?
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The first thing I learned is the K12S is pretty friggin' heavy to push up the ramp and into the wheel chock. If my trip is to be successful I have to be able to load and unload my bikes alone. It's a bit dicey to get the K into position and stable so I can affix the loop straps and tie downs. .........

I'm thinking I'll have to have my bikes powered up and do a slow creep up the ramp and into the chocks. I'm not pleased about this although the ST3 is a lot lighter than the K. Kendon offers a ride-up platform that offers more footing area, the cost is $900. Knowing what I know now I'm thinking the Aluma might have been the better way to go but for now I'll see how the Kendon performs - or doesn't - and report back.

wide ramps and good chocks are the key to easy loading. i just ride my bikes up the ramp, straight into the chock, then get off and go find the tie down straps. super easy. zero drama.




MNJ1300 also had a good suggestion which i do too. two chocks, but three mounting points on the trailer. if carrying one bike it takes about 2 minutes to put a chock in the center mount location.
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The first thing I learned is the K12S is pretty friggin' heavy to push up the ramp and into the wheel chock. If my trip is to be successful I have to be able to load and unload my bikes alone. It's a bit dicey to get the K into position and stable so I can affix the loop straps and tie downs. My original plan was to load it and the ST3 but I took off with only the K loaded because its fairing and fork setup isn't as conducive to mounting loop straps and tie downs given the Kendon's framework.

I'm thinking I'll have to have my bikes powered up and do a slow creep up the ramp and into the chocks. I'm not pleased about this although the ST3 is a lot lighter than the K. Kendon offers a ride-up platform that offers more footing area, the cost is $900. Knowing what I know now I'm thinking the Aluma might have been the better way to go but for now I'll see how the Kendon performs - or doesn't - and report back.

Loading/unloading solo is my issue also which is why I'm searching for a trailer, much easier for me to perform the task single handed.

Powering up the ramp isn't very difficult, I was able to power my GS up my ramp and load it in the bed of my Tundra without incident. While I was successful there was plenty of room for things to go bad quickly without someone else there to help. When powering up the ramp maintain constant throttle and you should be fine. A good wheel chock is mandatory and makes loading and tie down much easier and simplier.

Here's a picture of the ramp I used to load my GS on my truck. I have a great neighboor who gave me the ramp since he no longer needed it. It would have been impossible to load/unload my GS solo with the ramp I purchased at Lowes.
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Lee, one of the things I did was to upgrade the rail & chock system on my Kendon. I've seen pics of the Baxley unit and I can tell you that the Kendon rail & chock system is similar but not as robust. In short, it's functional HOWEVER, there's some degree of pucker factor involved in attempting to install and cinch the tie downs. I'll take a pic of mine and post it today.

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....... Powering up the ramp isn't very difficult, I was able to power my GS up my ramp and load it in the bed of my Tundra without incident. While I was successful there was plenty of room for things to go bad quickly without someone else there to help. When powering up the ramp maintain constant throttle and you should be fine. A good wheel chock is mandatory and makes loading and tie down much easier and simplier.


Okay, I'd like to make the distinction between powering and riding up. By "powering" I mean having the bike in 1st and feathering the clutch enough as I walk next to the bike and guide it into the rail & chock.

Mlytle suggests having a wide ramp. Well, I'm in favor of that, too, but the Kendon's design won't work with a wide ramp because as soon as you clear the ramp there's no trailer surface to place your left foot onto.
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This is what I just installed on mine. It's Kendon's updated rail & chock system:

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Okay, I'd like to make the distinction between powering and riding up. By "powering" I mean having the bike in 1st and feathering the clutch enough as I walk next to the bike and guide it into the rail & chock.

When I loaded my GS in the bed of my truck I sat on the bike while feathering the clutch just enough to keep the bike moving forward and up the ramp. My ramp was just wide enough I could keep my feet on the side rails of the ramp while powering up the ramp. I loaded my bike without issue but the chance for a mishap was present.
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I agree it can be quite difficult to either load or unload a bike into the bed of a truck without help.

Luckily, I have a small ditch at mu house that I can back my truck into. Then there is usually someone where I am staying that will help me load/off load when I get there. If not, I just keep an eye out for a convenient location to back the truck into.

However, if you have a wide enough ramp it shouldn't be too difficult.

I have seen guys use a tri-fold aluminum ramp for this purpose. Plenty of room for the bike and yourself to walk the bike (under power) up the ramp. I have also seen guys ride/straddle the bike up the ramp (under power). The only issue you might have is if the belly pan would drag due to you actually sitting on the bike should you use the ride/straddle method.

As for chocks, I have a set that I use that are made by T-Rex Racing. They are similar to Baxley's or Condor's but don't cost near as much. They are basically a "friction fit" chock. Plenty tight enough to hold the bike upright without any help while strapping it down.

As for straps, I highly recommend the Canyon Dancer 2. It doesn't twist/stretch/tear your grips like the original Canyon Dancer or other systems.

If I were trailering again, I'd get a generic 5X8 non tilt trailer (3500 lb axle, 15" wheels), a tri-fold aluminum ramp, T-Rex Racing wheel chock and a Canyon Dancer 2.

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I know this thread is mostly about open trailers and I know many have them and love them.

But since you are looking at nice aluminum trailers the cost is about the same new or used as an enclosed trailer.

I bought my 6X12 enclosed trailer for $3,500.00 and see really nice used ones going for just over $2,000.00.

Get one with a ramp door and walk or ride the bikes right in.

Can carry a lot of gear as well as the bikes and of course everything is out of the weather as well as out of sight.

Sure they weigh more but you have a truck that will handle it with no problem and since you are not using it a lot the extra fuel cost is not a big deal.

I know you said renting was not a good option - depending on how many days a year you actually would rent - it may be the way to go.

Now if you end up purchasing a trailer for under $1,000.00 then I would say it makes sense.

Renting has a few good aspects to it - no registration - no initial cost of purchasing - no maintenance - no storage issues.

The only reason I own my trailer is because I use it almost every weekend from mid April thru mid October and it fits in my garage when I do store it.

And if you have family and friends like I do - that utility trailer is going to get borrowed more than you are going to like.

I don't get asked anymore from anyone to borrow my trailer - I simply tell them it is set up to haul motorcycles and I'm not taking all my gear out plus taking it half apart so they can go pick up a sofa or refrigerator or whatever.

Whichever way you go - a trailer is way better than dealing with putting the bikes in the bed of your truck - those days have come and gone for this old guy.
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When I loaded my GS in the bed of my truck I sat on the bike while feathering the clutch just enough to keep the bike moving forward and up the ramp. My ramp was just wide enough I could keep my feet on the side rails of the ramp while powering up the ramp. I loaded my bike without issue but the chance for a mishap was present.




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I love those Aluma bike trailers and would buy one if I towed my bike more.
I rarely tow the bike so i made a bike trailer that I can use for other things as well. I do tow my 4 wheeler a bunch during hunting season and if it's not going in the bed, it goes on this trailer. Me and a buddy bent up this diamond plate aluminum for the rock guard, it works really well.



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Late last November I bought a used Kendon stand up 2-bike trailer. New they cost $3800, I paid $1K for a unit that needed some TLC. My plan is to trailer two of my bikes to AZ and spend time visiting friends and riding. So, yesterday I loaded the K12S with the intent of getting familiar with how to load the tow the rig.

The first thing I learned is the K12S is pretty friggin' heavy to push up the ramp and into the wheel chock. If my trip is to be successful I have to be able to load and unload my bikes alone. It's a bit dicey to get the K into position and stable so I can affix the loop straps and tie downs. My original plan was to load it and the ST3 but I took off with only the K loaded because its fairing and fork setup isn't as conducive to mounting loop straps and tie downs given the Kendon's framework.

I'm thinking I'll have to have my bikes powered up and do a slow creep up the ramp and into the chocks. I'm not pleased about this although the ST3 is a lot lighter than the K. Kendon offers a ride-up platform that offers more footing area, the cost is $900. Knowing what I know now I'm thinking the Aluma might have been the better way to go but for now I'll see how the Kendon performs - or doesn't - and report back.
Get the bikes all lined up at the base of your ramp perfect, crank the bike to 6k, drop the clutch, and the bike will jump into place on your trailer.
On a slightly more serious note, I've loaded bikes onto my very tall truck several times (bikes were in addition to a full trailer). With my truck tailgate at around 38" I absolutely have to "drive" them up the ramp. As noted, line yourself up perfectly, stand BESIDE the bike, and walk the bike up the ramp under its power. Really does work like a charm. Going down from the 38" tailgate is far scarier to me.
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.......... I'll see how the Kendon performs - or doesn't - and report back.

I'm late posting this but the short version is that the tow test was a non event. It took far longer to load the K bike than I thought and there is no doubt that having a spotter would help if for nothing else but to give me some piece of mind. Backing the K out of the chock will always be an adventure and a test of my strength. Let's face it, yanking back on the handlebars ain't fun on a 600# bike especially while trying to keep it upright and balanced.

It looks like I'll have to go with a Canyon Dancer II for the ST3 because of the fork/fairing/triple clamp set up doesn't work with the Kendon's tie down attachment points.
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I know this thread is mostly about open trailers and I know many have them and love them.

But since you are looking at nice aluminum trailers the cost is about the same new or used as an enclosed trailer.

I bought my 6X12 enclosed trailer for $3,500.00 and see really nice used ones going for just over $2,000.00.

Get one with a ramp door and walk or ride the bikes right in.

Can carry a lot of gear as well as the bikes and of course everything is out of the weather as well as out of sight.

Sure they weigh more but you have a truck that will handle it with no problem and since you are not using it a lot the extra fuel cost is not a big deal.

I know you said renting was not a good option - depending on how many days a year you actually would rent - it may be the way to go.

Now if you end up purchasing a trailer for under $1,000.00 then I would say it makes sense.

Renting has a few good aspects to it - no registration - no initial cost of purchasing - no maintenance - no storage issues.

Whichever way you go - a trailer is way better than dealing with putting the bikes in the bed of your truck - those days have come and gone for this old guy.

I have considered a enclosed trailer and I have noticed they are very similar in price to the Kendon and Aluma. My game plan is to take two long distance trips per year and the con against enclosed trailers is they are heavier and create more drag than the aluminum trailers. Since it's likely I'll be traveling solo the cost of fuel is important to me and my Tundra burns gas without a trailer so adding a heavy enclosed trailer may drop my mpg down to 10-12. That's a lot when I'm traveling almost 5000 miles round trip. I'm sure mpg wouldn't be much better towing a aluminum trailer but even if it's only 2 mpg better that's a significant savings over the course of 5000 miles.

The upside to enclosed is it keeps the contents safer and more secure from prying eyes as well as allows you to haul more stuff. I could also use the trailer as a garage to keep my bikes out of the weather when I'm home. Whatever I buy will have to be used since anything over $2000 is really above my budget. Lots of good choices out there but I have until June to decide what to buy.
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Personally I'm with Bruce on this one.
Enclosed trailer is the way to go! Im a snowmobiler and my wife and I travel up north to Wisconsin a couple times a year, not 5000 miles but still travel and my first trailer was an open trailer, yes it towed a whole easier and probably did get me better gas mileage, I never really checked, since then Ive had a enclosed trailer now for the past 10+ years and its sooo much better, just like Bruce has said keeps everything clean and safe, and like you just hit on, gives you another garage. That’s exactly as I do, used to keep the sleds in the garage, now, they sit in the the enclosed trailer outa the way and safe and sound!
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Personally I'm with Bruce on this one.
Enclosed trailer is the way to go! Im a snowmobiler and my wife and I travel up north to Wisconsin a couple times a year, not 5000 miles but still travel and my first trailer was an open trailer, yes it towed a whole easier and probably did get me better gas mileage, I never really checked, since then Ive had a enclosed trailer now for the past 10+ years and its sooo much better, just like Bruce has said keeps everything clean and safe, and like you just hit on, gives you another garage. That’s exactly as I do, used to keep the sleds in the garage, now, they sit in the the enclosed trailer outa the way and safe and sound!


Personally, I'm not with Bruce or rs350 on this one.
I owned an enclosed trailer before and after towing all my stuff out west, I never used it. Hauling a motorcycle once or twice a year, the kendon makes a lot more sense. It's really light and ANY car can tow it.


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Personally, I'm not with Bruce or rs350 on this one.
I owned an enclosed trailer before and after towing all my stuff out west, I never used it. Hauling a motorcycle once or twice a year, the kendon makes a lot more sense. It's really light and ANY car can tow it.


Just my $0.148 US worth...

I think you nailed it, Louis. In a perfect world I'd have an enclosed trailer but it would be overkill for me despite the attraction of protecting the bikes in transit and when parked where I'm visiting family, friends, or staying at a hotel. My reason for buying the Kendon was to use it for transporting my bikes to warmer climes during the winter season. I'll have a better feel once I've taken the trip in February and will post about my experience.
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I think you nailed it, Louis. In a perfect world I'd have an enclosed trailer but it would be overkill for me despite the attraction of protecting the bikes in transit and when parked where I'm visiting family, friends, or staying at a hotel. My reason for buying the Kendon was to use it for transporting my bikes to warmer climes during the winter season. I'll have a better feel once I've taken the trip in February and will post about my experience.




You can also use some shrink wrap to protect it in February as the local road maintenance crews put all sorts of sh!t on the road..


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Re: Good motorcycle trailer

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I think you nailed it, Louis. In a perfect world I'd have an enclosed trailer but it would be overkill for me despite the attraction of protecting the bikes in transit and when parked where I'm visiting family, friends, or staying at a hotel. My reason for buying the Kendon was to use it for transporting my bikes to warmer climes during the winter season. I'll have a better feel once I've taken the trip in February and will post about my experience.
And I think you just stated the exact reason why an open trailer for long distances is not the way to go.

I would be in agreement for the open trailer when you are using it locally for day trips.

I do travel and can tell you leaving your bike/bikes or gear on an open trailer is really a crap shoot at best in regard to security.

And as many of you know I run from aggravation - when I have to start wrapping my bikes to protect them and have to sleep next to my trailer or in my car with my Glock - well for me(I understand others disagree) it just is not happening.

And then when you have a need for an enclosed trailer when home to store the bikes again makes all the sense to me.

I understand the +'s/-'s of owning each - go with what makes the most sense to you - but honestly the few $$$ more in fuel should not be a factor. If you were traveling every weekend or doing a lot of trips then of course I would be more concerned about fuel consumption.

I pull my trailer about 3 weekends out of the month spring to fall and do a few week long trips - I think the extra fuel costs me about $300-$400.
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I'd love an enclosed trailer. Garage on wheels or a bedroom off the cottage. Wish I got one ten years ago. I'd still have it and it'd be paid for, but more importantly whatever's in there is out of the weather.
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open? enclosed? all good...just depends on the tow vehicle size available, budget, storage available(for trailer), security needs, and other factors. many different tools can move an MC from one spot to another.

single open


double open


big open - (interspecies roundel bonding)



inside front part of 26ft long enclosed ( another version of interspecies roundel bonding)

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