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Old 02-20-2012, 10:07 PM
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Hi everyone I just start making a trailer Hitch for my sporty and I was wondering what is the weight that this hitch should be tested for to be safe , because I don't want to test my hitch with the trailer on and fully loaded i would like to test it on another way. So If you have any idea please let me know

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And I just have a small trailer with a car roofbox on it

Here is my trailer
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:33 PM
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Wow, I admire your ambition. I've done things on my Sporty that people say you can't do. The safety weight for a Sporty I believe is 350 pounds. Including rider and passenger. I certainly wouldn't put much weight on the lower back side of a Sporty. If the trailer is balanced, and the cargo also balanced, it could work out. It could also be a disaster.

Even perfectly balanced, I don't think you're going to be able to tow much weight behind a Sporty. Just off the top of my head, I think about the very weak clutch on the Sporty.
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I am interested to see how you attatch the hitch to the bike.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:23 AM
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Back a few years ago I was at a rally and camped next to a guy that had pulled a pop-up tent trailer behind his sporty. It was an ugly *** hitch he had made, but he was telling me he had pulled that trailer all around the country with his sporty.

20-30 lbs tongue weight is the most you want to go on your trailer.

I got no idea what you want it to be tested for....but I would WAY OVER ENGINEER IT.

You don't want that sucker failing going down the road.
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Most external bike hitches I have seen attach to the rear footpeg mounts and struts. Trailer must have some tougue weight or it becomes an evil thing at speed. Properly built I would say you will be fine...there are thousands of them on the road every day.
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Most external bike hitches I have seen attach to the rear footpeg mounts and struts. Trailer must have some tougue weight or it becomes an evil thing at speed. Properly built I would say you will be fine...there are thousands of them on the road every day.

No doubt. Did not mean to imply that it was unsafe. Plus I should have said the tongue needs to be between 20-30 lbs.

I have pulled trailers with my last 3 baggers. Most tongue weight I have gone is 45 lbs. (a fish scale is a good way to test the tongue weight on the trailer)

At 45 lbs it can compromise the ride quality of a bagger AND make the front end a bit light. Most hitch mfg. say to stay between 20 & 35 lbs with a bagger.

I have used Kury hitches and another brand that I am not remembering right now.

They were strong enough that I could stand on them and bounce up and down and they did not budge/flex.

And you definitely want the tongue to be lower at the hitch than it is at the axle...this will improve ride stability significantly.

Here's a picture of the King with the cargo trailer hooked up to it with a couple hundred pounds in it.

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That's quiet a setup there Kevin! I've never pulled a trailer behind a bike before, but if I did that is what I would want. Wonder if anyone makes a long, torpedo shaped trailer that one could sleep in...
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Wow I just have a truck for when I need to hual or tow something LOL! last summer alone I seen 3 bad wrecks where the tailers made the cars and truck that were pulling them go out of control and flip them over-don't even want to think about what one could do to a bike. Like was said I would not go over 35 lbs tongue weight. Post pix of the hitch when your done.
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jmho,...but trailers behind a motorcycle implys a death wish. You can over engineer, get the correct tongue wgt and everything is fine until you have to HIT the brakes.

and, I don't think there is a bike manufacturer that builds a bike to tow anything.

to each his own

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That's def cool but I wouldn't tow anything with my sporty lol riding a Moto in NJ is dangerous enough without adding X amount of feet to stop lol
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