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Since 2008 I have always kept a motorcycle trailer. I started out with a steel 5x8 Franklin trailer, with an expanded steel deck. Over the years I added a plywood deck. At the time I had a 2005 Kawasaki ZX12r ninja.

Fast forward to 2018 when I got my VTX 1300r, with the fender I needed an extra half a foot to be able to fit the X and close the ramp. So, I decided to sell the trailer and go bigger. I ended up getting a 6x12 steel 1500 lbs heavy duty trailer, that turned out to be too much to handle (I need to store the trailer in my back yard).

I decided to buy a lighter trailer, and make it last. So I went with a 6x12 AWG Carry On trailer. This is their Aluminum with wood deck trailer. I custom ordered it from Lowes (it isn't on their website, you have to order it in person). I opted to add the spare tire mount (it came with the mount and the wheel/tire).



There were some flaws, for example the expanded aluminum welded to the ramp wasn't the best. There also were gaps in their support bars on the ramp that is you load a motorcycle wasn't ideal. I had a shop take care of that by adding 2 extra support bars, and Carry On warrantied the repair welding work.

Example of bad welds on the ramp:


I also needed to add anchor points, but didn't want to give up surface, so I got these recessed 360 swivel D Rings from Amazon. I got 8 of them. I drilled 1" holes, then chiseled out the wood. I also got angle steel, cut it into sections to reinforce the brackets under the trailer.

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You can see I had the license plate moved to the ramp, and you can see the extra support bars in the gate:


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My next and final addition will be a removable Condor Motorcycle Wheel chock. This will keep my full deck open for other non-motorcycle things, and allow me to quickly convert as needed.
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Good job ! Now we need pictures with the 1300 sitting on it

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Good job ! Now we need pictures with the 1300 sitting on it
Thanks. This will have to wait until I get the Condor chock. This might be a winter project since I have already spent so much $$.

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WHY???


When ya buy a car ya don't buy a tow truck to go with it, do ya?


Woulda been much better off buyin' some tools and investing in some knowledge about repairin' bikes.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.
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WHY???

When ya buy a car ya don't buy a tow truck to go with it, do ya?

Woulda been much better off buyin' some tools and investing in some knowledge about repairin' bikes.

He might just want the convenience of a trailer.
At my age & health, if I wanted to go to Florida, Sturgis, or somewhere a long ways away, I'd definitely trailer the bike there.
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He might just want the convenience of a trailer.
At my age & health, if I wanted to go to Florida, Sturgis, or somewhere a long ways away, I'd definitely trailer the bike there.
Then ya'll just don't get it. It's about the ride. It's about the people you meet along the way. It's about breaking down and turning a wrench while people, who you've never met before, lend a hand. It's about the ingenuity of repairs, on the side of the road, using an old, discarded beer can and a coat hanger. The ride to a destination is as much, or more, of the reason for the trip. A trip isn't just to arrive with a shiny piece of crap on a trailer so you can ride around a few hills, pose for pics, and claim "biker" status.
I'm old as dirt myself. Never owned a trailer, most likely never will. Trailers have just ONE purpose; to help a brother who's broken down and calls you at 3am.
Stories I could tell but, it seems that most the people who really rode have left this message board..........and I don't blame 'em.

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When ya buy a car ya don't buy a tow truck to go with it, do ya?


Woulda been much better off buyin' some tools and investing in some knowledge about repairin' bikes.
I live in NYC area. I do an annual trip to Maine from Long Island NY. When I ride back from Maine (one day) after 8 hours of riding to get to the George Washington Bridge on Sunday evening, it takes another 2-3 hours of bumper to bumper traffic to get home (30 miles). These are some of the busiest most dangerous roads in the US. If you have never been to this area, a google search of George Washington Bridge and the Cross Bronx Expressway will reveal the issue. Then add to that the Long Island Expressway or Northern State Parkway. To me this is the most dangerous part of any trip, after 8+ hours of riding, then dealing with bumper to bumper traffic in an impatient NYC area. My life is worth more than the most expensive trailer out there.

For this trip, I trailer to my friends house in mainland NY (one hour north of NYC) and leave from there. When I return, I go to his house and load up the bike for the traffic back (the traffic starts at his exit of the NY Thruway and continues to my exit in Long Island. Sundays are the worst.

Generally, riding in the Long Island area isn't the best, I stick to around town, and early mornings before cagers are around. When I ride to work, I leave before most people, and return home in the HOV lane.

I have also used my trailer for dropping my bike off at shops. In the year I have had it, I dropped it off for Dyno tuning, Steering Neck bearing replacement (all balls), and radiator flushing, the rest of the work I have done myself.

I also am not a fan of loading motorcycles in the back of pickup trucks. Getting a 800+lbs bike up 4 ft is dangerous.

And lastly, I use the trailer for other things than the motorcycle. This is why I went with a 12 ft trailer over a smaller 10 ft. With a mounted chock, I want to be able to fit 8 ft pieces of plywood/sheetrock. But now I have decided to get a removable chock, so it isn't as much of a big deal.

I would never knock someone with a trailer and a bike.

By the way I got my VTX 6/2018 it is now 8/2019 I have driven 12k miles in this year and 2 months. I would say I ride the bike... This includes the bike being put away for 4 months during the winter
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Then ya'll just don't get it. It's about the ride. It's about the people you meet along the way. It's about breaking down and turning a wrench while people, who you've never met before, lend a hand. It's about the ingenuity of repairs, on the side of the road, using an old, discarded beer can and a coat hanger. The ride to a destination is as much, or more, of the reason for the trip. A trip isn't just to arrive with a shiny piece of crap on a trailer so you can ride around a few hills, pose for pics, and claim "biker" status.
I'm old as dirt myself. Never owned a trailer, most likely never will. Trailers have just ONE purpose; to help a brother who's broken down and calls you at 3am.
Stories I could tell but, it seems that most the people who really rode have left this message board..........and I don't blame 'em.

Believe me, I get it! You're the one missing the point!

As little as 15 years ago, I traveled the New England seaboard, Maine to the Keys solo.

What you're saying is, I should ride on those long trips, with my health issues, endangering myself and others,
all so you can consider me a Biker?

In the days before my health went, I averaged 18K-22K a year.
If the road was dry, I was riding, in temps so cold I had to wipe the frost from the inside of my face shield.
Never wore electric clothes to keep warm, just bundled up.


BTW, how many miles a year do you ride?
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Believe me, I get it! You're the one missing the point!

As little as 15 years ago, I traveled the New England seaboard, Maine to the Keys solo.

What you're saying is, I should ride on those long trips, with my health issues, endangering myself and others,
all so you can consider me a Biker?

In the days before my health went, I averaged 18K-22K a year.
If the road was dry, I was riding, in temps so cold I had to wipe the frost from the inside of my face shield.
Never wore electric clothes to keep warm, just bundled up.


BTW, how many miles a year do you ride?
He also lives in Ohio. My county of Long Island has 1.37 million people living in it. There is another 1.50 million people in the county to the east and 8.6 million in the NYC Counties directly to the west.

It's a lot easier to just get out there and ride from point A to point B when you don't have to get back to point A in hours of bumper to bumper traffic.
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