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I've read a lot of post about pulling a trailer, but am yet to see anything about a hitch other than uni go. They are quite expensive for no more than they are. Another post had this type of trailer Http://quicksilvertrailers.com/lazybum.htm, and I was thingking of the kennel version, since we have a dog and it gives an option for a split section. It is also only 185lbs versus over 300 for the bigger size. Does Burgman give any tow capicity limits, recommendations, etc?

Has any one actually towed a trailer, adn if so what type of hitch did you use and where did you get it?

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Jeff
 

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Personally, I wouldn't consider pulling a trailer with any motorcycle unless it was either very light or had brakes of its own. I'd be paranoid about all that weight pushing on the back of the bike. Stopping straight would be fine, but in a panic on a corner, all that weight would tend to push the rear of your motorcycle/scooter around. :?
 

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Personally, I wouldn't consider pulling a trailer with any motorcycle unless it was either very light or had brakes of its own. I'd be paranoid about all that weight pushing on the back of the bike. Stopping straight would be fine, but in a panic on a corner, all that weight would tend to push the rear of your motorcycle/scooter around. :?
Pulling trailers can be a little more challenging than regular riding, but some precautions can minimize the problems: don't tow too heavy a trailer/load, keep the load in the trailer balanced front-to-rear so as to put a little -- but not too much -- down-force on the tongue, take corners extra slow, increase your following distance, etc.

Lots of riders have towed trailers; the GWRRA members have practically made an art of it. For many riders, the benefits must outweigh the risks or it wouldn't be so common.
 

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I think the Unigo has been discussed here before. In any case here is the link and they list a hitch for the 650. It is small and pricey but probably the best towing bike trailer around. I believe the company is leaving New Zealand and setting up shop in the USA.

http://www.uni-go.com
 

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That's pretty cool. 8) I've got a one-wheeled trailer for my bicycle like that -- a B.O.B. (Bicycles Obispo). It's nice to take the load off of the bike itself, but even with a relatively light load on a bike, it does make the handling a bit squirrely. It makes the front end feel light and twitchy. I got up to 40mph on a steep hill (not for fun, I really didn't want to be going that fast, but gravity seems to have its way), and it was a bit nerve-racking.
 

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There were at least a few scooters at Scootercade that pulled trailers. I remember looking at one hitch on a Honda Silverwing that seemed somewhat overbuilt, but I'm not sure if it was homemade or commercial.

If my wife wanted to tour with me on the Burgman, I'd give a trailer some thought. The main problems are the cost, and storage space in the garage. I am sure that I would ride more conservatively with a trailer attached, but once we reached our destination the trailer would come off and I'd do the real recreational riding without it. Which brings up the issue of securing the trailer when left behind at the motel.
 

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Howard;
I read one review of that trailer and it wasn't very favorable. The biggest problem being the design of the hitch tended to bind not allowing smooth articulation and then tended to skip through corners.
 

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I pulled a Monogo with my Silver Wing, in fact, even went thru the Dragon with it on.

The Monogo is a PIA to move around when it's off the bike (due to the single wheel) but on the bike, you can't even feel it. The B'Man, having more power than the SWing would also handle it fine.

See my site http://www.JerseyBiker.com for more info on it.
 

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Hi,

Last Sunday my Burgy650 "went":) to friend for a instalation of a trailer. You can see some pictures of the trailer in my gallery. The are minimum 30 years old so paint is ordered, but no time

You can see and read some info on http://www.singlewheel.com under PAV.

Its was used with JAWA bikes and its getting more and more used with new bikes.

My friend will also (built the holders) for Kappa trunks (44Litres) see ( http://www.iron-moto.cz/operky.html)


I share the pictures and make an aftermarket review after I get ( end March).

Cheers

Slepejs
 

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Slepejs,
That looks like a very nice little trailer. Also, thank you for the photos and other links. There are some very impressive motorcycles shown in them. May I ask you for more information about the saddle bag mounts shown on the Burgman 650? It looks as if part of the frame replaces the original hand holds on either side.
 

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Hi bwdbrn1,

You are right the saddle bag mounts replace the hand holds. They use their own with the holders for the bags. I will place some pictures when burgy is back ( end March).

The costs for them is $230. (both)

My friend has them instaled already. The are handmade. Here are two pictures.

He has also the ERMAX windshield.

http://moji.motorkari.cz/index.php?show=3576

I use the 44litres Kappa bags (I heard that they are produced at GIVI factory)


Hope this helps a little.


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Hi Slepejs,

Yes, that helps a lot. The mounts look very strong, and clean in design. I'll look forward to seeing more pictures, and maybe some close ups of them. thanks again.

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One of our forum members just got back from Bike Week in Florida and towed a trailer behind his 650 from Tennessee to the Florida keys and back. He said, "The bike did real good and the only draw back was I only got about 120 miles per tank on the fuel." and "I just used the same trailer that i pull behind my 1100GSGK Suzuki. Worked like a charm and pulled great. I think it pulled better than the 1100 or at least a lot smoother. I didn't have any trouble with the trailer...I mean no weaving or bouncing or any of that stuff."
 

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Bill. Did that guy who pulled the trailer post a thread or just shoot a pm to ya? I'd like to read about his experience. My friend here wanted me to go with him to bike week last weekend but I had to go to Fayetteville NC Sunday morning. Just got back an hour ago. tia - pedz.
 

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Pete,

It was email. Maybe he'll post more info as time allows.
 
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