Originally Posted by joemcd
My wife and I recently got a tea cup miniture Schnauzer. My wife has been waring a chest carrier so the dog can ride with us on our K1200LT. Does anyone have other ideas or ways to carry a small dog on an LT?
I carry KoKo, our 13 lb. poodle all the time - he absolutely loves to go touring. If I walk over toward the LT in the garage he'll jump up on the rear seat and whine, ready to go. We've done multi thousand mile trips without any issues.
I modified a carrier that is somewhat tubular in shape and has plastic "stays" in it. It also has mesh on three sides for excellent ventilation - which is of course EXTREMELY important since dogs can't sweat when it gets hot. I made him a VERY
comfortable bed using the same visco foam I use in my seats. I made also a zip on top made from convertible window vinyl, the really thick stuff, to eliminate wind chill and rain when appropriate. It's big enough so that he can move around inside to change position. I would not want to confine a dog to a specific position for any length of time.
He always travels with a polyester fill vest to keep him warm, and he gets frequent stops - at least once an hour - to run around a bit.
I've tried carrying him behind us on the rack but no way since he is way too exposed to wind buffeting - he loves to sit in front
of his dad and take in the scenery behind the wind shield. Bikers that carry their dogs on trailers behind the bike should be castrated - it REALLY pisses me off when I see that. I always ask them if they would put a 2 year old CHILD back there...