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Happy new year everyone, I've been thinking about a luggage trailer for the LT and wondered if anyone has built one, got one for sale or any advice on building one, also any suggestions photos etc for the tow attachment on the bike or photos of the trailer. In others words owt.

Cheers Bren
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Happy new year everyone, I've been thinking about a luggage trailer for the LT and wondered if anyone has built one, got one for sale or any advice on building one, also any suggestions photos etc for the tow attachment on the bike or photos of the trailer. In others words owt.

Cheers Bren
Smudje had one Bren he and Monique used one when they came to the treffen a couple of years ago. If you look at the older photos I'm sure there are some pictures of his set up.
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Happy new year everyone, I've been thinking about a luggage trailer for the LT and wondered if anyone has built one, got one for sale or any advice on building one, also any suggestions photos etc for the tow attachment on the bike or photos of the trailer. In others words owt.

Cheers Bren
Here is a picture of the Samsonite Oyster suitcase trailer that I built. It has been used a lot. The box on the tongue came from JC Whitney and also snaps off to take into the motel.

I used torsion axles for suspension and 12 inch wheels. Over all it is 6 feet long and weighs in at 110 LBs empty. You literally can not tell it is back there when pulling with the LT or the RT.

On both of my motorcycles I used tow hitches from DMC (Dauntless).

http://www.dmcsidecars.com/hitches/

It converts for hauling my bicycles also.

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Smudje had one Bren he and Monique used one when they came to the treffen a couple of years ago. If you look at the older photos I'm sure there are some pictures of his set up.
Hi Phil I remember Smugje having one I was really impressed that he was able to unhitch and wheel it into the lift and up to his room and in an ideal world that is just the ticket but a bit out of my price bracket. You very rarely see trailers around these parts I just wanted a few ideas of home builds etc. hope your keeping well, take care Bren
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Here is a picture of the Samsonite Oyster suitcase trailer that I built. It has been used a lot. The box on the tongue came from JC Whitney and also snaps off to take into the motel.

I used torsion axles for suspension and 12 inch wheels. Over all it is 6 feet long and weighs in at 110 LBs empty. You literally can not tell it is back there when pulling with the LT or the RT.

On both of my motorcycles I used tow hitches from DMC (Dauntless).

http://www.dmcsidecars.com/hitches/

It converts for hauling my bicycles also.

Ron
Hi Ron thanks for your feedback and the images, this looks spot on, and similar to what I have in mind, building the trailer will be no problem but sourcing a hitch for the bike might be a bit more of a problem I've looked on your USA site and seen a couple of home made ones which I might go for. Do you mean the length of square section draw bar steel that you can see snaps off? cheers Bren
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Hi

Here a link to see the trailer I made 2 years ago for my PC 800 and that I put behind my K12LT now. If you go around in the same site, you will see others making. If you need I can give you plans to build the hitch to!!

http://bagagere-moto.forumgratuit.or...a-construction 3 pages to see!!

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Hi Ron thanks for your feedback and the images, this looks spot on, and similar to what I have in mind, building the trailer will be no problem but sourcing a hitch for the bike might be a bit more of a problem I've looked on your USA site and seen a couple of home made ones which I might go for. Do you mean the length of square section draw bar steel that you can see snaps off? cheers Bren
Bren,

The small top case on the draw bar unsnaps from a plate mounted on the draw bar so you can carry the top case in the motel. I have actually taken the entire trailer into a motel room but it is a tight fit through the door.

The empty trailer can be stood up against the wall for storage.

Ron


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2000 LTC 90,600 miles KIA (new)
2003 LTE 164,188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 84,612 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 497,451
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
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1989 GL1500 rode 142208 miles (bought with 20302 sold 162510)
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Hi

Here a link to see the trailer I made 2 years ago for my PC 800 and that I put behind my K12LT now. If you go around in the same site, you will see others making. If you need I can give you plans to build the hitch to!!

http://bagagere-moto.forumgratuit.or...a-construction 3 pages to see!!
Hi Francis thanks for your feed back I've struggled a bit with looking at the site you suggested (only because I don't speak French) but I will have another look. I would be interested in a copy of the plans for the hitch I will PM you my email address cheers Bren
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Bren,

The small top case on the draw bar unsnaps from a plate mounted on the draw bar so you can carry the top case in the motel. I have actually taken the entire trailer into a motel room but it is a tight fit through the door.

The empty trailer can be stood up against the wall for storage.

Ron
Thanks for the response Ron I've got a plan now just need to action it.

Cheers Bren
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One more thing Bren,

When you build the trailer be sure to use LED lights on it. This will allow you to connect the wiring on bikes that are Canbus without causing a conflict with the ZFE. This would be for RT's and newer K bikes.

The taillight/brake light on these bikes have single element bulbs and the ZFE sends 5 volts in the tail light mode and full 12 volts in the brake mode.

Ron


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2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 84,612 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 497,451
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
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One more thing Bren,

When you build the trailer be sure to use LED lights on it. This will allow you to connect the wiring on bikes that are Canbus without causing a conflict with the ZFE. This would be for RT's and newer K bikes.

The taillight/brake light on these bikes have single element bulbs and the ZFE sends 5 volts in the tail light mode and full 12 volts in the brake mode.

Ron
Thanks for the suggestion Ron, my LT is a 2005 will that qualify for the canbus on the light circuits? I haven't had it long so not fully up to speed with the system.

Cheers Bren
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No canbus on the LT.

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No canbus on the LT.
I wasn't sure which bike you were riding.....this would not be necessary on the LT. If you plan on a different ride later it might make a difference. LED's draw less power and work well with either bike.


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2003 LTE 164,188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 84,612 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 497,451
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
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Happy new year everyone, I've been thinking about a luggage trailer for the LT and wondered if anyone has built one, got one for sale or any advice on building one, also any suggestions photos etc for the tow attachment on the bike or photos of the trailer. In others words owt.

Cheers Bren
I've had a go at building a monowheel trailer it weighs in at 55 kilos, I loaded it up with about 20 kilos I did about 100 miles and it appeared to be ok, I suppose with the monowheel design it's the weight on the tow hitch that you've to pay attention to, has anybody any views on this?


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