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Tow weight?

Could the K1200lt tow a 375kg caravan?

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Could the K1200lt tow a 375kg caravan?
Over here in the colonies we use lbs., so I'm not sure of that converted weight.
I have towed about 800lbs once for a very short distance (about 20 miles, had trailer loaded with magazines for Thunder in the Valley) will not do it again, should be about half of that for a max weight.
Moving it is not the issue, stopping it is the problem.
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Over here in the colonies we use lbs., so I'm not sure of that converted weight.
I have towed about 800lbs once for a very short distance (about 20 miles, had trailer loaded with magazines for Thunder in the Valley) will not do it again, should be about half of that for a max weight.
Moving it is not the issue, stopping it is the problem.
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k37 kg is about 827 lbs. I'd say that's a lot for an Lt to handle. That amount of weight is for sure going to overload the bike suspension and the max safe load on the rear tire. Plus, as UncleRock says, it's gona be a handful to stop!

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Over here in the colonies we use lbs., so I'm not sure of that converted weight.
I have towed about 800lbs once for a very short distance (about 20 miles, had trailer loaded with magazines for Thunder in the Valley) will not do it again, should be about half of that for a max weight.
Moving it is not the issue, stopping it is the problem.
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k375 kg is about 827 lbs. I'd say that's a lot for an Lt to handle. That amount of weight is for sure going to overload the bike suspension and the max safe load on the rear tire. Plus, as UncleRock says, it's gona be a handful to stop!

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What kind of trailer are you thinking about?

My opinion is that it would just plain be unsafe...

Besides burning out the clutch to get it moving, you would probably require double the braking distance, and would definitely need electric brakes on the trailer - a pain in the butt to keep properly adjusted. Driving in traffic would be miserable, you would have to be on the power curve all the time to control it.

That much weight would also push you hard into corners - VERY unstable.

I've pulled up to 400 lbs (half of 375kg) for many years and always felt that is about the max for safety, I prefer it when I'm down to 300 or less...

I currently wear out my rear tire twice as fast when towing.
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Not to change this into a tire thread, but TJ from Bridgestone tire company did a seminar every day at CCR. He said that there is not tire today that is made for the LT that has the proper load rating when towing a trailer. It seems that when towing a trailer and you apply the brakes it shifts a lot of weight on the rear tire, exceeding the load rating of the tire and possibly causing a failure. Unless your trailer has electric brakes, be careful! He said that Dunlop will be coming out with a "super" rated tire in about six months that will handle the trailer setups.
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Thanks all. I was looking at what looked like a tiny caravan, but it turns out that it is far heftier than it needs to be.
I am ganna have to build my own that is far lighter I think

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Could the K1200lt tow a 375kg caravan?
If you want to tow a trailer AND stop it AND not over load your tires, trike your LT.

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With it looking like the rear drive has gone AGAIN - I am very tempted!

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My opinion is that it would just plain be unsafe...

Besides burning out the clutch to get it moving, you would probably require double the braking distance, and would definitely need electric brakes on the trailer - a pain in the butt to keep properly adjusted. Driving in traffic would be miserable, you would have to be on the power curve all the time to control it.

That much weight would also push you hard into corners - VERY unstable.

I currently wear out my rear tire twice as fast when towing.
Yes to all EXCEPT BRAKING DISTANCE X 5
It did push so hard in corners that I had to look and see if I had rolled the gas grabbing the brake.
I get about 6K on an M880 rear when pulling the trailer 10-11K solo.
Cookie there are lots of lite pop ups out there.
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