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post #1 of 10 Old Mar 14th, 2010, 5:40 pm Thread Starter
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pulling a trailer

How many on here pulls a trailer without any type of pivoting hitch. I have built a trailer but did not install the pivot on the tongue. Is this a problem when towing on a motorcycle?

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How many on here pulls a trailer without any type of pivoting hitch. I have built a trailer but did not install the pivot on the tongue. Is this a problem when towing on a motorcycle?
Curtis,

I have done this for a long time with no problems. The part that surprised me was when I dropped the bike from parking nose down a hill with a pop up camper behind it. The weight of the trailer pushed it off the side stand.

It did not even bend the tongue of the trailer.

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Re: pulling a trailer

I am going to try it. It is not the tongue of the trailer I am worried about.
1 trailer hitch $18.00
1 bike hitch $400.00

I am worried about damage to the bike. I pulled a trailer many miles on my Yamaha Venture but the trailer had a single rear wheel. I have not dropped the bike yet but there is always a first time. Thanks for the info

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I have been doing this for years with no issues. One key is to make sure trailer tongue is properly adjusted to minimize slop. This will ensure when starting or stopping you don't feel the trailer jerk.
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post #5 of 10 Old Mar 14th, 2010, 9:16 pm
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Re: pulling a trailer

I dropped my bike right after wifey got off and went and opened the trailer up, She didnt even know I had dropped the bike. Thats how much it bothered the trailer.
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Been over 15,000 miles towing my trailer in the twisties of the west coasts Sierra nevada mountains, & Rockies .... never an issue with a Non-pivot hitch.

* Was however VERY picky on selecting a 7/8 ball with the slimmest stem area giving hitch maximum clearance for rocking side to side.

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Re: pulling a trailer

This is another one of those subjects that can be debated forever,
some feel strongly about it others just shrugg and smile.

I've towed trailers with my motorcycle with a standard ball hitch with and without a swivel
and several with the "heim" joint and swivel, I've never really noticed any difference.

In 2006 I had an accident (hit an Elk) and the heim joint broke in half, tongue of the trailer put a big crevice in the tour pack before the trailer went it's own way, not a good scenario, swivel didn't help much.

For more on the subject (more like beaten to death)
check out the Motorcycle trailer towing forum.


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post #8 of 10 Old Mar 16th, 2010, 8:17 pm Thread Starter
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Re: pulling a trailer

Should I install safety chains or leave them off?

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post #9 of 10 Old Mar 16th, 2010, 8:45 pm
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Re: pulling a trailer

Your State laws will have the say on chains. In NY, we run chains by law. Just make sure if the trailer comes off the ball your chains cradle the tongue so it doesnt hit the ground, would make for an interesting ride if it did. Chuck
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Should I install safety chains or leave them off?
Like Chuck just said, you're required to have the chains by law and everybody has always agreed that the chains should be crossed so to "catch" the trailer tongue before it hits the ground.

In my opinion that's a law written for cars and trucks with no logical consideration for motorcycles.

Think about this a little bit, you want to obey or at least appear to obey the law and run the chains,
but if your trailer "breaks loose" or comes of (as it did in my crash)
do you really still want that thing "jerking on the back of your bike"
or worse yet following you as you're sliding/tumbling down the pavement.

My chain is setup so that a good tug will bend the "hasp" on the end and set it free.
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