Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Taylors, SC, USA
I've had one since August 2006 for my 1991 Honda ST1100. They are manufactured and sold by "Michel" from a small town east of Montreal. Since they're not US DOT compliant, no shipping is allowed to the US. It was a "ride-in" experience for me - from SC to Montreal and back...
I was interested only in one-wheel trailers back then and researched all of them at the time, including the ever-popular Uni-go. I ultimately ended up picking the Monogo for the following reasons:
1. capacity - the Monogo has slightly larger capacity than the Unigo - in addition, it's length made carrying longer items a non issue.
2. cost - back then, with the favorable exchange rates, the Monogo was significantly less expensive than the Unigo.
3. durability - back then, I was planning on touring Alaska on my '95 Triumph Tiger and was looking for a trailer that could handle rough roads, etc. - the Monogo fit the bill as Michel also sells it in other configurations and the higher ground clearance would be an asset.
Michel makes these in a small shop and then has a machinist/fabricator located several miles away make a custom hitch for your particular bike.
The transaction went fine - the only problem was that it was miscommunicated to me about how long it would take the fabricate the custom hitch - led to me being "stranded" in a French-speaking campground overnite without the bike.
I use the Monogo roughly 2-3 times a year - normally when touring 2-up or camping solo.
I have had issues with the trailer "wagging" behind me at speeds above 65 mph - very disconcerting as it causes the bike's rear end to "wag" as well. I've spoken to Unigo owner and they reported the same issue - to the point that they eventually sold it - may be
inherent to the design perhaps.
Now that I have the LT, I'm faced with a dilemma - do I configure it for the Monogo or do I buy a 2 wheel trailer like a Bushtec? My wife & I sorely miss the extra room that the Monogo affords...based on my experience with the Monogo, it's not worth making another trip up to Canada to get a custom hitch built for it - Michel does sell/ship the hitch components so I could get a fabricator here in SC to build one. However, I've just acquired Bushtec hitches for both the LT & ST - but, the prices on Bushtecs, even used, may force me to wait a little longer....