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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 27th, 2011, 6:37 pm Thread Starter
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Trailer brakes

Does anyone have or know of brakes for a bike trailer?

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post #2 of 5 Old Mar 27th, 2011, 7:23 pm
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Re: Trailer brakes

Unless you are pulling a camper, don't think you need one.

I have pulled my "homemade HF" trailer for around 18,000 miles in the last two years, and prior to this had another trailer on my 93 1100 lt and pulled this for 12 years and over 70,000 miles without any extra trailer brakes. Can only load around 200 lbs, so total with trailer would be 350 lbs and is not hard to stop with ABS!! Starting is a little harder.

I read somewhere that someone added disc brakes to his trailer, search, maybe its easy to find. I think it was a camper but not sure.

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post #3 of 5 Old Mar 27th, 2011, 9:18 pm
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Re: Trailer brakes

Here's one setup you can get in Oz, about $900 I think... but I'm sure you could find a supplier in the US much cheaper..



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Re: Trailer brakes

Don't think M/C trailer brakes would be a good idea because if your leaned over and applied brakes the drag created by the trailer brakes may very well tend to stand up the bike having you drift out wider in your turn which WOULD NOT be a good thing

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Don't think M/C trailer brakes would be a good idea because if your leaned over and applied brakes the drag created by the trailer brakes may very well tend to stand up the bike having you drift out wider in your turn which WOULD NOT be a good thing
Interesting take.... here's another... with no trailer brakes, a heavily laden trailer under bike braking, while leaning, would push on the towball (rear of the bike), exerting force that "might" push the rear of the bike away from the turn.... potentially causing a jack-knife situation. Think on wet, slippery roads...

In reality, I think it would have to be a pretty intense situation under either premise to have a major effect on the bike handling.
I've only towed a heavyish trailer (with over-ride brakes) for 3 days (about to do a lot more), but found that the trailer braking matched with the bikes braking very well, negating any concerns I had when cornering.

And here's how well it worked, you can see the brake handle reacting to the trailer brakes actively being engaged when the bikes brakes are applied and the trailer starts to shift forward.

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