" I can't disagree more. Trailers don't need grip. They do need the least resistance which the Bushtec tires give you. Plus they don't hydroplane like "car" tires do."
Trailers don't need grip until you need to make a quick move to avoid an obstacle, or if you don't enjoy spirited riding. Just like trailers don't need internal tie downs to keep loads from shifting - the "dead blow hammer effect". Rolling resistance is more dependent on tire pressure and weight versus width. I avoid riding in the rain as much as possbile, even then hydroplaning is not an issue as long as there is adequate tread depth to shed water. I think large diameter motorcycle wheels and tires LOOK much better, but it is simply nothing more than a marketing ploy - and a pretty good one at that.
"The Bushtec Tire and wheel are super flat and very easily store on the floor of the Bushtec trailer. No problem at all."
Except that it takes up valuable cubic feet INSIDE the trailer.
"The suspension on Bushtecs are super easy to adjust. Just as easy as adjusting a tire and you only have to adjust one thing and not two tires."
No doubt about it - I would rather have a dedicated and purpose built air suspension - but at what cost?
"The Bushtec tires are 6 ply. What ply are yours?"
Mine are 4 ply - and I can buy 6 ply - but they are rated to carry 1,250 lbs. I would guess that is double the weight rating of most motorcycle tires.
"That would be true if the bottom part of your trailer was as low as a Bushtec trailer."
You might have me on that one. But once again my crappy single leaf spring suspension cost $26.00 - a tenth of what a torsion bar suspension costs - and weighs 1/6 of a torsion bar suspension. I would rather carry gear than suspension components that are totally over engineered for the application.
I think Bushtec makes a quality trailer and are damned good looking - probably the best on the market. If I was touring all the time it would probably make sense to invest $4,000.00 for - as Big E notes - "a rolling suitcase". My bet is that most mc trailers are used once a year - maybe twice.
What I have a major problem with is you proclaiming that smaller wheels are more dangerous than large ones - with absolutley no evidence to back it up. If you queried the thousands of members of the Motorcycle Trailer Towing Forum:
- or searched any past posts there for the last couple of years - you will find that there really have NEVER been ANY problems going low budget and low tech when pulling a trailer with small wheels and cheesy tires - period. It is, after all, just a trailer.