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post #1 of 11 Old Feb 28th, 2013, 8:59 am Thread Starter
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Question options for pulling your trailer

Anyone pulling a trailer with a BMW model besides the LT?

I've wondered if there's any other choices capable of doing so.

Pics of your setup would be nice.

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post #2 of 11 Old Feb 28th, 2013, 9:30 am
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Re: options for pulling your trailer

Jeff everything you're asking about can be found here
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Re: options for pulling your trailer

Hi Jeff

I recently installed a DMC hitch on my 2008 R1200RT and pulled one of my old trailers left over from my LT.I have not taken a picture of the rig hooked up, but have pictures of the hitch and pictures of the trailer.

My comparison so far is that the RT has more torque and seems effortless on the start out roll. One thing I noticed immediately was not being able to see the trailer at all in the mirrors. Those huge side bags blocked it out. I will fix that problem with some poles added to the trailer.

Stopping was just as good as it was with the LT...no problem at all. I honestly could not tell it was back there. I built this trailer for a specific reason....motel travel. It uses two hard case suitcases and a small top case on the tongue.There is a vinyl cover not shown in the picture.

I also made a bolt on conversion that allows me to haul my bicycles.

I did have to change out the trailer lights to LEDs after wiring the RT so as not to interfere with the ZFE module.

Excuse the dirty bike...lots of recent rain to ride in here in east Texas.


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Re: options for pulling your trailer

Yes, I remember that site Hans. It's neat, but I thought it focused on the trailer end? I'll check it out again, though.


Ron, that's a neat trailer you have. I'd say one cannot get anymore basic than that.
I'm guessing you had to get a whole different hitch for your RT or did you get lucky with the LT's hitch bolting up to it?

That's good info about converting the taillights, though I'm unfamiliar w/ the module you're referring to.

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Re: options for pulling your trailer

I came across a classify ad here a couple years old by someone w/ username of ezblvd.
It looks to be his one and only post of trying to sell a popup trailer. He included a picture of it connected up to his bike, which looks to be maybe a GT or an RT, but I'm not sure.

Definitely appears to be other bikes doing it.

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Re: options for pulling your trailer

I use to pull a pop-up camper with a R100 . I had friends that also use to pull pop-up camper's, one with a R75/6 & one with A R75/5.

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Ron, that's a neat trailer you have. I'd say one cannot get anymore basic than that.
I'm guessing you had to get a whole different hitch for your RT or did you get lucky with the LT's hitch bolting up to it?

That's good info about converting the taillights, though I'm unfamiliar w/ the module you're referring to.
That is a different hitch for the RT but it is the same manufacturer. Kinda pricey but I prefer the looks compared to the Bushtec hitch. The website doesn't offer much information but here it is:

http://www.dmcsidecars.com/hitches/hitches-for-bmw/

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Re: options for pulling your trailer

where did you find a trailor like that looks like a great trailor for a bike
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I designed and built that one to my needs. I bought the suitcases first and built the trailer around then. That way I could make it only as big as it needed to be. After it was built I found a need to haul my bike to the riding trail...so I just modified it to work for that also.

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2000 LTC 90,600 miles KIA (new)
2003 LTE 164,188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176,196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 84,612 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 497,451
1982 GL1100 rode 84108 miles (bought with 12012 sold 96120)
1988 GL1500 rode 12067 miles (bought with 19893 totaled 31960)
1989 GL1500 rode 142208 miles (bought with 20302 sold 162510)
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Re: options for pulling your trailer

I've had a Bushtec Quantum behind my 2001 K1200LT, since 2004.
http://www.bushtec.com
About 45,000 miles on the trailer; 120,000 miles on the LT.
Got the first Bushtec hitch for my 2012 K1600GTL.
Put about 5,000 miles on the GTL with the trailer.
Don't know it's there.
Two of my buddies with GTL's also got Bushtec Quantums.
Won't go on a trip without it.
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I have unigo hitch too.. I made a video how to install hitch, it is on youtube http:// Unigo Hitch Install On 2004 ...be/g6SX-PEkKNM

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