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Anyone pull a trailer?

Before I got my Versys I owned a dual purpose bike, and more than a few of the guys pulled a trailer behind their bikes on longer trips. I don't see any being mentioned on the site yet... not that I have searched them out thoroughly. I think if you had your trailer to match the bike, may have a better look than sidebags. Just wondering...
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Most of my friends are suggesting to make a trailer after they see my V
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On one of the ADV pages, show your bike and trailer, or something
Like that. The guy had a ST800 and was pulling a Uni-go.
A very sweet rig and the V would pull it nicely.


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Most folks carry way to much stuff. I carry everything I need for extended trips that includes camping and cooking in a small Rubbermaid Action Packer mounted as a top case. The advantage of a top case is it doesn't add any aerodynamic drag. The disadvantage is it raises the center of gravity.

My current setup: MSR Hubba tent (3 lb), Western Mounteering bag (1lb), Neoaire XL (1/2 lb), cooking/eating gear MSR Simmerlite stove/bottle/fuel titanium pot (2lb)
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For me a trailer would mean more maintenance that just having side bags.

Here is my bike set up for 4 weeks on the road with camping.


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Most folks carry way to much stuff. I carry everything I need for extended trips that includes camping and cooking in a small Rubbermaid Action Packer mounted as a top case. The advantage of a top case is it doesn't add any aerodynamic drag. The disadvantage is it raises the center of gravity.

My current setup: MSR Hubba tent (3 lb), Western Mounteering bag (1lb), Neoaire XL (1/2 lb), cooking/eating gear MSR Simmerlite stove/bottle/fuel titanium pot (2lb)

I too suffer from "Overpackitus"

There should be a 12 step program for this. I have gone from toting close to 45 pound of junk to about 20.

I used the smaller Pelican 1520 on my KLR and a 1550 ( it replaced a 1600) as a top box. I find I can get everything I need for a weeks travel in. I do have a very small tank bag, for wallet and other small often needed stuff and and a set of small crash bar bag to carry tire repair stuff


The V35 and Kawasaki top box along with the same little tank bag suit me on the Versys just fine.

I have a very small cooler I toss on the seat with a few bottles of water. That's it.

PLUS unless I read there site wrong the trailer hits the scales at 80 pounds with a 100 max load. THAT would feed a army!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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Here's a pic of my V, loaded, for LONG trips....

(Tent, sleeping bag & mat, Coleman gasoline stove, one pot, one spoon, three days grub, some clothes, some bike 'stuff'. I've taken 31 day trips like that.)
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Owners manual say not to tow a trailer
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Owners manual say not to tow a trailer
you won't find any owner manual that says you can tow a trailer. It is dangerous and the lawyers put that statement in there to keep the lawsuits down to a reasonable level.

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After watching the third wheel videos, and looking at the pictures of the guys bikes loaded up, you wonder which is more dangerous? Towing a trailer would probably have some handling issues, but having your bike carrying all that stuff up high would mess your aerodynamics and be top heavy.
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Top case doesn't affect aerodynamics as it is in the wind shadow of the rider. Keeping the weight down helps. I normally don't carry more than 30 lbs on month long trips. When I am hiking I can get by on 12 lbs.
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Top case doesn't affect aerodynamics as it is in the wind shadow of the rider. Keeping the weight down helps. I normally don't carry more than 30 lbs on month long trips. When I am hiking I can get by on 12 lbs.
I doubt this is true. The air will flow around the rider and still get to the box. I would like to see a aero wind tunnel test done with a rider with different bag setups.
I have seen this for pickup trucks and as soon as the cab ends, the air shoots down to the bed.

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Here's a pic of my V, loaded, for LONG trips....

(Tent, sleeping bag & mat, Coleman gasoline stove, one pot, one spoon, three days grub, some clothes, some bike 'stuff'. I've taken 31 day trips like that.)
looks good--where does your wife sit?
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I doubt this is true. The air will flow around the rider and still get to the box. I would like to see a aero wind tunnel test done with a rider with different bag setups.
I have seen this for pickup trucks and as soon as the cab ends, the air shoots down to the bed.

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Get behind an 18 wheeler and tell me what you feel.
I feel horrible buffeting as all the air rushes back in to fill the hole punched through the air. Yes you can technically draft a tractor trailer but it requires being right off their bumper. That is a vehicle thats 12ftx12ft at least. Your body does not make nearly the hole for drafting.

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Trucks must be different where you live.
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looks good--where does your wife sit?
Usually at home AFTER her golf game, while I'm away....


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