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3 Things to Consider Before Buying Motorcycle Trailers

Jul 21, 2008
Anyone who is passionate about motorcycling will likely want to take his motorcycle along wherever he goes, especially on long trips or vacations. But, it is not always practical to actually ride the bike on the trip. Perhaps it is a family journey and a car or other vehicle is necessary because the kids and spouse are coming along. Or maybe a person is going on a business trip and might need to have a car along in case he needs to transport a client to a meeting. Whatever the case, riding the motorcycle on the trip may not be feasible. In cases like these, it is necessary to have a motorcycle trailer.

But, buying motorcycle trailers isn't as simple as it may seem. There are many things a person needs to think about before choosing a trailer. Here are three important things to consider before purchasing any motorcycle trailer.

1. Amount of weight your vehicle can safely tow

Check in the owner's manual of your car, truck, van or whatever vehicle you will be driving on your trip. It should indicate how much weight the vehicle is capable of towing. If you do not have the owner's manual or you cannot find the information, you can look online. It is important to find this information because it directly affects the type of motorcycle trailers you can purchase.

Now, this figure does not represent the weight of the motorcycle trailers you should be looking at. Instead, you need to take that figure and subtract the weight of your motorcycle. Also, subtract any other weight your vehicle will be carrying, including the body weights of anyone riding in the vehicle as well as luggage weight. The amount you come up with after you have subtracted everything is the weight of the motorcycle trailers you can consider purchasing.

2. Model type

Motorcycle trailers are either open or closed. Open varieties are those that strap the motorcycle down securely, yet do expose the bike to the elements. This means that if it rains or if you pass through a sandstorm or snowstorm, your bike will be out in the open and may suffer some ill effects (even if you strap it down with a tarp-type cover over it.

Closed motorcycle trailers are just that: closed to the elements. They have roofs and doors which protect the enclosed motorcycles. Also, these motorcycle trailers are capable of being locked quite securely through door locking mechanisms.

The model type is a personal choice. Some prefer open motorcycle trailers because they are generally less expensive; other riders like the security of the closed motorcycle trailers.

3. Destination

The types of places to which you will be traveling with your motorcycle trailer can have a definite impact upon the type of trailer you need to purchase. If you plan to do only city traveling, you can choose any model. But, if you plan to travel to rugged climates or through craggy or harsh terrain, you may need to choose one of the more tough motorcycle trailers that will be more durable on the rougher roads.
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