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3 Things to Consider When Renting a Motorcycle Trailer

Jul 22, 2008
If you are going on a long trip or a week long rally, traveling 2,000 miles away can seem daunting knowing that the only space you have for supplies is your saddlebags. A saddlebag won't fit everything needed for a week long stay, no matter how light you pack. The solution is a motorcycle trailer. Here are some things to consider when choosing a motorcycle trailer.

1. How long is your trip going to be?

The longer the trip, the bigger and more equipped a motorcycle trailer should be. Some motorcycle trailer units come equipped with spare tires. If you are going to be going on a long trip, getting a motorcycle trailer unit with a spare tire might be a very safe way to go. Some motorcycle trailer units even have sleeping areas. The motorcycle trailer lid pops up to attach a tent to the top. This motorcycle trailer is big enough to sleep one person, if you are going alone, this could make for a comfortable and some what cheap sleeping arrangement. This type of motorcycle trailer allows for storage beneath the tent area. Some motorcycle trailer units also allow for items to be tied on top of the motorcycle trailer unit. Think of the weather when choosing this kind of motorcycle trailer. If the weather is not going to be great, you can cover your items with a tarp or put items that won't be hurt by the weather. If you don't want your items in the weather at all, then maybe this is not they type of motorcycle trailer for you.

2. What kind of roads will you be traveling on?

This may sound like a silly question, but if you are traveling on climbing roads and winding roads rather then straight roads, you could save gas and wear on your motorcycle if you get an aerodynamic motorcycle trailer. It may not seem like much, but having a motorcycle trailer pulling back on your motorcycle when you are trying to push it forward. This can cause the engine to work harder and the gas mileage to be poor. Aerodynamics affects the speed and the gas mileage, so if you are going on winding and climbing roads, do your motorcycle a favor and get an aerodynamic motorcycle trailer.

3. How much horsepower does your motorcycle have?

Again, this may sound like a useless question, but if you have a motorcycle with little horsepower, it will be easier on your motorcycle if you get a motorcycle trailer that is relatively light. Some motorcycle trailer units can be as heavy as nearly 400 pounds, some can be closer to 90 pounds. If you have a low horsepower motorcycle your engine would work harder to pull the motorcycle trailer unit up a hill or even starting from a stopped position. The weight also affects the gas mileage. With the gas prices as high as they are and continuously climbing, the more in gas mileage you can save, the better it is on your wallet. Keep in mind, you should also include the weight from the supplies and equipment, spare tire, and tent (should you decide the tent is for you). Motorcycle trailer units can be very light with the technology available today.
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