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    Folding Trailer

    Any recommendations for a single, folding bike trailer? Currently looking at the Kendon, but there's a Stinger folding from Ramp Connection.com that looks pretty cool & holds more weight. Need one by 9/12 as I'm trailing my new F650 to Hatteras!

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    A trailer to trail my bike behind my car. Links below for both the Kendon & the Stinger. Most would argue that I ride all the way, but I'm a brand new rider & am choosing to trail.

    http://www.kendontrailers.com/single_trailer.htm

    http://www.rampconnection.com/page30.shtml

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    Okay in that case...

    I have seen the Kendon in person and it seems to be pretty good. Something else to consider is U-Haul has open trailers that you can rent, and then tie the bike down.

    When I had to help my brother move his bike, we nailed 4x4 rails in to hold the bike and then lots of tie downs. Might be a better way to go.

    Also make sure you turn off the self-destruct trailer sensor on the BMW.
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    Thanks for your advice. And I refused to buy the bike until they removed the sensor ...

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    Re: Folding Trailer

    Originally posted by KatHart
    Any recommendations for a single, folding bike trailer?
    Wow! I didn't know BMW made a "folding" bike!

    (sorry, couldn't resist!)

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    Observations based on viewing the websites in question:

    I like the fold-away size of the rampconnection trailer, however it has limited tie-down points and no suspension other than the flex in the tires. The Kendon certainly has a more "engineered" look to it (though appearances can be decieving) and seems to have some suspension built into the axel, looks like a torsion bar(?) and more places to tie-off to, it also would work as a utility hauling platform.

    I figure the more bumps the trailer can soak up the fewer shock loads the bike frame is going to have to take through the tie-downs, loads the frame was never intended to absorb. But I might be being too fussy....

    Steve

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    "Fussy" is exactly what I want as I'm a complete novice here. Thanks so much Steve.

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    I highly recommend a trailer with suspension. I have a small home-made 4x8 flatbed trailer with no suspension that I use as an emergency rescue vehicle and have used once to (god forbid!) trailer the bike. It beats up the bike pretty bad (I put the bike on centerstand and tie it down) and I got some additional squeaks and rattles after trailering it. For future trips I will chock the front (or use the 4x4 idea) and tie it down so the bike's suspension will take some of the jolts.
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    Trailers

    Unless you are looking to make trailering a habit, I'd suggest the U-Haul open route. Depending on your stay, you may be able to arrainge two one-way drops cheaper than holding the trailer for the whole trip. Either way is cheaper than investing in the trailer for limited use. I trailered my bike from Atlanta to LA in May, then rode it back across country in the CFA Kyle Petty Charity Ride. The U-Haul and some Canyon Dancers did fine.

    If you do invest in a trailer, I agree that you should be sure it has full size tires and adequate suspension for the load. You can always buy it, use it a few times and then sell it.

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    Too bad more dealers don't rent quality bike trailers. I borrowed one once from a dealer. I was very convenient.

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    Re: Trailers

    Originally posted by JeffPGA
    Unless you are looking to make trailering a habit, I'd suggest the U-Haul open route. Depending on your stay, you may be able to arrainge two one-way drops cheaper than holding the trailer for the whole trip. Either way is cheaper than investing in the trailer for limited use. I trailered my bike from Atlanta to LA in May, then rode it back across country in the CFA Kyle Petty Charity Ride. The U-Haul and some Canyon Dancers did fine.

    If you do invest in a trailer, I agree that you should be sure it has full size tires and adequate suspension for the load. You can always buy it, use it a few times and then sell it.

    Jeff
    I'd agree with JeffPGA and would only add that, if you buy, I'd recommend that you get a trailer that carries two bikes. Small incremental cost for MUCH greater versatility (unless you only go solo)

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    Re: Trailers

    Originally posted by JeffPGA
    Unless you are looking to make trailering a habit, I'd suggest the U-Haul open route.

    Jeff
    Don't know if they're available in your part of the country, but my local U-Haul dealers have motorcycle trailers for rent. I've used one a couple of times to carry disabled bikes to the shop.

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    Bike on a trailer

    I used a U-Haul motorcycle trailer to bring my new R1150RS home from the dealer last January-- 100 miles that I didn't think either I or the bike was ready for. The U-Haul motorcycle trailer (not available at all U-Haul sites -- some calling around may be necessary) was excellent for the job and at a reasonable price.

    For any future trips to the dealer that may require trailing (bike or rider disabled, perhaps), I have considered purchasing a folding trailer. Check out their site here:

    http://www.trailerinabag.com/main.html

    As I recall, they were about $1100, a bit cheaper than the other suggestions in the replies.
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    Jody -

    Trailer in a Bag is exactly what I'm looking for - and there are two dealers w/in 10 miles of my house! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. I'll swing by today to check them out ... will let you know what I end up doing.


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