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    Beemer01, if you decide on a enclosed trailer I have a friend with one I think is pretty slick. It's a Excalibur. I'm not sure if that company is still in business, but Iron Horse makes a similar trailer.
    http://ironhorsetrailers.com/






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    Check webbikeworld.com for a listing of m-c trailer companies. Also see tractorsupply.com and harborfreight.com. A top-shelf m-c trailer is the Baxley line. They also make one of the best wheel chocks, IMO. If you have other uses for a trailer besides m-c transport, and room to store one, a utility trailer is a good investment. A 4x6' utility trailer with a wheel chock and rails will tow a m-c easily behind a small car, if you get the tongue weight right (always a key to smooth, safe towing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    They also make one of the best wheel chocks, IMO.
    Another vote here for Baxley Chocks. I bought two for the trailer and also use them in the garage. I like how the Baxley clamps onto the tire.

    Quote Originally Posted by na1g
    A 4x6' utility trailer with a wheel chock and rails will tow a m-c easily behind a small car
    A 4x6 might be too short for a K1200GT.
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    >>a utility trailer is a good investment<<

    Indeed it is. I use mine to carry my bike, lawn tractor (if needed), and my Kawasaki "Mule". I wouldn't be without one.
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    If you don't own a trailer its nice if your brother does. I just had a neighbor pull in the yard and tell me there was a motorcyclist with a flat tire about two miles up the roaed. That puts him 51 miles out of town. Being a dobee I grabbed a plug set and my air tank and drove up there. The blowout I could stick my hand through was a bit much for my plug kit.

    I came back home and got my trailer and retrieved him off the highway and got it parked in the front drive. (12 acres, remember). He called a friend who picked him up and his brother will bring his trailer for the bike in the morning.

    Having somebody around with a trailer is a good thing.
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    BMW offered a really nice trailer once.
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    Another option, if you have a little extra room in your garage is a fold up Kendon trailer.
    My picture is a older Kendon and my link is for a new SRL Kendon.
    http://www.kendonusa.com/single_ride...prettyPhoto/0/
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    I don't need a trailer very often. But when ya need one, ya need one. Mine mostly gets used for getting the Husky to offroad riding areas. The Kendon is a nice trailer and stores very easily.



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    I wanted a trailer to carry everything - camping gear, kayaking gear, bicycling gear, motorcycling gear, etc.

    I spent months looking and thinking before the local Mazda dealer posted a Craigslist ad for a 2002 16' x 8' Pace American two-axle enclosed cargo trailer. The trailer had been used by a construction company as a mobile office and storage room, so it had a 30 amp 120v hook-up to a breaker box feeding 120v outlets, lights, and a heater.

    It also had full-length shelving installed along the left side and a desk/table built into the front of the trailer with a fluorescent light fixture above the desk. The floor had been covered in indoor-outdoor carpeting, and it came with a nice aluminum roof rack perfect for transporting the 21' sea kayak on top. Our two 15' sea kayaks fit on the top two shelves inside.

    All my camping, kayaking, and bicycling gear is now stored in the trailer instead of the garage, opening up all kinds of room in the garage for motorcycles and other toys. I added an aluminum ramp, a front-wheel chock and four tie-downs so I can transport the motorcycle inside. Eventually, I'll add fold-down bunks to the right sidewall so we can sleep in the trailer when it's too cold/wet/windy/late to set up a tent.

    I was able to get the $12,000 trailer (new) for $3300. I had to spend approximately $500 to get the trailer's 12v lights running, and to get a trailer brake controller installed in my truck. I've found a source to add a "RV window" to the door on the right side of the trailer. I'll need to replace two of the three roof vents as the sun has destroyed the plastic parts.

    But once I'm done, I'll have a "sport utility trailer" that allows me to take all my gear and toys wherever I go.
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    OI- great minds think alike.
    I have one of these around kinda surplus and I'm going to make a short trip camper out of it.....if I can get a minute. Gary

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    If all you want is an occasional trailer and you don't need to haul lawn mowers and the like and storage is a premium, consider a "Trailer-in-a-bag". I bought one a few years ago after a guy delivered a K75 all the way from Kansas City to me (miss. Gulf coast). I was impressed. I've used it a lot since then and have been very happy with it. They are well designed and engineered.
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    trailer

    A big plus for the Aluma Trailer. I have the same trailer at the picture. I also bought a Baxley Chalk and mounted it on the trailer. All I have to do is drive the bike up and onto the chalk. I get off and the chalk holds the bike while I put my strips on the bike for the tie downs. Went all the way to Florida and back with the bike resting comfortably on its little platform. This year I purchased the Aluma sides for the trailer. The front wall is solid while the sides are slat aluminum. Great little trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandman View Post
    This year I purchased the Aluma sides for the trailer. The front wall is solid while the sides are slat aluminum. Great little trailer.
    That's on my wish list. I may just get the front rock guard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    OI- great minds think alike.
    I have one of these around kinda surplus and I'm going to make a short trip camper out of it.....if I can get a minute. Gary

    I like the ladder - I need to add the exact same thing to mine. I have a 12v deep cycle battery on my trailer tongue A-frame, so the ladder will have to work around that, but it seems like the front/tongue is the ideal location for the ladder (as opposed to affixed to a rear door).

    I also think I want to install some sort of "catwalk" on the roof rack so I can walk along the roof to help load and tie down the 21' sea kayak I'm planning on transporting on top of the trailer.
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    >>tie down the 21' sea kayak<<

    Yikes, I hope that's a "tandem"!

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