I'm interested in experience of folks who have adapted, or hauled motorcycles on a small stake side utility trailer.
I recently bought a Yamaha XT250, and borrowed a very nice motorcycle hauling trailer from my neighbor to bring it home. My intention is to haul two similar bikes (mine and my Son's) to our cabin in the mountains on a trailer. Park it there and then ride, explore, and adventure the roads, trails, powerlines, gas lines, fire roads, ... from there.
Yesterday I went to pick up a CL three-up motorcycle hauling trailer. It didn't go well. The trailer wiring was just kind of strung from hitch to light. The connections were twisted, but not taped, or wire-nutted. The title was in the owner's sister's maiden name (which failed the Notary/Tag/Title transfer places requirements). But, worst of all, there was a tremendous amount of flex in the trailer. Standing at the rear, and pushing down on either of the outside tracks flexed the trailer several inches. I know sometimes I am impatient, but I walked away.
I already own a 50" by 96" utility trailer, rated for 1500 lbs. It rides on a relatively stiff set of leaf springs, balances very nicely, and tracks/pulls easily. Though I've never made a long trip with it, rather I pull my tractor to service as necessary, same with my ATV, and more often haul mulch (over loaded).
So, I'm re-evaluating my plan. I'm thinking of adding a pair of front wheel chocks to my existing trailer, probably make a sturdy ramp even though the trailer is a tilt bed. And towing with the trailer I already own.
Here is a link to a pair of these chocks on Amazon that is not too expensive:
I have proper tie down and soft straps. I would likely stagger the chocks when I mount them to the deck so the handlebars of the cycles don't interfere. I would also likely attach them so they would be easy to remove for the more regular use of the trailer.
So, anyone done something similar? Anyone see any problems, or concerns. The deck height of my utility is only about 20", but that is still about 10" higher than a single purpose bike hauler. Alternative ideas?
To be honest, I prefer to store my equipment (even trailers) under cover, and I do not have room for another trailer, heck, I'm still rearranging to get the motorcycle in my garage.
Pictures: Neighbor's trailer borrowed, unloading my ATV from my trailer, my trailer laying on it's side during a recent rewiring project, and an up-side-down picture of my new motorcycle on my neighbor's trailer about halfway across the PA turnpike