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post #1 of 10 Old 06-16-2008, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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how to haul a kayak?

my first thought is a trailer obviously, but i wasnt sure if anyone had any other ideas or if this is even possible... i'm sure i will have to do some fabricating and modification. my kayak is 9'6" long.

i also heard of people having mounts to carry bicycles on their KLR's! does anyone have any info?

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-17-2008, 05:51 AM
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Several types of trailers have been done, but none are marketed that I know of, just guys building them to work with their bikes. There is mention of someone on one of the other forums that made a trailer for his 11' kayak, and yes someone even made a rack to mount a mountain bike, but I never did see a picture of that.

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I don't own one or haven't even seen one in person, but I will say this concept looks to be the best dual sport trailer on the market. You can see everything about it has been well thought out. Single wheel, sturdy frame, extremely low center of gravity, great suspension setup just like a dirt bike. The single wheel trailer, to me, seems a lot safer for motorcycles then a two wheel trailer.

With a little bit of experimenting, a kayak could be mounted to the top of that box. Maybe some type of support arm that could be added. Or take that box off and use just the pan to create some kind of special frame system to mount the Kayak.

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Another concept would be to use the kayak itself as the trailer. Similar to something like this...




Or something like this where you strap the wheels to the back and then strap a hitch to the front of the kayak. The trick is what size wheel/wheels to sustain road speeds.


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post #4 of 10 Old 06-17-2008, 08:55 PM
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AAH someone with the same idea. I've been looking into the kayak trailer with no luck. I have a 12' kayak I would like to haul down to the river. Locally there is a guy on a BMW that hauls a 7' kayak broadside with a mtn. bike on the tail end and to top it off his dog sits in the kayak. Rain SNOW or shine he rides.

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broadside? you mean he carries the kayak next to him? similiar to a sidecar?

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Or crosswise? That'd be an interesting sight. "Road Warrior" stuff!
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Crosswise! You are sure to notice him coming up the road. No splitting traffic with that setup.

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crosswise!? im confused? haha so does he haul it behind him or next to him? i have been thinking of fabricating a frame that would resemble a sidecar. but in its place i would just build a mount for the kayak. with that setup too i could squish in a mtn bike mount too... maybe similiar to what Medic is talking about.

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post #9 of 10 Old 06-19-2008, 09:15 AM
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I have a 12'-3" perception. Although intriguing, it just seems a bit much when I really start to think about the concept of pulling it behind the KLR.

If you consider the issue of any trailer on a motorcycle, it's already inherently dangerous. Throw in the idea of a 12+ foot long object back there, well it's a bit much.

If you consider the two mounting positions, flat and sideways, you end up with flat being the only viable option. Sideways would create too much surface for the wind and would be a major hazard for pushing the rear of the KLR around.

Even if you manage to mount it along one side, it's still a huge wind sail that will toss the KLR around pretty easily.

I think this limits any possibility of towing a kayak to only one option... tow it behind and in a flat position. Face up or down shouldn't matter.
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Thats what I'm thinking. A cradle affair that would basically make the kayak the trailer. You're right about the wheels for highway speed. my katak and camping gear just about add up mto the weight of a passenger if I was going two up. The hitch is the "hitch" so to speak.
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