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post #1 of 12 Old 12-07-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Pop up Camper

Hello, new to this forum. Have a couple questions. I have found for sale locally a motorcycle pop up camper. Looks to be pretty small. Don't know the weight of it just yet as the owner has not contacted me back yet with info. But does anyone know if my 2005 KLR is capable of pulling a camper? And where can I find a ball type hitch to fit my KLR? Thanks Bill
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It was probably pulled by a Goldwing or equivalent. KLR really isn't up to it.

Reminds me of this video:



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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

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As to the question of a ball hitch to fit your KLR - totally a custom fab job.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Generally, motorcycle campers tip the scales at 400 to 500 lbs. You are not going to move/stop safely, something that weighs as much as your tow vehicle. I pull a small cargo trailer behind my 900 lb Venture, and when the weight of that rig gets up over 250 lbs, I can really feel it...
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I have an Aspen, which is one of the smallest - it pulls well with the FJR, but we're talking over 3 times the horsepower... I'd hate to try lugging that up a hill with the KLR.

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I am halfway to finishing my own two wheeled pop up trailer to tow behind my 2004 KLR. I don't worry about pulling it as much as having to stop it quickly in an emergency situation. Mine will be 34" wide, roughly 20" high and 78" long. Basically a coffin that has a hinged top that will lift using van hydraulic shocks to lift the top which will be the same material that boat tops are made from with a single hoop. So it will lift roughly 34" high maybe and the body will be 20 deep. It will be enough to sleep in, dress in and carry all supplies except wet weather clothing and food. I expect it to maybe be in the 250-300lb loaded range. It was an alluminium pop up trailer that i have narrowed to suit my needs. I have taken out as much weight as humanly possible. The heaviest part so far is the axle and wheels. They are typical 8" trailer wheels.
So fingers crossed to see if it will work.
I think the KLR can pull it eaily at sensible speeds, such as the speed limit not above.....imho. You just have to except the slow transition from stoped to speed and back again....

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I wonder how much weight that could be reasonably be pulled behind a KLR. I doubt it'd be much more than 100 lbs. I definitely would not consider it.

A removable side-car might work?
What about the military version; did they consider anything like that?
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I already pull a single wheeled trailer which can easily carry 150lbs and you can't even feel it behind you. You can ride it as if it wasn't there......in dry conditions that is, common sense..and all.

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Willy's. Have a picture of your hitch set up?

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I have a packRat pannier system with a second rear hoop welded in which also has a plate on it that I use as the hitch. There should be pics here somewhere that I have posted before when other asked about it.....if you want to use a single wheeled trailer the hitch will be different than a two wheeled trailer. I will use a typical 2" ball reciever slightly modified so it will have a secondary swivel in it to allow more side movement to allow me to lean the bike over more. It's not built yet. The single wheeled hitch requires no swivel to stop the trailer from leaning when the bike doesn't lean so it only allows two axis movement. Side to side and up and down. That is the one that is here somewhere along with the trailer pics.

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