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post #1 of 21 Old 09-11-2015, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hunting?

Okay guys, I know there are going to be some pretty strong opinions on this topic but I would really like to hear them.

I am looking in to buying/making a flat bed type open trailer similar to this one here, Rally Wagon Motorcycle Trailer so that I can carry a deer carcass out of the deeper woods when I go hunting.

Does anyone know where I can find a hitch for my '15 KLR? Also, has anyone else taken their KLR on a hunt and how did you pack your meat out when the hunt was over?
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-11-2015, 07:15 PM
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Considering any path where you'd use the KLR is likely to be stump and snag free, I would think it would be easier to just pull something like this than to try rigging up a cart but then again maybe something with wheels would be better depending on the terrain.

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I think planalp's suggestion is good.

If wheels are necessary, have you considered a single-wheel? I would think that pulling a two-wheel trailer off-road would be a bear.

For simplicity, it seems hard to beat the moto-mule (moto-mule a trailer you pull with your dual sport motorcycle) trailer and it's mount to the KLR.

What are your deer, dressed out, as far as weight goes? The moto-mule is sort of a kit thing and I'm not sure what the weight limit is. You ought to be able to make a platform for it that would accommodate a deer carcass, though.

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Wheels are necessary because my KLR is also my primary vehicle so its not just to drag the meat out through the woods and a dirt trail but also the 15 miles of highway to get home from where I hunt to my home.

I was looking at those single wheel ones and I just think that loading it up with 200 lbs of meat would make the bike very unstable at low speeds and since I am pretty short (5'5"), stability is something that I very much need to consider.

Dressed out the heaviest deer I have taken was probably around 250-300 but that was also a guided trophy hunt which I don't really do anymore. My only reason for hunting anymore besides getting out in to the woods is for the meat.
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I don't know what the "towing capacity" of a KLR is, but it seems to me a robust 2-wheeled trailer (capable of highway travel) with a 200-pound deer on top of it might be pushing it.



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Terrain would be a concern as well... I'm guessing that it would have to be almost road smooth to pull a loaded trailer through the back country. Rut's, roots, and rocks could surely ruin your day quickly pulling a trailer, especially with a fairly top heavy steed.

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...Dressed out the heaviest deer I have taken was probably around 250-300..
Holy Cow! Our wee California deer are about 100 pounds on the hoof!

We dress 'em out and put them in a back pack.

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I'll suggest that Tom S. is on the 'right' track! And I have never pulled a trailer with a bike! Moto-Mule! Single track trailer, for the back roads.
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I do have a friend who built his own, single track-trailer. Sometimes pulls it with his '72 CB125 Honda! Lives 8 miles out of town!

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Holy Cow! Our wee California deer are about 100 pounds on the hoof!

We dress 'em out and put them in a back pack.

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Yeah we sometimes get some pretty big White Tail and Mule Deer here and like I said, that biggest one was a guided trophy hunt. Normally since I hunt solely for the meat I go for the does and leave the bucks for the guys that want something to hang on their wall. In some parts of Arizona we have Cous deer that are about the size of what Tom was saying he sees in CA. They are about the size of a large dog.

Sometimes I get lucky and will get drawn for a muzzle loader elk hunt but its not that easy to get drawn. Here you can buy archery deer tags over the counter and everything else short of coyote, black bear, and mountain lion you have to be drawn for.
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Cycleracks were designed to haul out elk quarters; could handle a field-dressed whitetail deer, I reckon.

https://cycleracks.com/ProductDetail...3/Default.aspx

I have Cycleracks on my KLR650 and my KLR250; plus, Cyclerack panniers & top case, with auxiliary fuel container (1.25 gallon). Luggage seamlessly removable/installable; interchangeable between bikes.
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