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post #1 of 2 Old 07-13-2010, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Single Wheel Trailers, pull behind

Got into an interesting discussion with a couple of guys at work regarding dirt / dual sport camping as well as the possible use of a motorcycle as a primary / alternate bug out vehicle.

The discussion revolved around the ability to move more weight / bulky items for extended camping trips / outings or to be more self sustaining for longer distances and time during an event that would require someone to 'bug out'. One of the guys found an intersting site for a single wheel pull behind trailer for dirt / enduros that looks interesting. The trailer is called TrailTail and the web site is:

www.trailtail.com/main.html

Haven't seen or heard of this before and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? There are no prices listed on the web site and I am also wondering if it is another good idea fairy item that didn't pan out and is now a web relic of another failed business.

I like the idea but am not enamored with the hollow rear axle idea and am wondering about a different approach, even if it would require carrying a seperate axle and replacing it in camp when taking the trailer off to just ride the trails.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-14-2010, 05:10 PM
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I agree with your hollow axle concerns. Perhaps if you had an extended solid axle that you could leave in-situ and then fitted the trailer to that?

Re-reading the above, maybe that's not a great description! If the solid axle was longer than the OE one, already fitted to the KLR, by about 3" either side of the outside edge of the swing arm, and was threaded all the way down, then it'd be able to accept the trailer attaching arms too.

A suggestion for their marketing chap perhaps?! "We supply the trailer and a replacement solid rear axle for your model of bike!"

It would be pretty easy to turn a stainless bar with the correct thread.

My concerns would be with the trailer (I've built and sold trailers, though I appreciate they've not been bike-towed ones, for about 14 years); I'm just not sure it be up to the job of taking the same punishment as the bike. Unless the shock has a very soft setting, I'm not sure the 6" travel is enough. I'd be concerned that it just wouldn't accept the impacts of off-roading. I'm sure it'd be fine for road/gravel travel, just not the rough stuff!

However, I could be completely wrong and his 4 years of testing has refined it to a wholly usable piece of kit. Anyone on here bought one?!....

Perhaps I ought to put my money where my mouth is and build one myself!!
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