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Offline Bud

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C10 pulling a light trailer?
« on: September 14, 2011, 02:57:43 pm »
I have a good friend that rides solo and carries a tent, folding chair, cot and sleeping bag tied where the passenger would ride.  I would like to do the same thing using my C10 but can not figure out how to do it.  I have a 52 liter GIVI box on my C10. I would also be carrying a cot, sleeping bag and maybe a folding chair for my wife.  The only way I can see to do this would be to pull a light trailer behind my C10.  Have any of you had any experience pulling a light trailer behind a C10?  If I do this I plan on being lit up like a Christmas tree so cars will see me.  I hope to do some serious traveling with my wife next year on the motorcycle.  Thanks for your help.

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 03:32:33 pm »
Bud,

I pull a small cargo trailer behind the bike for the two up camping trips. Easy to do. Doc hitch makes a hitch for the Connie, and I believe a couple of COGger's had their own design? I've seen used hitches out there for sale also, they're pretty basic, not much to go wrong with them. My trailer has a swivel hitch on it, I recommend that. The bike pulls it easily, with the trailer balanced right by the tongue weight, no worries, no swaying. You obviously need to be aware you are pulling the trailer, and the bike will feel different.

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 04:00:54 pm »
Bud:

I had a full size motorcycle camper that I could pull with my C10.  The bike had no problem pulling the 360 lb camper, but when you were accelerating coming out of a tight corner you could fell the weight of the camper trying to pull you off balance. 

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So with that experience, I left camper pulling to a larger and heavier (930 lbs) motorcycle.  As for what you have in mind, you should have no problems.  And yes, a swivel hitch is a bit of insurance in case something does happen. 
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 04:36:02 pm »
I too am wanting to pull a trailer and am interested in a hitch of some sort. If anyone has a used one to sell give me a shout.  If anyone has a good design for one, that would work too.  I will be building a trailer to pull my kayak and some other camping/fishing stuff.  Bikes and fishing... it doesn;t get much better than that in my book.   8)
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 05:39:01 pm »
Bud,

I pull a small cargo trailer behind the bike for the two up camping trips. Easy to do. Doc hitch makes a hitch for the Connie, and I believe a couple of COGger's had their own design? I've seen used hitches out there for sale also, they're pretty basic, not much to go wrong with them. My trailer has a swivel hitch on it, I recommend that. The bike pulls it easily, with the trailer balanced right by the tongue weight, no worries, no swaying. You obviously need to be aware you are pulling the trailer, and the bike will feel different.

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 05:44:34 pm »
Jim Miller (aka: millerized) was making them for a while. I've got one of his on my C10. Watch the tongue weight, plan your stops in advance and don't plan on racing many sportbikes; you should be okay.
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2011, 05:52:56 pm »
What would be the "Tow" weight of a connie?  I'd love to make a rig up to where I could haul my ninja 250.  I had a friend tow his 200cc dirt bike with his CBR600.  Very funny picture.

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011, 06:17:14 pm »
What would be the "Tow" weight of a connie?   I'd love to make a rig up to where I could haul my ninja 250.  I had a friend tow his 200cc dirt bike with his CBR600.  Very funny picture.

Like officially from Kawasaki?  No motorcycle manufacturer I know of advocates towing a trailer with a motorcycle.  You have to make that decision on your own.  I tow a camping trailer behind my gold wing but wouldn’t tow that particular trailer behind the Concours due to the weight (350lbs empty and it’s never empty).  I’d be OK with say a 200lbs cargo trailer though but that’s me.

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 07:07:01 pm »
I think Elvin has a picture in his album maybe? There was a COGger who towed a  KLR behind his Connie on a one rail trailer. Don't know how the weight would coorelate with the 250. Plus the is more aerodynamic  ;D
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 08:29:07 pm »
Ya gotta remember you cannot brake while cornering.  Acceleration is OK and even good, but braking is a no no since you are leaed and the outward shove.  If you can steady speed or accel out of the corners, then a fair deal of weight is manabeable, but ALWAYS leave twice the room you expect to need for any manuever.

Connie has the power to pull, she is limited on availabe traction though so be careful towing anything and the bigger/heavier the more careful you'd better be.
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 10:46:51 pm »
I hauled homebuilt 130 lbs trailer half way around Canada and I LOVED it. Ever lleft home with a half decent tire and say I'll buy one on the road? Buy it cheap, throw it on the bottom and enjoy the ride. It's easier to find a shop to install a tire rather than find a TIRE and a shop on the road. What I also liked was getting to a touristy place end everything is out of sight. All this and not to mention if you camp well those little extras you would like to bring have been brought!

Handling? Don't even worry about it, I never really thought about it much and pushed Hardly Dervisons thru the corners! Loading the trailer properly is the key to a great ride.

DO IT, I'm building and new one over the winter!

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2011, 11:20:36 pm »
Fully loaded, this baby weighed over 300 lbs!

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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2011, 12:08:54 am »
I believe there's a picture floating around the web of a Concours10 pulling a trailer through a corner on the Dragon.  Looked like the pegs were scraping, too.
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2011, 12:51:42 am »
Camper Dave gave me a great deal on that trailer in his post.

I've pulled it with 6 full scuba tanks and my dive gear and it worked great ... back roads and highway speeds.

Trailer weight included, I would guess over 300 lbs.
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Re: C10 pulling a light trailer?
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2011, 04:06:49 pm »
I have a good friend that rides solo and carries a tent, folding chair, cot and sleeping bag tied where the passenger would ride.  I would like to do the same thing using my C10 but can not figure out how to do it.  I have a 52 liter GIVI box on my C10. I would also be carrying a cot, sleeping bag and maybe a folding chair for my wife.  The only way I can see to do this would be to pull a light trailer behind my C10.  Have any of you had any experience pulling a light trailer behind a C10?  If I do this I plan on being lit up like a Christmas tree so cars will see me.  I hope to do some serious traveling with my wife next year on the motorcycle.  Thanks for your help.

Ride safe,
Bud

You do not "need" a trailer. You can easily go two up on a connie and carry all you need. Now that that is said, do you "need" a cot? There are camping pads that are 1000 times more comfortable than any cot out there (Exped Downmat 9DLX is what I use).

For more space the best bet is to ditch the top box and replace with a large rack and duffel bag. Store everything that's too large for the side bags in there.

I've ridden two up for thousands of miles and for weeks at a time and found there is more than enough space on the connie.

Add a large tankbag to the mix.

Bring less clothing, and make sure all your clothes are synthetic or silk, you can carry 10 silk shirts in the same space as 1 cotton shirt. You can carry 6 synthetic pants in the space 1 pair of jeans take up.

Are you using a walmart special tent and sleeping bag that takes up 10 cubic feet of space packed? There are lightweight backpacking tents and sleeping bags that will pack down to the size of a softball or grapefruit.