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Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Arkansas C14 Rider on November 06, 2008, 01:40:00 am
Has anyone pulled a trailer behind their connie ? If so had does it do , {pull and handle} . Also how did you mount trailer hitch to Connie ?  
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: 2linby on November 06, 2008, 02:40:00 am
I tow a Cycle-mate 2000 LTD cargo trailer using a hitchdoc vertical receiver style hitch.    www.cycle-mate.com  www.hitchdoc.com    Towing a trailer is certainly different than not. Considerations are braking, speed, manuverability, , handling, parking and being dorky.    You have to adapt to the differences in handling towing a trailer. Using the "middle" of the road more so than the "edges". Anticipating issues before they occur and understanding the need to brake early and often.      Loading and wieght distribution of the trailer can make it enjoyable or a nightmare so learn to pack with care. Reduce tongue weight to 10% of the overall load and you'll be happy.    Other questions I can try to answer direct.   AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Camper Dave on November 06, 2008, 10:11:00 am
Yep, I 2nd what that 2lin guy says! For the most part you won't know it's there, till you use your brakes.     Dave Muir  1980 LTD1000 - Rocket  1999 Concours - Rocket II  1997 Dyna - wife's  CT-COG #3649 Merchandise Czar
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: smithr1 on November 06, 2008, 02:12:00 pm
I think it can do it.  Check it out.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/20211686@N05/3007587347/  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.  (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2343/2277636501_61718d569a.jpg?v=0)  <p align="left">My Photos<br (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20211686@N05/)
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Tinsailor on November 06, 2008, 09:44:00 pm
 As with most vehicles the problem is not pulling the trailer but stopping   it. I've been kicking around the idea of getting a unigo myself one day.   Thou not very big and kind of pricey, they just seem like they would work   very well. But as mentioned before you simply have to allow more   stopping distance and keep in mind that you've got the extra weight..  
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: John on November 07, 2008, 12:50:00 pm
The key item is the weight of the trailer.  I tried to pull an Aspen Classic Camper trailer with my connie.  It pulled easily when going straight, but if you were taking off and in a curve, you could feel the mass of the trailer pulling against your balance.  It feels like it is trying to pull you over, a very weird feeling, but physics prevail and you stay upright.      Also as mentioned, braking is the item you most have to worry with.  I'd guess that anything over 150 lbs you might want brakes on the trailer.    As for the camper, I now pull it with a K1200LT and I don't get that feeling of it trying to pull me over in a curve.  Also, it does have electric brakes and there is an electronic brake controller on the bike, makes a world of difference.      The best advice I can give you, is to go for the lightest and smallest trailer you can possible get by with.    As for the trailer hitch, Hitch Doc makes one that goes on fairly easily.  There are also other brands, but most are basically the same design.  The item I would be most concerned with is the height of the hitch from the ground.  I like the center of the ball to be slightly below the center of the rear axle.    tcars,     John, Rallymaster 2009
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Vannooch_PA on November 08, 2008, 06:28:00 pm
I tow a bushtec turbo +2, actually all over the northeastern U.S. and I haven't had any problems.  I do agree about the braking but it won't take long to get used to, use your head.    {http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2391627380104341151NmGksA}
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: kwn306 on December 10, 2008, 11:51:00 am
Wife and I both pull Uni-go's behind our C-10's, you don't even know they are behind you.    Kurt & Sue Nordstrom  Spotsylvania, VA  COG 6049 & 6049A  VA & WV Assistant Area Directors
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Sahagan on December 12, 2008, 02:18:00 am
Pulling trailers with other bikes (water cooled bikes) I've experienced engine temps that ran a bit higher than I liked.    Any problems in that area with the Connie?'    Sahagan  
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Billie_Mc Cargish_PA on December 12, 2008, 09:35:00 am
I HAVE PULLED A 1980'S TRAILER WITH MY 2000 CONNIE FOR SEVERIAL TRIPS.  I AGREE ABOUT BEING CAREFUL ABOUT BRAKING.  I HAVE A VERY HEAVY TRAILER AND HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE RADIAL TIRES COMING APART FROM THE ADDED STRESS ON THE TIRES.  I AM USING BIAS TIRES AT THE ADVICE OF A FRIEND.  I ALSO RECOMEND THE OVER SIZE FRONT BRAKE ROTOR KIT FROM MURPH'S BECAUSE MY ROTORS WARPED FROM HEAT OF BRAKING WITH TRAILER.  I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THE ROTORS SINCE CHANGING ROTORS.    
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Brett0769 on December 12, 2008, 08:29:00 pm
Rotor upgrade sounds like a very good idea.  
Title: Connie pull a trailer?
Post by: Hamster728 on December 24, 2008, 12:42:00 pm
I pull a Bushtec Turbo+2 trailer and have a Hitchdoc hitch installed.  I also agree with what everyone else who is pulling a trailer has said.  I've pulled other trailers before the Bushtec and I must say that this is the easiest pulling trailer in my experiences.  But you still have to remember it's there when it comes to stopping, allow extra distance!  Keeping it loaded properly with the proper weight balance also makes a big difference.