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trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« on: October 12, 2011, 02:19:16 am »
I'm looking for a trailer hitch for my 2006 Connie. New or used, also any wiring harness needed to protect the electric system. I built a harbor freight trailer, now I need a hitch.
I'm a new member, but have had the bike for 3 years.

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2011, 07:24:21 am »
Do a search for trailer hitch or similar in the above (right) search box. It will give you some ideas.

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2011, 03:02:09 pm »
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 10:31:37 pm »
Is Millerized still making his?

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2011, 10:49:20 pm »
try here:

http://www.hitchdoc.com/motorcyclehitches.php#kawasaki


I've had one of these also for several years and all has been well.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 03:28:09 am »
Is Millerized still making his?


Jim Millers' web site...
http://millerized.com/

Don't know what happened, but Jim has dumped alot that was in his life this past year...

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 06:02:31 am »
Is Millerized still making his?


Jim Millers' web site...
http://millerized.com/

Don't know what happened, but Jim has dumped alot that was in his life this past year...
I have talked with Jimmy several times before and after Tomah. I have watched as his life unraveled. He did stop making EVERYTHING. He asked me if I wanted to take over the hitches. His oven was on Craigslist about three months ago. I am very afraid that Jimmy is one step away from a very dark place. If anyone lives by him; go see him for me. I realy do worry about him.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2011, 02:35:34 pm »
I'm looking for a trailer hitch for my 2006 Connie. New or used, also any wiring harness needed to protect the electric system. I built a harbor freight trailer, now I need a hitch.
I'm a new member, but have had the bike for 3 years.


HI JC; I too have a Harbor Freight (I think it's the 40 x 48) trailer. I've been pulling it for about a year and am very happy with it. I don't know your skill level but you could build your own hitch probably cheaper than you can buy one. You can buy a decent (for small projects) wire feed welder from Harbor Freight for under $100 with a coupon. You will need something like this for your wiring http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Hopkins-48-in-vehicle-to-trailer-electronic-tail-light-converter/_/N-262o?counter=2&itemIdentifier=143546_0_0_ . I converted my trailer lights to LED's to save power because the Concours is limited in that area. Where in the southwest are you?

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2011, 03:29:27 pm »
Does anyone maybe have a blueprint or tech sheet for making a hitch?  I too am wanting to make one and build a trailer for hauling my kayak and fishing stuff to the coast.

All of this stuff about Jim sounds terrible.  I know he has shut everything down.  I miss his ugly self.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2011, 03:54:43 pm »
Hey Rev, give me some time and I will get some measurements and a few pics on my hitch sent out to you
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2011, 07:16:04 pm »
Hey Rev, give me some time and I will get some measurements and a few pics on my hitch sent out to you

Works for me.  :)

Or just send the hitch and I'll.... I'll take my own measurements... yeah, thas the ticket.  I'll take my OWN measurements.  >:D
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2011, 10:10:41 pm »
Hey Rev, give me some time and I will get some measurements and a few pics on my hitch sent out to you

Works for me.  :)

Or just send the hitch and I'll.... I'll take my own measurements... yeah, thas the ticket.  I'll take my OWN measurements.  >:D
How about if I just cut it up into three pieces, I will send ya one piece at a time. When I get that piece back the next one will go out. Being that they are smaller pieces it will save us both on shipping ??? I guess if I am going to mail ya one I could just make ya one.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2011, 11:25:12 pm »
Now how can my measurement be accurate if there's a thousand miles between parts?  :))

OK, nevermind.  Don;t cut it up. LOL
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2011, 12:08:50 pm »
Here ya go Rev.  I have a list of materials somewhere???





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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2011, 03:03:38 pm »
Cool Chris!  THanks for the pix.  Is that bottom bar a solid ppiece or is it tubing?
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2011, 04:20:33 pm »
Hey Rev, here is a simple design. Make two identical side plates like this, then you can weld on the cross brace in the rear while it's on the bike.




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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2011, 06:23:06 pm »
Nice Eddie.  THat looks like a winner too. THanks.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2011, 11:15:14 am »
Cool Chris!  THanks for the pix.  Is that bottom bar a solid ppiece or is it tubing?
Ya know Rev I am not sure, I will have to take a look.  I am guessing tubing.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2011, 11:01:14 pm »
Hey Rev, here is a simple design. Make two identical side plates like this, then you can weld on the cross brace in the rear while it's on the bike.

Where do the plates attach, Eddie? Behind the antler mounts?

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2011, 12:59:05 am »
That's how I see it.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #20 on: December 12, 2011, 11:38:05 pm »
Well the trailer is built. (I`ll try to post photos). Got my hitch from HitchDoc, but it had wrong bars, they are sending correct ones. Now I need to wire the trailer to bike. I bought a 5 to 4 wire adapted from a motorcycle shop. 

Not sure how/where to tie into my wiring. Any body want to tell this wiring dummy how to do this? I sure could use the advise/help.

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #21 on: December 13, 2011, 12:01:10 am »
I used a remote powered isolator, instead of the standard converter. This keeps all of the lights on the trailer on a non-bike circuit. You don't have to worry about switching the TS relays. Works fine with the Audiovox cruise, also.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #22 on: December 13, 2011, 12:19:18 am »
SteveJ,

Can I get that in English, remember I'm a wiring dummy (I need wiring for Dummies). I included a photo of the 5 to 4 wire plug I bought at the motorcycle shop.

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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2011, 01:01:21 am »
SteveJ,

Can I get that in English, remember I'm a wiring dummy (I need wiring for Dummies). I included a photo of the 5 to 4 wire plug I bought at the motorcycle shop.

here's a link to the Hoppy brand isolator:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-46255-Power-Taillight-Converter/dp/B000CMKG6O

I've had mine on for 3-4 years, no issues. Among the advantages of a powered isolator, easier on the bikes wiring, switchgear, and especially the J-box, brighter trailer lights, if you have an issue with trailer lights, it won't fry your bike's electrics. . The power for it comes directly off of the battery, or aux power panel. Just run a fused wire to the unit, and tap into the various circuits.

The kit has everything you should need, just throw out those blue Scotchlock wire taps and get yerself some Posi-Locks for the wire connections, at least the tap outs from the stock wiring.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.

In case I forgot to mention it, throw out those Scotchlock blue connectors. They will cause you aggravation in the future.
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Re: trailer hitch for a 2006 concours
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2011, 02:45:59 am »
Thanks for the advise and responses. I'll include a finished photo of my 40x48 harbor freight trailer, it has aluminum diamond plate for the base and back lic. plate. I bought a sears car top cargo hauler and bolted it to it.looks good and am pleased with how it came out. Now I need some riding weather and I'm off. The photo shows it behind my buddies V-Star.