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  • 05-08-2017 9:27 PM

    bike trailer hitch

    I'm planning to pull a small trailer, but I have never ridden a bike with a trailer behind it. Any suggestions on a trailer hitch? Can't decide between the Kuryakyn and Krome Werks.I also heard that a weight distribution system like blue ox is important to level out a trailer.

  • 05-09-2017 5:50 AM In reply to

    • Ironhead
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    Re: bike trailer hitch

    dokarl - I have been pulling a small camper trailer (Aspen Classic) with my Road King for the last 3 or 4 years.  I can't remember who mfg the hitch I have, but it has a removable ball (more expensive but looks cleaner when I don't have the trailer).

    The trailer I haul is on the big and bulky side - has to push through a lot of wind resistance, is rated for 500 lbs gross (about 2/3 the weight of the bike) and has electric brakes.

    some of the things I have experienced:
    - the extra weight makes a difference on the highway and hills
    - the extra weight makes a difference in acceleration
    - since you are working the bike almost twice as hard, the bike tends to get hotter than it would running by itself
    - I don't notice the extra weight (too much) on braking with the electric brakes set as an assist (not lock up)
    - I do notice a difference when turning at slow speeds when the weight on the hitch passes the verticle line where the weight is on the tire / beside the tire - once it passes that line the rear of the bike wants to "fall over" from the weight change
    - If I don't have the brakes adjusted correctly, touching the brakes in a parking lot situtation can become "exciting", thus setting them for assist only
    - follow the mfg recomendation on tongue weight to a tee
    - I have a full swivel coupler system (coupler can swivel 360 degrees) - this isn't necessary for normal riding but if you have a flat on the trailer it might allow you to stay upright (know someone who learned this the hard way)

    moral - make sure the trailer is as small and light as possible

    hope this helps

    The first tool out of the box should be the "book"  Geeked

  • 05-15-2017 9:52 PM In reply to

    Re: bike trailer hitch

    That's a lot of info. Thanks! A friend of mine is selling his Neosho trailer. It is not huge so it should be light in weight. It has leaf springs but no swivel hitch.

  • 05-16-2017 6:17 AM In reply to

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    Re: bike trailer hitch

    dokarl - I ordered my swivel hitch from California (I think) - if I remember correctly it was $200-$250.

    Something else I didn't mention - you WILL burn a lot more fuel

    The first tool out of the box should be the "book"  Geeked

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