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    How heavy a trailer?

    Thinking of building a trailer for myself, just wonder what a Gl500i ,should be able to pull without breaking parts, have a barnett clutch in it allready. Yes do more frequent oil changes because of clutch. And yes sorry for opening the can of worms.
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    I don't know for sure but on level roads you might get by with this and this is big, I live in the mountains and would not try any trailer.https://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb...ler-62644.html.
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    I'm thinking of a one wheel trailer that i could hang some side bags onto,Name:  extrawheel-voyager-side-stock.jpg
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Size:  68.3 KBsomething like one of these for bicycle but of course designed for my motorcycle. Suspension maybe a fun challenge to come up with. There are some commerially built trailers in canada but they cost like 2500 dollars . At that price will go to wally world and buy new clothing if i'm on a tour. Hoping prevouis experiance will speak up and give me a safe pulling weight for the Gl's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve1 View Post
    I don't know for sure but on level roads you might get by with this and this is big, I live in the mountains and would not try any trailer.https://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb...ler-62644.html.not
    not bad price ,but do I read it right it weighs 170lbs itself.
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    2 up or single

    2 up under 125 lbs total gear including trailer and what is in the saddle bags and trunk

    solo 300 pounds total gear including trailer weight

    make sure you have the 16 inch wheel do not run the hotter plugs d8ea run the cooler d9ea

    run one of my oil filter adapters and a filter it lets the motor hold almost half a quart more and makes the oil run cooler

    if (not likely in vancouver or on the sea to sky ) air temps get into the 90s i always run castrol 20w 50

    ADDED make sure you have synthetic gear oil in the final drive
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    Gerard ifi were you i would try to find blindstiches build thread on his trailer he made a few years back

    and talk to him he tows with his 650 a lot

    here are some of the threads but i cant find BS thread on building his

    ask don (bs) where it is

    have a look at the one wheeel one lucky built

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    Hi Murray, will check out thous links and do recommends as well thanks, cheers Gerard
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    Forum member DavidfromWisconsin rides his GL500 pulling a trailer. You might want to give him a shout.
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    Davids Harbor Freight trailer is nice out of the box but he has been thinking of upgrading to a gl650 for towing. I assume the downfall of the trailer is more size and wind resistance.

    On the other hand I really like my trailer and it's light. Maybe 100 pounds in total but it rolls easy towed by the bike or moved around by hand. But in this state I can make my own trailer and I don't even need it inspected. And yes I overkilled the welds. It could probably be made a good deal lighter with aluminum.

    But here's a thread showing me traveling with it.
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    Two years ago I towed it to Tennessee and learned that at 80 mph I was still getting 46mpg.
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    If I were to use that trailer from HF, the first thing I would do is to add "bearing buddies" to make keeping the wheels lubed easier.
    I have had experience with those cheap trailers not having adequate amounts of grease in the bearings right from the factory.
    Took one that belongs to a friend and had the bearings fail at highway speeds due to lack of grease (brand new trailer that he had for less than a week).
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