Posted on Jan 16, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Motorcycle Trailers

Motorcycle riding is one of the most freeing and independent forms of transportation available. However, many motorcyclists face the problem of not having enough space to store personal items on their bikes. With no trunks or back seats to keep your things, riders can often feel limited to where they can take their bikes.

Limited storage can make long-distance travel and road trips almost impossible. Some motorcycles utilize saddlebags and other storage attachments, but sometimes this is still not enough room, especially if you’re trying to pack supplies for a few days.

A great way to ensure that a motorcycle has plenty of space is to tow a trailer. There are many great trailers that are easy for riders to tow behind their bike to ensure they have adequate storage capabilities.

It is important to do proper research and take into account all necessary factors to find the best trailer for your specific bike and ensure both ease of use, as well as safety. If you’re considering purchasing a trailer for your motorcycle, we encourage you to consider these trailer tips:

  • Weight: A trailer should be as light as possible while maintaining structural quality. It should be light enough for a motorcycle to pull without interfering with the proper control of the motorcycle. A good weight for a trailer is generally between 120 and 150 pounds.
     
  • Size: The height and width of a trailer are very important. The width should not be too much wider than a touring bike with saddlebags. The height of the trailer should be no higher than the bottom of a trunk on a touring motorcycle.
     
  • Shape: The shape of a motorcycle trailer should be one that efficiently uses the most space. Riders should look for a trailer that is not oddly shaped or rounded. An unusually shaped trailer may make it difficult to stow items such as luggage, ice chests or lawn chairs.

Having the right trailer will provide increased versatility for your motorcycle and allow you to do a road trip with ease. However, it is still important to be wary of negligent drivers. Many motorists have a hard enough time seeing motorcyclists as it is and adding additional length to your bike can just increase your risk of being hit by an inattentive driver. As such, we greatly encourage riders to be as vigilant as possible on the roadways, drive defensively and always expect the unexpected.

For more articles and news for motorcycle enthusiasts, please check out the Current News for Riders page on hupy.com.

Jason F. Abraham
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