I ride my motorcycle often enough and far enough from home that it became apparent I would benefit from a decent motorcycle trailer. It allows me to haul my ride anywhere I desire with both ease and comfort. I have some very specific trailering guidelines for myself that others may find beneficial when it comes to transportation.
#1: Your trailer is a serious piece of equipment
My motorcycle trailer is not an afterthought, and most likely yours isn’t either. Modern motorcycle trailers are expensive pieces of equipment purchased to haul your bike safely, and should be treated like the gems that they are. Your motorcycle trailer will allow you to strap down and haul your bike safely for hundreds of miles before you get off for a ride. Keep it as clean as your bike and maintain it in the same way you would your bike.
#2: Strapping down your motorcycle
After laying down cash for the motorcycle trailer itself, don’t then cheap out on the straps. Many motorcycle trailers will have ratchet straps or tie downs built in, but if not be sure to pick some of reasonable quality. The best option is to purchase straps designed for motorcycles that will avoid scratching up the handlebars/clip-ons or any other part of the bike which may fall victim to chaffing in transit. Finding new damage to your motorcycle once you have arrived at your destination can ruin the trip.
#3: Covering your motorcycle
I do not own a covered trailer, and I do not want the weather pummeling my bike while I driver hundreds of miles to get to my riding location. I use a traditional bike cover that fits snugly over my bike, and the cover helps protect the bike from road debris, weather and sunlight. Picking one of these up will protect your motorcycle and offer peace of mind.
#4: Driving with the motorcycle
I’m generally a cautious driver, moreover when towing a trailer with my motorcycle. I’ll generally find my way in the right lane, set the cruise control at 55 and not stress about rushing to deadlines.
The ideal motorcycle is one that you ride to and back from. But sometimes it just makes more sense to trailer your ride instead. Use these tips and get to it!
Featured image courtesy of Shadow Motorcycle Trailers