Gettin’ Hitched – Towing with a Motorcycle

As we all knowhd trailer hitch, storage space on a motorcycle comes at a premium. We often see small pull behind trailers employed to remedy that situation.  Whether it is packing more for an extended trip, or pulling the accommodations along with us, pulling a trailer on our motorcycle starts with installation of a good quality hitch found at K and G Cycles  (www.kandgcycles.com). To begin with, you need to select a hitch made specifically for your bike, even being off 1 year could mean a hitch that doesn’t exactly fit, have different weight ratings, and end up causing you problems.

Another piece to the puzzle is the wiring. For many, since this is beyond our comfort level, professional installation is the best bet. Again it is imperative to relay the correct year, make, and model of the tow vehicle as it will aid in choosing correct parts. Also if additional electrical demands have been placed on the motorcycle, i.e. L.E.D. lighting, accessory lighting, upgraded sound systems, etc… as electrical load equalizers may need to be added.

Whatever you tow or tow with, it is always a good idea to have pre-trip  inspections. The motorcycle inspection has a helpful acronym: T Clock

T – Tires and Wheels Front Rear

C – Controls

L – Lights and Electrical

O – Oil and Fluids

C – Chassis

K – Kickstand

This is an awesome pre-ride habit to get into that often catches issues before they become problems.

Inspecting the trailer is just as important as the motorcycle check. Here are some critical points wen preparing for your trip.

  1. Look for tire problems:
    • Check for PROPER tire pressure
    • Mismatched tire sizes
    • Cuts or other damage to tires
  2. Look for wheel and rim problems
    • Damaged rims or wheels
    • Rust around wheel nuts – possible loose nuts
    • Missing clamps, spacers, studs or lugs
    • Mismatched, bent or cracked lock rings
    • Wheels or rims that have been welded
  3. Look for brake drum and shoe problems
    • Cracked drums
    • Shoes or pads with oil, grease or brake fluid on them
    • Shoes worn thin, missing or broken
  4. Look for suspension systems defect
    • Cracked or broken spring hangers
    • Missing or broken leaf springs
    • Spring hangers that allow axle to move
    • Broken leaves that might hit a tire or other part
    • Leaking shock absorbers
    • Axle positioning parts that are cracked, damaged or missing
    • Frame members that are loose, cracked, broken or missing

    So you see, towing a trailer regardless of your tow vehicle is much more than hooking up and heading down the road. Let your friends at K and G Cycles ( www.kandgcycles.com ) assist you in preparing your motorcycle become the work horse it can be. Hitches, wiring, and so much more, all at your finger tips, to get your rig set up right.