My motorbike trailer

  1. demag Member

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    Hi all, things have got quiet for me in work lately so I've started building some trailers to make a bit more cash, let me know what you think, any suggestions welcome.Excuse the workshop, currently using 1/2 a crowded 40foot container.
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  2. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Bike trailer looks nice, difficult to make out from pics but have you left a bigger gap in the "ladder" at the front for the bike front wheel to drop into, seen it on other trailers and it helps keep bike from moving without relying on tie downs.
    Are you going to fit lamps / reflectors to show where back of trailer is?
     
  3. demag Member

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    The cage at the front will catch the front wheel, it's been made for a Goldwing so it'll have to be well tied down, lights are on the mudguards and have reflectors to go on the back, next one will have the lights at the back but this is my first one and the buyer was in a hurry to collect it.
     
  4. Robotstar5

    Robotstar5 Casanunda Staff Member

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    Goldwing :o hope the towcar's up to it!
    Food for thought - make the central piece from 2 lengths of angle facing with the gap set for max rear tyre width and pieces of flat bar welded to form the "ladder", might reduce costs?
     
  5. bawjaws Member

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    nice work :clapping:, what sort of axles are on the bigger ones? van?
     
  6. demag Member

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    They're 50x50x3 box with 100x100x6 plates welded on the ends and drilled to bolt ford hubs onto them.
     
  7. drivewasher

    drivewasher Member

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    Nice double axle trailer, but surley it should be braked as max gross will exeed 750kg
     
  8. English Steve

    English Steve Senior Bumpkin

    Providing there is a plate stating max 750kg, it doesn't have to be braked. I have a twin axle 750kg trailer, although the wheels are much smaller.

    Trailer law is fairly stringent and is getting a whole lot worse over the next few years. That twin wheeler looks quite heavy which will reduce the available payload, as drivewasher said brakes would be good.

    I like the bike trailer, Goldwings weigh around 370kg so the break-back design is more or less essential to allow easy loading - very nice. Only question is Where are the tie-down points? Wider the better on those.

    Demag, if you need any info on trailer law, pm me. I have access to Construction and Use and the forthcoming Whole Vehicle Type Approval regs.
     
  9. Chipper Member

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    Looks good ....

    The early litre Wings weigh 600lbs, and got gradually heavier. Depending on the Wing, a lot heavier... and longer & wider.

    My trailer is flat-bed and has wheel locators made from angle, can be moved about to suit different wheelbases & tyre sizes.

    Also very handy is the front-mounted hand winch, for non-running bikes. Also acts as a bit of extra lashing security, hooked round the forks when towing.

    Our trailer stays flat for loading via drop-down posts; I find that easier with heavy stuff, the bike only needs heaving over the ramps rather than uphill all the way up, but your slope does look nice and gentle.
     
  10. Pete.

    Pete. Member

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  11. Nomad Member

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    Bike trailers seem popular here :D a few links below for fold-away designs that look interesting and might give folk some ideas :hug:

    I prefer not to tow an empty trailer so it would be ideal to dismantle it then put it in the boot ( or maybe fold-down so it can be carried outside on a bracket mounted on the towbar?) :cool:
    I'm still looking for ideas...

    http://www.bikelug.com/
    http://intertradeuk.co.uk/catalogue_php/index.php?cPath=22_28
    http://www.phoenixtrailer.co.uk/folding%20trailers.htm

    or Plan B - put it in he boot without dismantling it :D
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  12. demag Member

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    The twin axle trailer seems to be popular with the horsey and farm people, they usually use them for carrying hay and straw, light but bulky, I've been checking trailer regs but here in Ireland no-one really seems to know whats what, even the Gardai/police.
     
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