So can I pull a trailer?

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So can I pull a trailer?

DaveBB
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February 10th, 2016, 7:54 pm #1

Hi All.  I have a '00 Shadow I bought new with fairly low miles.  I have enjoyed it very much and added some nice touring accessories.  I have also remarried (no jokes about accessories, please) and my new wife and I had a great ride around Lake Superior last fall two up.  (Her first.)  We were loaded, probably over the recommended weight.

So here is the question:  Can I pull a trailer when riding two up, or should I look for another bike, like a 'Wing?  If so, what trailer?  I am more inclined to get a good pre-made tailer, not a Harbor Freight.

​Thanks! 
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allanbegg
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February 10th, 2016, 8:38 pm #2

You certainly can pull a trailer, as long as you aren't in a big hurry.
I pulled my Harbor Freight frame and homemade box, fully loaded, from PA to CA and back.
It did fine, with the exception of climbing the Rockies, in CO.

Below picture taken at sunset along the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of Monterey, CA.

Go for it.

Allan

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iecovert
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February 10th, 2016, 10:18 pm #3

I also pull a trailer 2-up.  Like Allan said, you can't be in a hurry but it can work.

Mine is a single wheel N-Line trailer.

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icandoitfaster
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February 11th, 2016, 1:18 am #4

Pulled my Piggybacker over 15000 miles two up over the last four summers. My wife and I love touring with our trailer (Alison in front of the Grand Teton's). Heading over into North and South Dakota this summer. Can't wait!!

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iecovert
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February 11th, 2016, 1:17 pm #5

The biggest concern is braking. The T's brakes just barely do the job for a bike that size as it is, what with only a single disc up front. Trying to stop a couple hundred more pounds takes a bit more time, so make sure you're extra diligent about leaving stopping room and planning an escape route.
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davebave
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April 21st, 2017, 7:32 am #6

I pull a customized harbor freight tag-a-long, but I only carry my 60# dog in it. I run a Valkyrie-sized Dunlop Elite 3 on the rear and in one season it ate through 3/4 tread in my estimate.
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davebave
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April 21st, 2017, 7:35 am #7

As for brakes, I switched to EBS ceramic racing brakes and replaced my front brake line with a steel line. So much better braking; you wouldn't know it's a single in the front. And I've had a few gold wings, so I like the stopping power.
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