I'm pretty sure I wrote/commented on hitches and such elsewhere but I've just about finished getting her all ready for family travels.
I'm a firm follower and believer of Bushtec stuff. I had one of their early trailers back in the 90's that was a two tone silver painted to match my '82 Wing. I will say this...they got it right from the beginning. Very little has changed over the years as I compare the new (2012) trailer I have now with the 1st one back then.
This trailer was painted to match my '03 VTX 1800C. It seems Honda used the same orange for my wife's '12 Shadow too. It is quite the site seeing our matching two bikes, matching trailer, and personal garb going down the road as a family.
With getting my Ness, I was hoping the orange would be a good match. Not really but it's still orange. Not sure yet what I'll do but the options are:
1) I could do nothing. Leave everything alone.
2) sell the X and trailer (as a package?) then get a Bushtec Entourage trailer. Matches the lines of the Vision very well and I can get it painted to match the Ness, flames and all.
3) get the current trailer painted to match the Ness.
I can't decide much at this point but plan to ride for at least the start of the summer as is now.
The X and Bushtec
The Ness and Bushtec
And an Entourage and Vision (from the Bushtec site). Imagine the tear drop wheel wells in the same flame graphics as the Ness. Gotto be GEORGOUS!
Now, a note. Nobody makes a hitch for the NESS Vision. I spoke at great length to Bushtec and now know why. The Ness is built and designed about 2" lower than other Visions. Because of this, if a rider follows the Vic Settings on the rear suspension, the hitch contacts the swing arm on the left side on compression.
If I keep the suspension maxed out It doesn't make contact. I haven't loaded the trailer with 2 up yet to check those conditions. Not to mention putting the trunk back on.
I can see where it contacts. I can also think of a way to design a bracket to keep this from happening, or modify the current one. I've sent photos and such to Bushtec to see if my thoughts are possible but nothing in return. Since they've designed this hitch it's entirely possible they've been through what I'm coming up with. Who knows.
I can fabricate. Plasma cutter and welder in hand. I just don't want to waste effort and money for nothing.
For all I know, keeping the rear maxed at 72 psi could be all I need. I just loose the ability of a level unloaded ride and the soft ride that can come with it.