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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2015, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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For those times when I want to leave the trailer at home but want extra storage or a cooler of cold ones. Not bad for repurposing an old freezer basket, some steel and marker lights.
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Well done, I really like that.
It's amazing what we can do with these bikes.

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Keeps the weight down low too but also behind the rear wheel. If too much weight is in it you will feel the front end feel squirrelly.
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The goal is never more then 20-25lbs, that would equal my trailer average tongue weight and it does fine with the front unless I accelerate hard from a stop.

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The goal is never more then 20-25lbs, that would equal my trailer average tongue weight and it does fine with the front unless I accelerate hard from a stop.
There's the goal and then there's actual reality.

It's best when the two meet and work as advertised.
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There's the goal and then there's actual reality.

It's best when the two meet and work as advertised.
Isn't that the truth, nice thing is I've got a healthy fear of what can happen if the trailer takes over the vehicle towing it so I check the tongue weight before I hitch up. I have a luggage scale that stays in the trailer bag. I figured if I kept the same mindset with this rack I'd be good. I don't like more then 25-30lbs of tongue weight with 30 being a bit high and can make the front light when traveling rough roads. I did test all sorts of different weight by adding a cooler of water in the trailer and shifting it around to change the tongue weight. Back to the rack, it weighs exactly 5lbs more then the draw bar, 4.2lbs v 9.2lbs, I used this to equate my comfortable towing tongue weight.

This weekend I tested the rack with weight, we had a party and the cooler weighed 25lbs (30lbs TW) there and over large bumps or several in a row the front got light, not bad but could feel it in the bars, but only above 50mph. On the way home it weighed 15lbs and I never knew it was there.

I did get feedback that during the day with bright sun on the back of the bike the lights I've added are tough to see but are very bright at night.

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Stage 1 filter and pipes, Lloydz VFIII & ATW.
Clearwater Darla, LED GLO, emergency lights and siren.
Bushtec hitch and harness, Kompact Kamp trailer.

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Do you wait to fill the cooler with ice/food/drinks when you are close to where you will end up?

I think that might be the best way for a number of reasons; low weight being a top one. Another option would be to get where you are going and lose the weight of all the luggage, tent, sleeping bag, etc. then make a grocery run. You might even let the passenger stay at camp to really make things as light as possible.
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The cooler is one that came with my trailer and is much larger then we'll typically need. This weekend I was making cooler corn for a cookout on the way (cooking by motorcycle) and it had a dozen ears and almost 2 gallons of water. When we normally travel we take a few bottles of water, half frozen, and have a nice soft cooler that fits in the side bag (weight down low).

But yes, empty cooler until camp is the best way, but then I risk not being able to locate a beverage of my choice... The better half and I really enjoy scouting out wineries and breweries we've never tried and extra always finds a way home. Some of our best adventures have been schemed over breakfast, let's pack a lunch and see where we end up, can't do that so easily anymore after some medical needs.

What spawned the idea of the rack vs taking the trailer is all the crap I have to tote if I'm not sleeping at home. Too many years of sucking up the wrong air and a genetic issues has left me needing a Cpap with humidification any time I sleep (naps included) and it takes up more then half of a side bag, I really miss camping. We also like to picnic and a few bottles of frozen water on the bottom and a pair of subs on top gives us lunch and dinner out on the road and a weight of less then 10lbs. When a simple overnight trip fills the bike and I don't want to drag a trailer this has become a great option.

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