With the advent of motorcycle tent trailers, bikers no longer have to suffer through sleeping on the hard ground while on motorcycle tours. A number of models and makes of trailers are available to accommodate your particular needs. Whatever motorcycle trailer you choose, be sure it fits well with your motorcycle, and doesn't endanger the safety of you or your riders.
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Things you need
- Touring motorcycle
- Trailer hitch
Research prices and features of motorcycle tent trailers at your nearest motorcycle retail store, or check out the options online by visiting the websites of tent trailer companies like Easy Camper, Lees-ure Lite, and Scooter Schooner. (See resources 1,2,3.) Some things to consider are the hauling capacity of your motorcycle, quality of bedding, and additions like coolers, radios, and roof racks for extra storage. Typically, trailers cost between £1,300 and £2,600, depending on accessories and materials.
Obtain a trailer hitch for your motorcycle. Typically, tent trailer companies sell custom hitches for most models and makes of motorcycles.
Test drive your trailer model of choice to see whether it will work for you and your passengers. Be sure to test the trailer with some added weight, as when you're touring you're going to have supplies with you. When you have the trailer loaded, take the motorcycle out on the open road to make sure you'll be able to maintain speed with the added weight.
Make reservations at campsites along your touring route, once you've purchased a trailer suitable for your motorcycle.
Pack your gear, including bedding, clothing, toiletries, and other supplies into the trailer. Check your tire pressure and adjust it if needed due to the extra weight. Be sure all safety chains are attached to the motorcycle, and all lights are working. If you are concerned about too much weight, take the loaded trailer and motorcycle out on another test drive before you leave for your trip. Remove excess weight if necessary. Remember that you can purchase heavy items like beverages and food in towns near your campsites.
Set up camp at your destination, being sure to properly erect all tent poles and awnings. When you're done at the campsite, pack the trailer according to the manufacturer's specifications, and once again check your tire pressure, lights and hitch connections.
Tips and warnings
- According to expert riders, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if you don't have the right trailer for your motorcycle. To prevent this, be sure your trailer is lower than your motorcycle boot, so air flows away from you and your riders. (See reference 1.)
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