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Motorbike Trailers : Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Motorbike Trailer

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Motorbike Trailers : Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Motorbike Trailer

Coby McGibbons
November 27, 2013

A motorbike trailer is designed to carry the gear you need during camping behind your bike. Before buying such as trailer, there are important things you need to take into account. Some of the things you should know beforehand include exhaust, width, weight, shape, exhaust, trailer brakes, tandem or single axle and construction.


Width is an important element to consider when buying any trailer. This is because it has a direct impact on the maneuverability of the trailer. Trailers, which are too wide, pose difficulties for users to maneuver. It is advisable to choose a motorcycle trailer that is not much wider than the bike.


Weight has an impact on the sturdiness of a trailer and maneuverability. A sturdy trailer is needed; however, it should weigh as little as possible. A lot of weight will make your trailer sturdier but will decrease maneuverability. In addition, you will not be able to carry much gear when your trailer weighs too much. A good motorbike trailer should weigh about 150 pounds.


You should go for a trailer with frames made from iron, steel, or flat stock. Tabular steel makes good frames. The body of the trailer should be constructed with fiberglass.


A good trailer should have a flat floor and the design with straight sides. This makes it easier for one to fit his/her gear inside. Some trailers on the market have rounded fronts; it is a good idea to go for a design with square-shaped front.


A trailer with a flat front is likely to cause build up of monoxide in front of a trailer. This can cause one to suffer harmful effects. A design with raised fronts ensures that the fumes from the exhaust will not build up.

Trailer Brakes

It is important to note that there are different types of braking systems used in trailers. The most common systems are electric braking, hydraulic surge braking, and the surge braking system. Electric brakes are regarded as the best for their operation is very independent of the tow vehicle. In addition, you can manually activate its brake controller. This will allow your trailer to slow the rig.

Enclosed or Open Trailers

An open trailer exposes your cargo to the outside elements. This is a good type of trailer if inclement weather is not a factor for your gear. It is also an economical choice. An open trailer is suitable for small landscaping businesses as they can use them to haul their equipment. In addition, they are lighter and have less aerodynamic drag than the enclosed trailer. Enclosed trailers have less aerodynamic drag and heavier than the open trailers. However, they are more costly than the enclosed ones.

Tandem or Single Axle

Trailers have a single axle or dual axle. In some rare cases, there are three or four axle trailers. A single trailer has one load-bearing axle and is suitable for carrying loads less than 3000 lbs. For more than 3000 lbs, it is advisable to use two or more axle trailer. They are usually more accurate than the single axle trailers and can easily move on rough terrains.

Coby McGibbons is the business operations consultant for Victorian Trailers. To view our full range of high quality trailers, parts and accessories on sale now, go to http://trailers.victoriantrailers.com.au

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