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Old 03-26-2014, 03:45 PM   #71
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That is absolutely rediculously COOL!!!! When you get done and post some completed pics, with or without your bike, i think i will copy the best pic, have it blown up on good photo paper and frame it to put on the wall in our home.......with your permission of course. My 5 brothers and myself are all casual bike enthusiasts, im looking forward to showing them your project.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:23 AM   #72
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Here two better pics of the whole trailer.





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Super cool!

I ride with a bunch of FJR guys who pull trailers. Their hitch setups are a bit different, and you might consider a pivoting type hitch like off-road guys use, to enable leaning into corners without binding.

Imagine the weight of this trailer will be light, but the profile may be challenging when passing semi trucks.

Good luck with this build. Lotsa fun to watch.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:36 AM   #74
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Do you plan on insulating the inside?
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Do you plan on insulating the inside?
I travel only from March to October, because I have a seasonal plate 3/10 on my bike)

So I plan no insulation because humidity is not easy to handle and it will be additional weight.

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Super cool!

I ride with a bunch of FJR guys who pull trailers. Their hitch setups are a bit different, and you might consider a pivoting type hitch like off-road guys use, to enable leaning into corners without binding.

Imagine the weight of this trailer will be light, but the profile may be challenging when passing semi trucks.

Good luck with this build. Lotsa fun to watch.
Thank you

The hitch is a 50 mm greased ball, why should I weaken this strong link and add a pivot ?
If I am leaned into the curve and the trailer lifts his inner wheel, it stops to capsize when the coupler meets the neck of the ball.
With a pivot type hitch the trailer can tip over complete and pulls the rear of the bike off the street.

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Next challenge was the door.
Hinge and frame were the result of a complete friday afternoon.





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With a pivot type hitch the trailer can tip over complete and pulls the rear of the bike off the street.

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I think the idea is that with a pivoting hitch the trailer stays upright and level at all times, whereas the bike can lean into corners.

Not a biker myself, but that's how I understood it.
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Yes, that's what I intended to mention.

You make a good point about weight , Tom. I suspect you won't be leaning too hard with that trailer, and I'd be more worried about wind and buffeting from semis than leaning hard in corners, but mentioned it as worth investigating. Might be worth pinging Gullwing owners to get their experience. An ST1100 loaded is not light, but not near as planted and heavy while pulling a trailer as a Wing.
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Thanks for your hints, but I cannot change the tongue, because the trailer is approved by the authorities and a change needs a new approval and the engineer will not accept to change the certified tongue and coupler.

In USA you can use different couplers (small ball or pin) for attaching a trailer to a bike.
Some of them may work better with a pivoting tongue. But safety chains must be used.

In Europe the 50-mm-steel ball is the only certified connection.
It is proven safe up to 3.5 tons and we need no safety chains here.
From the smallest trailer up to towing motoryachts it is the same.



The freedom of moving around the ball is VERY BIG, so that heavy caravans
have often special couplers which "clamp" the degreased ball and make the connection stiffer, to prevent the trailer from shaking, if a Mercedes Sprinter passes with 160 km/h.



I will not drive much on highways with this trailer.
And I will find the safety zone with try and error like with my fullsize trailer.
In France you are allowed to go with 130 km/h on highways with a caravan
and if the balance and tongue weight is correct, that was never a safety problem.

I know the influence of a passed truck or passing coach and I am sure I will find my way home safe.

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Last weekend I installed the LED marker lights and the small rear and front windows.
The plexiglas windows are sealed with sikaflex and fastened with stainless 4 mm bolts with nylon safety nuts.





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First rear and front view with windows !





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That is absolutely rediculously COOL!!!! When you get done and post some completed pics, with or without your bike, i think i will copy the best pic, have it blown up on good photo paper and frame it to put on the wall in our home.......with your permission of course. My 5 brothers and myself are all casual bike enthusiasts, im looking forward to showing them your project.
Thanks for this really cool compliment, mayco

It will be a pleasure for me to send you the picture you like best in full quality for a printout!

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Old 03-29-2014, 06:10 PM   #84
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I've been away from my computer for a couple of days, and this "Express Version" has been truly exciting to see! You are a genius! You see form & function in everyday objects.

Yes, we are expecting to see lots of Dutch caravans in the Netherlands. Here's a cute link about how much the Dutch love camping: No.25: Going Camping | Stuff Dutch People Like

Thanks for the information on the line of Eriba caravans. There are so many sizes and floorplans. Very cool trailers!

Good luck on your journey!

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