RVing and Motorcycling, part 5: ‘Size of motorcycle needed to tow’

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MiniMate_UnderTow_DaleCoyneAll of the made-in-the-USA ultra light trailers that Dale Coyner carries for sale at Open Road Outfitters are designed to be no wider than the bike’s mirrors and sit low enough that riders can see over them under tow.

Depending on the model, weights range between 325 and 385 pounds with a tongue weight of approximately 25 pounds.

As for the size of motorcycle needed to safely handle an ultra-light, pull-behind camping trailer, Coyner says that most full-size touring bikes like a Honda Gold Wing or Harley and all trikes can safely ride two up and tow one of these trailers.

“If you are riding solo,” he continues, “certainly a bike between 800 to 1000 cc’s is adequate. Though, I always recommend that all bikes have dual disc brakes upfront.”

Whether touring overnight or across the country, towing a mini camper can dramatically reduce your costs and increase your fun and freedom.

To read the complete 5-part series on “RVing and Motorcycling,’ click here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: The Mini Mate pop up tent trailer may be small, but it can still handle its share of gear. Open Road Outfitters owner Dale Coyner adapted a Yakima bicycle carrier to fit on the top of this camper so he could bring along his other two wheeler. The camper is being easily towed by a  2005 Honda ST-1300. (Open Road Outfitters)

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