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    It may be crazy to start out like that but it's sheer OUTSTANDING! to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    The trailer hitch is welded to the axle, or the frame?

    The trailer hitch was bolted to the shock towers and the furthest-back frame holes which made it 4-point frame mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grcamna2 View Post
    The trailer hitch was bolted to the shock towers and the furthest-back frame holes which made it 4-point frame mounted.
    How much can the bike lean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    How much can the bike lean?
    I have owned two cargo trailers and towed them with a gl1500 Goldwing. Both trailers had an integral swivel hitch built into the tongue. So helped with lean angle and handling. There was a cooler for grub on the tongue as well. Hauled lots of camping gear and a couple of trips through the mountains. Towed very well and hardly noticed it on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    How much can the bike lean?
    I have never had a commercial "swivel hitch" on any of my trailers. To answer your question, I could put the bike on the side stand (so it's leaning a bit to the left), then lift the left-side trailer wheel far enough for the trailer body to touch the ground on the right. WAY more than enough. By the time the hitch would start to restrict any leaning, your bike would already be low-siding.

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    The one I was looking at was an Alpine pop up made for a car. Looked small enough till I looked up shipping weight. The motorcycle only one don't come around too often for cheap so I may be on hold for a bit.

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    I remember you posting almost daily about that trip. What an adventure that was. I was rooting for you but ... wow! I still think of you when I see motorcycle clothes and helmets for sale at the Salvation army. Hope all is well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I have never had a commercial "swivel hitch" on any of my trailers. To answer your question, I could put the bike on the side stand (so it's leaning a bit to the left), then lift the left-side trailer wheel far enough for the trailer body to touch the ground on the right. WAY more than enough. By the time the hitch would start to restrict any leaning, your bike would already be low-siding.

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    My hitch is installed but I've yet to pull anything with it. The conclusion amongst the "Sane" riders is that a swivel really isn't needed although I HAVE heard of guys shorting corners and having the trailer run over a curb casing some hair raising experiences.
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    When I got my first trailer (in 1978), I talked with a guy that said NOT having a swivel hitch saved his trailer.

    He hit something with the left trailer wheel that tipped the trailer up. When the hitch bound, there wasn't enough momentum in the trailer to flip the bike, so the bike actually brought the trailer back down. A rare occurance for sure, but it IS possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob S. View Post
    How much can the bike lean?


    The hitch was just a ball hitch on that one,a 2" standard trailer ball.I would have liked knowing something about a swivel-hitch then,but at that time I didn't have enough information.. I leaned the bike slowly and carefully on my trip.When I attempted to turn it sharply in parking lot maneuvers,it resisted my efforts at leaning too far;I muscled the bars a bit and took slower and more calculated maneuvers.I imagine if I had a swivel-hitch,I would be able to lean it as much as needed?
    Last edited by grcamna2; 02-24-2021 at 02:42 PM.

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