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I figured I’d share some cool info….

My dilemma with trailers has always been the “back up factor” – “hey Dave back up – I wanna take that picture” – LOL :shock::DBut that is a subject for another time…. :action:

So, we arrived at Mt Rushmore in a hailstorm. We do the presidential tribute thing and come out to find this silver Goldwing trailering a teardrop. We had seen several teardrops on the trip – but this one caught my eye. The size seemed perfect. Just then the owner came out and we started chatting a bit. He was from (Georgia? I think) and had a place in New Mexico – hence the plates. Travelling with his dog. Cutest danged thing you ever saw (in my avatar now – LOL...well, she was dag gum it where'd she go....I'll find her....). Dog rides “bitch” as they say with no special harness – he trained her from a pup. But back to the trailer…

I asked about the company… He liked dealing with the company (contact info printed on the trailer).

I asked how she pulled. He said he never really knows it is back there.

I asked does she slow you down? He said “nah” and showed me his recent GPS speed of………..108mph

I asked about the accommodations – he said “up to 6’4” (perfect)

I asked about configuration and “kitchen” and such – he said “however you want it, I don’t have a kitchen. But I do bring a generator (which he showed me) and I can pull up to a campsite anywhere and plug in my laptop, electric cooler, cell phone, and microwave – whatever”

How did she handle the big storms and hail I asked – “it got a little loud for awhile when the stuff was REALLY pounding on the roof – but that would have been any trailer – she was fine and I was glad to have her and keep dry”. I noticed it was not dented like many trailers I saw that were in the hailstorm.

We were headed to the same place (the CrazyHorse Memorial) so I asked – mind if we follow and take some pics and video? If you look real careful on the YouTube video you can see the little dog checking us out as we ride by - :cheeky1:

Here you go:










[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/rIPTB1ksv1s&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]

 

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Pretty sweet setup. I remember going to Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore years ago and noticed its a No Helmet state. Don't think I'd tool around without at least a helmet but to each his own. My friend has plate in his head from a no helmet wreck, he's disabled for life and blind on 1 eye,face paralyzed on that side. Nasty wreck. It was a memorable trip I took alot of pics on. Beautiful state. Ended up in Deadwood in a casino Wild Bill got killed in. I'd love to do it all again and do it on a MC.
 

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One of our forum members has the same type trailer. From what he has said, he loves it as well. Pretty cool little trailers!
 

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watching that, I noticed that safety chain. Makes me wonder about trailers on motorcycles, in general.





I understand the point of those chains is to keep the unit together with the rig should the hitch fail. When the tow rig weighs, say 5,000 pounds, it makes some sense.



Wouldn't a trailer like that coming loose be a tail that wags the dog pretty hard? I think it would be better to let it go...
 

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Now I am no engineer. And I am sure I will pay the price for asking this question. Wouldn't the trailer be more aerodynamic if the narrow end was facing forward? As for the safety chains I think the idea is to avoid a runaway trailer. They are more interested in the safety of the other drivers then the guy pulling the trailer. And if the chains are done properly and they stop the tung from digging into the road, then you should be able to stop reasonably well.
 

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Now I am no engineer. And I am sure I will pay the price for asking this question. Wouldn't the trailer be more aerodynamic if the narrow end was facing forward?
I can't say - but I know of a few around here that can :D



But get this...if you go out to their site and look - it's an option - they actually offer a trailer like that! :action:
 

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Now I am no engineer. And I am sure I will pay the price for asking this question. Wouldn't the trailer be more aerodynamic if the narrow end was facing forward?  
It would seem so, but no. The trailer is riding in the draft of the motorcycle and rider, so it isn't "pushing" as much air as one would think. The narrow end in the back draws air together like an airplane wing preventing a vacuum and turbulence at the rear.
 

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goldwinger wrote:
Now I am no engineer. And I am sure I will pay the price for asking this question. Wouldn't the trailer be more aerodynamic if the narrow end was facing forward?
It would seem so, but no. The trailer is riding in the draft of the motorcycle and rider, so it isn't "pushing" as much air as one would think. The narrow end in the back draws air together like an airplane wing preventing a vacuum and turbulence at the rear.
See..... told ya :D
 

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Look for his goggles.
 

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I need the one with A/C.
 

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I watched that video repeatedly and never did see any dog.
Same here, I even paused it a couple of times to see if the pillion seat was empty or not. Looked empty to me.
 

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Yep, I've seen one of those behind me!:D

 

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The dog is there, you just gotta look for his goggles, He is down low almost even with the drivers hip pocket.
 

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The dog is there, you just gotta look for his goggles, He is down low almost even with the drivers hip pocket.
Ok, got em now.
 

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Here's the Harley version of a flag bike.

 

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Yep, I've seen one of those behind me!:D

THAT is one cool set-up. After I posted I saw your bike in one of the photo banners on this site - but didn't know who it belonged to. How do like that rig? One question I had is how easy is it to get into/out of?
 

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Here's the Harley version of a flag bike.

Nice Wing!
 

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SETHAN12 wrote:
Yep, I've seen one of those behind me!:D

THAT is one cool set-up. After I posted I saw your bike in one of the photo banners on this site - but didn't know who it belonged to. How do like that rig? One question I had is how easy is it to get into/out of?
I like it very much. There is a trick to getting in and out of it but each person bends differently I suppose. I am 6'4" and fit with no problem.
 
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