Given that as Kylesmuskie says, Honda suggest that we shouldn't tow a trailer with the Wings, we all know that many many riders do still tow them.
The load that one might carry in the trailer should certainly not exceed the load rating of the trailer, as per the individual manufacturers.
General advise will be forthcoming from other members, so er on the cautious side of what anyone says they tow.
I'm not a hijacker, but since Mother Honda recommends no towing at all, a good question for those with a trailer and a 12hundred would be:
What does your loaded trailer weight?
What's your tongue weight?
Do you have surge or any type of brakes?
How does is ride? (Take off/braking/manuvering)
I'm very interested because I already have the frame (HF) and looking to design my "touring" trailer. With one of the main restrictions being weigth, but another restriction would be square footage of your frontal area.(A trailer that is 4 ft wide and has a height from frame to top of 3 ft is 12 ft2) wich amounts to drag at highway speeds (minus the wind that is already "cut" by the Goldwing)
Just as an aside, I don't think there is much difference between the towing abilities/ capacity of the 1200 as opposed to any other Wing in the range. Might be a little bit less load ability for the lightest of Wings compared to the heaviest, but not huge amounts.
Equally important as the total load is the way the trailer is loaded, eg: even distribution with a slight tongue weight bias. If you load the trailer heavy to the rear, you can expect the trailer to thrash about like a demented snake. :shock:
do you have a picture of the Uni-go hitch? I have a one wheel trailer that I pull behind my 1100 when it's on the bike it feels like a bigger bike,but I love how it leans with the bike and the fact it is the same with as the bike. I have sean trailers hit other bikes because the drive forgot it was wider.
Typically #500 is considered a heavy trailer, that is about where you will start to really feel it pulling and pushing the bike around. With experience you can pull around #600 but I would not advise it. To start out with try to stay around #300 until you feel safer with it.
The bike will pull much more, but the question is can you handle it, and more importantly, can you stop it?
Yes I have pulled well in excess of #600-700 pounds, but I would not advise it.