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    Default dirt bike trailer with no suspension?

    Ok im sick of getting poor fuel economy towing my bike in my 4X6 utility trailer i currently have. I have been thinking of making a stripped down single rail trailer, basically a 3' axle 6.5' of channel for the tires and a short tow bar, wasn't planning on suspension just thinking of running the tires soft seeing the trailer loaded will only be like 300 to 325lbs. what im concerned about is flipping it on its side (3ft wide axle) if i hit a pothole or a raised sewer or the like at speed? what are peoples thoughts on no suspension?
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    Sounds like one of those tow behind cement mixers that you see on it's side once in awhile. Why not make the axle wider? I won't add much weight to it. I think it would be fine without suspension.
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    Hi Garage guy chris,
    I hired a single horse float once.
    Every time I went around any kind of a corner the inside wheel would leave the road. Very dangerous
    I would not do it.
    No suspension would be a mistake too I feel.

    Ji
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    i wouldn't worry about it,, as it really depends on your own needs and ability to drive. i once drove one mile through the city with no brakes, not even an emergency brake, but i knew how to down shift and used a fence roll on the ground to stop when i made it home.

    i wasn't going to pay to be towed one mile,, i tell you
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    Hi Garage guy chris,
    Why don't you make one of those Tailgate Bike Racks ?
    They slot into the tow ball square on your car.
    Easy build, easy to store.

    Ji
    Grip it and Rip it

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    Red face

    Hi Chris,
    Here is a link to one.
    Plenty of ways to skin that cat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIoO_k_9iB4

    Ji
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garage guy chris View Post
    Ok im sick of getting poor fuel economy towing my bike in my 4X6 utility trailer i currently have. I have been thinking of making a stripped down single rail trailer, basically a 3' axle 6.5' of channel for the tires and a short tow bar, wasn't planning on suspension just thinking of running the tires soft seeing the trailer loaded will only be like 300 to 325lbs. what im concerned about is flipping it on its side (3ft wide axle) if i hit a pothole or a raised sewer or the like at speed? what are peoples thoughts on no suspension?
    The width of a trailer gives it stability, the narrower the trailer the worse it is for tipping over. The next thing is your tongue, it has to be 1.5 time the axle width otherwise the trailer will hunt (sway back and forth).
    And third no suspension will make your trailer very unstable unless you are going to be pulling it down newly paved streets with no bumps or imperfections at all. And stay away from railway tracks, I've seen people loose their trailer and it's contents with homemade trailers with no suspension.

    You are setting yourself up for a disaster if you continue on this path, you would be better off building a wheel cup for the front wheel of your bike with a bar across to lash the handlebar down to and make it so it slides into your hitch receiver on the vehicle. These are popular with dirt bikers who don't want to go the expense of a full trailer. I've even seen a couple of bike shops use them to pick up bikes for repair around town.

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