If you are a keen motorcyclist it is likely that you'll want to consider the advantages of owning a lightweight motorcycle trailer to tow behind your bike.
The advantages of owning a motorcycle trailer are numerous and will enhance your overnight or several day touring or camping trips that you'll make. Having a trailer to put all your picnic items in will also make a day out on the bike much more enjoyable!
Some of you will also want a trailer to do a long term tour perhaps lasting from one to several weeks duration. There are so many different makes and models of lightweight motorcycle trailers to tow behind your motorcycle that it can be challenging to make the right choice.
One thing you will need to consider is where you'll travel with your lightweight motorcycle trailer. Most models are on-road trailers with the ability to travel on reasonable good gravel or dirt roads.
Before you can even begin to decide what kind of motorcycle trailer to buy, you have to decide what you are going to use your motorcycle trailer for and what features you require in a trailer. Safety always comes first! You don't want to end up getting a motorcycle trailer that is too large or heavy for your motorcycle. So, choose a lightweight model under the 90kgs range.
Consider the benefits of having a 360 degrees swivel coupling, roof rack, cooler holder or cooler rack on the drawbar. Does the trailer you are considering have the latest independent torsion rubber suspension? Aluminum and ABS trailers are low maintenance options to consider.
Even though you considered the weight and size of the motorcycle trailer, you need to factor in what the weight will be placed in the cargo section of your trailer. You definitely don't want to overload your trailer or you will have a safety issue on your hands.
It is important to always make sure you load your trailer correctly, evenly distributing the weight in the so that you don't create a trailer that is off balance.
Other things to consider are if you have the ability to grease the bearings via grease nipples and also that your trailer has high speed tapered bearings suitable for highway use.
12" wheels are definitely the most popular and being bigger than 8" wheels won't be doing as many revolutions, therefore reducing the risk of getting overheated bearings.
Price is also a consideration when purchasing your lightweight motorcycle trailer. Most people use their trailer 4 to 6 times a year and for the remainder of the time the trailer is stored in the garage or carport. So you really don't want to be spending more than $2000 for a trailer to get the best value for your money. You should get something to suit your needs in the range of $1500 to $2000.
Towing a lightweight motorcycle trailer behind your bike can give you additional freedom when riding your bike. A trailer can allow you to take a short or long break with the necessities you need to have a comfortable trip without the need to overload the panniers on your bike.
Lite RV's has some very reasonably priced models of lightweight motorcycle trailers that you might like to consider.