Enclosed, Open, Fold Up or 3 Rail Trailers
If you are planning any great long distance motorcycle trips, the idea of motorcycle trailers has probably crossed your mind. Imagine loading your motorcycle onto a trailer, hitching it to the back of your truck or car, and then 4-wheeling to your starting destination.
Clearly, owning a trailer has benefits. First, you can avoid boring stretches of highways, an especially appealing thought if you are planning a west coast trip and you live in the Midwest.
Secondly, you can escape with your motorcycle from snow and ice for more appealing locations - and do so in comfort. Without a motorcycle trailer, there is no way that we could attend Daytona Bike Week. With out luck, we'd be traveling back north in the middle of a blizzard.
Very importantly, you can avoid having to ship your motorcycle to a distant location, and you can skip the plane trip. It may take a bit more time to get to the starting point, but you'll have an adventure on the way.
While you may opt to buy a trailer new, there are many great deals out there on used trailers, and since you are not dealing with an engine's wear-and-tear, buying second-hand is certainly worth considering.
If you do buy a used trailer, make sure it has a motorcycle ramp. A very necessary accessory, that you won't miss until you need one.
Travel Tip - If you are planning to venture a distance from your trailer, don't forget to make arrangements for leaving the trailer at your starting point. Most hotels or motels will allow you to park a trailer for a nominal fee, if you plan ahead.
Types of Motorcycle Trailers
Enclosed Trailers - The most expensive, and most secure option, enclosed trailers come in a variety of sizes - from one bike to multiple. You can opt for an aluminum or fiberglass shell. Inside an enclosed trailer, the motorcycle is usually secured with tie-downs to the floor and walls of the trailer. An added benefit - more packing room for gear and other stuff that you might accumulate on the trip.
Open Flat Bed Trailers - Without the aluminum or fiberglass shell, a more affordable option for hauling your bike.
Folding Trailers - Usually made of lightweight steel, these are the barest of open bed trailers, and have the ability to fold up for easy garage storage.
Rail Trailers - Even more lightweight than folding trailers, your motorcycle is ridden up a ramp onto a rail, and then secured. Another affordable option, these come in one, two or three bike versions.
Used Motorcycle Trailers
3 Rail Motorcycle Trailers