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Finally bit the bullet and bought one 2nd had. Trailer in a bag. Did lots of research on other boards and found people were using this to transport big heavy bikes like Goldwings and BMW's so I figured my light little bike should be a piece of cake. Got a deal I couldn't pass on. Looks practically brand new. Only had to mess with the electrical, ended up re doing the whole thing and upgrading to sealed LED lights.
The sucker is really heavy and the Condor chock works great. Just like the website says, it fits into a storage closet when broken down.
Can't wait to try it on its maiden voyage end of May. If you see a Triumph bouncing down the expressway you know it didn't work so well or I messed something up
Will try to snap a pic of the trailer broken down in my storage closet. This pic was in my friends garage when I was working on it.
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I saw one at ACC a few weeks ago. Looked nice and very functional. See you at the track Tony.
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get spares for the hair pins and at least a couple of the main joint pins.

putting tethers on the hair pins at their respective joints would be a good idea as well

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I've used one for four or five years with no issues whatsoever and me doing 20-25 tracks days a year. I haul it with an Acura RSX.

One thing I learned with mine though was to install "stabilizers" to each side fastened to the axle bar and up to each side of the main frame near the wheel chock. I use racheting tie down straps and get them real tight and it made any sign of sway at higher speeds go away. You could fabricate something out of metal bars and the like, but it might slow down assembly/disassembly.

One other thing - the metal hardware cloth covered stand needs a solid surface to support the kickstand of most sportbikes. (I think it was designed to support Harley sidestands). I used an old license plate. I can easily load or unload by myself by running the bike up the ramp and sitting it over on the side stand until I can get the straps ready.


I routinely haul my R6 at 75-80 mph and it's rock solid but a little rough on major bumps. Make sure you use a racheting strap as a wheel strap on the rear wheel.

I bet mine has 12-15K miles on it without issue.

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I've used one for four or five years with no issues whatsoever and me doing 20-25 tracks days a year. I haul it with an Acura RSX.

One thing I learned with mine though was to install "stabilizers" to each side fastened to the axle bar and up to each side of the main frame near the wheel chock. I use racheting tie down straps and get them real tight and it made any sign of sway at higher speeds go away. You could fabricate something out of metal bars and the like, but it might slow down assembly/disassembly.

One other thing - the metal hardware cloth covered stand needs a solid surface to support the kickstand of most sportbikes. (I think it was designed to support Harley sidestands). I used an old license plate. I can easily load or unload by myself by running the bike up the ramp and sitting it over on the side stand until I can get the straps ready.


I routinely haul my R6 at 75-80 mph and it's rock solid but a little rough on major bumps. Make sure you use a racheting strap as a wheel strap on the rear wheel.

I bet mine has 12-15K miles on it without issue.
Thanks for the real world review. Agree that the kickstand step looks like it is spaced too wide. Luckily the previous owner opted for the Condor wheel chock so I do not need the step. Good to hear it works well, tks.

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Nice T!

And there you guy ..STKR just gave first hand account of using it a ton with an RSX!
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Does that thing seriously have no suspension whatsoever, or is that a torsion axle?




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I'm not sure what a torsion axle is, but it really does not have any suspension. I once hauled it to pick up a bike, empty, and it damn near bounced over the car! do not trailer this without a bike!

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I'm not sure what a torsion axle is, but it really does not have any suspension. I once hauled it to pick up a bike, empty, and it damn near bounced over the car! do not trailer this without a bike!
My lord, that thing does not sound safe.




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My lord, that thing does not sound safe.
Rock solid with bike in place. I'll race you one day on the way to some track...

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Will do, Memorial day weekend.

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be sure to post pics loaded and attached to the car
Worked perfect. The rear end sags way too much though. The low powered car engine had plenty of power to pull. Could not even tell I was pulling it. Really would like a small SUV with a V6, but this thing is almost paid off and I do not do that many track days anyhow. Hard to tell from the pic but the rear of the car is pretty low, not rubbing or anything unsafe though. Well within the tow rating of 1500lbs. Believe I am below 700 or 800 with the bike and trailer. In summary, it is a great if not the only solution for those of us in condos where you cannot even store a stand up trailer. You can literally put this thing in a closet and assemble in less than 10 mins to use.
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I looked at it while I was at the track this weekend. Looks good, and perfect for someone in your situation.
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Looks good T! I walked over on Saturday to check it out in person. This was almost going to be my solution as well until I grabbed Dramas HF trailers.


I should probably know this....but did you just take the title to the DMV or something to get plates? If the title is just signed over to me will they still issue the plates on the spot? How did it work for you?
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can you mount that condor any further back, or move the axle forward to balance it out. ideally you want about 60 to 65 percent of the weight on the front of the trailer, not all of it.




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it didnt look like the car was squatting all that bad to me when it was hooked up at the track, adjusting the weight balance is an option just be careful to keep it biased forward like tony says, if you get it biased to the rear you will encounter serious stability issues

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Looks good T! I walked over on Saturday to check it out in person. This was almost going to be my solution as well until I grabbed Dramas HF trailers.


I should probably know this....but did you just take the title to the DMV or something to get plates? If the title is just signed over to me will they still issue the plates on the spot? How did it work for you?
You should be able to to. I had no title since I bought it from a guy in TX where no title is needed.
Used a simple bill of sale and he mailed me a copy of his latest yearly plate registration paper. Went to the DMV filled out a paper, showed them the bill of sale and registration, they made copies, gave me a plate and sticker on the spot. Believe they said I should be receiving a title in the mail, nothing yet. The DMV in Lombard was quick as hell. 20 mins max. I am much closer to Elston but I vow never to go to that place since I first got my license there many moons ago.

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can you mount that condor any further back, or move the axle forward to balance it out. ideally you want about 60 to 65 percent of the weight on the front of the trailer, not all of it.
+1. You need more weight over the trailer axle.

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i think i'm about to buy one of these also

i also was looking at the fmt-1-single rail trailer. it seems to have more but when i talked to larry he said i would have to do some cutting to put on the condor

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Does that thing seriously have no suspension whatsoever, or is that a torsion axle?
Not a torsion axle! I cant believe that thing doesn't bounce around like crazy even with a bike on it...............But if you like it and feel it works for you, that's all that counts

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