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Decent track trailer?

Was just looking around at stuff and prices, and was wondering if anyone has seen this used. I'm pretty sure it would work just fine. But if anyone else has good or better suggestions, I'm all open to them.

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Decent... Yes. However, you need to consider what type of system you are going to use to secure the bike. Depending on what you do, you will more than likely need to put in a solid floor. Not bad for the price; just make sure you maintain the wheels.

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habor freight is fine. i've used it for about 2 year which was 30 track days and i carry 2 bikes on it. no problems at all. do a search, there are a few topics on it.

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yep, I used a hf one as well and it served it's purpose quite well. was nice cause it folded up too. I got mine with the 12" wheels for right around $200, then threw wood on it and some paint on the wood and struggled with assembly, and ~6 hours and $230 later, it was ready to rock. The tip feature also works nicely for loading, even though people looked at me like I was psycho when I did it. ha.

this is the one I had and similar to the one steve has (I believe he's got the 8" wheel variety).
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did you guys have to title, plate, insure the HF trailer or is it so small the theiving bastards at the state dont care?

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NO NO NO not a decent trailer , whats your bike worth , kinda like the helmet arguement ,, get a real trailer , don't buy this piece of junk
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NO NO NO not a decent trailer , whats your bike worth , kinda like the helmet arguement ,, get a real trailer , don't buy this piece of junk
Just because it isn't expensive doesn't mean its a decent trailer. This is a good trailer. Just pretty bare bones.

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thats what I figured kruz, thanks

whats the costs on that?

also I dont see whats so bad about the trailer, Id likely end up welding the frame togather after bolting it all anyways. the small diameter axel is really my only concern after that, but it shouldnt be an issue with proper bearing care

Id prefer a bare bones trailer anywats I ve got a couple idead i want to built on it it adn having everythign come on the trailer means id have to work around all that as well

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As long as you locktite the bolts you will be fine, although welding is nice if you can do it. The small axel is fine. Like I said, I've used it for 2 years, taken on a few 5+ hour trips, and had it at speeds in the 90s. never had a problem. just make sure the bearings get greased once and a while. Oh, and use a treated 3/4" wood or something better for the base.

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i have the means and ability to weld the frame which is why i plan on doing it, plus unless I crack a weld that trailer is never coming apart, but if ive cracked a weld...well the bolt wouldnt have held anyways.

the axel can always be swapped if i deem necessary. adn Id likely swap the kit bearings adn seals with something better during the build up

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NO NO NO not a decent trailer , whats your bike worth , kinda like the helmet arguement ,, get a real trailer , don't buy this piece of junk
I have to agree with Drama (no matter how much I don't like to). My first trailer was a Harbor Frieght as well. Locktite the bolts, maintain the lube of the wheels, place a decent piece of decking on, use a decent chock and it will work just fine.

We all start somewhere and if that is where your budget is starting you out, then so be it. If you can go for more $$$, I think someone already mentioned the Kendon for sale.

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I've used the Harbor Freight trailer for years. The wiring kit is for shit, plan on it not working. Like everybody said, pony up for the 3/4" treated plywood deck and good hardware to tie down to. I use a Baxley sport chock, you can get mounting hardware for it, or make your own.

I'd suggest getting the 12 inch wheels, but whatever you get, DON'T forget the spare tire when you order.

Sort of off topic, but where the hell can you find bearing buddies for this trailer? I've been looking for awhile, the damn bearing cover fell off years ago.

*edit* this is the trailer I own. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154

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NO NO NO not a decent trailer , whats your bike worth , kinda like the helmet arguement ,, get a real trailer , don't buy this piece of junk
that's the same sort of mentality that leads to people buying a dewalt or milwaukee power tool when all they are going to do is use it for 1 or 2 projects and then put it away. Is a ryobi still going to drive that screw? yep, sure is. And it saves you a bunch of cash. Also with the helmets, it's interesting that the cheapest helmet in a recent test actually performed the best as far as g loading transferred to your head versus the really expensive ones. More expensive isn't always better.

We've obviously got quite a few members on here who have or are currently rocking that trailer and it has worked for them quite well (myself included). So unless you've got some sort of specific instance to show why this trailer sucks, then I don't see you're argument.

My bike is worth ~$6,000, scooter ~$2,000, etc... and I carry it in my $1,700 truck. Does that mean I should have bought a much more expensive truck cause my bike and things I carry in it are worth about 5 times as much as the vehicle I'm carrying it in?

Bottom line, buy what you feel comfortable with, but this trailer does work just fine. I had been from Milwaukee to Putnam with it numerous times without a hint of a problem.

As far as licensing and title goes, it's not necessary in Wisconsin, but I think it might be in illinois. Not sure.

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depends on what you want to use it for, if you dont need a trailer today then you might want to look around for a used one that is a bit sturdier. it will also depend on what you are towing it with. I found a nice trailer that is all welded steel with 2x6 flooring for about 200 bucks, after making some wheel chocks adding tie down points and a spare 12" tire i still have only about 300 into it. The trailer weighs around 500 unloaded and i can get 2 fullsize bikes, my 50, and all my gas cans and loading ramps on it easily. if your not planning on going to the track untill next year you can shop around for a deal on craigslist or ebay.
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thats what I figured kruz, thanks

whats the costs on that?
If you are referring to the insurance rider it was somehting silly like $15 a year for my 15" enclosed.
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I have an open trailer I bought at Menards for about $650. It's an all-steel welded 5'X8' frame with 12" wheels and leaf-spring suspension. I added 3/4" plywood to make it more sturdy, tie down rings, and good wheel chocks. That brings the total cost closer to $1000 or so. It handles two bikes no problem and pulls well.

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so you'll haul a 10,000$ bike or 2 on a 250$ trailer with 8 inch wheels , a flimsy flexy frame , do you use clothsline to tie it down too ? , give me a break , i started racing in 1987 , i have tied down more bikes than i could possibly count , seen bikes bail , including one of my own , by the time you get the trailer working with plywood and a wheelchock and sturdy tiedowm points you will have enough time and money in it to just buy a real (used)3 rail M/C trailer with real size wheels from the start.my friend bought one of these against my advice, built it up, now he's trying to sell it , at a loss,,, dad allways said " you can't polish a turd" and he was usually right. start with something worth owning in the first place and you won't waste your time and money
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the OP has a 07 gsxr 600 , damn close to 10K$ , a good used 3 rail can be had for under 500 all day , weld your chinese POS trailer all you want , its still a chinese POS from harbor freight ( which i love and bought thousands of dollars worth of their stuff , including 3 of their 15$ cordless drills wich work great so bag your dewalt arguement)
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since youve never owned this trailer thanks again for posting such helpful information
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my good friend bought one for a dirtbike dingus , i helped him deal with it , i know how its built , i am a mechanic , i know what i'm talking about , thanks for your smarmy comments though , enjoy your crap trailer , i'll quit giving advice , revel in your ignorance
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according to your post , you don't own this trailer in question either , so WTF are you telling me?
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I wouldn't trust it. You usually get what you pay for. Tiny wheels, flimsy flexy frame. No thanks. I'd rather pony up a few bucks more up front for a more sturdy, better constructed unit than waste money replacing bearings constantly, time upgrading it, frustration at it wobbling at speed, lack of convenience loading and so on. by the time you weld it, reinforce it, add a Baxley, you've already spent nearly enough to buy a very nice used Kendon. (which would require less maintenance, has a chock and tie-downsf built in, and folds up to save storage space) .

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again thanks for all the input...and as was posted earlier i have lots of time b4 next season of track days, so i will be looking around for a good deal. Also since i posted this i seem to keep finding more reasons when i get a trailer to get an enclosed one.

I have looked around, and have found some 5x12 haulmark and pace setter trailers for under 2k used and only like 3.3k new...i think i might look into them a bit more.
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so you'll haul a 10,000$ bike or 2 on a 250$ trailer with 8 inch wheels , a flimsy flexy frame , do you use clothsline to tie it down too ? , give me a break , i started racing in 1987 , i have tied down more bikes than i could possibly count , seen bikes bail , including one of my own , by the time you get the trailer working with plywood and a wheelchock and sturdy tiedowm points you will have enough time and money in it to just buy a real (used)3 rail M/C trailer with real size wheels from the start.my friend bought one of these against my advice, built it up, now he's trying to sell it , at a loss,,, dad allways said " you can't polish a turd" and he was usually right. start with something worth owning in the first place and you won't waste your time and money
Why yes, yes I would. When I used this trailer, I had my 1 year old R6 on it (so 9k or so) and had absolutely no problems. No baxley. No ramps. No chock. Used the tip function to drive the bike onto the trailer. Worked awesome. So seriously dude, no one was jumping on you. Now you're coming in hot, and bitching at people. This trailer has worked great for a lot of people, including myself, and I only had a hair over $200 invested with thousands of miles logged.

If you have the money to blow on a more expensive nicer trailer, more power to you man. I'm just trying help someone out save some cash. If I had it to do over again, I'd buy the same exact trailer (oh, and it didn't have 8" wheels, it had 12" wheels)

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Every erson that has used this trailer backed it. it's sturdy, not wobbly at high speeds, holds up great. and way less expensice that onthers. $300 for the trailer plus wood so WAY less expensive that the kendon, and yes, this one folds up too. Unless you have experience with these trailers I would recommend not judging it. They are are way better than what you would think.

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