How to Make a Motorcycle Trailer

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Sometimes you need to take more with you than what your motorcycle can carry. That's what a motorcycle trailer is for. You can assemble your own trailer by using available motorcycle trailer kits. These kits tend to be expensive since they're so specialized. You can save some money and make a motorcycle trailer on your own by following a few simple instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Freight trailer kit
  • 2 rattle cans of primer
  • 3 cans of enamel in your desired color
  • Aluminium diamond plate
  • Cargo box
  • Light duty chain
  • 1/4-inch stainless steel button head bolts with self-locking nuts
  • S-hooks
  • 1/4 inch by 1/2 inch stainless steel bolts
  • Purchase a small- or medium-sized light-duty freight trailer. You probably won't need a larger size so the cost should only be a couple of hundred dollars.

  • Clean, sand, prime and paint the freight trailer if you don't like the color out of the box. Do this while the trailer is in pieces. Make sure the enamel is completely dry before you do anything else.

  • Bolt the trailer together. Cover the frame with an aluminum diamond plate that has also been painted in your desired color. This plate stiffens the frame and makes it sturdier. Use the button head bolts to secure it.

  • Secure a cargo box tightly to the frame. Make sure your cargo box is lightweight so that you can carry as much as possible behind your motorcycle without weighing it down. Replace the limiting latches with S-hooks and chain by 1/2 inch by 1/4 inch bolts so that it opens easier.

Tips & Warnings

  • Move the center brace of the frame forward by about 10 inches to reduce the trailer's sensitivity to weight distribution.
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