If you want an open trailer to transport a GoldWing behind a motorhome, this one-off, professionally adapted (and originally professionally built) trailer is probably the best you could ever hope to find – and it’s for sale for £1, 295.
The owner has sold his Wing in favour of a smaller bike and he wants to trail both his and his son’s bike and this one’s not really suitable for adaptation to that role – and anyway it’s so well suited for use with a GoldWing that he wants a Winger to have the benefit of it rather than mess it about by converting it to a different use.
This trailer started life as a Kliponoff Trailer, so it was plenty strong enough to carry a Wing, even though it has a single axle. It’s fully braked of course and has the single axle makes it much easier to move around b hand than a double axle – you can litterally push and
turn it around single handed even with a Wing on it, which makes for easy hitching up. It also tows extremely well – it just sits behind the tow vehicle and follows quietly behind.
Heavy duty suspension and tyres are necessary to allow a single axle trailer to be rated at 750kg. This is enough to carry a Wing plus kit, but because it is only 750kg all up, it’s not unnecessarily heavy and you can tow it on an ordinary car licence, even if you passed your test after 1997. (For heavier trailers, if you have passed your test after 1997, you have to take an extra test. Please read my Article on railers for a GoldWing for more detail.)
But the Kliponoff, sturdy and reliable that it is, was designed for loading using a long and narrow (but heavy) steel channel skid and, as I discovered when I had one of these trailers, loading and unloading a GoldWing up and down a long skid could get rather too exiting – and very suddenly to boot. A beaver tail, which this trailer has had fitted, is more complex and therefore expensive to build, but the angled loading deck which it provides has the effect of providing a much gentler and wider loading ramp than can be achieved any other way. This trailer’s revised design is very clever and allows for completely safe loading and unloading of a GoldWing by the rider alone, without anyone to assist at any stage.
This adapted trailer, as it now stands, still rated for 750kg of course, weighs just over 300kg unloaded. So it has the capacity to carry a GoldWing and a useful payload of extra gear. It was specially adapted to the owner’s design by his brother who is a professional fabricator. With its beaver tail design and its fully boarded deck it’s now much easier and safer to load and unload a GoldWing.
The bed of the trailer has been covered right acros with special trailer deck boarding ly, which provides a robust and durable surface – easily strong enough to take the Wing’s side stand without wilting fo example, which thin metal decking won’t. Tt also has had two large , waterproof and lockable storage boxes added and these are big enough to take all the biking gear you could wish to carry plus other stuff – such as motorhoming or camping accessories too.
These boxes have increased the trailer’s overall width so that it maches the width of a typical motorhome (about 7ft 3 ins) so that it fits neatly behind a motorhome while being towed with only its protruding side light fittings sticking out, which gives the driver something to look bac for through his mirrors.
The trailer has also had its front wheel chock modified especially to suit a GoldWing’s front wheel (gripping well without fouling rotor covers etc) and there are tie down rings all around which give plenty of scope for lashing a GoldWing securely. The towing hitch is lockable and is fitted with autoreversing and a parking brake. There are rear steadies.
Because the trailer is now fully decked it can be used for carrying all sorts of other loads as well as any type of motorbike. Because it has a single axle, you’ll even be allowed to use it to take your old freezer or three piece suite your local council’s household recycling depot to save the collection charge!
As you can see from the photos it’s painted (and recently repainted to touch it up) in white, so it looks very smart too. (The main structure is of course all galvanised underneath the paint.) The trailer is in excellent condition and the tyres are hardly worn. There is spare wheel which has a brand new tyre.
The owner has used this trailer to transport his Wing for the past two years including an extended contiental tour and it towed like a dream. It’s ideally suited to transporting a GoldWing behind a motorhome and since this is becoming a very popular thing to do these days, the opportunity to buy this one ready to use may be someone’s very lucky day.
The trailer is for sale by a friend of mine for £1,295. This is a lot less than half the price of a second hand box trailer big enough to carry a GoldWing and it represents very good value. Anyone who is interested should email me at stuart©gl1800•org•uk and I will put them in touch with the owner.