This is a discussion on Looking for trailer hitch ideas (warning, big photos) within the General Ninja 650R forums, part of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R category; I used to be into recumbent tricycles and made a hook shaped gooseneck for a kiddie trailer that attached to the swingarm. It was simply ...
I used to be into recumbent tricycles and made a hook shaped gooseneck for a kiddie trailer that attached to the swingarm. It was simply a piece of conduit bent 45 degrees to the left and then 45degrees back to the right. It was truncated at just the right point that the 90 deg bend in the middle cleared the rear tire and the main length of rod was centered as it met the trailer. I used a tie rod end slipped over a bolt in a bracket to hold to the bike. Can't seem to find the cad file I made ot make a rendering of it for you. I can't recommend that for a motorcycle... but a ha! if you go to a camper store, the have little 1" balls used for sway bars on tag along campers. That might make a nice hitch point.
The swing arm may not be the best place to mount... it'll bounce too much. You may be able to rig something (how handy are you with welder) that attaches to bolts under the seat and the license tag bracket. It'll have to be mounted low... your choices will be to surround the rear wheel with a giant horizontal U or hang something down one side and use an offset trailer tounge like I did with my little trike.
I'm right there with you on fitting it on the bike though. There's not much aside from another motorcycle that I can't strap down somehow.
Smash I know you're on there - I think ADV could help you out a lot better in this project. It's not called the asylum for nothing
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The issue with all touring bikes is that if you mounted the trailer to the swingarm you would have to chop the rear fender.
Skill is what keeps you on two wheels.
Situational awareness combined with skill is what keeps you out of harm's way.
ATGATT combined with Situational Awareness and Skill means you might live to ride another day when that deer runs into your bike or that drunk blows through that stop sign.
I was looking for something else today and found a pic of a can am spyder with a trailer behind it. I swear this pic looks like it has an offset trailer tongue. canam with trailer.jpg
But in searching for a can am trailer, all I find is a cute little fiberglass trailer with a centered tongue. I did find a doohickey can am seems to sell to go on the swing arm canam hitch.jpg
I'm not sure I'm comfortable with the hitch on the swing arm... unless there's some method of shock absorption in the tongue of the trailer. Think about it... you hit a bump and have more sprung mass on the rear wheel (ie the weight of the hitch and trailer tongue). The rear wheel becomes less responsive to bumps and could cause you to loose traction. It would also induce a rotational shock into the trailer making it pitch up and down for each and every little pothole in the road. I suppose if you were careful and didn't ride like a bat out of you know where, it'd work for you.