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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 ...

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheeladdict View Post
    I have never seen a trailer hitch mounted to the swingarm of a bike. The link you sent is the first I have ever heard of. From a weight perspective it keeps the weight off the suspension, but that swingarm is in constant motion unless you have some super smooth roads. Personally I am not a fan of trailers. I would rather pick up fresh meat and produce on the way home from work instead of frozen preprocessed food. I've had no problems carrying groceries and bulk items on my bikes. People are usually amazed at what is in my cart with me in motorcycle gear. Arno Straps, ROK Straps, and a Bungee Net and you can really load it up.
    Interesting. I've never seen a bike with a trailer attached to anything other than the swingarm.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p0diabl0 View Post
    Interesting. I've never seen a bike with a trailer attached to anything other than the swingarm.
    There are no "Touring" bikes that I am aware of that have the trailer attached to the swingarm. The trailer hitch is attached to the frame and subframe of the bike and the ball is located behind the swingarm. Just like the way trailer hitches are attached to cars and trucks. The tongue weight of the trailer is handled by the suspension of the bike.

    The issue with all touring bikes is that if you mounted the trailer to the swingarm you would have to chop the rear fender.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheeladdict View Post
    There are no "Touring" bikes that I am aware of that have the trailer attached to the swingarm. The trailer hitch is attached to the frame and subframe of the bike and the ball is located behind the swingarm. Just like the way trailer hitches are attached to cars and trucks. The tongue weight of the trailer is handled by the suspension of the bike.

    The issue with all touring bikes is that if you mounted the trailer to the swingarm you would have to chop the rear fender.
    Quick google search, I see what you mean. Tons of methods in this thread:
    Dual Sport Trailer???? - ADVrider

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    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.

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    I found this pic on the ninja 250 forum today. The user is "Leon" if you want more info. That sure looks swingarm mounted to me.

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