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Mar 9th 2017, 08:09 PM   #1
 Ridemotto's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  2008 GSX R1000
Track Trailer Setup; Post Your Pics

I just purchased my first new trailer to use primarily for track days. It's an enclosed 6x12; a blank canvas at the moment. I'm looking for inspiration on how to set it up for the track. I'm thinking my bike, a fold down bed, and a workbench. If you have a track trailer (open or enclosed), how do have it set up?

So, post up your pictures and descriptions of your trailers. I need ideas so don't be offended if you see me at the track using one of your ideas.
Mar 9th 2017, 09:55 PM   #2
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
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Originally Posted by Ridemotto
...don't be offended if you see me at the track using one of your ideas.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

I've been using a 6x12 open utility trailer with 2 chocks mounted on it and a temp chock for a 3rd bike for the occasional use. Worked well for 3 years. Sold it after the last season and am hoping to join you I with a similar dilemma in buying an enclosed trailer.

Whatever you come up with, don't forget about mounting a generator and a small A/C unit for those sweltering days.
Mar 9th 2017, 10:25 PM   #3
 Ridemotto's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  2008 GSX R1000
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
Whatever you come up with, don't forget about mounting a generator and a small A/C unit for those sweltering days.
That's a great idea. Generators are easy, but I really hate that noise. Solar panels and batteries are an option too.

I used to use a golf cart tilt trailer. That was sketchy on a motorcycle when tilted. The new enclosed trailer will be a major upgrade.
Mar 9th 2017, 11:00 PM   #4
 Arnbo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
We bought a Kendon....
Mar 10th 2017, 03:08 AM   #5
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
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Originally Posted by Ridemotto
That's a great idea. Generators are easy, but I really hate that noise. Solar panels and batteries are an option too.
Generators can be loud if you don't wanna spend the money for one of those Honda E series deals. I think that if I ever get to that point I'd build an enclosure with some sound proofing to keep it secure and quiet.

Also, having the bed toward the back of the trailer and the genny on the A frame up front could help with the noise.
Mar 10th 2017, 06:59 AM   #6
 Wrench's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  West Richland, WA

If running an AC unit, spend the money and get a good quiet generator (or pair). A 2000 watt alone will not run an RV roof AC (especially if it is an Inverter type generator), you need at least a 3000w. The Honda or Yamaha 3500's are ideal, and very quiet. Or you can parallel a pair of 2000w generators.

As for trailers, I just bought a 8.5'x16 with 6-lug axles (higher GVWR so I can stuff the Jeep into it on Jeep runs). I'll be converting it slowly to have some RV amenities.
Mar 10th 2017, 08:36 AM   #7
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  07' Tuono, 08' GSXR 1K Track, 15' Kawi Concours
I was using a trailer but opted to use just the truck instead. I built stake sides and mount the ramps to the outside of them for travel. I can bring 2 bikes, easy-up, generator, tools, etc, easily. My preferred route to the Ridge is via Coupeville/Pt. Townsend ferry, which can be spendy if towing a trailer.

Edited by Boatdriver on Mar 12th 2017 at 08:42 AM
Mar 10th 2017, 11:47 AM   #8
 mgfchapin's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  '15 675R
I've never been to a track day in the PNW where I felt I needed A/C. Waste of time and money IMO. Get under some shade and wrap a towel soaked in ice water around your neck.

It may not seem like it now, but you can quickly run out of room in a 6x12. I usually haul more than one bike so I decided against a built-in workbench. My rolling tool cart comes along sometimes, but usually I set a folding table outside under the EZ-Up as my workbench.

My SUV has plenty of legroom with the seats folded down, so that's where I sleep. I like to keep my "living area" and "working area" separate so I don't have to smell gasoline during the night. It's also great on red-eye trips to California; we can alternate sleeping in the back while underway, instead of having to stop somewhere, unload the bikes and set up the beds or cots in the trailer. It's more secure too.

Here's my very simple 6x12. The Pit Bull stand retainers on the upper left wall are a godsend. I have the trailer restraints on the floor set up for one bike in the rear, or two bikes facing backwards, or three bikes all facing forwards. I don't think I can ever mess around with chocks and tie-downs again. If you have a V-nose, you could probably do the opposite of my set-up with 1 bike in front.
Mar 10th 2017, 04:10 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Lebanon, OR

  2014 Interceptor, 2012 ZX6R
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Originally Posted by Arnbo
We bought a Kendon....

Same here. I bought a single rail Kendon. Just recently converted it to a ride up.
Mar 10th 2017, 04:23 PM   #10
 Ridemotto's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  2008 GSX R1000
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Originally Posted by Boatdriver
My preferred route to the Ridge is via Coupeville/Pt. Townsend ferry, which can be spending if towing a trailer.
I might get a truck in the future, if Toyota ever gets their head out of their ass and puts out a diesel Tacoma or brings the Hilux to the US. You're right, the ferry gets expensive fast with a trailer.

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Originally Posted by mgfchapin
I've never been to a track day in the PNW where I felt I needed A/C. Waste of time and money IMO.
There was one last year or the year before where I left early from heat exhaustion. I brought lots of water, but it wasn't enough. Being in leathers just magnified the problem. The Ridge Motorsports Park has no shade unless you bring it. I agree that AC isn't necessary around here most of the time, but it would be nice to have on those rare occasions. I wont be incorporating it into my trailer this year.
Mar 10th 2017, 04:37 PM   #11
 alienbogey's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Consider WheelDock for your trailer chocks.

It's a flat run-in for the bike (not up-and-over like most), the front wheel is clamped by hydraulic pressure, and they work great in the garage as stand alone hold-the-bike-vertical chocks. It takes just a minute to move the WheelDock from the garage to the trailer and back.

I'm very happy with mine.
Mar 10th 2017, 04:49 PM   #12
 Ridemotto's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Bellingham

  2008 GSX R1000
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Originally Posted by alienbogey
Consider WheelDock for your trailer chocks.

It's a flat run-in for the bike (not up-and-over like most), the front wheel is clamped by hydraulic pressure, and they work great in the garage as stand alone hold-the-bike-vertical chocks. It takes just a minute to move the WheelDock from the garage to the trailer and back.

I'm very happy with mine.
Cool, never seen this product before. Do you still need to strap it down or does the hydraulic pressure hold the bike in place during transport?

I was thinking about going with the Pitbull restraint system. No straps required.
Mar 10th 2017, 06:10 PM   #13
 alienbogey's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ridemotto
Cool, never seen this product before. Do you still need to strap it down or does the hydraulic pressure hold the bike in place during transport?

I was thinking about going with the Pitbull restraint system. No straps required.
It still calls for straps, but just two, at the rear of the bike. It recommends one small strap for the front wheel to the Dock.

You install the mount points for the Wheeldock in the floor of your trailer, and slide the Wheeldock into and out of the mount points. They leave the floor of the trailer flat for hauling other things when the Wheeldocks aren't in.

Besides the other features, what sold me on them is that our bikes live in the Docks in the garage so they're used all the time, rather than just rare occasions when hauling bikes.

Mar 10th 2017, 08:04 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Washington

  07' Tuono, 08' GSXR 1K Track, 15' Kawi Concours
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ridemotto
Cool, never seen this product before. Do you still need to strap it down or does the hydraulic pressure hold the bike in place during transport?

I was thinking about going with the Pitbull restraint system. No straps required.
The Pit bull trailer restraint system is really simple and strong. I would recommend them. I have one for my GXSR. I would have to think about whether I would be willing to part with it though
Mar 11th 2017, 03:02 PM   #15
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I used the HD Harbor Freight trailer with a 3/4" 4'X8' plywood screwed down on it and textured deck paint on top of that. Two Baxley Sport chocks in the front plus one spare, everything else including a 2000 watt Honda Generator strapped on the trailer around the bikes. One of the wide folding HF aluminum trailer ramps finished it. Worked good.
The Baxley's doubled as the 'ride in and park the bike under the tent' stopping point. Saved a lot of dinking around. That way I could grab the Pit Bull stand and pick up the back end if I needed to do something to the rear, or put the spare Baxely behind and back it up into it if I needed to do something to the front. If you are racing you can not have a side stand on the bike.
One thing about racing or track days around here is figure 50% of the time it will be wet so you want the floor or deck to have something to keep your feet and the bike from slipping around. Even a light bike will take you down when it gets to tipping on a wet surface.
If you take a tent make sure you bring enough weight to hold the corners down. I had 25 pounds on each corner and wondered if that was enough a couple times...
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