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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2018, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer hitch for 1300T. Is there such a thing?

I would like to add a trailer hitch to my bike. I've seen these on bike touring bikes like the Goldwings.
Is there a hitch made for a V-Star 1300?

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check the owners manual and see what it says about towing a trailer with your bike.

Some motorcycle manuals specifically state 'this bike is not designed for towing a trailer'. The MSF also recommends against it.

I know a lot of riders pull trailers, but it is one of the easiest ways to get yourself in trouble on a MS. It completely changes the way a motorcycle handles on curves and when braking, and there is nothing positive about the changes.

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My interest in the hitch is not really to tow a trailer in the traditional sense.

As odd as this may sound, I want to tow my 42 gallon RV waste tote with my bike from the RV site to the dump station on the campground.

When I'm camping my built-in gray-water tank fills up pretty fast, so normally I would need to move my RV to the dump station, empty the tank, then go back to site and setup again. So I bought a "Tote" that I can off load the gray water into. Then you take the Tote to the dump station. The concept works pretty well, but walking the Tote across the camp ground can be tough (it can weigh up to 300 lbs full). The tote has a sort of hitch connection to pull behind a golf cart or such. I happen to bring my motorcycle with me when I camp. So I was asking about motorcycle hitches.

I may rethink this due to the high cost of buying a hitch and the limited number of times I would use it.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-14-2018, 07:29 PM
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When I purchased my V Star 1300, the original owner had the dealer install a hitch from https://www.hitchdoc.com/. He towed with it for quite a few years w/o incident. I have not had a chance to use it, yet. He and his wife camped and the trailer he towed carried all of their camping gear.

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Thanks. That is the site I have been looking at.
But, boy those hitches are expensive. I think I will just tough it out and manually pull my tote when needed.
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I would rather put a lawn mower engine on the tote
than pull sewage around with my vstar...
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-16-2018, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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LOL. Good point!
I didn't see it that way until now.

These bikes are too nice to be used for pulling a sh** wagon. To even suggest it - sounds like the start of a good fight

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