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I have searched the net and while there are discussions about hitches there doesn't seem to be a hitch made for the Valk (2014-2015). Except for maybe the Australia one, which is butt ugly.


Anyone found one that works?
 

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Although I don't necessarily follow all the rules all the time, the manual that came with my '14 specifically states that our bike is not designed to pull a trailer. Maybe they put that in there just for liability reasons, but then why would 'Wings be different? They pull trailers all the time.
Not saying it's not possible, but to me, pulling a trailer with my Valk instead of with a Goldwing or such, which I don't have or need, would be like pulling my 12,000 lb. dump-trailer with my car instead of my F-250. I just don't understand why, but do as you will and please ride safe and good luck with it.
 

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for making beer runs and hauling lumber from home depot, who needs a trailer when you can clip on/off something like this?
 

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Although I don't necessarily follow all the rules all the time, the manual that came with my '14 specifically states that our bike is not designed to pull a trailer. Maybe they put that in there just for liability reasons, but then why would 'Wings be different? They pull trailers all the time.
Not saying it's not possible, but to me, pulling a trailer with my Valk instead of with a Goldwing or such, which I don't have or need, would be like pulling my 12,000 lb. dump-trailer with my car instead of my F-250. I just don't understand why, but do as you will and please ride safe and good luck with it.

LOL .. just how big of a trailer did you think I want to pull?


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FYI.. it weighs less than I do.. even when loaded. So to say the Valkyrie isn't capable of hauling around another 150 pounds but a Goldwing is makes no sense to me at all.. it's still a Goldwing .. of course it can do that. And more .. a lot more.


My VTX1300 hauled that trailer around for 40K miles. After the first ride with it I just left it on. Became my trunk. Never knew it was back there. On a v-twin. 1300cc.
I will do the same with this bike cuz it is awfully handy having a large trunk.
 

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I do not own, or need to own a 4 wheeled vehicle. So having a trailer is more of a necessity.
 

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Looks like you may have to get someone to fab one up for you.



Doesn't look like it would be a hard thing to make. I may do one up over the winter to see how difficult it would be. Looks like it can be connected to the exhaust hanger location, but it would need to be hooked up somewhere in the back, under the rear fender. The trick is to not make it look like a hodge podge piece of crap. I made one for my old 1999 Valkyrie Interstate at one time and it wasn't hard at all.
 

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LOL .. just how big of a trailer did you think I want to pull?


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FYI.. it weighs less than I do.. even when loaded. So to say the Valkyrie isn't capable of hauling around another 150 pounds but a Goldwing is makes no sense to me at all.. it's still a Goldwing .. of course it can do that. And more .. a lot more.


My VTX1300 hauled that trailer around for 40K miles. After the first ride with it I just left it on. Became my trunk. Never knew it was back there. On a v-twin. 1300cc.
I will do the same with this bike cuz it is awfully handy having a large trunk.
Well, why didn't you say you don't use 4-wheel transportation!? No wonder you need more storage on occasion! I just got back from a trip this weekend up to Chicago to see my 90 yr.-old mother, 200+ miles north. As I was staying overnight in a hotel, I packed my OGIO motorcycle backpack (love that thing) with what I needed and strapped it to my passenger backrest, resting on the pillion. My concern has nothing to do with the extra 150 pounds. My wife weighs more than that and when she rides with me, yes, I feel the extra weight and it slightly affects the bike, but the bike is way too strong to not be able to absorb it easily. That's the beauty of torque. (How many other street bikes develop more torque than horsepower? That's what creates the magic, in my opinion.) My concern is the fact that Honda felt it necessary to tell us that this particular model was not designed for the trailer experience, for whatever reason they had (and like I said originally, more likely than not, it's hyper-liability-avoidance). Again, good luck with your ride. Your trailer is so small as to not even be felt when you're pulling it, but I'd really like to know why Honda said not to. Inquiring minds and all...
 

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lawyers , aka snakes in the grass, love deep pockets..
Amen to that. My wife worked either running a law office or at the county courthouse as Recorder, etc. her whole career until she retired three years ago. She knows them all, judges included, and fortunately knows a few nice exceptions to your rule, but generally agrees with you.

I've never read a Goldwing Owner's Manual, never owning that bike, but I'd also be curious what Honda says regarding trailering in those manuals. I know there are posters here who own both bikes. Does Honda mention trailering for 'Wingers? Discourage it in any way? I'd imagine they don't specifically say "DON'T" like in the Valkyrie manual, as I see too many. Just a thought, and I don't know too much from engineering perspectives, but would the Valk's single-sided swingarm have anything to do with it?

Poncho: I've never seen a sidecar like that!! I watched the video carefully, twice, mentally measuring it's turning radii, etc., in the slaloms and so forth. Very intriguing. I would imagine that Honda would frown on one for the new Valk, just to further distance themselves from imaginative lawsuits, but I'm wondering how much longer my wife can ride pillion. Looking at future options. Was that sidecar a one-off or is it on the market?
 

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I've never seen a sidecar like that!! I watched the video carefully, twice, mentally measuring it's turning radii, etc., in the slaloms and so forth. Very intriguing. I would imagine that Honda would frown on one for the new Valk, just to further distance themselves from imaginative lawsuits, but I'm wondering how much longer my wife can ride pillion. Looking at future options. Was that sidecar a one-off or is it on the market?
seems the huns have a propensity for exceptional stuff. if you dig a bit, you will find stuff that will amaze you,, or say wtf?
 

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Trainer wheels. As soon as you go from two wheels to three you kill the magic IMO.
I totally get what you're saying, Geepers, but I'm trying to think of solutions to my Honey's physical issues. Riding isn't as fun w/o her, but it's becoming less fun for her with longer miles. Neither one of us is a give-up kind of person, but that can create issues on top of issues. We'll figure it out.
 

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I totally get what you're saying, Geepers, but I'm trying to think of solutions to my Honey's physical issues. Riding isn't as fun w/o her, but it's becoming less fun for her with longer miles. Neither one of us is a give-up kind of person, but that can create issues on top of issues. We'll figure it out.
Fair enough. Just make sure YOU can get out on TWO wheels as well ;) Good luck with it.
 

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kg, here is the link I meant to have posted.. there are other kits that offer similar solution of retaining the lean / flying and give the added stability of a third wheel and carrying capacity.. what you may not be seeing is that these Rigs have quick disconnect roller ball joint fittings. they can be attached and detached in minutes and your sled is free to fly solo. while attached they still retain the ability to Lean into corners which IS the the magic of flying on 2 wheels.. positive g's thru your body thru the benders is what causes your brain to hit you with a dose of dopamine and put the "shiteatingrin" on your face.. that is why you always feel better during and after a ride. you are higher than a kite.. flying too fast and having allhell break loose at the backend is what gives you that "asspucker" in your seat cushion.. so you do not have to fly balls to the wall to enjoy your radio flyer wagon and still get all the bugs you can eat.. or not? poncho
 

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Well, why didn't you say you don't use 4-wheel transportation!? No wonder you need more storage on occasion! I just got back from a trip this weekend up to Chicago to see my 90 yr.-old mother, 200+ miles north. As I was staying overnight in a hotel, I packed my OGIO motorcycle backpack (love that thing) with what I needed and strapped it to my passenger backrest, resting on the pillion. My concern has nothing to do with the extra 150 pounds. My wife weighs more than that and when she rides with me, yes, I feel the extra weight and it slightly affects the bike, but the bike is way too strong to not be able to absorb it easily. That's the beauty of torque. (How many other street bikes develop more torque than horsepower? That's what creates the magic, in my opinion.) My concern is the fact that Honda felt it necessary to tell us that this particular model was not designed for the trailer experience, for whatever reason they had (and like I said originally, more likely than not, it's hyper-liability-avoidance). Again, good luck with your ride. Your trailer is so small as to not even be felt when you're pulling it, but I'd really like to know why Honda said not to. Inquiring minds and all...
Just an FYI; i owned a 2009 GoldWing from 09 to 17. The GW owners manual said not to tow a trailer either. I did install a hitch and towed an aluma MCT (while two up with luggage) all over western North America, barely knew it was back there.

When i was shopping for the hitch in 2010 (?), a mechanic at one local Honda dealer refused to install a hitch on the wing, even though the same dealer's parts department was quite prepared to order and sell me one. Went to a different dealer and took my business there. They serviced that bike til i traded it, and have serviced my Valk for the last 6 years i've owned it.

I think the owners manual bs is legal CYA crap from honda's lawyers. Every 2nd wing has a trailer hitch and if they can haul a mc trailer, i'm sure a Valk can too. Still have the trailer and wouldn't mind a hitch to use it with the Valk. If anybody knows of one, I would appreciate knowing where to get it??

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Just an FYI; i owned a 2009 GoldWing from 09 to 17. The GW owners manual said not to tow a trailer either. I did install a hitch and towed an aluma MCT (while two up with luggage) all over western North America, barely knew it was back there.

When i was shopping for the hitch in 2010 (?), a mechanic at one local Honda dealer refused to install a hitch on the wing, even though the same dealer's parts department was quite prepared to order and sell me one. Went to a different dealer and took my business there. They serviced that bike til i traded it, and have serviced my Valk for the last 6 years i've owned it.

I think the owners manual bs is legal CYA crap from honda's lawyers. Every 2nd wing has a trailer hitch and if they can haul a mc trailer, i'm sure a Valk can too. Still have the trailer and wouldn't mind a hitch to use it with the Valk. If anybody knows of one, I would appreciate knowing where to get it??

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Thank you for the information about the GW manual and the non-recommendation of trailer pulling, Anjin. Only had to wait 13 months for someone to actually state that. It's not important, but I was curious, which is why I asked in the first place. And your CYA analysis is most likely spot-on.
 
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