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  1. whywhyzee

    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I was thinking of adding a channel or rail to my flatbed utility trailer to occasionally transport my bike. Something like this:


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    Is there anything available locally along these lines or would I need to have this fabricated?
  2. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    The U channel is handy but not really necessary. You can use a wheel chock for the front wheel and then have tie-downs hold the rear wheel from moving. Some trailers are built with a V channel which centers the tires.
  3. y2ktm

    y2ktm ODSC Executive

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    Lots of options. I have a bunch of left over wheel chocks I made for the P2D trailer home a few years ago (8 bikes on my big trailer for the ride back!) You welcome to a couple for free if your in the area of the Bethany ride in the coming weeks. They are galvanized channel and will bolt to the trailer bed with a couple of bolts.
  4. whywhyzee

    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Thanks for the offer Kevin! The bed of the trailer is just 6 feet long. My bike (DRZ400) is just under 6 feet between where each tire contacts the ground. About 7 feet from the front edge of the front tire to a few inches behind the rear tire. I figured using channel might allow a few inches of overhang at the front and rear of the bed to give me a tiny bit of leeway. Is this doable?

    Wish I was around for this: http://www.odsc.on.ca/.xenforo/index.php?threads/single-rail-motorcycle-trailer.22142/

    I was thinking of that kind of rail/channel setup.
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    Any metal sales place ( hunter steel etc.) Will be able to get you a c channel, possibly even kijiji.

    In the past I have loaded my dad's r1200r in the back of my truck to take it to texas. When we go we drag an inclosed trailer with us which means the tailgate can't be down. Usually we will just use a sheet of 3/4" ply with 2x4 either side of the tires. Might be a little more redneck but it works!
  6. y2ktm

    y2ktm ODSC Executive

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    Place in Whitby call Metals Plus. This is where I picked up the galvanized channel I used on my trailer(s). When I bought it is was a some sort of remnant or miss cut so I paid only by weight. They can break you up a piece any size and length required.

    My little crappy tire trailer I used to haul my bike to the Ganny two years ago was similar to yours. Its only a 4 foot square bed with a short tongue. I mounted the channel centered over the bed and up the tongue and it worked great! Used it on the weekend actually...too much snow and ice to load the bike in the truck box!!
  7. whywhyzee

    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I checked out Hunter Steel in town here. They just carry heavy gauge steel - 12 lbs per foot. Way too heavy. I need to find the lighter galvanized stuff like you have Kevin. Just hoping for something closer than Whitby.
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    I'd also look for a 2x8 8 footer you can make your own wheel chock or a metal one, and just bolt down the trailer.
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    The Metal Supermarket will cut sheet to size for free and can bend as well.

    I made my own channel for a trailer by welding up two lengths of light 2x2 angle with 2" flat in between. I still use it for my hitch carrier, but I stiffened it up by bolting it to a 2x4 aluminum tube.

    Or you can buy 6" aluminum channel. This is overkill for a trailer, but is light and looks nice.
  10. whywhyzee

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    I will check out Metal Supermarket tomorrow. They are very close to work which is a bonus! I don't weld so I'm just looking for a ready made type solution. Thanks for the tip Woodzi!
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    I used a jeep yj front bumper. Width is perfect for a front tire.
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  12. whywhyzee

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    An update: Upon closer inspection, the plywood decking on my trailer was very weathered and rotten in spots so....off it came! I went to the Metal Supermarket to look into getting a channel. They didn't sell any suitable channel. I asked about buying a sheet and having it cut and bent. "We don't bend here. You will have to go to the shop a few doors down for that." I walk a few doors down. They can get to it next week for about a hundred bucks. Time to rethink this. I start with a wheel chock bought for cheap from an ODSC member passing through town. I sit and stare at the trailer for a bit and realize the answer is in all that 2 x 10 sitting in my shed. (Should have listened to ECarnell a few posts up sooner). Years ago it served as the perimeter for a backyard hockey rink. Now it just sits. Off to Home Depot to bag up a bunch of mounting hardware, only to have the clerk remove and count every indivdual piece in that bag ("It's not that I don't trust you" she says. "It's just that you may have more hardware in here than you claim")....Okay.....I get home, find the straightest piece of hockey rink I can find, and after some drilling and fastening, this is what I have. I know I know - it's damn ugly and not finished yet, but you get the idea. I need the rigid overhang front and back to accomodate the length of the bike (maybe not so much on the back). Hope to have it finished up for the weekend.

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  13. Neil Edmunds

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    Good use of what's on hand. More of those boards used on each side will let you use the kickstand to support the bike while sorting out your straps. Also better for walking along.
  14. y2ktm

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    Looks just like my little CT trailer. have steel rail as you know but would have been happy with the 2x10. I agree with Neil though. Put some bed back on the trailer as you will struggle to hold the bike up and strap the bike down at the same time. Mine has a single board for the kick stand at the moment as I seldom use it and I am cheap!

    Also good idea to tie the rear wheel to the board so it can't bounce off and get all sideways on you if you hit a big bump in the road.
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    Absolutely I am going to put something along the left side for sure to walk on and for the stand. I don't know if weight is a concern so I'll start with the minimum and see how it runs down the road. I was thinking of putting "stays" on the edge of the 2x (to mimic a channel) near the rear tire to keep it from sliding. Kevin, I would have preferred the steel channel too and I still may take you up on your earlier offer. This is just to get me to Bethany. It just won't get me there in style o_O
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  16. y2ktm

    y2ktm ODSC Executive

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    I have a new trailer all designed and have the material sitting in the shop. Just waiting for the time to start burning it together. Will post the pics when I get it started. I do fabrication work on the side as time permits if anyone needs some fab work done. Contact me by PM.
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    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Well. Here is the finished product. I haven't road tested it yet, but it should get me to Bethany (and back, hopefully ;).) Perhaps this should be in the Post Your Bike Picture thread...

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    Since you have the rear tire strapped down itself, I wouldn't bother with the straps on the rear too. Just make sure the front strap holding the tire is strapped to the trailer itself. I always have that one as a worst case scenario, if the straps fail as long as the bike itself doesn't fall off the trailer it won't be as bad.
  19. whywhyzee

    whywhyzee ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I have the straps so I'll use them. Gives me more confidence as I don't have much experience trailering a bike. I took the setup for a good run today- it didn't budge! Next stop - Bethany!!
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    Looks good! Glad I could help out.
    Just make sure you have 100 lbs or so tongue weight when loaded. you can adjust the 2x10 forward or back to get the right balance .