Motorcycle trailer hitches are some of the most useful inventions in the history of motorcycle travel. It’s not uncommon these days to drive down the street and see someone with a motorcycle utilizing a hitch to transport their belongings or even pets. The use of these hitches is growing in popularity due to the ease of use and the widespread availability of different types of hitches. Is a trailer hitch right for your motorcycle?
One of the biggest advantages of the hitch is that motorcycle riders can transport items that they couldn’t otherwise. Everyone loves to drive their motorcycles, but the only real downside is that you often can’t take anything with you. The handy equipment attachments allow you to attach a small trailer to the back of your motorcycle so that you have a way to take some things with you when you need them. Pets sometimes travel in enclosed pods on the back of trailer hitches.
Another great advantage of the hitch is that it makes the motorcycle appear larger. Many accidents involving motorcycles occur because the drivers of larger vehicles didn’t see the motorcycles. When a motorcycle has a hitch attached to it with a trailer, it becomes much more visible on the road. Since so many people use cell phones while they drive today, it’s never a bad idea to make your motorcycle appear larger on the road. People are less likely to hit you with their vehicles if they can see a larger motorcycle with a trailer attached to the back.
One of the biggest drawbacks is gas mileage. This is especially true if you plan to ride your bike with the trailer for long distances. Motorcycles are universally loved for their incredible fuel efficiency, but pulling a trailer will sap that mileage away. You’ll have to spend more money on gas if you pull your trailer often. The usual mileage that you get on your bike will disappear until you stop the use of the trailer. Plan your budget accordingly if you think this will affect you.
Another drawback is that you still can’t transport as much with a motorcycle as you can with a car. Some people may think that the hitch with the trailer means they can replace their car completely with a motorcycle. That’s not a good idea since no trailer can help a motorcycle transport as much stuff as a car. You shouldn’t rely on your motorcycle to carry too much stuff. It’s not healthy for the bike to pull heavy trailers. This can lead to flat tires and engine problems if you’re not careful.