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Old March 18th, 2015   #1
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Hello riders. I've been doing some searching on this site trying to research hitches for my 2004 ST1300. One member, rikSTr, gave me some great information but I thought I'd toss out a line and see what anyone has for a recommendation or advice. The threads I was able to find doing a search are about four or five years old and I wanted to try and get get some updated advice or recommendations.

I have a 2004 ST1300 and recently bought the Harbor Freight Tag-A-Long 78" trailer (http://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-...ler-66771.html).

My plan is to go on some long distance rides to see family and do some riding and camping with a couple of rider friends.

I'm looking for any and all advice on a hitch for my ST1300. What do you have or what have you heard is a good hitch? Does anyone have a hitch they're thinking about selling?

This is my first time towing with a motorcycle so I want to do it right and be safe. THANKS for any advice or input.

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Old March 19th, 2015   #2
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You'll need to go slower, and be more deliberate in any sort of turn or emergency situation. If the trailer breaks traction, it can pull the back end of the bike away.

That's my only advice. I won't tow on a bike, but that's me.
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Marked as 55MPH maximum towing speed.
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Marked as 55MPH maximum towing speed.
I picked up a Uni-Go trailer and hitch, proven technology up to 95Mph.

http://www.uni-go.com
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FWIW i will NEVER Pull a 2 wheel trailer, two wheels spread apart contradict the gyro affect of the two in line wheels of the motorcycle, they will want to keep going straight and the bike will want to turn. it is a constant battle, and in a panic stop, you're screwed... Uni-Go or N-Line single wheel trailers are the way to go... I hope someday they find a way to put a brake on the single wheel trailers too... I've pulled a Uni-Go behind a couple different type bikes and if the hitch is right, and everything is square and aligned you don't know it is there except is a very strong side wind...
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What specific hitch did you use with the Unigo and where does it attach to the ST?

Just curious.
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What specific hitch did you use with the Unigo and where does it attach to the ST?

Just curious.
From Uni-Go website. ST1300 Hitch...
http://uni-go.com/proddetail.php?prod=TR8042

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TenRacing posted the exact hitch that I have for my Uni-Go. Piece of cake to install. Also, I take it off when I have no trips planned with the trailer.
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I had strongly considered the unigo trailer but, at close to $2k for the very basic stuff, it was overkill for one trip every year or two. While I was on the site I saw the hitch, reasonably priced but, the unigo ball adapter would have been another $95 and only available in chrome. No thanks, i've got a Victory Kingpin if i feel the need for chrome.
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While I was on the site I saw the hitch, reasonably priced but, the unigo ball adapter would have been another $95 and only available in chrome. No thanks, i've got a Victory Kingpin if i feel the need for chrome.
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I could get a piece of angle iron cut in the shop at work and mail it to you. All it would cost you would be shipping. Probably $5. I could also get all the holes drilled for you, but that would cost a little extra, the guys in the fab shop like beer, so for a little home job, I give them beer money.
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