So me and Mrs Evil Pirate are heading down to Deals Gap to ride the Dragon and many other roads in the area.
We are going to trailer the bikes down to spend more time riding on the better roads and to be able to take more stuff with us. My little Nissan Frontier is only rated for about 900 lbs payload. So we would be pushing it a bit with the two of us, two weeks of ****, and the bikes, plus tools and fluids. So perfect excuse to step up my game and get a trailer!
I bought a trailer from harbor freight for 350 bucks. It came in a box. Once it is built you can fold it in half for storage and it is rated to carry about 1800 lbs. You put it together like an ikea project. It all bolts together. I did weld on a tongue screw jack so I can drop it off the truck if I want. I figured the wheel bearings were the weak spot so I took the hubs apart, cleaned them out and repacked with synthetic marine grease. I heard people say that the hubs ship with only a little grease inside to prevent rust, and it is mandatory to clean them. I took them apart they were packed with a bluish green grease (looked similar to the synthetic marine grease I repacked them with). The bearings seemed clean too. But now I have piece of mind.
Did a 30 mile test run yesterday with the bikes loaded up the hubs stayed below 125 (it was about 90 degrees here and sunny) so I think they will be good. Had to pick up a tow bar and wiring as well. Install was a piece of cake, there is a wiring harness behind the passenger kick panel. You just plug in to a 12 pin receptacle (plug in harness has a few relays on it) and boom tow package installed.
Bringing camping supplies, a big cast iron pan, tool box, stuff to change oil, and a mini fridge for all the craft beer I'm going to find. Also bringing spare tires, a spare chain (long enough for either bike) and spare wheel bearings and grease seals for the trailer.
Mrs. Evil Pirate put together another itinerary I figured I'd share. It is long. She is a little neurotic with the planning. But she included details on all the rides. Check it out if you are not familiar with the area.
Gotta mount the new KD1s tonight and roughen them up on my way to work this week!