Constructing a Scooter towable Trailer question(s).

Discussion in 'Push Trailers' started by Mike Lynch, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Mike Lynch

    Mike Lynch New Member

    I would like your feedback on building a Trailer which would be attached to either a Vespa GT-200 or an Aprilia Scarabeo 500. The Trailer would be used to transport one or two Motorized Bicycles. If possible, I would like to use 26 inch Bicycle tires / rims on the Trailer. Putting the Trailer together seems doable. The areas where I need feedback are:

    Can / will Bicycle 26 inch tires / rims survive moving at 60 to 65 miles per hour?

    Suggestions that you might offer on the Trailers construction?

    Best regards,

    Mike Lynch
     

  2. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    I think the problem with bicycle rims is that the metal cup that the wheel bearing ride on is very thin. Why not look for used moped wheels that are close to as tall as you would like. I'm a nut but pulling a trailer like that at those speeds is asking for trouble.
     
  3. Mike Lynch

    Mike Lynch New Member

    Trying to reduce the number of different parts.

    I am hopping to find a commonality of parts so when required, I can swap parts back and forth if necessary.

    Best regards,

    Mike Lynch
     
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Bicycle wheels under a load like that would likely be very unstable as well. That trailer would probably sway pretty badly.
     
  5. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    This guy worked on a jackshaft made out of a hub for months, trying 8 different "tries" before giving up on the idea. Like I said above, the metal is way too thin. It's just stamped thin walled metal. This guy was the most amazing electric bike builder I had ever seen, building the frames and parts from scratch and his threads would turn into 30 page builds. I'm not trying to poo poo your idea but I don't think anyone will think it's a good idea. I picture you going down the road at that speed and all of a sudden, your trailer pulls you off the road ..:nopity:
     

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  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    agree with most of the above

    don't waste you time and we wish not to hear about you being wrecked up somewhere

    for loads and speed such as that -- bicycle wheels would be a mistake

    there should be MANY good type of wheels available -- trailer wheels etc...

    and note -- that will be one heck of a THING that you are pulling there

    please be careful as you ride that THING
     
  7. seca40

    seca40 New Member

    I have pulled this trailer several thousand miles. Trust me you don't want to mess around pulling a loaded trailer on two wheels. Run as many lights on your trailer as you can. You want a nice long tongue to prevent the trailer from "seeking" or swaying. I lengthened this one three feet. Make sure the brakes on the tow vehicle are more than adequate. If one of your hubs fail while at speed, with a load... You are going down.:ack2: Please be careful. :helmet:

    This trailer goes on sale at Harbor freight from time to time for 180.00 It comes with lights and a title. It has worked great for me. I think it weighs about 150 pounds empty.
     

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  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    there's one proven trailer pulling THING

    there it is proven worthy by seca40
    and how can one beat that price
    nice looking safe trailer

    note -- should also be a two wheel rider with much experience
    to ride with a trailer behind them
    it's a whole new THING to ride

    that THING
     
  9. seca40

    seca40 New Member

    note -- should also be a two wheel rider with much experience
    to ride with a trailer behind them
    it's a whole new THING to ride



    That's for sure. It took some getting used to.
     
  10. Mike Lynch

    Mike Lynch New Member

  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hey Mike

    thoughts from up here on the mountain top

    super nice looking MB trailer -- but - what a price !
    if money is not a big issue -- it's sweet no doubt

    ride that thing
     
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