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Looking into this as an option and wanted to know if anyone has built one themselves or seen one built etc.

Bottom line is that I'd add the flooring, sides, front and ramp but I just want to know if you all would consider this a good transport for the Stryker over hundreds of miles. Price is nice but want to be sure it'll be safe and transport the bike without issues for a number of years.

Assume I'd use high quality stuff and replace/upgrade hardware as needed.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1720-lb-capacity-super-duty-48-inch-x-96-inch-utility-trailer-with-12-inch-five-lug-wheels-and-tires-94564.html
 

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I bought one for my dirt bikes, built it out and immediately returned it. I put just my XR400 on it, and if I pushed the dirt bike a little the whole trailer would flex like crazy. The axle and wheels aren't very impressive. The fenders are a joke. Didn't come with enough wire to wire up the lights. Plus it was too small for my needs - I ended up buying a 6.5x12 trailer.

So, you could probably get by with that but in general I say nay. Sketchy at best.
 

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The other problem with the HF trailers is the tiny tires. At anything over 45mph, the tires will be spinning like crazy and are likely to heat up. Then the cheap tires that are on there will end up blowing out on you.
 

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The other problem with the HF trailers is the tiny tires. At anything over 45mph, the tires will be spinning like crazy and are likely to heat up. Then the cheap tires that are on there will end up blowing out on you.
my 4x8 Triton has the little tires..never once caused a problem, even wearing nice.

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Actually now that I look closer, I bought the next cheaper one:

http://www.harborfreight.com/1195-lb-capacity-48-inch-x-96-inch-heavy-duty-foldable-utility-trailer-with-12-inch-wheels-90154.html

But they seem pretty much identical to me. I still wouldn't buy one.
I have first hand experience with building and testing out one of their trailers. In January 2013, I purchased their fold-able model for $225. The link above from Mentat Ix is the one I had, and I would agree it's very similar to their non-folding heavier duty version.

I spent 2 weekends putting it together (cold up here in Chicago). I found the instruction manual to be fine, but it does take some time to complete it. I found the wiring harness to be junk. The lights did not work properly. I ended up purchasing a new wiring harness on Amazon. I used 3/4" plywood as a base. I'm sure you could use some sort of metal, but the plywood is readily available.

I put a KLR650 up on it and it was fine. I put a heavier sportbike on it, and you just get this gut feeling that this just isn't right. I would NOT put a cruiser on this trailer. I know the cargo capacity is 1000+lbs, but it just feels flimsy. It's more than just the plywood base being inadequate. It's the entire unit as a whole. Others may disagree, but that's my opinion on it. :)

I ended up selling it within 2 weeks. The buyer was going to use it for landscaping...a perfect match for this trailer. These bikes are expensive, and it would suck if something went wrong due to an inefficient trailer. I highly recommend that you spend the extra $200-400 and find a heavier duty trailer. Look for something that's welded together.

Feel free to send me a pm if you have any questions on it. :)
 
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