I couldn’t leave the trailer all packed up with nowhere to go. Locked and loaded I headed off for a spin around one of my favourite local loops.
Patterson’s road is narrow meandering country lane. Great views over farm land, especially after the recent rain. The road surface is pretty good, cut up in a few places. Perfect for a loaded trailer trial run test, has a little bit of everything.
The biggest thing to get used to when towing is the extra width of the trailer and remembering it is behind you. I usually ride towards the centre line. Not anymore. If I do the trailer will hang over into the oncoming traffic lane.
I’ve been told to be extra aware pulling into petrol stations. Easy to take out a bowser or two.
Once you get rolling you can forget the trailer is there. In a way it appears to give better balance to the bike when I’m traveling. It’s only really noticeable in starts and stops. Or when you go up or down a driveway or anything like that where it hits one tyre before the other, then it will jiggle a little.
There’s that delayed reaction to get used to. The bike rolls off but there’s just that brief time lapse until the trailer follows. Again, if you’re aware you’re expecting it.
It is a slower ride but you get to enjoy the views more and at the end of the day I’ll have a comfy bed to crawl into at the end of a day’s adventure.
It’s all a new experience for me. Like with anything there’s pro’s and con’s. It’s a case of give it a go and see what happens.