We hate trailers! This was our purist attitude toward motorcycle trailers before we discovered Road Dog. Attaching a pull-behind to a Harley was, to us, a quick way to turn a cool bike into a not-so-cool family truckster. We also held an old school belief that if you did not haul ALL of your gear on the bike you were cheating in some way, shape, or form.
As my wife and I began to blend other activities into riding we realized that it was no longer logistically possible to haul the gear for those activities on the back of our bike. We are avid scuba divers, backpackers, sky divers, photographers (to include underwater photography) canoeists, and backwoods camping enthusiasts. Combining these hobbies with Harley rides enhances the pleasure derived from these recreational diversions. These activities require specialty gear that consumes space quickly, a limited commodity offered by a bike. The dilemma, how do we incorporate “Harley” into the other activities we are so passionate about? The answer; a trailer! The next question to address; where to find a rugged, stable and streamlined “cool” trailer?
Once we conceded to the reality that a trailer was needed the next challenge was to locate the right trailer. We set out to find a trailer that would complement the bike, a trailer that did not look like a brick in tow. The trailer needed to be robust and provide adequate protection for the fragile gear we often hauled.
Several weeks into the search we began to become discouraged. The trailers we found were often ugly / clunky-looking, beyond our price point, or cheaply manufactured with less than adequate suspension systems.
And then we stumbled across Road Dog. RD Trailers were not only esthetically pleasing to the eye; they were functional, durable and aerodynamic. Incorporated into these sleek trailers, a tough lightweight low maintenance suspension system giving anything one would haul a smooth and protected ride. And the trailers were affordable.
We haul sensitive equipment; dive computers (sky and scuba), altimeters, underwater dive cameras and housings, laptops (My job requires I have a laptop with me at all times.), BCDs, regulators, and chute harness / container rigs. Our safety is directly influenced by the functionality of some of this equipment. Damage caused by a rough ride is not an option for us.
When we called RD to learn more about their line Karl answered. A Midwest type of guy, Karl (owner / manufacturer) was a friendly down-to-earth fellow eager to help. He was informative and accommodating. I quickly deduced that Karl is a business owner who takes tremendous pride in craftsmanship, standing behind and guaranteeing each trailer leaving his shop.
Talking with Karl, visiting his shop, meeting the small team of builders that assemble RD trailers, and reading other testimonials sold me on RD. I am now the proud owner of a Drifter.
I drove my Road King to RD on a very rainy afternoon arriving late for our appointment. Karl and his team kindly stayed into the evening to accommodate me. While I dried out Karl and associates went to work on my bike, wiring and attaching the hitch. Within an hour I was ready to roll. I drove the trailer into the night through light to moderate rain showers. With no load to keep it planted on the pavement, the trailer pulled true and straight on the wet highway. I had to look back from time to time just to see if the trailer was still there. J I felt no resistance or pulling.
Karl kindly called me the next day to make certain I arrived home safe and sound and to ensure the trailer met my expectations. That same morning my wife and I departed Spooner, Wisconsin for Santa Barbara, California by way of several side states with trailer in tow. Filled with scuba gear / luggage and staying within weight limits / weight distribution protocols the trailer was off on its maiden voyage.
Through high wind, rain, extreme heat, cold, a little snow, deserts, grasslands, and mountains the trailer tracked true and pulled with ease. The trailer placed little resistance on the bike resulting in negligible GPM losses, 1 to 2 miles per gallon. We detected only slight climbing performance degradation as we pulled the trailer up steep high altitude mountain passes. The low profile, light weight, and wide wheel base engineering of the Drifter makes all of the aforementioned possible. The bike and trailer traveled in harmony through 6000 miles of varied and sometimes harsh terrain.
Perhaps the most stunning epiphany shared by my wife and I on this trip; we discovered how hard we had been working in the past to lug all of our gear on the bike. We reflected back to equipment that had been damaged, the result of forcing gear into spaces too small to accommodate that gear. Pre-trailer, every stop was work. We expended tremendous energy and effort unloading, repacking, moving items around to get at items packed deep inside the bags or trunk.
With Road Dog in tow packing and unpacking was a breeze. Organizing the trailer was convenient and easy to accomplish. Need to get to your cold weather gear or rain coats… no problem. Open the hood and the gear would be sitting on top of the luggage. Need to get to your photography equipment… no problem. It was all stored in the forward compartment of the trailer safe and secure.
Traveling on a Harley suddenly became effortless, a very important attribute to those of us who like to incorporate other activities into our riding. We could also travel through inclement weather without worry. The Road Dog allowed us to carry a larger selection of inclement weather gear ensuring we were always properly dressed, something we really appreciated on a 36F four hour stretch of highway. The big cost savings… hotels. We were able to carry tent and sleeping bags with us saving hundreds of dollars on hotel expenses.
Many bikers approached us to find out more about the trailer, admiring first and foremost the sexy lines. Perhaps the most memorable of these experiences was an exchange that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the middle of a bumper to bumper traffic jam with temps at 100 degrees plus, a guy in an SUV purposefully maneuvered his way to us, missing his exit, to inquire about the Drifter. Confident in the performance of this trailer I handed the gentleman brochures through the window of his truck.
For those of you thinking about replacing an old pull-behind or heehawing about buying a trailer look no further. The Road Dog is an excellent trailer system built by a great Midwestern company, a company that stands behind its product.
Anil and Charity L. Wisconsin
Road Trip! Headin south, Oak Ridge, Tennessee to Key West, Florida, loaded up with enough camping gear, bed rolls, tents, sleeping bags, coffee pot, lanterns, rain gear, and enough clothes to get by
for three weeks without doing laundry. After all said and done more than 3000 miles put behind us. It was good to say the least. I wanted to let you know that the Rally Wagon not only did good but drew much
attention. We had zero stops that I wasn't approached by someone about the setup. I can't say enough about how I am proud and satisfied with the wagon. It pulls great and has no effect on any part of the handling
of my bike. Simply a good combination, COOL which to me is important, and satisfied with getting the job done. One more thing, with the unexpected rain that goes along with travel in Florida I did put two
coats of tent dry inside and out, on the bag as a precaution and did not have any problems with leaks. So, thanks again!
Just a quick note to tell you about my experience with the my new Drifter. I have pulled trailers before of different kinds and have to tell you that Road Dog has done an outstanding job on this trailer. I am still amazed that a trailer with this capacity pulls with such little effort and with zero effect on my trike. We love every thing about it from the roomy built in cargo area to the awesome aerodynamics we just couldn't be happier. I get more comments on my trailer than on my brand new trike.
I would highly recommend a Drifter to anyone considering a touring trailer. Thanks again for a great trailer!
R. Hartley Wyoming
Bob and I hooked up our Road Dog trailer and headed off on a 3,750 mile round trip from Spring City, Tennessee to South Dakota. The trailer pulled like a dream. Half a dozen bikers at Custer State Park crowded around the trailer in awe. The nicest trailer they had ever seen. We passed out your business cards, told them how great it pulled and showed them all the room it has.
Looking forward to more road trips with our trailer!
Bob and Bev Spring City, Tennessee
I had been casually looking for a motorcycle trailer for about two years. I looked at several that I thought were just OK, and several that I thought were just plain ugly. I hadn't found one that I thought, OK, this is the one, until I saw the Road Dog Wide Track Deluxe. It jumped right off the page at me when I saw it and I knew at once, this is my new trailer. I was a hot rodder in my younger days, and when I saw this trailer with its low, sleek, smooth design and wide tires with mag wheels, it reminded me of a really cool looking custom street rod. I knew I just had to have one.
I went to the Road Dog website and looked at all the different models of Road Dog trailers and accessories. I noticed that the trailers and accessories were very reasonably priced. I called Road Dog and spoke with Karl. He was very informative and explained all the great features including the famous Road Dog suspension that keeps the trailer and weight very low to the ground so that the trailer tows much better in curves, wind, and on rough roads.
I placed my order for a Wide Track Deluxe. When I received it and towed it behind my Goldwing, I found it was all it was hyped up to be. Because it pulls and corners so well, and I can hardly tell its even behind me, I tow it most of the time around home, on my daily commute to work and back, and when running errands. This way I always have room for anything I may need to haul, and makes my bike even more practical than it already is.
Because I was so impressed with the quality and price of their trailers, I became a Road Dog dealer.
Kyle Young PhilcoTrailerSales.com
"After conducting in-depth research on what type of trailer I should purchase, I made the plunge to purchase a Road Dog "Wide Track Deluxe" without ever seeing one in person. I was stuck between the Road Dog and a competitor's trailer for which I had seen at a motorcycle show. Several reasons swayed my decision towards the Road Dog. First and foremost, was the price. Nearly $1800 cheaper than the other one painted to match my bike. I then noted that the Road Dog had only 11 cubic feet of storage compared to 20 feet with the competitor. My concern was wear and tear on my bike and after conducting my recent road trip through from St. Louis through Colorado, Albuquerque, and Branson, MO (3490 total miles), I was correct in my thinking.
My wife and I rode with several friends on this trip. One of them had purchased a trailer from the competitor and pulled it behind his bike on this trip. Just after the helf way point, he had to have a rear tire replaced. I had minimal wear on my rear tire and for the most part, it didn't even feel like I was pulling a trailer. By him having a bigger trailer, he packed in more stuff which added more weight on the rear tire and he told me he could feel his trailer drag behind the bike. This was very evident as we rode through mountain passes. I was able to accelerate up the inclines and he couldn't. It should also be noted that I had more compliments on my trailer than him. I sure am glad I made the decision to purchase my Road Dog trailer."
Mike H. Fairview Heights, IL
"I have had my Road Dog for almost 2 years now and cannot say enough about it.
I am retired and take my Road Dog everywhere. From Maine to Beartooth Pass, this trailer
has been the greatest addition to my trike. I have over 25000 miles on my original set of tires and
still going strong. Coming across South Dakota in over 40 mph cross winds while other trailers are
pulled over in the rest areas my Road Dog is right behind me straight and true.
Best trailer ever! Thanks again."
"I swore I would never pull a trailer until I saw a Road Dog! Talked to some folks at a gas station
about their Road Dog and they sold me on one right away. They couldn't say enough about it.
Thanks for a quality trailer!"
John H. Minnesota
"Thanks for the custom application for my custom trike!
"I have pulled many trailers and have always said that I can always feel them back there, until I pulled a Road Dog.
I have never pulled a trailer with such little effect on the bike.
Great Trailer, very smooth ride, perfect size! Thanks again."
"Hi Karl, Kathy and I are delighted with this trailer. As an engineer I can appreciate the effort that went into the design, bending and welding of the very robust frame. The shipping configuration was excellent as well, with everything tightly controlled and protected. Say thanks to your painter who absolutely nailed the Beemer color match. People are going to think it came from the BMW factory – we will be glad to tell them otherwise. Once the weather breaks out here we will get you a photo or two for your rogues gallery.
Once again thanks for the excellent work, extend our thanks to your team out there in MN."
"This is the 3rd Motorcycle Trailer I have owned. Without a doubt, the
Road Dog Trailer is the best. I am so impressed with this trailer and
the handling. An awesome trailer and Karl and his staff are the best
to work with. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy and
get what you want. Please note the extra work they did, so I would be
able to carry my godson's wheelchair. They went out of their way to
accomadate me and my godson. What a treat it is and was to deal with
Karl at Road Dog and I appreciated their hard work and quality of their
trailer. I can't say enough about this company and it's people. You
will be blessed and very happy with this trailer and with the complete
staff of Road Dog. Also what an attention getter when everyone sees
me pulling my Road Dog Trailer. And I really love the extra cage on the
trailer that was built to carry my godson's wheel chair and like it
just to carry other items, that could be carried.
Thank You so much and please feel free to use my name as a reference. Keep up
the great work and I look forward to meeting up with you some day."
Frank S. Hanford, CA
"I've attached a picture of "The Dog" right before our trip out to the Grand Tetons.
It wasn't soon after leaving that I forgot that my "Dog" was following me.
It took me a while to stop looking behind me to make sure it was still there. It follows that well.
I carried two collapsible chairs, a four man tent, a grill w/charcoal, air mattress's, cameras, a humidor and more.
As you can see in the picture a matching stainless steel Coleman cooler rounded out the gear.
Cincinnati to the Badlands, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Devils tower then up and over the Beartooth pass.
If you're going to have problems with a trailer it would be there with severe cutbacks up to 11,000 feet with heavy cross winds.
The dog was perfect. Next was Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Cody, Bighorn Canyon NP then back home.
If anyone wants to see the Dog in action you can find it on You Tube under Goldwingcam MrMercedes98
There are several clips while traveling the Bear Tooth Hwy. Thanks for an affordable reliable trailer.
I also got many thumbs up on the road."
Zach G. Fairfield Ohio
"We rode the Rockies and the deserts and never did we feel like we were trailering. It made the trip more enjoyable than previous long hauls simply because we could bring more 'stuff' and not have to worry about stuffing every little thing in every little corner. We spent three days in Sedona and left the trailer at the resort and toured the area as well as the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
I'm just sorry you weren't in business years ago. I never really cared for the larger trailers because of the size and the high ride. Your trailer is so low that you just never know it's behind you, even in high wind conditions. The low center of gravity not only makes it ride more stable, but it also makes it look sharp as hell with the low profile tires to boot."
Phil S. Minocqua, WI
"I have owned my road dog wide track for nearly a year now and have several thousands of miles with happy trailering with it. The one thing I can say is its very easy to forget its back there because you just don't feel any sort of typical jarring that you would with other types of trailers. I have went over railroad tracks without as much as noticing the trailer absorbing the bumps its very smooth, gas mileage because of its low profile has only a marginal effect of perhaps a mile or two not bad when I average 38 - 41 mpgs. As for storage I've very pleased with the capacity, besides 11 cubic feet is plenty for the wife and I to enjoy a 3 - 5 day excursions, weighing in a only ~150 pounds I like the max capacity 250 which keeps your loads in a sanity, the cooler rack is plenty big to accommodate a typical Coleman.
I enjoy mine & I suggest you check one out as well."
Don M. Indianapolis, IN
"I've driven about 5000 miles without the slightest of problems. I can honestly say that the only time I even knew I had a trailer was when I was starting from a stop. It was an absolute dream. I researched trailers almost three years before I decided on the Road Dog. I made a great choice!"
Don from Canada
"Towing the trailer is just like having nothing behind you. Having all the luggage in a trailer takes a good load off of the bike, makes it easier to handle, and finding things you brought on the trip easier also. It is big enough to haul everything we need to take with us and still have room left over. We have had several comments about the trailer and how great it looks. I'm glad I ran into you so I could purchase the coolest looking trailer on the market! We have been shopping casually for over a year and found one we both liked and was affordable."
Gary & Linda U.
"Thank you Karl for setting us up with our first Road Dog trailer. It's the greatest little trailer around. We left Spearfish and traveled through Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and then home to Indiana. We received numerous compliments on the Road Dog. Many riders asked where we got it. Your website may get very busy. Thanks again for all your hospitality and professionalism. It was greatly appreciated."
Roger and Joyce R. Seymour, Indiana
"Took my first trip with the Road Dog. I was absolutely satisfied with the trailer. I have never pulled a trailer with a bike before, and I wasn't sure what to expect? I really didn't hardly know it was even back there. It sits so low to the ground that there was zero crosswind resistance, and very little drag. I went a total of 1730 miles towing the Road Dog, and I really enjoyed the ease of connect & disconnect. It was very easy to disconnect the trailer so that I could do some sight seeing away from base camp. Your quality of workmanship was outstanding also. The match that you were able to do for me on the paint was great. My M109R has now become my second vehicle for running errands to the grocery store, and even to the laundromat. My new Road Dog has enabled my bike to be used for lots of things. At today's gas prices, I'll take 50mpg that I get with my bike, verses 30mpg with my car any day! Plus, I just love to ride motorcycle.
Thanks for your attention to detail when you built my trailer, and if anyone has any questions about one of your Road Dogs, just have them give me a call."
"Took the trailer and headed for Duluth for the State Hog Rally. They had about 1,200 this year. I spent the four days talking about my trailer and where I got it. It was a big hit. You got a lot of PR. The trailer really works great; you don't even know it's there. Great Job Guy's! BIG HIT! Did my ego proud."
Jerry B. Faribault, Minnesota
"We pulled our new Road Dog trailer behind the Harley from Sauk Rapids to Albuquerque New Mexico and back. Over 3,600 miles without a hitch. I think I may have sold as many as three trailers for you while on the road. I was in Spearfish SD and convinced a buyer at the Honda shop to purchase one! Love the trailer, great job Karl!"
Tim K. Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
"Took the trailer out last weekend for a three-day camping trip. My wife says that she can't tell that is behind her 750 Honda. Awesome trailer."
Paul P. North Carolina