Buying a trailer to haul MP3 this week. Need advice....
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2016 MP3 500
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Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:58 am quote
Hi All,

I am buying a 6x11 enclosed trailer to haul my 2016 MP3-500 back and forth from Michigan to Florida a couple times a year.

I am wondering if I should have d-rings installed, or E-track?
If E-track should I go with floor or wall mounted E-track?
If wall mounted E-track how high should I have it installed?
Best or critical strap down areas on the bike itself?

Any other tips or advice for those who have trailered their MP3's?

Thank you in advance.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:29 am quote
I would go floor mounted for strap connections; you want to pull down to compress the shocks about half-way while transporting.

I understand the newer MP3s sometimes (or always, dunno) don't have the connecting brackets on the tilt lock parallelogram members. It is on these black painted parts you want to strap down the front end. Not the handlebars; the steering bearing on the center stalk is not super durable on the MP3, as it is the side stalks that take most of the loads. What to do if those black brackets are indeed missing I'm not sure.

On the rear I think I used the passenger hand grips to tie down both my MP3 500 and MP3 250; I'm not sure if the newer design allows this on the 2016 model.
Hooked
2009 MP3 400, 2004 Honda ST1300
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Location: Sayre, PA
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:15 pm quote
All that. If you don't have the early style loops on the collarbones use these at a convenient spot --> https://www.harborfreight.com/soft-loop-tie-down-straps-4-pk-64040.html
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Piaggio MP3 500 sport
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Location: West yorkshire
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:51 am quote
I purchased one of these trailers for my MP3 500

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Hooked
bv350, Brutale 910
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Location: LA CA
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:18 am quote
Ac services wrote:
I purchased one of these trailers for my MP3 500
this is COOL! but Armitage is UK-only? Is this type of motorcycle trailer even avail in the US?
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2013 GTS300ie
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Thu Oct 29, 2020 1:05 am quote
The front wheel chocks should be staggered by some 100mm (4") to prevent the handles from interfering with one another. Position the right one ahead of the left for ease of loading.
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MP3 250 / Vespa S50
Joined: 21 Dec 2010
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Location: Toronto, Canada
Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:47 am quote
You can see how I strap mine down here:

You really don't need a wheel chock for the mp3.

Ride the Mp3 on to your trailer or truck bed.
Lock the tilt and turn it off.
Get something like a Canyon dancer to go over the grips (https://amzn.to/3jOEb3e).
Strap forward to stop the bike from rolling backward.
Strap around the back of the bike by either the grab bars or even just through the rim or around the shock mount.
You can use soft loops (https://amzn.to/35WEcNA) if you're worried about scratching.
Have the back straps going somewhere behind the bike, so the two straps in front will stop the bike from rolling backwards, the two straps at the back will stop the bike from rolling forward.
Use four straps total. No e-track or anything fancy needed. Just have some good anchors. If you have any questions let me know.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
Joined: 02 Mar 2013
Posts: 6250
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:25 am quote
adri wrote:
You can see how I strap mine down here:

You really don't need a wheel chock for the mp3.

Ride the Mp3 on to your trailer or truck bed.
Lock the tilt and turn it off.
Get something like a Canyon dancer to go over the grips (https://amzn.to/3jOEb3e).
Strap forward to stop the bike from rolling backward.
Strap around the back of the bike by either the grab bars or even just through the rim or around the shock mount.
You can use soft loops (https://amzn.to/35WEcNA) if you're worried about scratching.
Have the back straps going somewhere behind the bike, so the two straps in front will stop the bike from rolling backwards, the two straps at the back will stop the bike from rolling forward.
Use four straps total. No e-track or anything fancy needed. Just have some good anchors. If you have any questions let me know.
Not wise to trailer an MP3 with the tilt-lock engaged.
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