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Folding Motorcycle Trailers Made Simple

The Drop Tail Dual Trailer
The Drop Tail Dual Trailer

So you’re in the market for a folding stand-up style motorcycle trailer and you’ve got questions, as do all. First, you only have two options for choice of manufacturer – Kendon and Drop Tail.

We at Redline Engineering and RedlineStands.com sell both brands and despite appearances there’s plenty of differences between each company’s trailer so let’s get started.

The Kendon Stand-Up and Drop Tail trailer both feature a very similar design in that each company’s trailer can be folded in half and stood upright on its end, allowing it to be stored in doors with little floor space used. However, the key difference between these two trailers is the Drop Tail trailer features a hydraulically actuated rear half that lowers down to the ground, becoming the trailer’s ramp.

Upon loading of the motorcycle into place a few pumps of a built-in hydraulic lever will raise the back end of the trailer, bikes and all, to ride height. Kendon accomplishes this same loading and unloading process with the help of an included ramp. However, customers should give consideration to Kendon’s upgraded Ride-On series trailer, which eliminates the need for ramps via their patented SRL package by lowering the trailer via the suspension.

The Kendon USA Dual Trailer
The Kendon USA Dual Trailer

Other differences are found upon closer inspection. Drop Tail’s line of folding trailers, all of which can be seen and purchased at www.RedlineStands.com, feature factory radial tires, as opposed to Kendon’s standard bias ply tires.

 

The Kendon USA Single Trailer
The Kendon USA Single Trailer

Drop Tail also offers standard marker lights, more maneuverability in the upright position via swivel casters instead of rigid mount casters, and a built-in rock guard as standard equipment. Despite each manufacturer’s differences there are also many similarities they share.

Both the Kendon and Drop Tail brand trailers share three main features. First, each trailer is built with rocking cradle wheel chocks that will stand the bike upright, leaving your hands free to strap the motorcycle for transport. Second, each trailer is equipped with a polished aluminum diamond plate flooring that looks as good as it is functional, though it’s worth noting that Drop Tail offers a line of trailers with more conventional expanded metal flooring for less investment. Third, both manufacturer choices offer a full line of accessories including but not limited to tool boxes, jack stands, covers, and additional rails kits for hauling more than two motorcycles at once.

We at Redline Engineering believe the Drop Tail brand trailer is superior to that of the Kendon, which warrants the higher price found, yet one substantial “pro” found on the Kendon trailer is its “Made In the U.S.A.” decal. Kendon Industries builds their trailer from start to finish in Anaheim, CA. Drop Tail only “assembles” their trailer in the United States. All Drop Tail trailer frames are built overseas and outfitted with an American made running gear in Fort Worth, TX. Please feel free to contact our sales staff at 901-351-4764 or visit us online at www.RedlineStands.com to see photos, videos, and specs on each stand-up style folding motorcycle trailer.

A Practical Guide to Motorcycle Wheel Chocks

Redline Engineering has been a supplier of equipment for your garage, race shop, race trailer, and more since 2002. They offer a full line of car lifts. Shop and compare the major brands at http://www.redlinestands.com

Titan_Chock_14_LRGToday’s options for bike stability have come a long way from the old block of wood.

It’s time to buy a wheel chock. Your team at Redline Engineering is here to help you decide what kind of clamp will best suit your needs. Wheel chocks can range anywhere from twenty to three hundred dollars, knowing the differences will help you get the right tool to fit your job.

There are two main types of clamps. The most popular style features a rocking cradle, found on chocks like the Condor PS1500 and Titan Bulldog MotoCradle. Rocking cradle wheel chocks allow the rider to roll his motorcycle into the chock at which point the chock will hold the motorcycle upright with no help needed from the rider. Adversely, simple round tubing chocks have no moving parts and will do nothing to hold the bike upright. These round tubing chocks only keep the front wheel secured from moving forward or side to side.

Standard Wheel Chocks
Entry level, standard wheel chocks feature no moving parts and will not hold a motorcycle upright unassisted. If you attempt to do so you’ll be calling a buddy to help pick up your freshly scratched machine off the ground. These standard wheel stops are used to keep the front tire from rolling forward and are designed to be permanently mounted to a trailer floor.

There are Two Main Types of Tire Clamps, Standard & Rocking Cradle

Rocking Cradle Wheel Chocks
There are several different varieties of rocking cradle devices, all of which can be seen at www.RedlineStands.com. These models are our favorite hands-down. Titan sells the only narrowing cradle chock on the market. This is a fantastic feature because it allows you to ride the bike into the stand while it simultaneously grabs the front tire by squeezing the pads of the cradle together as it rocks forward. All other models found on the market work in this same fashion but without a cradle that narrows during operation.

Several of these units can be permanently mounted or left free standing. If you purchase a trailer only style chock, which features no stabilizer bar, it must be rigid mounted to your trailer floor to avoid your motorcycle falling over. Some chocks are only designed for permanent mount and don’t have a bar to support rocking from side to side.
If you decide to mount your chock to your trailer floor, select manufacturers offer quick detach kits that allow fairly easy un-mounting and mounting. These detach kits work well for the money at about $25.00 and provide the ability to remove the device from your trailer floor in seconds.

Tire_Stopper_LRGIf you are using your chock for different kinds of bikes (i.e. a motorcycle repair shop) you may want to invest in a stand that is completely adjustable to house any and all different types of front wheels. All chocks adjust to an extent. Some models, like the Pit Posse Motorsports chock, feature a cradle that adjusts front to rear as well as up and down, providing extra adjustability for the perfect fit.

The last thing to consider, when buying a motorcycle chock, is the width of your front tire? If you ride a chopper with a skinny front wheel you’ll need a chopper cradle attachment. Different companies offer different solutions. Condor sells a separate cradle that mounts into the existing PS1500 frame. Titan offers thick pads that slide over the fingers of the existing cradle. Either solution allows the fixture to properly clamp onto the narrow front tire for a more secure fit.
You have now been equipped with the knowledge to accurately gauge the type of chock you need and you also have some brands to research. RedlineStands.com is at the top of the list when it comes to being able to shop and compare all the different styles side by side. We offer the brands Condor, Titan, Pit Posse, K&L Supply, Redline Engineering, Pit Pal, and Drop Tail.