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About seven months ago I posted a questionnaire that asked you KTM ADV riders about your travel habits and then got your opinion on a a single-wheel ADV trailer. Of the 200 responses we took, the KTM community came in third for the number of completed questionnaires. A good number of you wanted to shoot me and then burn me at the stake for even thinking about a trailer. However, a good number said they might want one. Enough were in the latter camp, that we have moved forward and started a company. I am thrilled to introduce Roam Trailers (roamtrailers.com).

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Why do this? I wanted to be able to travel for months all over the world, two-up with my wife. We've all seen photos and videos of people doing these kinds of trips and the cantilevered mountain of gear on the back of their bikes, with the pillion wedged in between it all. I didn't want that. My wife and I rode bicycles around the world in 1989-90...believe me, we know lightweight travel. But we aren't in our 20's any more and I want to bring a damn chair and a decent sized tent with me when I camp. I want to be able to carry enough water, and more than enough gas/petrol for where I'm going. I might want to be able to bring a cooler along...maybe even a 12v version. Very interestingly, in the questionnaire people started bringing forward great ideas like they could mount a bicycle rack or a kayak rack to it. A couple of people even mentioned being able to use it for deer hunting. People mentioned hiking trail maintenance...and dozens of other great ideas we hadn't thought of!

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After countless sketches and models and trips back to the drawing board, we designed the trailer we always wanted, with no compromises. It’ll take you and your traveling companions from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia. North Cape to Cape Town. Land’s End to Vladivostok (via the Chunnel, of course). We’re designing a trailer to take on fire roads and the expressway—travel anywhere you want to go.

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We’ve put so much time and effort into the design, it’s impossible to count the versions. Here are just a few of the features we've put in:
  • 6061-T6 aluminum construction for lightweight ruggedness.
  • An amazing locking hitch for easy mounting/dismounting, even if the trailer and bike are on their side. It will also work with every ADV bike with a hollow rear axle, including 1250 GSs.
  • A design that takes the weight of your gear off your bike’s suspension.
  • A custom-built Warp 9® 17” spoked wheel that will fit a wide variety of tires.
  • A horizontal air shock for easy adjustment to whatever weight you’re carrying.
  • A mounting plate system that will accept all the most popular hard and soft panniers.
  • A system to allow carrying dry bags, a cooler, Rotopax® for spare gas and water, or pretty much whatever you want.
  • Lockable internal storage with charging ports.
  • Room for two spare tires so you can easily change to knobbies when you get to the beginning of the Dempster Highway.
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We Are Bringing Our Trailer to BMW MOA in Great Falls
I doubt many of you will make the trek to a BMW event, but if you do please stop by our booth; we'd love to hear your thoughts! And, full disclosure, I ride a Super Tenere and will be looking for someone to loan me their GS during the day for our booth so we can show our GS hitch.

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