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Old 27 Jan 2004
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dogs on bikes?

i found a dog on a motorcycle trip through mexico, and brought her back in my jacket. this has become impossible now that she weighs fifty pounds. i've toyed with the idea of modifying a frame-mounted pannier, but the thought of balancing the weight seems difficult. how the heck do you get a dog on a bike? train her to sit in your lap?

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Old 27 Jan 2004
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Depends a bit on how big she will grow to eventually. Normally, some kind of tank bag is best for weight distribution. If she outgrows that it'll have to be a fixed bag or box on the pillion seat.

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Old 27 Jan 2004
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I had a look at an Africa Twin with a perspex box built onto the rear seat and carrier which was used to carry a dog. It was on the Isle of Mann about two years ago and unfortunately I did not have my camera with me.

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I strapped a sheepskin to the tank and the dog sat on that...just make sure you toilet train it, getting pissed on at 100kph was a new experience when it happenned. If the dog is comfortable it will happilly accept bugs in its teeth and get onto the bike itself. It jumped off once at about 80kph to chase a passing kangaroo, and it fell off with me at 60kph on diesel but was its usual pshycotic self afterwards.
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Mate of mine here in Shanghai takes his german shepherd with him in his sidecar Chang-Jiang (chinese 1938 BMW R71 copy).

reckon, sidecar transport is the safest/easiest way.

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Check out the link below... Its a pict from
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Scoll down to the second "block" or section, and there you should see one pict of a loaded motorcycle


Of course it isn't realy a safe sollution.

Good luck ... (on training your dog)

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The bluehair crowd that rides GoldWings tend to cut a large hole in the top surface of the rear top-box, and then drop the dog in there. It can then look out through the hole, or curl up inside, whatever it wants to do, and it is fairly well protected if the bike falls over.

But, they usually travel with toy poodles or Pekinese, not 50 pound dogs. I think your dog is just too big to be practically transported around on a moto, unless you get a sidecar for it.
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I've been thinking about the same thing. I don't have any personal advice but check out this web page:

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Also check out http://www.bikerdogsmc.org, a motorcycle club for biker dogs!
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Can,t you tie the dogs lead onto the rear mudguard and ride at walking pace?

just dont forget it's there when you try to outrun a cop or bandit )
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Visit web site ..www.beastriders.com...you can get dog carriers..I bought one last year. Expensive but the best..its even worth a look at the gallery

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