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Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer Review

Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer

Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer

Rider Contributor
September 15, 2008
Filed under Gear, Motorcycle Gear Reviews, Motorcycle Parts + Accessories + Luggage: Reviews

By James Parchman
[The Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer Review was originally published in the September 2008 issue of Rider magazine]

Gene Roddenberry’s famous words, “Space–the final frontier…” could describe the motorcyclist’s incessant quest for more cubic feet in which to store additional moto toys…sorry, moto “necessities.” A good example of a frequently overlooked necessity is a trailer with which to haul your machine(s). The steady stream of four-wheelers trailering two-wheelers to Daytona Bike Week proves that, for a considerable number of us, Mother Nature’s elements are sometimes best enjoyed upon reaching our destination, rather than experienced while traveling toward it.

Travel aside, motorcycle trailers are handy, even indispensable, for getting a sickly motorcycle to the shop, or to avoid committing the better part of a day waiting while the dealer installs new tires and brake pads. Finally, we find a trailer is preferable to a pickup truck for motorcycle transport, especially when singlehandedly loading/unloading.

The problem for many of us is where do we find the space to park this little-used device? No matter if it’s a flatbed or three-railer, the footprint of most trailers sturdy enough to carry large street machines is itself the size of a quartet of Electra Glides.

Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer

Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer

Rod Haskins, owner of metal bender Maintenance & Fab in Richmond, California, isn’t a rider himself, but his research indicated a market existed for a sturdily built, full-sized motorcycle trailer that folded compactly when not in use. Learning of a dormant but clever design developed by an agricultural trailer company, Haskins struck a deal, made several improvements and the Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer was born.

We recently spent some time with a Stinger and found it to be a clever product. The Stinger arrived folded and secured to a wooden pallet. Assembly was simple, and within 20 minutes we had the 180-pound trailer ready to tow. The trailer is not towable in the folded position–that’s for storage only.

A one-car garage, home to our full-sized Chevrolet, couldn’t normally house a motorcycle trailer, too. But the folded Stinger squeezed in nicely. Fully extended, it’s just shy of 13 feet long and has a load capacity of one bike (or one trike on the trike model), with a 3,500-pound load-rated axle. It also includes a 21Ú2-foot loading ramp which folds up during transit. Pull two pins, fold, replace pins and the Stinger becomes about the same size as the 4- by 4-foot pallet it arrived upon. Folded, it’s easy to move around and stores vertically or horizontally.

We loaded and towed several different motorcycles on the Stinger and it handled them well. Its low deck height, wide ramp and well-placed tie-down points make one-person loading easy. The Stinger’s suspension is described as torsion bar. The trailer’s 48-inch stance with large 18-inch-diameter tires made it very stable when loaded, and it tracked just fine at higher-than-legal freeway speeds, and in windy conditions.

Dislikes–just a couple. The Stinger incorporates a proprietary system that replaces the hitch ball with a swivel assembly that bolts directly to the trailer arm. Haskins says it contributes to stability. Granted, but it also means the hitch arm connects at 12 inches or so from the ground. This suits compact cars but requires lowering extensions on taller vehicles, like SUVs. The Stinger must also be attached to your vehicle before loading or unloading a motorcycle.

Stinger Trailers are sold direct and through an expanding dealer network across the United States and Canada. The price is around $1,500, and Haskins says many customers pick up their Stinger at the factory to save on shipping charges. A Stinger trailer for trikes is now available, too.

For more information contact Stinger Trailer–Maintenance & Fab Inc., 555 A Street, Richmond, California 94801; (800) 701-5501, in Canada call (866) 619-0969;

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17 Responses to “Stinger Folding Motorcycle Trailer Review”

  1. Richard L. Becker on April 11th, 2015 6:39 pm

    Two questions:
    1. The one with the boards on the side I assume doesn’t fold up
    2. Do you have a dealer in Las Vegas, NV

    Thank you


    Stan rupinski Reply:

    Does the ones with the floor boards fold?
    Is there a dealer around NYC area?


    Kyle Reply:

    Sorry didn’t see your comment until today, the new model with floor boards folds up the exact same way. Shipping is 1999.00 to anywhere in the continuous US.


    Jeff Robinson Reply:

    Just bought one with running boards and yes it folds up


  2. Don LaRoque on June 12th, 2015 1:34 pm

    How wide of a rear tire will the stinger accommodate? I have 240 Avon Cobra on my ride. …thanks


  3. Darin on June 23rd, 2015 5:05 pm

    Do you have a dealer in Edmonton, Alberta Canada?


    Melodie Reply:

    I don’t think there is one in Edmonton as we are from Calgary and looked, however, they do have them in Canada in Ontario. Can’t remember the name of the city but hope this info helps a bit.


  4. Glenn on July 10th, 2015 9:47 am

    Is there a model that will fit the 109″ long Victory Cross Country Tour?
    Do you plan on fabricating longer one to fit my ride?
    If so, are any dealers located in New Jersey?


  5. Frank Kaspar on July 30th, 2015 11:40 am

    Do you sell your product in Canada,


  6. Patrice Andreu on August 6th, 2015 5:51 am

    Hello, ( wheel out of balance ?)

    I took the trailer for its first run on hwy over the weekend. It performed very nicely except at exactly 60mph. I could feel and hear rumbling (much vibrations)

    58 mph was great so at 62 mph. Tire pressure are at 65psi.

    Also,could tell me where to lube and how (drawing would be nice).

    Thanks for your time.

    Patrice iPhone


    Jim Reply:

    I’m independent but some manufacturers rate the wheels and tires to 65 mph so and being a mech engineer I think most of the smaller tires are not going this fast in actual use… I would take it to a MC dealer and get both tires and wheels balanced… most automotive dealers might not be able to handle such small wheel sets…

    I had the same problem with a Coleman Caboose trailer… getting a good balance is worth the effort anyway… finding a place that can do balance on small wheels and tires is not easy but some MC dealers can do it… good luck!!!


  7. Mark Storms on August 16th, 2015 8:34 am

    Purchased the trailer to accommodate my 2012 goldwing bike fits on it fine but the ramp will not fold all the way up. Also needs more tie down points overall a good trailer. One more thing the spacer sleeve for the hitch is long a leaves a lot play in it not sure if by design or not.


  8. alan on September 14th, 2015 3:37 am

    I have a chevrolet sonic hatch back 1.4 turbo with class one hitch, can I still use it for my 400lbs sport bike?

    If yes, what do I need, thx


  9. Mel on September 29th, 2015 6:43 pm

    E-Mailed Canadian Company a few times, no response. I’ll look for another trailer to accommodate my boyfriends Harley.


    Rider Magazine Reply:

    We called and got right through. 1-800-577-8809


  10. Tony on November 14th, 2015 12:12 pm

    I’m looking at this Stinger trailer and have two concerns.

    1- The tires look small for highway travel, I travel from NY to NC to FL each year at around 75 MPH. my golf cart has the same size 8″ rim tires but wider for riding on the course and are only top rated for 45MPH my cart only goes 20MPH.

    2- Do the ramps and hitch come with the trailer of is it an option.


  11. Herb Berg on November 26th, 2015 8:29 am

    I have a 2003 Beetle. My hitch is limited to 200# tongue weight. In your pics it appears that a lot of the bike’s weight will be on the hitch and tongue. Can you tell me what the tongue weight will be with a full size Harley dresser? Can the bike be moved back to put more weight directly over the axle?


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