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Kendon Spyder Trailer Tie-Down Method

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You just bought or you’re considering a Kendon Spyder Trailer. You may be wondering how to secure your Can-Am Spyder to a Kendon BB307RU Spyder Ride-Up SRL Stand-Up™ Trailer. Your Spyder actual has several anchor points that work quite well with the layout of our Spyder trailer. Here are some notes and options:
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Kendon Technical Insight Series: Wheel Bearings, Seals, and Lubrication

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Your trailer’s bearings, seals, and lubrication are at the heart of proper trailer performance and longevity. Your Kendon trailer with Tie Down Engineering’s Super Lube™ hubs and spindles should last virtually forever when properly maintained. Let’s take a quick look at the components that make your Kendon stand up  trailer roll down the road so well.

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Kendon Technical Insight Series: Proper Bike Tie-Down Procedure

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We’ve all seen the miscellaneous couch or TV or mattress on the side of the freeway. Accidentally abandoned when it fell off the truck or trailer that was carrying it, most likely because it wasn’t tied down properly. Don’t be that guy! Protect your favorite toy with proper tie-down technique. Properly tying your bike down on a Kendon trailer is critical for the safety of your bike, your tow vehicle, your trailer, and the safety of those around you. Be sure to always follow these rules and check your tie-downs regularly, especially on longer trips.

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Radial Tires vs. Bias Ply Tires

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Just as Kendon’s One-Rail, Two-Rail, and Three-Rail Stand-Up™ Trailers have different uses and constructions, the tires they ride on have different constructions for different uses as well. Most tires on the road today fall into one of three distinct construction types: radial, bias ply, and bias belted tires. For this article, we’ll focus on just radial and bias ply constructions as they are the most popular.

Bias ply tires have been around since nearly the beginning of tire manufacturing. The radial tire was introduced in 1946 and revolutionized the world of tires and transportation. The two types of tires are constructed differently and therefore have different uses and characteristics.

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Kendon Technical Insight Series: Trailer Tire Wear & Care

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You may not admit it out loud, but you probably love your bike more than your spouse. Hey, we get it. And when it’s on a Kendon trailer, your bike is essentially riding on two patches of rubber not much bigger than your hands. So, for the sake of your bike and your spouse, take care of those tires!

Trailer tires are much different than the tires on your passenger car or truck, and for good reason. Trailer tires are designed for fixed trailer axles only. They are not built to handle the loads applied to, or the traction required by, drive or steering axles. Trailer tires are built to follow, not lead.

The sidewalls of trailers tires are much stiffer to minimize sidewall flexing, which is critical on trailers that carry heavy loads. Sidewall flex on trailer tires is a primary cause of trailer sway. Stiffer sidewalls and higher operating pressures common with trailer tires help reduce trailer sway and provide a much safer towing experience.

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Kendon Technical Insight Series: Wheel Toe

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What is Wheel Toe?

Wheel toe, or tracking, is an essential element of any vehicle. It is extremely important that wheel toe is properly set up to maintain proper function of the vehicle.

The wheel toe on your Kendon Stand-Up™ Trailer has been properly configured at the factory from our industry-leading axle supplier, Tie Down Engineering. But what exactly is wheel toe and why is it important for a trailer? Let’s take a look:

In automotive engineering, toe is the symmetric angle that each wheel makes with the longitudinal axis of the vehicle; in our case, the trailer.toe diagram

Axle alignment, wheel toe, and wheel camber (the relation of the tire to the ground) are necessary to position the wheels and tires in the optimum position for the best possible tire performance and wear. Toe is also very necessary, especially on a trailer, to reduce wear to the leading edge of the tire and – most importantly for a trailer – to avoid road wander.

What is Road Wander?

Road wander, or steering wander, is when the trailer moves side-to-side with no outside influence. It can sometimes be referred to as the trailer or wheels “hunting,” hunting for a happy place to ride. And it can become a dangerous situation if not properly corrected.

Wheel toe problems are amplified when the trailer is improperly loaded without enough tongue weight. In short, too little tongue weight produces too little wheel camber, which can negatively affect wheel toe. So if your trailer feels like it’s “hunting” for a happy place, make sure you have enough tongue weight. Please check out our article on proper tongue weight here.

Now get out there. Go. Ride.

Kendon Technical Insight Series: Torsion Axle

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Not all trailers are built alike. And your Kendon Stand-Up™ Trailer is not your father’s Oldsmobile. Kendon trailers are built with an axle that provides the best possible combination of handling, performance, and soft ride characteristics of any axle design on the market. When it comes to lightweight, high-performance towing, there is no substitute for torsion axles.

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