Open Motorcycle Trailers Vs. Enclosed Motorcycle Trailers: Which Is Better?

Have you been trying to decide between an enclosed trailer and an open motorcycle trailer? In today’s blog, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each kind so that you can make the best decision for your needs.

If you know that a flatbed motorcycle trailer is the right choice for you, be sure to check out our selection of trailers. Drop-Tail Trailers are designed and built from the ground up to maximize usefulness while minimizing weight and waste. When you buy a Drop-Tail, you won’t need any extra equipment to be able to use it (bye bye, ramps!), and it won’t take up a huge portion of your garage thanks to their innovative design. When not in use, you can fold a Drop-Tail up and store it against a wall. It takes up a fraction of the space of an enclosed trailer and even less space than other flatbed trailers.

Pros of an Enclosed Motorcycle Trailer

Secure — Enclosed motorcycle trailers can be very secure. Because everything is locked inside of them, it is much more difficult for people to know what is inside. However, the size and opulence of an enclosed trailer can make an attractive target for dishonest people looking for a high-value score.

Lots of Room — Enclosed trailers have tons of room inside, which is great until you realize that all of that internal room comes at a price — they take up a lot of space. And you can’t just take your trailer apart and tuck it away.

Cons of an Enclosed Motorcycle Trailer

Heavy — Enclosed trailers are built to last, but that means a lot of extra weight. Extra weight means that your towing vehicle has to be strong enough to handle it, and even then, you’re still going to see your fuel consumption rise quite drastically.

Big — Unless you have acres and acres of property or you own a gigantic shop with tons of unoccupied space, you’re going to have a tough time finding a place to store your enclosed motorcycle trailer. You could keep it along the side of your house, but it may damage your yard. You might be able to store it in your driveway (as long as your HOA says you can), or you may have to rent space in a lot or at a storage facility.

Pros of an Open Motorcycle Trailer

Light — An open motorcycle trailer, like the ones we make at Drop-Tail Trailers, are just light enough to make them easy to haul without being so light that they get squirrely if you don’t have anything on them. We start with a steel tubing frame and then add aluminum decking for a tough yet lightweight motorcycle trailer.

Easy to Load — Each Drop-Tail Trailer is built with features that make them easy to load. First, the “drop tail” of our name. This feature is the replacement for external ramps. A hydraulic system lowers the back end of the trailer down in order for you to ride your motorcycle onto it. The specially designed wheel chocks hold your bike securely while you raise the tail back up to a flat position. Once the bike is secure, the tail raises up and fastens in place like a gate. Unloading is just as easy!

Fuel Efficient — The bigger the trailer, the harder the engine of your towing vehicle has to work in order to pull it. The harder it works, the less fuel efficient it becomes. The low profile of a Drop-Tail Trailer makes it far easier to pull because there aren’t any big walls creating additional drag and overtaxing your engine.

Cons of an Open Motorcycle Trailer

We looked for some cons to our lightweight motorcycle trailers and we couldn’t really find any. If you like paying a lot of money for a big trailer that takes up too much space, maybe a collapsible motorcycle trailer like a Drop-Tail would be a con, but we don’t know too many people who are excited about wasting their hard-earned money. Order a Drop-Tail Trailer today.

Order a Drop-Tail Trailer today. If you aren’t completely satisfied with it within the first 30 days, we’ll give you our money back and we’ll pay to have the trailer shipped back to us.