Bushtec Spartan Utility Motorcycle Trailer Review
The most commonly reviewed motorcycle trailers are those for carrying a motorbike, but what about trailers for a motorcycle? There are many more on the roads of the world than ever before, and they have advanced to the point where those designed to ride behind a motorcycle are not but a tiny version of a trailer you would pull behind your truck. They are a specialized need, and often only used by riders going super-long distances or carrying equipment for a job, but all one needs to use one is the right bike and a good reason. A good multi-purpose tow-behind is a great first buy when starting out into this trailer life. The Bushtec Spartan Utility Trailer suits a variety of needs, can be utilized by many types of motorcycle or trike, and is most appropriately named.
Bushtec’s Spartan Utility Trailer is quite lightweight and looks like it with a very open welded tubular steel-trellis chassis, which is powdercoated in either black or silver, and some very airy looking 16-inch aluminum wheels, which carry lightweight, narrow-section tires. Holding those wheels to the trailer is an advanced, proprietary Bushtec adjustable dual A-arm suspension that allows the trailer to handle better than a light-goods vehicle and something close to a high-spec roadster. So that this fluid – but admittedly different than a motorcycle – movement does not upset the bike, a strong and flexible 360-degree swivel heim joint (also known as a rose joint or rod end bearing) is employed in the hitch. In this basic configuration, the entire Bushtec Spartan utility trailer weighs a mere 115 pounds (52 kg) but can haul 235 pounds (107 kg), making for an enormous increase in cargo capacity for your two-wheeler.
Overall dimensions of the Spartan are quite appropriate as it is not much wider than a full-dress bike with panniers in place, its fairly short even with the tongue, and it is close to the ground but still has great ground clearance. It measures 80 inches long by 38 inches wide by 30 inches tall and has interior dimensions – the ‘bed’ – of 44 inches long, 23 inches wide and 10 inches deep. That space allows for a number of important pieces of riding-related equipment; in fact, it easily fits a cooler, a small bag of charcoal, and a large selection of groceries all at once. Those BBQ or camping supplies are kept safe in the Spartan with a complete electric lighting system, with an optional isolated version available, which hooks to the motorcycle’s rear brake and marker light.
The Spartan’s 16-inch wheels are where Bushtec wins with this utility trailer, though, due to the stability they provide since they spin at a nearly identical speed to the towing motorcycle’s hoops. It hauls down the road smoothly and tracks true due to those well-heeled physical properties and that high-spec suspension. It even looks good doing its job with the sculpted fenders, modern LED lighting, and smooth, incredible and indelible finish, each of which give Bushtec further high marks. If you think this is a thoroughly top-quality trailer which will have you wishing Bushtec manufactured rigs to carry motorbikes instead of only for them, then you have the Bushtec Spartan utility motorcycle trailer nailed down perfectly; it is of another level and gives nothing away to any company, of any size, which makes any sort of trailer.
This lovely trailer, the Bushtec Spartan, starts at US$1499, but has many options and accessories available which can be added at time of purchase. Some of these include added bling like a chrome chassis neck, glossy powdercoated wheels, extra locking security cables, a tongue weight scale, hitch pin adapters, the electric isolator and even includes the Bushtec version of that aforementioned cooler. It can add up fast, but with the quality build and the innovative design, the Bushtec Spartan utility motorcycle trailer will be with you long enough to easily make it cheap in the long haul – pun intended.