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Europe: Motorcycles, Trailers And The Law

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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This article is about motorcycles and trailers, not motorcycle trailers, or trailers for motorcycles, or motorc**** whatever, it's about trailers pulled BEHIND a motorcycle, not under a motorcycle! Okay? Confused?

Motorcycles are known to pull trailers, you see it often enough. Honda Goldwings are probably the most seen pulling trailers (like a Goldwing doesn't have enough space..). But here in Europe there are laws for these kind of things, and not all countries allow you to pull a trailer.

Often, it's actually the fault of the motorcycle manufacturers who do not specify the weight their bikes can pull, so many European governments restrict the use of trailers for motorcycles.

So here's a list of European countries and their laws regarding pulling a trailer with your motorcycle:

Country Allowed Comments
Austria Yes Same laws apply as to car trailers.
Belgium Yes & No Motorcycles are allowed to pull a trailer, but sidecars are not.
Czech Republic Yes
Denmark Yes & No Only trailers with more than 1 wheel are authorized.
Finland Yes The trailer weight can not be more than 50% of the motorcycle weight. If the trailer has a suspension, maximum speed allowed is 80 kph, else 60 kph.
France Yes
Germany Yes Limited to 60 kph, ie, not on motorways.
Greece ? Not clear
Ireland No Since 2009
Italy No There is no specific law authorizing them, therefore, they are illegal.
Luxembourg Yes Maximum weight is 150 kgs, on motorways, speed limit is 90 kph, 75 kph on country roads.
Norway Yes
Portugal ? Not clear
Spain No
Sweden Yes Trailers need to be homologated.
Switzerland Yes Maximum speed 80 kph
The Netherlands Yes Maximum speed 80 kph
UK Yes The trailers need to be homologated, and can only be pulled by a motorcycle with more than 125cc.

Via: Moto Magazine (fr)

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