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Riding with your dog is more fun than leaving them at home. Life is meant to be shared and nobody appreciates time with you more than your dog. Here are some ideas to inspire you and your pal:
The Long Way Down
These are words you’ll be using to describe riding with your dog, fastened behind you in the Award Winning Pillion Pooch.
We know because we’ve been travelling around the world for the last 4 years with our furry friends.
The design incorporates a roll cage engineered to support the weight of a 250kg bike. The harness point is designed to safely restrain a 30kg dog while undergoing rapid deceleration. The chain and carabiner allows the dog to have free movement within the Pillion Pooch while preventing them from jumping or falling out. However, you also need to take into consideration the comfort of your dog, the internal dimensions are 39cm x 62cm floor space with a height of 55cm at the centre.
The Pillion Pooch includes required hardware for securing a dog from its harness to the apex of the Pillion Pooch and bedding for your dog to sit on.
The Pillion Pooch is designed to be narrower than the handlebars and lower than all but the shortest of riders (seating position and rack height dependant). So you will not be taken by surprise when you ride into a tight squeeze. The complete unit weighs in at just under 15kg. Please consult your motorcycle and/or rear rack manufacturer to ensure they are sufficiently designed to hold the weight of the Pillion Pooch, dog(s) and any luggage you intend strapping within.
The base attaches to the bike via a rear rack. The mounting hardware required to fix the base of the Pillion Pooch to your specific rear rack will need to be purchased separately. For most racks a set of U-bolts will suffice.
The rear rack and mounting hardware are not included with the Pillion Pooch. Please check out our recommended accessories below.
This is because mounting hardware is very much dependent on the motorcycle. To install the Pillion Pooch, a few holes will need to be drilled to allow your mounting hardware to fasten the Pillion Pooch to your rack. Recommended mounting hardware includes M8 round/square u-bolts specific to your rack type. A competent DIY or handyman could conduct this installation however, your baby will be riding so we recommend a professional installation.
If you are in any way unsure whether your rack is compatible then get in contact with us and we'll provide assistance.
Once installed, the frame can be easily assembled and disassembled.
Please also consider the compatibility of your pannier system with the Pillion Pooch. Soft panniers and panniers with removable lids are all usable with the Pillion Pooch. Its possible that access to hinged panniers can be inhibited with the base of the Pillion Pooch.
The Pillion Pooch Motorcycle Dog Carrier is not intended to be installed by the end user. We recommend a professional installation by a qualified motorcycle mechanic or equally qualified and skilled professional.
Riding around the world on a motorcycle adventure with dogs required a lot of consideration and planning. Research indicated our options for travelling with dogs were a trailer, sidecar or pet carrier. Trailers and sidecars were restrictive and cost prohibitive while pet carriers on the market were mostly for toy breeds and provided little protection.
We have travelled through over 50 countries over the past 4 years and put this product to the test in some of the harshest conditions imaginable.
Our goal is to deliver a motorcycle dog carrier that is meaningful, well designed and of high quality that puts smiles on peoples faces and promote the welfare of our K9 companions.
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1. Accessories only recommended where items are used in their intended manner. Not all products will be suitable for your dog or motorcycle.
2. Due to the varied sizes and shapes of dogs it is sometimes hard to find correctly fitted riding gear. However, it is essential that their gear is well fitted, particularly in the case of safety equipment such as harnesses. When looking at alternate harnesses ensure they have been adequately crash tested.
3. Contact the supplier to confirm the relevant mounting hardware for your model of motorcycle is capable of supporting the Pillion Pooch (15kg) plus the weight of your dog and any other items you plan to carry within.
Many countries have put in place guidelines for taking dogs in vehicles and in particular on motorcycles. The Pillion Pooch complies with every legislation that we have come across during our extensive research. HOWEVER, do check with your local authorities for up-to-date information in your region and ask to see the source legislation. If no legislation can be found then it is likely not to exist, in which case it will fall under general animal welfare legislation.