Video of New Single-Wheel ADV Trailer - S10 Pulling It

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And the parts continue to come in and we continue to assemble them. Here's a shot of our air shock and the linkage we've designed to allow for the 2.5" of shock travel to be converted into 6.5" of wheel travel. It also allows us to mount the shock horizontally rather than vertically.

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Here's where you see it in our drawings:

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The shock is made by TeamFAST.com in Minnesota, USA and has been brutally tested for years and years by professional snowmobile racers (and those who want pro racing equipment). We're extremely excited to be working with them!

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And the parts continue to come in and we continue to assemble them. Here's a shot of our air shock and the linkage we've designed to allow for the 2.5" of shock travel to be converted into 6.5" of wheel travel. It also allows us to mount the shock horizontally rather than vertically.

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Here's where you see it in our drawings:

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The shock is made by TeamFAST.com in Minnesota, USA and has been brutally tested for years and years by professional snowmobile racers (and those who want pro racing equipment). We're extremely excited to be working with them!

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We get a ton of questions about our patent pending trapezoid hinge, which is the key—the secret sauce—of how the ADV1 (a single-wheel motorcycle trailer for adventure touring motorcycles). Hopefully this video will help a bit. We used our proof of concept, version 1, of the hinge to explain because visually it's easier to follow. The production hinge will looks very different (see the post two up from this one for a picture).


I'd love to hear if this makes sense to you and any questions you might have.

Thanks!
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The main frame parts arrived late in the afternoon yesterday from the powder coater, so we started assembling! We were thrilled that each and every hole lined up perfectly and every thread was perfectly tapped. Our machinists and fabricators did perfect jobs. The suspension linkage and the shock are working perfectly.

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Today we have to assemble the hitch arms (once they arrive) and make the wiring harness. Testing hopefully begins tomorrow!
 

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We have successfully assembled the final prototype!

And it’s amazing!! We have just started to run this version of the ADV1 through testing, but so far it is exceeding all of our expectations. You are going to love it!


If you’ve been following our journey, you’ll quickly see this version of the ADV1 is much shorter than the previous prototypes. However, it will still hold four standard-sized panniers (two per side) if that’s the configuration you want. But it will also be able to carry Rotopax, dry bags, coolers, and whatever else you can think of!

If you look carefully at the above video you may see a couple of interesting things:
  • There are some zip ties hanging down. Those are cable ties and since this filming, have been used to hold the wiring harness.

  • On the left side of the trailer you will see two rails. They are used to mount GiantLoop Around-The-World, and Jesse Challenger panniers, while we’ll be demonstrating this summer at rallies and expos. We have mounting plates available that will allow the majority of popular panniers to be mounted to the trailer

  • The swing arm, the trapezoid hinge arms, and some of the suspension linkage are yellow. We did that so we can see them better on video as we test. Don’t worry, the production ADV1s will not have yellow accents to clash with your bike!

  • There is a Pasq logo cut out of the hitch arms.

  • There are Denali T3 Switchback pod lights built into the back.
And there are many more details to come!

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Very nice and I would definitely be in the market for this except your development is way too slow, by the time you get this out to the public I'll be dead.
Its not a rocket but a trailer, its been 2 years now.
 

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How much work is it to remove or reinstall that hitch ? Would be interesting to see a video with that happening.
i‘m not a motorcycle trailer user but do find this stuff all very interesting. Hopefully someday I will get to see your rig in person.
 

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Very nice and I would definitely be in the market for this except your development is way too slow, by the time you get this out to the public I'll be dead.
Its <sic> not a rocket but a trailer, its <sic> been 2 years now.
Wow...BRUTAL!! Canadian, really? I'm kidding!! I read your comment with levity and humor, even if your name is not Red Green. I hope that's how it was intended.

And, your point is taken. Let's explore some thoughts...

First and foremost (on a very serious note), we do not take lightly that people are putting their wellbeing in the hands of our engineering and design. It's an insane responsibility and we are doing everything possible to make sure the ADV1 is as safe as possible. I'm sure you'd rather wait a bit than to have the trailer fail or underperform in any way.

My second thought is, you may not know that Pasq is a side project for just two people. 1) Me. I own a digital marketing agency (pilotdigital.com) that takes about 50+ hours of a normal week. BTW, Pilot has funded all the R&D work so far, and that investment is measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. You might not believe that amount, but I'm happy to show you the expense spreadsheets if you'd like. 2) Luke, our engineer, is currently a contract worker for Pasq and only spends about 50% of his time on Pasq. He will be coming on shortly as our first full-time employee.

My third thought is, if anyone has an extra $100k+ laying around that you'd like to invest in Pasq so we can move faster, I'm open to a conversation!

Next, it might not be a rocket, but don't overlook that we had to come up with a whole new technology (the trapezoid hinge) in order for this to work. We have a patent on it. (BTW, patent attorneys are insanely expensive.) It took months and months to develop and perfect it. But it makes pulling a trailer behind a motorcycle at 90 mph possible. All other trailers will sway to greater or lesser degree at that speed. The ADV1 does not sway...not an inch. And, suspension linkages are not easy to design and perfect. And figuring out the best way to build and manufacture our idea has not been easy. We want to be able to produce the trailer at a reasonable (but it's far from cheap) price at volume. If you look around, one of the best trailers out there is only able to produce a few trailers a month. We are designing the ADV1 so we can ramp up to meet demand.

In all of our posts and info, you might have also missed that a very large, very famous shock absorber manufacturer, whose name rhymes with pox and box and lox, worked with us for four months to develop the shock we wanted, and then ghosted us when we put in a PO for samples. It turned out their lawyers said the ADV1 was a non-prescribed use of their products and they would not sell to us. They robbed us of nearly 6 months. We had to find a new supplier (who is actually much better than the big one), and that took a while as well.

And finally, WE ARE BASICALLY DONE! Our final prototype is exceeding our exceptions. We are ready to go now! We are likely going to add another step (just to anger you, @lund ) and make 5 to 10 trailers and sell them at just above cost to riders we screen. We will be looking for riders who have plans, or can make plans, for this late summer and fall and will pull it a lot of miles, or beat it up on a BDR or something similar. That would give us a lot more testing and allow us to make sure the ADV1 is ready for prime time.

So please rip away! Let me know what I've done wrong, how much smarter and better looking you are than me, and how we could have saved a year or two from the process. I'd be especially eager to hear how we could get back some of our R&D money!!

Thank you!
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How much work is it to remove or reinstall that hitch ? Would be interesting to see a video with that happening.
i‘m not a motorcycle trailer user but do find this stuff all very interesting. Hopefully someday I will get to see your rig in person.
Dude! Thanks for the question.

It takes less than 2 minutes to attach or remove the part that goes on your S10's axle. We call it an axle adaptor. The axle adaptor is held in place by an 8mm bolt on each end. However the T700's axle adaptor has an 8mm on one end and a 6mm on the other. You will need to allen wrenches to install and remove the axle adaptor.

To attach or remove the ADV1 from the bike takes less than a minute. The very, very last thing we have to do is finalize a new design for the hooks we use to attach the trailer to our axle adaptor on your bike. Once we have the final version, we will put out a video. It hopefully will be in a few weeks.

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I just got back from Overland Expo West on Tuesday night. Here's a photo of our booth and the ADV1 connected to a T700, which we rented.

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We had a ton of interest, and probably have around 5 to 10 new people very interested in buying an ADV1. I heard, "I've never seen anything like this before!" and "Wow...there is a lot of engineering in that!" over and over!

The downside was on Friday from 11:00 to 4:00 there was a downpour. It was not rain, it was a downpour that did not let up. Everyone left the expo...it was nearly completely empty. Our booth was in a low spot and didn't have enough gravel, so we had 2" or 3" of water in 1" to 2" of mud. And it was about 50°F, so we were wet and freezing. I was in my Goretex riding jacket and was still miserable.

However, Saturday and Sunday were sunny (for the most part) and warm, so the people returned!

A good thing was we were a couple of booths away from GiantLoopMoto.com, so got to hang out with Ryan some. We also got to spend time with the crew at DenaliElectronics.com, who are our lighting and wiring harness supplier and a wonderful supporter of what we're trying to do. Eric and his team are amazing people and their products are fantastic; if you're looking for aftermarket lighting, you definitely should look at their extreme-high-quality products.

Next, we are off to the BMW MOA 50th Rally in Doswell, VA on June 8 to 10. We will be INSIDE, so I don't care if rains there!
 

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The Pasq ADV1 Wins "Top Gear" award
at Overland Expo West 2023.

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https://expeditionportal.com/overland-expo-west-2023-top-gear/

That's a screenshot of Overland Journal's online magazine this morning! Not only did we win a "Top Gear" award, but a photo of our trailer and booth is what they're using to promote the article! Very exciting.

In case you don't want to head over to the article, here's what they said about us:

The Pasq ADV1 single-wheel adventure motorcycle trailer literally stopped me in my tracks when I stumbled upon it in the back rows of the moto exhibitors’ area. Lithe, compact, ruggedly built, and featuring a virtual pivot point and trapezoidal multi-axis hitch system, the ADV1 looked like it was halfway through a Backcountry Discovery Route, just standing still. The debate over the benefits of trailering continues to rage in the 4WD overland community, but it’s rarely discussed in the adventure moto world. Pasq’s little tag-along might just change that. Currently in testing and designed for a wide range of bikes, you can reserve one now.

And here are the pictures they took:

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They have also asked if they can do a featured article on us. Lots of good news this Memorial Day Morning!
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I am intrigued by this, but I do have a question.
Are these Trailers going to have a "VIN-number"?
Some locations will require you to register this as a Trailer, with its own License-Plate. This would require its own VIN number to accomplish this.
 

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Are these Trailers going to have a "VIN-number"?
Good question. Yes, the trailer will come with a globally recognized VIN, a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, and a bill of sale. Here is the paperwork I recently took to DMV to get a license plate in IL for our final prototype:

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Pasq has gone through all the paperwork, hassle, and headaches and is registered with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and with SAE.org. This allows us to produce VIN numbers that, when put into NHTSA's VIN decoder, will tell you Pasq is the manufacturer, the year and month it was made, and at which location. Most countries follow the same VIN system the US follows, so you should be able to get a plate nearly everywhere.

Most states in the US will require you exchange the Certificate of Origin for a title and a license plate. If you're in a state that doesn't require you to license this trailer (at the time of this writing, LA and UT for example), you can then use the Certificate of Origin like a title. The certificate is printed on special secure paper (watermarks, threads in the paper, micro printing, etc.) and the back looks like a title. There is a place for you to sign over ownership to another person. If they live in a state that requires a plate, they can then turn it in for a plate and a title.

The Bill of Sale is required for you to pay the sales tax (if any) your state requires.

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Above I have a post about the ADV1 being written up in The Autopian. The article has an active comment section, so I joined the mosh pit and took on the tolls and answered thoughtful questions. One of the questions was why we are bolting the ADV1 frame together rather than welding. My answer was fairly lengthy, so I decided it made sense to take some of that reply, expound on it, and write up a blog post. I came up with 8 reasons why we bolt, not weld.

Here you go:
https://www.pasqadventure.com/why-the-adv1-frame-is-bolted-not-welded/

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On our way to the Touratech Rally. Hope to see some of you there! Stop by our booth for a chat.

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Taken in downtown Belvidere, IL after a stop at a great taco joint.

We have an amazing mishmash of gear. The Giant Loop Round-The-World Panniers and Tillamook dry bag are as if built for the ADV1. On the other side you can see a Jesse Challenger, which we love. And my wife's backrest is a Givi Monokey top box.

Also note, about 120 lbs of gear (we'll be camping along the way and at the rally) and the bike's side stand holds it up with no problems.
 

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I'm finally back from a 5-week trip around the Western regions of the US. Some of it was on the bike (see the post above) but we had a medical issue and we ended up finishing in a car, pulling a trailer with my Super Tenere on it. It was kind of frustrating, but we still had a great time.

The largest ADV rally in the USA!

Our first stop was the Touratech Rally in Plain, Waashington. We showed up a bit early. Our tent, my Super Tenere, and the ADV1 looked a little lonely at first:

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But the other vendors showed up pretty soon afterwards

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And the next day the 1500'ish attendees showed up!

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A highlight was Sterling Noreen stopping by and doing a little interview. Click here to see the video.

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We got to talk to a ton of ADV riders, got some really good feedback on the ADV1, and met some other great vendors, like Melanie from Rok Strap Canada! Many an hour was spent around her gas fire pit (no wood fires allowed). She was constantly hunting down riders with bungee cords, reading them the riot act, and making them buy Rok Straps! She did offer free delivery (at the event) so no one could pass up the deal.

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Overland Expo PNW

Our next event was the ENORMOUS Overland Expo Pacific North West in Redmond, Oregon.

We had our normal booth with stickers and candy at the ready

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We shared space with Polaris, TacoMoto, and Black Dog Cycle Works. And very importantly, our friends and long-time supporters at GiantLoop were right across from us!

But the greatest thrill of the weekend was meeting Marlin and Gena. They came three hours and paid to get into the Expo just to see the ADV1 in person. They also ride two up (like my wife and I) on a Super Tenere. They were thrilled with the ADV1 and are planning many adventures with it, and their gear, in tow!

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Some Time In the Mountains

We headed from the Expo up into the Cascades, near The Three Sisters.

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We spent a couple of days just hanging out at a gorgeous campground on a tiny lake at the top of a pass.

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More news coming soon!

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Since you mentioned ROK straps I will have to say I’ve been using them since 2007 and they definitely work excellent and a little safer than most other strap systems.
 
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