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How the K9 Moto Cockpit Works

The K9 Moto Cockpit is a tubular, steel-framed motorcycle dog carrier for medium and large dogs. Like the roll bars on an ATV or Jeep, the Cockpit combines cushioned, rigid protection with an authentic, open-air experience.

The Cockpit was designed for maximum safety and performance under the most demanding conditions:

Large dog  ·  Tall motorcycle  ·  Challenging terrain  ·  Extreme weather

Design principles for superior protection and performance:

1. Low profile and laying position
Creates a low center of gravity, improves comfort, and connects the dog’s load to the motorcycle.

2. No bottom over the passenger seat
The seat carries most of the dog’s weight for natural ride geometry and reduced strain on the chassis.

3. Padded tubular frame
Maximizes airflow and protects against impacting hard parts in leans, speed changes, and crashes.

    Artistic diagram of dog laying in motorcycle dog carrier and text highlights the benefits of a low profile design and laying down riding position

    1. Low Profile and Laying Position

    The laying position lowers the center of gravity and improves the connection between the load and the motorcycle. It’s also better for the dog:

    Safer because the dog does not get thrown against the sides in leaning turns or speed changes.

    More comfortable because the dog fully relaxes and doesn’t struggle for balance.

    More enjoyable because the dog’s full attention is focused on the sights, sounds, and smells.

    For more information, check out our Riding Position article and video.

      2. No Bottom Over the Passenger Seat

      The passenger seat carries the bulk of the dog’s weight – the head, torso, and front legs. This enables the motorcycle to carry the load as it was designed carry a human passenger.

      When the carrier is an entirely separate, self-contained structure, the load is separated from the motorcycle. This produces poorer ride geometry and greater strain on the chassis.

      For more information, check out our Design Principles article.

      Artistic diagram of motorcycle dog carrier frame indicating where the load is carried by the passenger seat and by the dog crate
      Artistic diagram of motorcycle dog carrier with padded frame for impact protection and maximum airflow for comfort

      3. Padded Tubular Frame

      Like ATV or Jeep rollbars, the Cockpit’s padded frame comfortably protects the dog against impacts. It also improves airflow and delivers a safe, natural, open-air experience.

      Enclosed crates and kennels surround the dog with hard, unpadded surfaces. In leans, stops, and crashes, the dog suffers injury when they strike the carrier’s sidewalls and hard edges.

      For more information, check out our Safety Principles article and Protecting Your Dog from the Elements article.

      Premium, Custom-Built Carrier

      The Cockpit is designed for superior safety and performance, and has been rigorously road-tested in the most challenging terrain, weather, and riding conditions.

      We want you to have all the best info so you can consider the options and only choose the Cockpit when you’re totally convinced that it’s the best for you and your dog.

      For more information, check out our articles about Choosing the Best Motorcycle Dog Carrier and Is the Cockpit NOT Right For You?

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        There Is a Lot More to Discover

        Rider’s Guide Videos

        Our Rider’s Guide videos are packed with tips, tricks, and practical explanations to help you make the best riding decisions for you and your dog about safety, protection, training, travel, and more.

        Rider’s Guide Articles

        Our in-depth Rider’s Guide articles explore a variety of topics – practical and technical – so that you are equipped with the best information every time you go out riding together.

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        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from front-top angle
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        Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from top angle

        DISCLAIMER

        **WARNING**: The K9 Moto Cockpit Build Guide and the K9 Moto Cockpit, including the Nano Cockpit (hereafter referred to as the “Build Guide and “Cockpit”, respectively), are intended for informational and display purposes only.

        The Cockpit will modify the original design of the vehicle on which it is installed and may change the way in which the vehicle operates and/or handles. User assumes all risk and is responsible for the proper operation and handling of the vehicle as modified.

        RUFFLY makes no warranties, expressed or implied, as to the Cockpit's use as a safety device. This item is designed exclusively for dogs and has not been tested for a safety rating as established by the U.S. Department of Transportation or U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. User assumes all risk and is responsible for any injuries to user and/or user’s dog as a result of using this product.

        The user agrees to have the Cockpit reviewed by a qualified motorcycle mechanic for quality and suitability for the user’s specific motorcycle make and model. The user assumes all risk and is responsible for the proper installation and use of this product. The user expressly agrees to hold RUFFLY, including but not limited to its owners, officers, designers, and agents, harmless from any and all damages and/or losses incurred by the user and/or others including any and all harm to the user’s pet from the use of the Cockpit.

        No claims, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, are made by RUFFLY as to the safety, reliability, durability and performance of any of its products, including but not limited to the Cockpit. Furthermore, RUFFLY accepts no liability whatsoever for the safety, reliability, durability and performance of any of said products.

        RUFFLY further makes no representations, expressed or implied, and provides no warranties of any kind with regard to construction and/or use of the Cockpit, including but not limited to whether the Cockpit complies with any federal, state or local statutes, laws, rules or regulations pertaining to such construction or use.

        The user assumes all responsibility for the user’s and the product’s compliance with all statutes, laws, rules and/or regulations, nationally and internationally, as they may apply to this product and/or its assembly and its application to the user’s vehicle.

        RUFFLY reminds users that motorcycling is a dangerous activity and any changes to the original setup or configuration of the motorcycle will change the vehicle’s performance and might void the manufacturer’s warrantee. Furthermore, riding a motorcycle with a dog is dangerous for both the rider and the animal. RUFFLY reminds dog owners to always safely secure your dog in any moving vehicle.

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