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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

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Tall motorcycle

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Difficult terrain

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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.

Want to dig deeper into how these design principles create a superior motorcycle dog carrier?

▋ ▉  1. Low Profile and Laying Position

Low profile laying position design principle diagram for the K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier

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

    No bottom over the passenger seat design principle diagram for the K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier

    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.

        ▋ ▉  3. Padded Tubular Frame

        Tubular frame roll-bar design principle diagram for the K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier

        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.

            The K9 Moto Cockpit Is a 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 Gear Guide articles about Choosing the Best Motorcycle Dog Carrier and Is the Cockpit NOT Right For You?

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              Here’s What Cockpit Riders Have to Say

              Testimonials 1

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              Labrador mix dog in a Mini size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glid

              LaVerne W. & Rocco and Percy

              Both of our guys love riding with us! People love to ask us if they can take pictures...of course we say YES!

              Dutch Shepherd in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2021 Husqvarna Norden 901

              Matthieu B. & Sirius

              Very easy to ride with my dog… we both acclimated very quickly.

              Shepherd Mix Mutt in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2012 BMW K1600GTL

              Dennis B. & Rusty

              I’ve dropped the bike twice with Rusty on board, standing drop. Rusty was very well protected.

              Testimonials 3

              Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2019 BMW R1250GSA

              William C. & Ricky

              Riding with my dog has been awesome. My boy Ricky absolutely loves it. Now I say “Bike Ride” and he sits next to my BMW.

              Cavapoo dog in a Mini K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2008 Honda ST1300

              Phillip M. & Fozzie

              I have never had an experience that was more professional. The product, process and communication was wonderful throughout.

              Miniature Schnauzer dog in a Mini K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2016 Harley-Davidson Dyna Fat Bob

              Siôn L. & Ci Du

              For the first ride we rode to our local park, only 1 km away... For the 3rd ride we went to a local beach about 10 km away which was a success.

              Testimonials 4

              Poodle dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2023 BMW F750GS

              Twilla O. & Duchess

              We have so much fun riding! I had to put her harness away in a closet because she kept pointing to it with her nose.

              Pittbul x Labrador x Retriever dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2014 Suzuki Vstrom

              Connie W. & Delilah

              I have always dreamed of having my dogs with me while riding. I love how having her on the bike makes other people smile!

              German Shepherd in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2021 BMW R1250GS

              Lionel P. & Stark

              The other cars...want to make photos and videos so...you have to stay alert on the road.

              Testimonials 5

              Weimaraner dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2022 R1250GS

              James W. & Iris

              Awesome, we both love it.

              Pittbul x Labrador x Retriever dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2014 Suzuki Vstrom

              John W. & Apollo

              We have a routine whereby every evening at 6PM we go ride together. And if for any reason he hears my motorcycle leave without him, he goes bananas!

              Griffon x Beagle dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2017 Honda Rebel 500

              Malou L. & Maki

              It's amazing, and I think she likes it even if she's still scared sometimes. Dogs are amazing, they really can learn everything!

              Testimonials 6

              Black Labrador dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2022 KTM 890 Adventure R

              Darren D. & Bear

              The process was very easy and Greg and Jess helped me with any questions along the way.

              Bernedoodle dog in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2022 Can-Am Ryker

              Randal S. & Obadiah

              For new riders, chose your position in the pack initially and keep it that way. Now we joke: You are either the Alpha or you are the Bitch, with no pun intended.

              German Shepherd in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650

              Christopher C. & Hanz

              The design and build process was very well coordinated. The overall process resulted in an excellent fit and easy installation.

              Testimonials 7

              Siberian Husky in a Standard size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2022 BMW R1250GSA

              Chad M. & Mackenzie

              Phenomenal! Mackenzie’s totally loving being together and I ride more now because she can go too.

              Mini Schnauzer and Maltipoo dogs in a 2-pup K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2020 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

              Jay P. & "My Girls"

              I cannot ride with out my girls. It makes my rides fun and love the reaction of others. They think it’s the best.

              German Shepherd in a Large size K9 Moto Cockpit on a 2017 BMW F800GS

              Stace H. & Harry

              My adventures are now shared with my dog and seeing his face in the mirror just makes me smile. I've made some new friends out and about riding.

              K9 Moto Cockpit Group

              There are hundreds of Cockpit riders around the world. Many of them share their stories and love to answer your questions. Head over and join the group now.

              You’ve Got Qs…We’ve Got As

              In our Cockpit Q&As series, we answer your questions with the throughful response they deserve.

              ⚼﹕Is the Cockpit road legal in my country?

              𝔸﹕Probably. The laws regarding vehicle transport of animals and pets are vague: however, the Cockpit does comply with common stipulations found in the regulations for numerous U.S. states and other countries.

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              ⚼﹕Is the Cockpit road legal in my country?

              𝔸﹕Probably. The laws regarding vehicle transport of animals and pets are vague: however, the Cockpit does comply with common stipulations found in the regulations for numerous U.S. states and other countries.

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              If you don’t see your question among those we’ve answered, send it to us and we will!

              Detailed Gear Guide Articles and Videos

              Whether you prefer to read or watch, our Rider’s Guide videos and articles are packed with tips, tricks, and practical explanations about safety, protection, training, travel, and more.

              Should You Ride with Your Dog in a Backpack?

              What are the comfort and safety considerations of riding a motorcycle with your dog in a backpack? Jess and her 30-lb White Swiss Shepherd, Whimsy, demonstrate while Greg discusses some points of concern.

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              Should You Ride with Your Dog in a Backpack?

              What are the comfort and safety considerations of riding a motorcycle with your dog in a backpack? Jess and her 30-lb White Swiss Shepherd, Whimsy, demonstrate while Greg discusses some points of concern.

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              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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