Ride into Motorcycle Adventures with Your Dog as Your Pillion Copilot
CUSTOM-BUILT MOTORCYCLE DOG CARRIER FOR MEDIUM AND LARGE DOGS
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YOUR CUSTOM K9 MOTO COCKPIT
We custom build and upholster the K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier to mount safely to your specific motorcycle.
$950 + shipping (charged separately)
expect 6-8 weeks for production
Cockpit custom build includes:
Rust-proofed tubular metal frame
Vinyl upholstery over foam padding
3-inch-thick seat cushion
Custom placement of screw holes in baseplate for mounting.
Upon purchase, we will reach out to walk you through the build process, including how to communicate with us directly and how to provide us the information (photos, measurements, etc.) that we need for the custom build. We keep in touch throughout the build so you’re informed and engaged throughout the process.
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How It Works
Tell us about your bike and dog
We custom build your Cockpit
Enjoy the ride Together
You probably have lots of questions and we’re eager to answer them all.
Please fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.
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Do you prefer to build the Cockpit yourself?
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The YOU Build It Option
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Ride Through the Basics
Other motorcycle carriers for big dogs have big problems:
Doesn’t put your dog’s safety first
Makes your beautiful bike look really ugly
Ruins the dynamic of your ride
The K9 Moto Cockpit is different because
it's the carrier that doesn't carry her.
Your dog’s heaviest bulk rests directly on the pillion seat through a soft cushion.
No base over passenger seat
Base to rear of passenger seat
The benefits of this simple, elegant design are huge:
The proof is in....
1,000s of miles traveled
Dozens of harmless crashes
So, the thrill of riding with your big dog is finally here. Just build it, mount it, and enjoy the ride together.
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FEATHER THE CLUTCH THROUGH THE DETAILS
Most motorcycle dog carriers are:
Ruin your bike’s performance.
The Design Principle
We designed the K9 Moto Cockpit around one simple, elegant principle that solves all the problems of other carriers:
It’s the carrier that doesn’t carry her.
What that means is that the front portion of the Cockpit doesn’t have a solid platform. Instead, the dog’s heaviest bulk – the head and torso – lays directly on the passenger seat through a soft cushion. Only the rear portion of the Cockpit – the portion that extends from the rear of the motorcycle and supports the dog’s lighter half – has a baseplate.
As a result, the Cockpit surrounds and protects your dog everywhere they’re exposed but only directly carries their weight where it’s necessary. So, really, it’s fairer to say that the K9 Moto Cockpit is the carrier that only partially carries her.
Anyway, the benefits of this design make all the difference:
Less frame and platform make it lightweight and place less strain on the motorcycle’s chassis.
The carrier is smaller and mounts lower to preserve your bike’s sleek lines and appearance.
Because it’s lightweight and mounts lower, it has far less impact on your bike’s natural ride dynamics.
What You Need to Know About K9 Rider Safety
Your dog lays down facing forward on the Cockpit and you strap them in at the front of the harness and at the rear. Harnesses and strapping in is a whole topic in itself, so visit our Cockpit Harness page for all the information you need and to get our custom Cockpit Riding Harness.
During the ride, your dog feels partly like a passenger and partly like a duffle bag. This is ideal because passenger and luggage are two load types that most motorcycles were designed to accommodate and that most motorcyclists are accustomed to riding with.
When riding at speed you will hardly notice when your dog whips their head across to enjoy the musty, glorious scent from a field of cows. At slow speeds and when stopped at lights is when you'll notice your dog shift each time a passer-by whistles to get their attention before snapping a photo (video).
We recommend riding with hard panniers or wide soft cases. That’s because, in case of a crash or tip-over, side cases will keep your dog far from the ground and unharmed.
Customize the Cockpit for Your Motorcycle
The standard Cockpit design works for a wide variety of ADV, cruiser, and tourer-style motorcycles. Some have even mounted it to 200cc dirt bikes. In only a few cases has it been necessary to make modifications to the Cockpit design to accommodate a specific motorcycle. Otherwise, mounting is where customization comes in.
Most motorcycles feature a luggage platform just to the rear of the passenger seat where there are usual several screws into the frame. We work with you to provide us the photos and measurements that we need to:
Position the Cockpit as far forward as possible without interfering with you the rider (and leaving some paw space for your dog).
Create the appropriate pattern of screw holes for mounting the Cockpit’s baseplate to your luggage platform.
In addition to mounting the baseplate to the luggage platform, we recommend securing the Cockpit to the passenger peg bars or pannier rack. To do this, we include sturdy O-rings at the front corners of the Cockpit. This allows you to run 1-inch polypropylene webbing to your passenger peg bars or to the pannier rack.
Here are the steps we take to build your custom Cockpit.
We create a page for your build project here at goruffly.com and it provides simple instructions with the photos we need of your bike.
You take the photos and upload them to your project page.
We provide a Measurements Worksheet based on two or three of your photos.
You provide the measurements. If you have any doubts, we work through it together on a video call.
We create a diagram based on your measurements.
You double-check the measurements. It’s not unusual for a little back and forth to ensure we get the measurements just right!
You choose the vinyl color, texture, and stitching for your custom Cockpit's upholstery.
We begin your build, providing you photos throughout the process.
We ship your custom Cockpit by DHL.
*Shipping is charged separately and you are responsible for any customs and taxes that your country places on products shipped from Guatemala.
How and Where We Build Your Cockpit
We build your custom K9 Moto Cockpit at our partner metal shop near RUFFLY’s Guatemala headquarters in Panajachel along the shores of stunning Lake Atitlan (map).
Our expert craftsman creates the tubular frame by heat-bending and welding ¾-inch iron bars to create smooth, angle-free curves and joints. He builds the partial bottom rear platform from sturdy 3-inch-wide iron plates. Then, he covers the metal frame with black, anticorrosive automotive paint for a smooth, rust-free finish that looks like the crash bars or pannier rack that you would buy from any quality aftermarket manufacturer.
Next, the painted frame goes to our partner upholsterer where they wrap the bars with foam padding covered in outdoor vinyl. We line the vinyl exterior with 1-inch reflective ribbon to enhance the streamlined appearance and improve nighttime safety. Additionally, the upholsterer creates a lightweight, removable 3-inch-thick seat cushion that matches the Cockpit’s footprint. Incidentally, the cushion works great at the campsite, or you might consider our water-resistant TenderPaw TREKKER Bedroll.
The complete build and upholstering usually takes 4 weeks and DHL shipping takes another week.
You Ride Together
Once you receive your custom Cockpit, there’s only a couple steps before you're completely ready to ride.
You’ll probably need to replace the OEM screws in your motorcycle’s luggage platform with ones that are approximately 1 inch longer.
The polypropylene webbing you need for securing the Cockpit’s front O-rings to the passenger peg bars can easily be bought from REI, Strapworks, or through a variety of vendors on Amazon.
We recommend using two pairs of the Commuter size Rok Straps to secure your dog’s harness to the Cockpit. The Rok Straps are very solid but provide just enough stretch to allow your dog to shift, stretch, and lay comfortably.
And again, don’t forget eye protection!
Teaching your dog to leap up to the Cockpit, lay down, and ride is the last step. For most dogs, K9 rider training (free how-to) takes much less time than you’d expect. In the case of our German Shepherd, Moxie, it took about four hours over a weekend before we were riding.
After the first couple rides, the process of riding with your dog: leap up, lay down, strap in –becomes totally natural, adds only a couple minutes to ride prep, and makes riding without your dog feel rather lacklustre.
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SEE HOW THE K9 MOTO COCKPIT WORKS
THE K9 MOTO COCKPIT IS YOUR TICKET TO RIDE WITH YOUR BIG DOG
The K9 Moto Cockpit Build Guide provides all the information you need to build a sturdy, safe, lightweight carrier for your large dog to ride with you on pretty much any type of motorcycle.
Get your custom Cockpit and bring your furry copilot on all your rides.
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The YOU Build It Option
Dozens of Harmless Crashes
On- and Off-Road Ready
Sleek and Lightweight
Your dog’s weight is on the motorcycle so
it’s not like mounting a heavy
carrier, crate, or kennel.
The Cockpit has withstood thousands of
miles of highway, dirt, and Guatemala’s
most punishing cobblestones.
The Cockpit mounts solid and protects
your dog because crashing is
part of moto travel.
**WARNING**: The K9 Moto Cockpit Build Guide and the Custom K9 Moto 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, express 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.
There’s a world of moto adventures waiting for you and your dog. Check out Moxie’s adventures, then get started on your own!