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Ride into Motorcycle Adventure Together


Custom K9 Moto Cockpit

We custom build and upholster the K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier to mount safely to your specific motorcycle.

Cockpit custom build includes:

  • Rust-proofed tubular metal frame

  • Custom hardware for mounting
  • Your choice of upholstery over foam padding and removable seat cushion

  • Personalized text embroidered on the sides

starting at $1200

build time is approx. 8 weeks

An Easy, Convenient Custom Build Process

Once you complete the checkout, you receive a link to your custom build project page.

Your project page provides descriptions, examples, videos, and submission forms for uploading the photos and measurement we need.

If anything is unclear or you need additional support, just schedule a video call with us.

We create a build plan based on your measurements and, once you approve it, we start your custom build.

We post workshop photos to update you on the progress of your build.

Everything has a disclaimer these days and so, of course, does the K9 Moto Cockpit. Please read our disclaimer fully before purchasing the Build Guide or your Custom K9 Moto Cockpit. Read more

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Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from top-side-front angle
Motorcycle dog carrier for large dogs with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from side-top view
Large motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from rear-top-angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from top angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from front-top angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from top-side-front angle
Large motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from rear-top-angle
Motorcycle dog carrier with black vinyl and blue stitching seen from top angle

All the Extraordinary Features that Your Moto Dog Deserves

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Sizes + Mounting + Upholstery

Loads of Choices to Create Your Dog’s Perfect Cockpit


MINI – dogs up to 45lbs (footprint: 27″ x 13″)

STANDARD – dogs 45lbs – 85lbs (footprint: 32″ x 16″)

LARGE – dogs 85lbs+ (custom sized)

If you are not sure which size Cockpit is best for your dog, start a live chat with us or use our contact form.


Each Cockpit is custom built for the individual rider, dog, and motorcycle. We build your unique Cockpit based on the information and measurements you provide.

Most Adventure and Touring motorcycles have a stock luggage rack. For other types, some riders install an aftermarket luggage rack. Mounting to a luggage rack is simpler so we pass the savings to you.

For cruiser style motorcycles without an aftermarket luggage rack, choose this mounting option. If you have a Naked, Cafe Racer, or Sport bike we might require a luggage rack.


Choose from a variety of stitching and vinyl options to upholster your Cockpit just the way you want it.

How It Works

It is an extremely easy and convenient custom build process using our web-based tool

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You get a project page where you upload photos and measurements

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We create a mounting diagram for you to approve or request revisions

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You approve the design and we build and upholster your Cockpit

How We Custom Build Your K9 Moto Cockpit

The custom build process requires about 30-60 minutes of your time for photos and measurements. We are there to support you throughout. Expect approximately 8-10 weeks for the build.


  1. After checkout, you receive a link to your project page.
  2. You upload the necessary photos and measurements, and we prepare the mounting design.
  3. You review the design and approve it or request revisions.
  4. Once you approve the design, we begin the build!


  1. We bend the steel tubes and weld the sections together to create the frame.

  2. We position the baseplates, drill holes, and build the mounting hardware.

  3. We weld the harness and luggage anchors.
  4. We upload workshop photos to your project page once finished!


  1. Our painter polishes the welds and applies several coats of paint.
  2. The upholsterer places cushions around the frame tubes.
  3. He wraps the cushions in the textured nylon and stitching of your choice.
  4. The upholsterer creates the removable seat cushion.



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Your Ticket to Riding Together with Your Big Dog

The K9 Moto Cockpit is a sturdy, safe, and lightweight carrier for riding together safely with your medium or large dog as pillion. It has a sleek, streamlined, and does put unnecessary strain on your motorcycle’s chassis. So, it means there’s no more deciding whether to ride or hang with your furry pal – and no more wrestling against the idea of a sidecar or trailer.

What You Have to Say About the Cockpit Motorcycle Dog Carrier

White dog lays on a motorcycle dog carrier on Suzuki DR 650 adventure motorcycle

I’ve got the cockpit on the bike and it looks great! I like the reflective strips, and the shape is very cool.

– Judith C.
Suzuki DR650SE
Moon (30lbs)

Happy woman sits on Harley motorcycle with white and black dog in motorcycle dog carrier

4th ride and she is doing great

– Sherry R.
2019 Harley Davidson Road Glide
Shiloh (42lbs)

Motorcycle dog carrier sits on Triumph Tiger 800 adventure motorcycle

She loves her gift. 10 min of work to install.

– Marijn B.
2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XCX
Praline (still growing)



You probably have lots of great questions. Check out our FAQs or contact us direcly.

Yes! You can ride and travel by motorcycle with your large dog naturally and without a clumsy sidecar or trailer.

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Feather the Clutch Through the Details Together

Most motorcycle dog carriers for medium and large dogs have three considerable drawbacks:

They are heavy, ugly, and ruin your bike’s performance.

Here’s how the K9 Moto Cockpit is different and how we perform your custom build remotely.

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The Design Principle

We designed the K9 Moto Cockpit around one simple, elegant principle that solves 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.

The benefits of this design make all the difference:

  1. Less frame and platform make it lightweight and place less strain on the motorcycle’s chassis.
  2. The carrier is smaller and mounts lower to preserve your bike’s sleek lines and appearance.
  3. Because it’s lightweight and mounts lower, it has far less impact on your bike’s natural ride dynamics.

For a detailed breakdown how the K9 Moto Cockpit works, check out this article!

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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.

Make sure you get a good pair of goggles for your dog to wear while riding, especially at speed. We highly recommend Rex Specs for avoiding those awful yellow eye snots (video).

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.

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Customizing 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:

  1. Position the Cockpit as far forward as possible without interfering with you the rider (and leaving some paw space for your dog).
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. You take the photos and upload them to your project page.
  3. We provide a Measurements Worksheet based on two or three of your photos.
  4. You provide the measurements. If you have any doubts, we work through it together on a video call.
  5. We create a diagram based on your measurements.
  6. You double-check the measurements. It’s not unusual for a little back and forth to ensure we get the measurements just right!
  7. You choose the vinyl color, texture, and stitching for your custom Cockpit’s upholstery.
  8. We begin your build, providing you photos throughout the process.
  9. We ship your custom Cockpit by UPS or DHL.
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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 craftsmen shape the tubular frame by heat-bending and welding ¾-inch plain steel bars to create smooth, angle-free curves and joints. They build the partial bottom rear platform from sturdy 3-inch-wide plates. Then, the painter covers the metal structure with black, anticorrosive automotive paint for a rugged, rust-free finish.

Next, the painted frame goes to our 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 2-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 8 weeks and UPS/DHL shipping takes another week.

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You Ride Together

Once you receive your custom Cockpit, there’s only a couple steps before you’re completely ready to ride.

  1. You’ll probably need to replace the OEM screws in your motorcycle’s luggage platform with ones that are approximately 1 inch longer.
  2. 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 lackluster.



You probably have lots of great questions. Check out our FAQs or contact us direcly.


**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, 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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