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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.
Cockpit custom build includes:
Rust-proofed tubular metal frame
Vinyl upholstery over foam padding
3-inch-thick seat cushion
Custom hardware for mounting
$950 + shipping
Build takes approx. 8-10 weeks
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.
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
All the Extraordinary Features that Your Moto Dog Deserves
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Let's Get All Your Questions Answered
You probably have tons of great questions like
- How can I know if my dog will like riding?
- What types of motorcycle can you mount the Cockpit to?
- How long does the build take?
...and many, many more…
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get all the answers you are looking for.
Or just ask us your specific questions directly! Fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you right away.
Choose the Upholstery for Your Custom Cockpit
Choose from a variety of stitching and vinyl textures and colors to upholster your Custom K9 Moto Cockpit just the way you want it. Check out the catalogue of options below.
How It Works
Tell us about your bike and dog
We custom build your Cockpit
Enjoy the ride Together
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.
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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.
How We Custom Build Your K9 Moto Cockpit
We work together so that you can provide the photos and measurements we need. Then we prepare the mounting plan. Once we have collectively approved the mounting plan, the build begins!
② The Build
We begin by bending and welding the tubular frame. Next, we place the baseplates, screw holes, and any mounting components. Lastly, we weld the anchor ring for harnessing your dog and any additional gear.
③ Painting and Upholstery
Your custom K9 Moto Cockpit is polished and painted with a matte black anticorrosive automotive paint. Next, our upholsterer attach cushions to the frame and then covers it with vinyl and stitching in your color choice.
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What You Have to Say About the Cockpit Motorcycle Dog Carrier
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.
4th ride and she is doing great
– Sherry R.
2019 Harley Davidson Road Glide
She loves her gift. 10 min of work to install.
– Marijn B.
2016 Triumph Tiger 800 XCX
Praline (still growing)
We believe you should be able to ride with your large dog without a clumsy sidecar or trailer. Here’s some inspiration to help you get started.
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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.
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:
- 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.
For a detailed breakdown how the K9 Moto Cockpit works, check out this article!
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.
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:
- 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.
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 8-10 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 lackluster.
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**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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