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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 6-8 weeks

To Get Started, Select the Options Below and then Add to Cart

Once you complete the checkout, you will receive a link to your project page with simple instructions and examples to guide us through the custom build process.

1) Select the size for your dog's Cockpit

2) Will the Cockpit be mounted to a luggage rack?

3) Select the finish for your dog's Mini Cockpit

3) Select the finish for your dog's Standard Cockpit

3) Select the finish for your dog's Large Cockpit

4) Select the add-ons for your dog's Mini Cockpit

4) Select the add-ons for your dog's Standard Cockpit

4) Select the add-ons for your dog's Large Cockpit

Choose the design for your dog's K9 Moto Harness

Choose the color for your dog's K9 Moto Harness

Choose the pattern for your dog's Travel Bedroll

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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 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
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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 or use our contact form.

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Your Cockpit is custom built for you, your dog, and motorcycle. That includes the mounting components. At checkout, you have two options:

Select this option if your motorcycle has an OEM or aftermarket luggage rack

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Select this option if your motorcycle does not have an OEM or aftermarket luggage rack.

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

Your Cockpit includes personalized text embroidered in your color choice on the sides of your Cockpit.

Ideas include:

Dog’s name  ·  YouTube channel  ·  Instagram

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 about 8 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 directly.

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Detailed Description
of the K9 Moto Cockpit and Custom Build Process

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.

Other motorcycle dog carriers for medium and large dogs have major drawbacks:

Large, heavy, and ugly  ·  Ruins the motorcycle’s ride geometry  ·  Creates unsafe conditions for your dog

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

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Design Principles

The K9 Moto Cockpit is designed around several key principles that deliver maximum safety and superior performance:

Laying position prevents your dog from shifting around dangerously and improves their comfort.

Padded tubular frame maximizes impact protection while providing airflow and an authentic ride experience.

Sleek profile lowers the center of gravity and connects the load to the motorcycle to improve the ride geometry.

Partial bottom design enables the passenger seat to directly carry the heaviest load – head, torso, and front legs – which improves performance and reduces weight and strain on the chassis.

In practical terms, riding with your dog in their Cockpit feels like a mix between a small human passenger and a duffle bag.

The result is a natural ride geometry because:

  • Motorcycles are designed to accommodate this type of load
  • Motorcyclists are accustomed to riding with a passenger or luggage

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

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About K9 Rider Safety

Your dog lays down on the Cockpit facing forward. The Cockpit includes 9 welded anchors for strapping your dog in. You secure the dog at the chest and at the butt.

Securing the dog’s backside is very important because it:

  • Prevents the butt from somersaulting forward in an emergency stop or crash
  • Restrains the dog from trying free themselves by pulling the harness over their head

For the best results, we recommend outfitting your dog with our K9 Moto Harness and securing them into their Cockpit with Commuter size Rok Straps (not included with your Cockpit).

For more information about securing your dog in their Cockpit, check out this video.

Dog goggles are also essential riding gear to prevent infections and injury due to flying objects like bugs and debris. We recommend Rex Specs brand goggles (not included with your Cockpit).

We recommend riding with hard panniers or wide soft cases. In the event of a crash or tip-over, side cases will keep your dog further from the ground and further reduce the chance of injury.


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Customizing Your Cockpit

The most thrilling ride experience comes when you have a personalized connection with your motorcycle. The same goes for your dog and their carrier. That’s why we do not offer the K9 Moto Cockpit as an off-the-shelf carrier.

Your Cockpit is a premium carrier that is tailored for you, your dog, and smotorcycle so you don’t have to accept the compromises and shortcomings of a one-size-fits-none approach. The Cockpit’s design principles and a custom build approach produces the very best outcomes for our riders:

  • Mounts the Cockpit as low as possible
  • Positions the Cockpit comfortably behind the rider’s back
  • Locates the baseplates so the passenger seat is unobstructed
  • Accommodates your aftermarket accessories
  • Enables you to select color and texture upholstery you want

Customization also enables us to fit Cockpits to a wide variety of ADV, cruiser, and touring-style motorcycles – and even to dirt bikes, scooters, and ebikes.

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 examples and simple instructions for the photos we need of your bike.
  2. You take the photos and upload them to your project page.
  3. We create a Measurements Markup based on two or three of your photos and we post it to your project page.
  4. You take the measurements and upload them to your project page. If you have any doubts, we schedule a video call and work through it together.
  5. We create a Build Diagram based on your measurements.
  6. You double-check the measurements and approve or provide revisions. Again, if you have any doubts, we schedule a video call.

That’s it. Once you approve the Build Diagrams, we start the metalwork for your dog’s Cockpit. You can choose the custom upholstery at any time before we begin the build. We post workshop photos to your project so that you can follow the progress throughout the build. Once your build is finished, we post final workshop photos and then ship it to you by UPS or DHL.

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How and Where We Build Your Cockpit

RUFFLY is based in California but we spend most of the year in Panajachel, Guatemala at gorgeous Lake Atitlan (map). This is where we have our workshop where we employ skilled metalworks, painters, and upholsterers. If you’re coming to Guatemala on holiday or traveling overland, contact us to schedule a visit!

Our expert craftsmen shape the tubular frame by bending and welding ¾-inch steel bars to create smooth, angle-free curves and joints. They build the bottom platform from sturdy 3-inch and 1 ½-inch wide plates. Once the frame is completed, we drill holes in the platform and build the brackets for your specific motorcycle.

After smoothing and polishing the metalwork, our painter covers the metal structure with a base coat and then multiple layers of matte 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 and your choice of outdoor vinyl and stitching. We inlay 1-inch reflective tape around the exterior and we integrate your personalized embroidered text into the sides.

Your Cockpit also includes a matching, lightweight 2-inch-thick seat cushion. The Cockpit cushion is removable for easy washing and can even be used in the hotel room or at the campsite.

The complete build and upholstering usually takes 8 weeks or less from when you approve your Build Diagram. UPS/DHL delivers to most international destinations within about one 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. We provide all the screws and U-bolts you’ll need for mounting your Cockpit but we don’t replace OEM screws. If the installation requires OEM screws, then we recommend replacing your motorcycle’s original screws with ones that are ½-inch / 1 cm longer.
  2. Make sure you have tethers for securing your dog into their Cockpit. Tethers are not include.

And don’t forget eye protection!

Teaching your dog to leap onto 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. Most riders expect a long training process and then report taking their first ride together within a few hours or less.

After just a few rides, the process of riding with your dog – leap up, lay down, strap in – becomes totally natural, adds only a minute to ride prep, and opens a whole new world of thrilling experiences together!



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


**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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