Over the 7 years we've been riding with our dogs on motorbikes around the world we've built up a list of frequently asked questions. We've done our best to provide succinct information to help you with any future pet travel, motorcycle adventures, border crossings and pet transport. If you have a question that isn't covered below please feel free to get in touch by email or social media. We are also very happy to arrange a time for a video chat.
Will the Pillion Pooch fit my motorcycle?

The Pillion Pooch has a generic design allowing it to attach to many easily available rear racks, including those produced by Touratech, Metal Mule and Happy Trails. For a quick release solution check out the Back Road Equipment rear rack system.

Can the Pillion Pooch be quickly removed?

The removal of the Pillion Pooch from the motorbike will depend entirely upon the mounting solution used. The fastest method is to use a quick release system. We recommend the Slider Rack made by Back Road Equipment (BRE). Here is a video on how this system works; it takes seconds to remove the Pillion Pooch from the rack. You can check out the BRE website or contact them directly to see if they have a rack suitable for your motorbike or trike. A very simple but more timely method of mounting is to use U-bolts as shown in this video where the Pillion Pooch is mounted to a strong, tubular rack mounted to the chassis of the motorbike. Using this method can take between 5-10 minutes.

The Pillion Pooch can be removed in seconds when used with the Back Road Equipment rear rack (sold separately by Back Road Equipment)

Is the Pillion Pooch compatible with my motorcycle?

Most motorcycle dog carriers currently available for sale can be mounted on a range of motorcycle brands because they use a generic system of attachment such as straps or webbing, or a hard mount to a rear rack. The more rigid motorcycle dog carriers will require a more serious installation but in most cases this can be done by someone who is familiar with diy.

The Pillion Pooch can easily be mounted to cruisers such as Harley Davidsons. The Pillion Pooch can also easily be mounted to adventure motorbikes or dual sports by all the big brands such as BMW, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki etc.

Please get in touch if you want to know if the Pillion Pooch is compatible with your motorbike. You can complete the Contact Form or email us directly at woof@thepacktrack.com.

How do I mount the Pillion Pooch?

The Pillion Pooch needs a suitable rear rack to mount it to your motorcycle. The rack needs to be:

  • strong enough to support the weight of the Pillion Pooch (15kg) plus the weight of your dog (up to 30kg); and
  • needs to connect directly to the frame or chassis of the motorcycle.

Once you identify a suitable rack, the next step is to drill holes in the Pillion Pooch Base Assembly (the plastic tub and metal base tray) where the connections or fasteners will go. This could be in the form of U-bolts or a quick release system that is compatible with your top box. Here is a list of some suppliers who make suitable racks:

  • Back Road Equipment (check out their Slider Rack for a quick release that can be compatible with both the Pillion Pooch and a Top Box)
  • Black Dog Cycle Works Happy Trails
  • Metal Mule
  • Touratech
  • Harley Davidson Tour-Pak Mounting Rack (available for solo or two up riders)

Please contact us if you are unsure about how to mount a Pillion Pooch to your motorcycle by completing the Contact Us form. And we are happy to organise a video call to discuss and explain the best mounting solution for you.

Please consider the weight distribution for your motorbike. This means, you need to determine if the weight of the Pillion Pooch (15kg) plus your dog (up to 30kg) will make your motorbike unstable. A general rule of thumb is that if your motorbike can carry a passenger or pillion then it can safely carry your dog.

Do you ship to my country?

If you are looking for a motorcycle dog carrier in Australia, New Zealand (NZ), United Kingdom (UK), USA, Canada, Europe, India or anywhere else in the World then we can deliver a Pillion Pooch to your doorstep.

Shipping charges for your order will be calculated and displayed at checkout.

We ship with DHL Express Domestic and International and can provide next day delivery to the majority of Europe and North America. Most other destinations can be reached within 3 days.

It is possible to get a cheaper rate with DHL for delivery within Europe. This is not an express service and can take around 5 days to deliver. Find out more and compare prices at checkout.

The table below shows estimated shipping rates and transit times. The rates and timings may vary for rural destinations and are indicative only.

Can you ride a motorcycle with a dog?

Every country in the world should provide guidance on the transportation of animals, both domestic and commercial, in vehicles. It may fall under different government or state departments or under road safety or highway codes. If you wish to ride a motorcycle with a dog then you should consider both the animal welfare (safety, comfort, protection) as well as the impact on the safety and comfort of the rider (weight distribution, distraction, interference with the operation of the motorbike). In some countries, it is considered unsafe to place a dog between the rider and the handlebars, a similar situation to a driver placing a dog on their lap; the dog can interfere with and distract the driver from the operation of the vehicle.

The Pillion Pooch ensures the dog is restrained in a safe and comfortable carrier mounted behind the rider where the dog cannot interfere with or distract the rider from the operation of the motorbike. It is designed for dogs up to 30kg ensuring the total weight of the carrier and the dog does not overpower the riders abilities to start, stop and manoeuvre the motorbike safely.

Is it legal to take a dog on a motorcycle?

The Pillion Pooch satisfies the laws regarding transportation of animals on motorcycles in Australia, Canada, the European Union, The United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Click here for a comprehensive list of legislation regarding animal transportation from around the world.

Is my dog safe on a motorcycle?

Motorcycles can be dangerous for riders and their pillions, whether human or dog. But there are steps you can take to minimise the risk of an accident and minimise potential injuries. Here are some things you can consider to help keep you and your pet pillion safe:

  • Select a motorcycle dog carrier that can secure your dog (so they can’t jump off or fly off in rapid acceleration/deceleration) and protect them from the wind, rain, sun and snowAdvanced motorcycle training or advanced riding course.
  • Carry a first aid kit for you and your dog.
  • Both you and your dog should dress for the climate and reduce any unnecessary stress and fatigue on your body.
  • Protective gear for a dog can include crash tested harness, kevlar jacket, eye protection, hearing protection.
  • Protective gear for a person can include helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, boots, high visibility and reflective layers, body armour, eye protection, Motorcycle Airbag.
  • Ensuring your motorbike is serviced and safe to ride, always check your lights, indicators and tyres (tread and pressure).
Will my dog enjoy riding?

Its difficult to know for sure if your dog will find riding fun but as their owner you know them best. How you introduce your dog to riding is critical, even if you think you have the bravest dog in the world it's worth taking the introduction slowly to ensure no hiccups or setbacks. There are two components to the introduction; the Pillion Pooch and the motorcycle. Here are some tips that may help:

  • Creating a safe place: start by introducing the Pillion Pooch as a bed where the dog normally sleeps. Use lots of treats to encourage them in and to sit and stay. Placing a familiar blanket on the bed may help.
  • Loud noises: your dog needs to get used to the sound of a motorbike. Start by feeding them beside the motorbike while it's off and then slowly introduce the engine noise and bring them closer and closer to the bike.
  • Sitting on a motorbike: mount the Pillion Pooch on the motorbike, and with the engine off, encourage your dog to sit in the Pillion Pooch while it's mounted. You'll need to practice on the centre stand first (its flat and more comfortable) and then on the side stand. Lots of treats.
  • Sounds and sight: if they are comfortable sitting up on the bike (they may even jump up on their own) its time to start the engine. Only for a short time to begin with and then increase. Again on the side stand and upright. You can now join in with them on the motorbike.
  • The ride: start with a very short ride. It may be too soon for them or they could be ready for a weekend away. Don't be in a hurry at this point, you are also new to this situation and need to learn to ride with them and their behaviour.

The key is not to rush the process and to give lots of positive encouragement and treats.

How to put a dog on a motorcycle?

Dogs are pack animals and most will therefore choose to be with you rather than stay at home. You know your dog best so you should have a fair idea whether they might like riding. The best way to ensure your dog will enjoy riding a motorbike is to introduce them slowly and in steps as follows:

  1. Bring the motorcycle dog carrier in the house and encourage them to sit in it. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  2. Place the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike with the engine off and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  3. With the engine off, move the motorcycle upright and back on to the side stand repeatedly with the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  4. With the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike, start the engine and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  5. Take the dog for a very short ride. Lots of treats and positive sounds.

If at any point the dog displays any anxiety then slow the process down and possibly even go back a step or introduce a smaller step. If the dog has a bad experience or gets scared there is the possibility that they won’t get over it so it's very important to keep the dog feeling safe and comfortable with lots of encouragement so they know what they’re doing is good.

Depending on your dog, you may want to introduce the dog riding gear and accessories once they get comfortable riding otherwise it can be too overwhelming for them.

If a dog doesn’t enjoy going in a car it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t enjoy riding. They are quite different experiences.

How to train a dog on a motorcycle?

Dogs are pack animals and most will therefore choose to be with you rather than stay at home. You know your dog best so you should have a fair idea whether they might like riding. The best way to ensure your dog will enjoy riding a motorbike is to introduce them slowly and in steps as follows:

  1. Bring the motorcycle dog carrier in the house and encourage them to sit in it. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  2. Place the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike with the engine off and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  3. With the engine off, move the motorcycle upright and back on to the side stand repeatedly with the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  4. With the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike, start the engine and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  5. Take the dog for a very short ride. Lots of treats and positive sounds.

If at any point the dog displays any anxiety then slow the process down and possibly even go back a step or introduce a smaller step. If the dog has a bad experience or gets scared there is the possibility that they won’t get over it so it's very important to keep the dog feeling safe and comfortable with lots of encouragement so they know what they’re doing is good.

Depending on your dog, you may want to introduce the dog riding gear and accessories once they get comfortable riding otherwise it can be too overwhelming for them.

If a dog doesn’t enjoy going in a car it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t enjoy riding. They are quite different experiences.

What to do with a dog on a motorcycle?

Dogs are pack animals and most will therefore choose to be with you rather than stay at home. You know your dog best so you should have a fair idea whether they might like riding. The best way to ensure your dog will enjoy riding a motorbike is to introduce them slowly and in steps as follows:

  1. Bring the motorcycle dog carrier in the house and encourage them to sit in it. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  2. Place the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike with the engine off and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  3. With the engine off, move the motorcycle upright and back on to the side stand repeatedly with the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  4. With the motorcycle dog carrier on the motorbike, start the engine and sit the dog in the carrier. Lots of treats and positive sounds.
  5. Take the dog for a very short ride. Lots of treats and positive sounds.

If at any point the dog displays any anxiety then slow the process down and possibly even go back a step or introduce a smaller step. If the dog has a bad experience or gets scared there is the possibility that they won’t get over it so it's very important to keep the dog feeling safe and comfortable with lots of encouragement so they know what they’re doing is good.

Depending on your dog, you may want to introduce the dog riding gear and accessories once they get comfortable riding otherwise it can be too overwhelming for them.

If a dog doesn’t enjoy going in a car it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t enjoy riding. They are quite different experiences.

How to take a dog on a motorcycle?

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

How to bring a dog on a motorcycle?

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

Dog carrier on a motorcycle

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

Riding a motorcycle with dog

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

Dog carrier for motorcycle riding

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

Adventure motorcycle dog carrier

If you are interested in a dog carrier on a motorcycle or riding a motorcycle with a dog then there are a few products out there for you to consider as well as riding accessories to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here are some motorcycle dog carrier ideas for a range of dog sizes.

For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs

In addition to these off the shelf ideas, there are plenty of riders who modify a top box for their motorcycle dog, have homemade motorcycle dog carriers and do their own motorcycle dog carrier diy.

What brands of motorcycle dog carriers are available?
For small to medium size dogs:
  • Pillion Pooch motorcycle dog carrier
  • T-bag motorcycle dog carrier
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • POW scooter dog carrier
  • Bagster motorcycle dog carrier
  • Kuryakyn motorcycle dog carrier
  • Petsfit comfort motorcycle dog carrier
  • A range of motorcycle dog carrier backpacks
  • Modified or homemade motorcycle dog top box
For large dogs:
  • Beast Rider motorcycle dog carrier
  • Ruffly K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier
  • Rowdy Hounds motorcycle dog carrier
  • Custom sidecars for motorcycle dogs
  • Custom trailers for motorcycle dogs
What is a motorcycle dog carrier?

A motorcycle dog or pet carrier is a piece of equipment that can be attached to a motorcycle or motorbike to transport a dog or other pet. For small to medium size dogs these are most commonly mounted on the rear of the motorbike behind the pillion and can be an off the shelf product like a soft case dog carrier or dog seat right through to a rigid crate, cage, kennel, modified box or top box. For larger dogs it can be easier and safer to transport the dog in a sidecar or trailer. Whatever the requirements of the rider, just remember this will be your dogs home away from home and the dog should feel safe, comfortable and protected from the elements.

What accessories can I get for my motorcycle dog?

While accessorising a dog can be fun for the rider/owner and help brand your image for boosting social media, just remember that the accessories should be fit for purpose. There is an ever growing market for dog motorcycle riding gear so do your research and select products that will be comfortable for your dog and keep them safe. Some examples of motorcycle dog gear

  • Motorcycle dog harness to secure the dog
  • Motorcycle dog with goggles for eye protection
  • Motorcycle dog hearing protection - Mutt Muffs, Rex Specs Ear Pro
  • Motorcycle dog jackets, vests, jumpers to keep the dog dry and warm in wet, windy, or cold weather.
  • Dog paw protection
  • Neck warmers or neck scarfs

If you have difficulty finding motorcycle specific products for dogs then check out accessories for hunting dogs, these products are designed for rough environments.

I need a BMW motorcycle dog carrier

Most motorcycle dog carriers currently available for sale can be mounted on a range of motorcycle brands because they use a generic system of attachment such as straps or webbing, or a hard mount to a rear rack. The more rigid motorcycle dog carriers will require a more serious installation but in most cases this can be done by someone who is familiar with diy.

The Pillion Pooch can easily be mounted to cruisers such as Harley Davidsons. The Pillion Pooch can also easily be mounted to adventure motorbikes or dual sports by all the big brands such as BMW, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki etc.

Please get in touch if you want to know if the Pillion Pooch is compatible with your motorbike. You can complete the Contact Form or email us directly at woof@thepacktrack.com.

I need a Honda motorcycle dog carrier

Most motorcycle dog carriers currently available for sale can be mounted on a range of motorcycle brands because they use a generic system of attachment such as straps or webbing, or a hard mount to a rear rack. The more rigid motorcycle dog carriers will require a more serious installation but in most cases this can be done by someone who is familiar with diy.

The Pillion Pooch can easily be mounted to cruisers such as Harley Davidsons. The Pillion Pooch can also easily be mounted to adventure motorbikes or dual sports by all the big brands such as BMW, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki etc.

Please get in touch if you want to know if the Pillion Pooch is compatible with your motorbike. You can complete the Contact Form or email us directly at woof@thepacktrack.com.

I need a Harley Davidson motorcycle dog carrier

Most motorcycle dog carriers currently available for sale can be mounted on a range of motorcycle brands because they use a generic system of attachment such as straps or webbing, or a hard mount to a rear rack. The more rigid motorcycle dog carriers will require a more serious installation but in most cases this can be done by someone who is familiar with diy.

The Pillion Pooch can easily be mounted to cruisers such as Harley Davidsons. The Pillion Pooch can also easily be mounted to adventure motorbikes or dual sports by all the big brands such as BMW, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki etc.

Please get in touch if you want to know if the Pillion Pooch is compatible with your motorbike. You can complete the Contact Form or email us directly at woof@thepacktrack.com.

Specifications and datasheets
Tray: 5754 grade Aluminium
Roll Bars: 6060T6 grade Aluminium
Screws, fastenings, chain and attachments: 316 marine grade Stainless Steel
Tub and Apex: 3560 grade Medium Density PolyEthylene (MDPE)
Canvas Cover 600gsm PVC coated Polyester
Document Downloads
What are names or search terms I can use to find the best dog carrier for a motorcycle?

The following list will give you can idea of the most common search terms for riders looking for a solution to carry their dog on a motorcycle:

  • rear mounted motorcycle dog carrier
  • motorcycle pet carrier
  • motorcycle dog carrier ideas
  • motorcycle dog box
  • motorcycle dog rack
  • motorcycle dog crate
  • motorcycle with dog seat
  • motorcycle dog house
  • motorcycle dog cage
  • motorcycle dog kennel
  • motorcycle with dog sidecar
  • motorcycle with dog trailer
  • motorcycle dog top box
How do I keep my dog cool when riding in the heat?

All covers for the Pillion Pooch are made from the same grade of material, a minimum of 600gsm PVC coated Polyester. We do not recommend riding with the cover off, it is there for the safety of the dog and it is just as important to provide shade for the dog when riding. In hot weather, the front door can be rolled up and clipped in place and the rear ventilation zipper can be opened to allow air to flow through the unit.

Here are some ideas from other customers:

  • Installing small fans within the Pillion Pooch (mounted on the roll bars near the Apex).
  • Carrying a spray bottle full of water to stop and spray the dog down periodically.
  • Soaking a lightweight neck scarf for the dog to wear and provide evaporative cooling.

These ideas seem to work well. Our dogs have always been very tolerant to heat being short haired dogs from hot countries (Australia, Venezuela and Colombia). We've tested the Pillion Pooch in temperatures of 40℃ for long periods. We ensure we have frequent breaks (once an hour) with plenty of cold water to drink in the shade.

If you are concerned about your dogs health or safety in the heat then please ride early in the morning or late in the afternoon, only take them for short rides or if they are really struggling then do not take them at all. The dogs safety must come first.

If you are on Facebook, you could join the Bow Wow Bikers group and post a question in there to get other riders opinions on how they deal with this issue.

Is there a lightweight Pillion Pooch cover for riding in the heat?

All covers for the Pillion Pooch are made from the same grade of material, a minimum of 600gsm PVC coated Polyester. We do not recommend riding with the cover off, it is there for the safety of the dog and it is just as important to provide shade for the dog when riding. In hot weather, the front door can be rolled up and clipped in place and the rear ventilation zipper can be opened to allow air to flow through the unit.

Here are some ideas from other customers:

  • Installing small fans within the Pillion Pooch (mounted on the roll bars near the Apex).
  • Carrying a spray bottle full of water to stop and spray the dog down periodically.
  • Soaking a lightweight neck scarf for the dog to wear and provide evaporative cooling.

These ideas seem to work well. Our dogs have always been very tolerant to heat being short haired dogs from hot countries (Australia, Venezuela and Colombia). We've tested the Pillion Pooch in temperatures of 40℃ for long periods. We ensure we have frequent breaks (once an hour) with plenty of cold water to drink in the shade.

If you are concerned about your dogs health or safety in the heat then please ride early in the morning or late in the afternoon, only take them for short rides or if they are really struggling then do not take them at all. The dogs safety must come first.

If you are on Facebook, you could join the Bow Wow Bikers group and post a question in there to get other riders opinions on how they deal with this issue.

What payment options do I have?

We accept the following payment options for your Pillion Pooch:

  • American Express
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Maestro
  • Mastercard
  • Paypal
  • Shop Pay
  • Visa

In addition, we offer a monthly repayment program to allow you to pay for your Pillion Pooch in small, interest free, installments over a period of up to 6 months. We use Splitit to offer this service. Splitit allows you to pay over time using your existing credit. Splitit lets you select a suitable monthly repayment amount or payment period. Splitit is the only buy-now-pay-later plan that lets shoppers set up payment plans with their existing credit card without interest charges or fees

We do allow people to pay via a bank transfer but the funds need to clear before we ship your product. Please email after checkout for our bank details. We have local accounts for accepting payments into Australian dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros, Pounds Sterling and US Dollar accounts.

Why does the Pillion Pooch have a weight limit?

The Pillion Pooch is designed to carry a dog up to 30kg in weight because we felt this was a suitable upper limit to have on the back of a motorcycle, potentially for an uncooperative Pillion (dog moving around).

The hardware is more than capable of holding a heavier dog but a dog over 30kg is unlikely to be comfortable sitting and moving around in the Pillion Pooch, with the exception of some stocky breeds. The chain is actually rated to over 100kg at its weakest point, the quick links.

Consideration to the combined weight at the rear of the motorcycle is important. The Pillion Pooch is 15kg plus the weight of the dog. This is still much less than a Pillion but depending on where you mount the Pillion Pooch, could affect the balance of a lighter motorbike (closer or further from the centre of gravity).

All our testing has been on a BMW F650GS. At its lightest it weighs around 190kg. The Pillion Pooch is mounted quite far back so that we can ride with 2 people when required and carry luggage on the Pillion seat when touring. We have had no problems at all with ithe balance and stability of the motorbike.

What is the weight limit of the Pillion Pooch?

The Pillion Pooch is designed to carry a dog up to 30kg in weight because we felt this was a suitable upper limit to have on the back of a motorcycle, potentially for an uncooperative Pillion (dog moving around).

The hardware is more than capable of holding a heavier dog but a dog over 30kg is unlikely to be comfortable sitting and moving around in the Pillion Pooch, with the exception of some stocky breeds. The chain is actually rated to over 100kg at its weakest point, the quick links.

Consideration to the combined weight at the rear of the motorcycle is important. The Pillion Pooch is 15kg plus the weight of the dog. This is still much less than a Pillion but depending on where you mount the Pillion Pooch, could affect the balance of a lighter motorbike (closer or further from the centre of gravity).

All our testing has been on a BMW F650GS. At its lightest it weighs around 190kg. The Pillion Pooch is mounted quite far back so that we can ride with 2 people when required and carry luggage on the Pillion seat when touring. We have had no problems at all with ithe balance and stability of the motorbike.

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