Ride into Motorcycle Adventures with Your Large Dog as Your Pillion Copilot.

MOTORCYCLE DOG CARRIER FOR MEDIUM AND LARGE DOGS

FIELD TESTED

STREAMLINED DESIGN

MOUNTS LOW

YOUR CUSTOM-BUILT K9 MOTO COCKPIT

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

$800 + shipping

expect 4 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 get the information we need for the custom build. We keep in touch throughout the build so you’re informed and engaged throughout the process.

You shouldn’t have to leave your big dog at home when you go for a ride. And you shouldn’t need an awkward sidecar or trailer!

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.

YOUR CUSTOM

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

Do you prefer to build the Cockpit yourself?

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

The YOU Build It Option

 

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RIDE ME QUICKLY 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

Schematic drawing of motorcycle dog carrier for large dogs

Base to rear of passenger seat

The benefits of this simple, elegant design are huge:

FIELD TESTED

STREAMLINED DESIGN

MOUNTS LOW

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.

YOUR CUSTOM

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

Complete your kit. Get your dog the

 

K9 Moto Harness

 

to strap safely into their Cockpit carrier.

FEATHER THE CLUTCH THROUGH THE DETAILS

Most motorcycle dog carriers are:

  • Heavy,

  • Ugly, and

  • 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:

  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.

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.

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 to your passenger peg bars or to the pannier rack.

How and Where We Build Your Cockpit

We build your custom K9 Moto Cockpit at our partner metal shop near RUFF ON THE ROAD’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 3M 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.

 

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

YOUR CUSTOM

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

We’ve teamed up with ADVMoto Magazine

to help you and your pup ride further with

K-9 Tips for Motorcycle Travel with Your Dog.

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.

YOUR CUSTOM

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

OR

K9 MOTO COCKPIT

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.

There’s a world of moto adventures waiting for you and your dog.

Check out Moxie's, then get started making your own.

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