About this project
Pillion Pooch | Freedom to ride with your dog
Safety, comfort, confidence, fun. These are words you’ll be using to describe riding with your dog, fastened behind you in the Award Winning Pillion Pooch. We know because we’ve been travelling around the world for the last 3 years with our furry friends.
Pillion Pooch Design
The Pillion Pooch is designed to transport small to medium sized dogs up to 30kg (70 Pounds). A chain rated to 3G is connected to the apex of the frame and a clip secures the dog from its harness to the chain. This allows the dog to have free movement within the Pillion Pooch (stand, sit, turn) while preventing the dog from jumping or falling out.
The frame, base and walls are made of military grade Aluminium. This unit is tough! The canvas cover envelopes the frame and fastens to the base. There are various zips for windows and ventilation.
We want to share our Pillion Pooch with the world
Riding around the world on a motorcycle adventure with our dog required a lot more consideration and planning. Research indicated our options for the dog were a trailer, sidecar or pet carrier. Trailers and sidecars were restrictive and cost prohibitive while pet carriers on the market were mostly for toy dogs and provided little protection. We needed to design something ourselves and with engineering backgrounds, we felt confident taking on this challenge.We've always been dog people. Growing up with dogs and then as a couple adopting our first dog together, Skyla. In Australia we planned our weekends and holidays to meet both our needs and our dogs. But we had a 4WD so it was easy to pack all our stuff and the dog in the back and take off.
Everywhere we go around the world people love to see dogs on motorbikes. The response from passers by is most commonly amazement accompanied by smiles and photos. The support from all these strangers and friends inspired us to Kickstart this project.
Breaking down the barriers of pet travel
We have travelled through over 40 countries over the past 3 years and put this product to the test in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. The canvas has been exposed to extreme UV radiation at altitudes over 5,000m in Bolivia, some of the strongest winds on earth in Patagonia while the frame itself has seen many sea voyages including being strapped to the deck of a sailboat for 5 days through the Caribbean.Our goal is to deliver a motorcycle dog carrier that is meaningful, well designed and of high quality that will put smiles on peoples faces and promote the welfare of our K9 companions.
Mounting to a Motorcycle
Please consult your motorcycle and/or rear rack manufacturer to ensure they are sufficiently designed to hold the weight of the Pillion Pooch, dog(s) and any luggage you intend strapping within.
The base attaches to the bike via a rear rack. VERY IMPORTANT. The rear rack and mounting hardware are not included with the Pillion Pooch since they are very much dependent on the motorcycle. To install the Pillion Pooch, a few holes will need to be drilled to allow your mounting hardware to fasten the Pillion Pooch to your rack. Recommended mounting hardware includes M8 round/square u-bolts with matching washers and nuts specific to your rack type. A competent DIY or handyman could conduct this installation however, your baby will be riding so we recommend a professional installation.
Once installed, the frame can be easily assembled and disassembled with only a screw driver and a spanner.
We are happy to recommend the following motorcycle rack manufactures:
- Metal Mule
- Happy Trails
If you are in any way unsure whether your rack is compatible then get in contact with us and we'll provide assistance.
Please consider the compatibility of your pannier system with the Pillion Pooch. Soft panniers and panniers with removable lids are all usable with the Pillion Pooch. Its possible that access to hinged panniers can be inhibited with the base of the Pillion Pooch.
Included with each unit
- Pillion Pooch frame including all assembly hardware
- Pillion Pooch Canvas
- Dog Securing Chain and Clip
- Heavy Duty Pillion Pooch Inner Bedding
- Mounting hardware (specific to bike and rear rack)
- Dog harness (specific to dog)
- Chain and clips for additional dogs
Suggested Third-Party Accessories
Below are a list of suggested products that will compliment your Pillion Pooch. Although the Pillion Pooch provides the best protection of any Motorcycle Dog Carrier, there are additional items that will make it even safer for your dog to ride.
- Rex Specs Eyewear | Ideal product for your dogs eye protection
- K9 CleanCoats | Kevlar Dog Motorcycle Suit
Are you a dog person? Do you like to ride?
Riding with your dog is more fun than leaving them at home. Life is meant to be shared and nobody appreciates time with you more than your dog. Here are some ideas to inspire you and your pal:
- coffee date;
- Sunday ride with friends;
- romantic getaways;
- camping and motorbike events;
- the long way round.
We have a £1 reward for those who would like to show their support for the Pillion Pooch project. In return we will post a picture of your choice on our Facebook Page to thank you for your support. Of course photo's must comply with Facebook terms and conditions.
We have added 3 DIY rewards with 1 or 5 unit licences to be used for personal use. Each of these rewards will come with comprehensive instructions (as supplied to our manufacturer) allowing you to produce your own Pillion Pooch within the licence terms. No pattern is provided for the Canvas Cover due to it being a proprietary item. However, any local canvas worker can easily make a cover to suit or you can choose the reward with the included canvas.
The big rewards! £299 will get you you’re very own Pillion Pooch. Once we reach our funding goal we’ll be in touch to determine canvas colour, we will conduct a backer survey to identify the most popular colour options and then give all backers the option of the top 2. However with every hundred units sold we will introduce an additional colour (up to 5 colour).
As seen on various media outlets and events across 4 continents
The Pack Track, with their Pillion Pooch, have been interviewed for TV, Radio and Newspapers, invited as guesses of honour at dinners and shows and presented to audiences on every continent they have visited.
Help build the Pillion Pooch community
In less then a minute you can help spread the dream of the Pillion Pooch and do your bit to break down the barriers of Pet Travel.
The Pack Track has outsourced distribution to a UK based warehouse with express delivery services throughout Europe and North America and reliable shipping globally.
Duty and VAT are included on sale within the European Union. Tax and duty for purchases outside the EU are the responsibility of the recipient.
Legislation Regarding Dogs on Motorcycles
Click here for a summary of relevant legislations for animal transport in a vehicle as of May 2017. The Pillion Pooch complies with all of these legislations and many more. However, please consult your appropriate authority for up-to-date legislation in your country.
Risks and challenges
At this stage of the project, most risk has been realised and overcome. Remaining risk lies in the manufacturing and distribution processes. Both of us have worked extensively with risk management systems and throughout the project have assessed and evaluated Risk and Mitigations and will continue to during the final stages of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (40 days)