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Loading a Motorcycle in a Trailer

Wow, it’s been a busy spring and summer. Hope you’re having fun! We’ve spent some good times at Quaker Steak & Lube locations hosting Bike Nights in the past couple of months, talking to NE Ohio dirt bike, motocross, streetbike, chopper owners and motorheads, and we’ve been giving out a lot of advice. (And a few prizes.)

Before Loading Your Motorcycle in a Trailer

Some of these tips fall under the “well-duh” category, but they’re still  worth mentioning!

  • ALWAYS load when the trailer is hooked up!
  • Check for weight balance BEFORE loading your bike (or anything)
  • If you’re loading in an enclosed trailer, check door height before loading your bike!
  • PUT YOUR KICKSTAND UP AFTER LOADING, unless you’d like a hole in the trailer floor. (No kidding. We see these kind of things in for trailer repair all the time. File under, Don’t Be That Guy!)
  • CHECK FOR GREASE on the trailer floor. Missing a slick spot = unhappy surprise landings and unscheduled repairs – to you, your bike and your trailer.
  • Check air pressure and lug nuts and make sure your coupler and ball match.

Securing Your Motorcycle in a Trailer

The first most important thing to have, if at all possible, is someone to help you! You can load a motorcycle into a trailer by yourself, but it’s much better – for you, your bike, and your trailer – if you do it with someone else.

Basically, we recommend a four-point tie-down system, and one that does not compress the suspension too much.  (A lot depends on your bike, your trailer, and how you’re tying it down – call us if you’d like a demonstration: 440.232.4311)

Improper loading can result in broken springs, broken brackets, snapped cables on doors, and worse. (Good news – we can fix just about anything on a motorcycle trailer. Bad news – it usually means you’ll miss some good riding.)

A couple of good videos can be found online, and of course, you can always contact us, the trailer and hitch (and motorcycle-loading) experts, at JTI440.232.4311

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We’ll be at Quaker Steak & Lube in Valley View for Bike Night on July 19 and August 2 and at the Sheffield location for Bike Night on July 27 and August 17. Stop by, say hi, and enter to win some cool and helpful accessories for your bike. 


Did you know we have a couple of motorcycle trailers for rent? 

Sure do! Call to reserve – they’re often booked well in advance: 440.232.4311


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Winning in Cleveland: Teamwork and Steady Effort

THE CLEVELAND INDIANS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES. — Terry Pluto and all of NE Ohio, October 19, 2016

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Tribe Keepsake Edition Cleveland Indians World Series Bound

Could we be any happier?

In Cleveland for more than 80 years, you better believe we’re fans of The Land. And like so many other Cleveland sports fans, we feel that while our recent spate of winning is long overdue, it’s not a surprise.

In Terry Francona we have a great leader, and he has built and coached a team of hard-working players and coaches. If there is an answer in why Cleveland is winning now, it can be summed up in the word “team.”

Yes, we’re thrilled! And we hope our customers can say the same – not just about the Tribe, but about how we’ve run our business. We’ve always felt the way to deliver a great performance demands focus, solid leadership, and a strong and steady team effort.

At the moment we are focused on baseball — and certainly will be in the coming World Series!! But we’ve never claimed to be baseball experts. We can say, however, that because our focus has never wavered, our leadership has remained steady, that our team is “all in.” That’s why our customers rely on us to keep their trailers rolling.

If you want to talk Tribe, we’re willing, this week more than ever!! But that’s true of everyone in Cleveland today. If you want to talk about trailers and hitches, you know where to come.

 


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Timeline: JTI in Cleveland, 80+ years

1935 

Johns Trailer Company was founded in Cleveland.cropped-vintage-jti-image-johnbw.jpg

Trailers and hitches were constructed in a 1,600-square foot building on Buckeye Road.Eliot Ness -Cleveland

Also that year, Elliot Ness became Safety Director of Cleveland. (He ran for mayor in 1947.)

 

 

 

1936

The year after Johns Trailer Company was founded, the Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, the Cleveland Barons hockey team was established, and fluorescent lighting was introduced at NELA Park. We had nothing to do with any of that, but we think it’s cool. Oh, and Jesse Owens won four gold medals at Berlin Olympic Games. 

1954

You could get a complete hitch for about $5.

Hitch Price Sheet 1950s

1955 

Rapid Transit operation began in Cleveland. The Cleveland & Newburgh line operated along Euclid Avenue, from Public Square to Wade Park. 

1957

Trailer rentals were booming on Buckeye!

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Suburban sprawl was underway: Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence, North Olmsted, Richmond Heights, Strongsville and  Warrensville Heights all achieved city status.

Tow Bar - Old Towing TechnologyAlso in the early 1960s, JTI started tow bar manufacturing.

1970

Edward E. Agoston, Sr. took over the family business in the early 1970s.

1975

Johns Trailer Company became JTI.

The Miracle of Richfield was underway at the Coliseum.

1987

JTI moved into a new location in Oakwood Village.JTI Trailer-Ohio-shop

And we’re still here, open 6 days a week. Stop in to see us at 7400 Oak Leaf Road, right off of I-271 at the Forbes/Broadway exit.

1995

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened, the Indians won the American League championship, and Browns owner Art Modell announced he would move the team to Baltimore.

2001

Jane Campbell was elected as Cleveland’s first female mayor.

JTI began selling snowplows and snow management equipment.

Meyer Snow PlowToday, we proudly sell snow removal equipment from Meyer – another great Cleveland company!

2016

80+ years in business & still going strong! Come see why!


JTI, Cleveland trailer expertsSee more tidbits from Cleveland’s history at the site maintained by CWRU; find a narrative description of JTI’s history in one of our April blog posts. Call us at 440.232.4311


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A Great Loss for JTI

Dear Friends of JTI,

We must share the sad news that Edward E. Agoston, Sr. passed away earlier this week. The obituary was in today’s Plain Dealer. JTI will be closed on Saturday so we can pay our respects. If you knew Ed, you know the words “hardworking” and “kind” only begin to describe him. He will be deeply missed, by many. Those inclined to share condolences online may do so at Legacy.com.

We appreciate your understanding and support at this time.

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Ed celebrated many birthdays at JTI. He will be dearly missed.

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Made in Cleveland Trivia: When Our Love Affair with Farmers’ Markets Began

We are huge fans of local produce – in Cleveland, of course, but wherever you are, local produce is great.

In the 1930s, you could buy a live goose at the Westside Market.

In the 1930s, you could buy a live goose at the Westside Market.

We’re not nutritionists, but we know fruits & veggies are good for you in general, and understand they’re even better when grown close to home. We’ll leave the dietary advice to the experts and instead play a little Cleveland trivia. Do you know how far back our support of local produce goes? Try all the way back to 1935, when the first of Johns Trailers hauled local farmers’ crops to the West Side Market. Yep, that’s how JTI started rolling.

How far does your tomato travel? From Farmers’ Almanac

Our trailers were first made in Cleveland, on Buckeye Road, more than 80 years ago. We’ve gone through a few old photo albums recently and found some fun memories. Sadly, we haven’t found any pics of our trailers actually overflowing with local produce. (If you have such a pic, by all means get in touch!!)  

Vintage JTI image Johns Trailers Inc

Cleveland’s Trailer experts since 1935.

Now, we’ve been in Oakwood Village for a couple of decades now, and we’re still in the trailer business. And although most of the trailers we sell are from manufacturers like Atlas, CarryOn, Floe, and other great names in the trailer industry, we’re hardly “just” in trailer sales today. We customize, service, and repair virtually all makes and models of trailers. And hitches. (Don’t get us started on hitches…that’s a whole different post.)

Anyway, if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably noticed we’re quick to share news about local farmers markets and other growing news. Now you know why.

Here’s to a green and yummy season, and a bountiful harvest – in Cleveland and beyond.

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

From the trailers that haul local foods to market to the construction and landscape trailers that have built this city, we’ve got a trailer (and hitch) for that. Stop in or call us, 6 days a week, at 440.232.4311. We’re open in Oakwood Village Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Sat 8am-2pm.

More trailer tips, Cleveland trivia, and some bad puns on Twitter and Facebook, 24/7. Our primary website is www.JTIinc.com

Image credits: JTI and Debbie Snook/Plain Dealer.


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Father’s Day Thoughts, 2015

Raise your hand if you’ve ever said to dad, hey, I was wondering if you could help me with a little project this weekend… Umhm. We thought so. And what did he say? Umhmm. We thought so. Dads are pretty dependable. 

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Over the course of 80 years in the trailer and hitch business, we’ve met a lot of hardworking people. Some of the busiest and hardest working, of course, are the ones named Dad.

While we’ll be closed on Sunday, we know a lot of our customers named “Dad” will be working on Sunday, like they do every day. They’ll be farming and fixing, mowing the lawn and moving pianos, picking up an extra shift to make ends meet, and teaching their kids how to ride bikes, drive cars, fix roofs, replace driveways… you name it, whether it’s a “real” job or just a day in the life of being a dad, most pops we know will be working this Sunday.

As trailer and hitch experts, we’re not necessarily qualified to give relationship advice. However, we’re absolutely qualified to say this: If you have a chance to hang out with Dad this Sunday, even if it feels a little bit like work, do it. Maybe you could even help him with one of his projects. Just a thought.

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JTI, Cleveland trailer experts

440.232.4311

John Agoston, Trailer Manufacturer, Cleveland innovator, and Dad, founded Johns Trailers Inc. in 1935. Here’s to busy guys everywhere!

Happy Father’s Day.

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