We all realize M/Cs are dangerous. Riding is just a chance we take. Driving a car is dangerous. I mean no disrespect for the person you made reference to, but, he did drop a wheel off the road, which you indicate lead to the fatal accident. Was that the trailer's fault? Not likely. Granted, it was a contributing factor, but not the cause. I only have about 3000 miles pulling, but as long as I pay attention, it has yet to present an issue. Pulling a trailer is like so many other things: the safety factor is dependent on the operator, for the most part.I do. Don't!!! Rider here gotten pulled down when trailer wheel ran off rd. he lost an arm and a wife.
just saying. Do what u want.
Or....simple put a little padding like old carpet under the right hand crash bars and gentle lay it over on its right side and easily remove the rear wheel in just several minutes. Absolutely no harm done to the Goldwing. Easiest method by far.Whichever hitch you get make sure the rear tire can be removed without having to jack up the bike to drop it out instead of pulling it straight back. Mine has what is probably a stabilizer bar behind the wheel (I don't know the brand - came on my bike when I bought it used). Because of this, either the bike has to be jacked up high enough to pull the tire out from underneath or the hitch has to be removed to pull the tire straight out as designed. We've had to do both and jacking it up high was definitely the easier of the two options.
Beyond that, take care of your bike and trailer tires and they'll take care of you.