Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer/ Stroller Review

By Eric Awwy, 03 Feb 2020

If you are a lover of the high quality and durable Burley bike trailers, you understand that upgrades within the brand products are possible. For instance, the Honey Bee Bike Trailer and Double Stroller offer value and versatility without sacrificing safety and is an excellent upgrade from the Burley Minnow trailer. Most of the parents we interviewed and sought an opinion from also ranked the Honey Bee bike trailer as the perfect gift for a family that loves outdoors. While getting a bike trailer is the most fun way for the family to get around town or terrains, having the Burley’s Honey Bee trailer cements the fun further.

Thanks to Burley’s rigorous tests on the trailers, it has mastered the art of creating the safest, versatile, and most durable bike trailers. Burley categorizes the Burley Minnow, Burley Bee, and the Honey Bee as recreation bike trailers.

For us, we consider the Burley Honey Bee as the best budget trailer that doubles as a stroller. Even with the seemingly high price compared to other budget bike trailers in the market, the Honey Bee guarantees you durability, quality design, and versatility, like none of its competitors in the budget bike trailers band.

Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer/Stroller

Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer/ Stroller
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Salient Features of Honey Bee Trailer/Stroller

Weight: 25.2 pounds (including towbar, hitch, and flag)

Number of passengers: 2 (Double bike trailer)

Carrying capacity: 100 pounds

Tire Size: 20 Inches

Conversion kits: Trailer arm, stroller (3W)

Internal/ seated height: 26 inches

Seated Leg Room: 21 inches

Window UV protection rating: UPF 30

Cargo Space: 47.5 liters

Internal seat width: 22.5 inches

Material: polyester, aluminum

Colors: red

Full Review of the Honey Bee Bike Trailer/ Stroller

Burley is a name that is renowned in the bike trailer industry, and not for no apparent reason.

The brand has excelled in creating functional trailers for decades upon decades, which brings us to the Burley Honey Bee.

The first and most obvious thing about this trailer is that it comes from a trusted brand. This means that you are bound to experience high-quality features but how well do these features perform on the ground?

Let’s see.

  • Versatility

Burley Honey Bee Features

To put it simply, the Burley Honey Bee is packed with just about everything you can spot in the Burley Bee trailer, except this trailer allows conversion into a stroller.

Through the included bicycle tow arm and one wheel stroller kit, it can easily and quickly be switched between stroller and trailer mode.

If you plan on riding frequently and strolling occasionally, then you will thoroughly enjoy ownership of this trailer.

  • Stroller Function

Like other Burley products, the Burley Bee features a small plastic swivel wheel that is attached to the trailer arm. The stroller wheel rotates up and out of the way to convert the carrier to a trailer and flips down for strolling.  

The trailer arm sticks out about 1.5 feet away from the trailer and tracks reasonably. However, many users concur that the trailer arm extension makes it not ideal for crowded areas.

  • Sturdy Construction

The Sturdy Construction of Burley Honey Bee

The Honey Bee boasts of durable and lightweight full internal aluminum roll cage protects occupants in the event of an accident. Thanks to the high standards maintained by Burley for over four decades, the Honey Bee trailer has met the rigorous durability tests that exceed both EN and ASTM stroller and trailer standards. And if anything related to the build of the trailer occurs within a few years of purchase, you enjoy a 3-5 year warranty. The Burley Honey Bee has passed the curb test, drop test, and crush test.

  • Interior/ cabin Size

The interior of the Honey Bee can comfortably seat two toddlers side by side.

With an internal width of 21.8 inches, there is more than enough room for younger kids, although the same cannot be said for older kids who have more room in other Burley models.

 A great and distinct feature about this trailer’s interior is that it has a recessed helmet pocket that provides extra headroom. This is an excellent feature because it allows the kid to sit in the trailer comfortably even with their helmet on. The pocket prevents the helmet’s weight from tipping their heads over to the front.

  • Storage Capacity

Storage Compartment for Honey Bee Trailer

This trailer boasts of one of the most spacious storage compartments.

Located at the rear of the trailer is a large, flat bottomed storage trunk where you can store anything you will need for your adventure.  The compartment is only somewhat problematic if full in stroller mode.

Apart from the hind cargo space, there are also small mesh pockets that attach to the interior of the trailer, where kids can store some of their stuff. The mesh side pockets can be used for holding water bottles, toys, and any other thing the kids feel will spice up the adventure.

  • Wheels

The Burley Honey Bee comes fully equipped with 1.75 x 20-inch premium wheels that can easily be removed for quick and easy storage, thanks to the quick-release center buttons.

Furthermore, the push button wheels feature wheel guards for protection from unforeseen obstacles. With its 20-inch solid-quality wheels, you can cover more distance compared to 16-inch wheels on budget bike trailers.

  • Brakes

Like most trailers that double as a stroller, the Burley Honey Bee features a hub engaged parking brake that functions well to bring the stroller to a stop. The brake engages easily and securely brings the stroller to a stop leaving no room for worrying about the kid rolling off.

  • Hitch System

You will be pleased with the hitch for the Honey Bee trailer. It comes with the hitch system that comes with every Burley Trailer Design. It hitches into a socket that then attaches to the rear axle of Mum or Dad’s bike. It also comes with a cylindrical joint where a pin goes through to secure the attachment. If you operate a bike with a quick release, which we believe most recent models have, you only need to slide the skewer through the hitch. It sits pretty without interrupting the stability of your wheel. If you are the paranoid parent, you can wrap the nylon strap around the frame of the adult bike and further secure it by attaching the D-ring to the tow arm.

  • Comfort Features

There are a plethora of features that are incorporated in this trailer to enhance the comfort of the little passenger and the rider.

Side windows to keep the rider engaged throughout the ride.

The waterproofing mechanism of the trailer is one such example. The trailer cover is made of water-resistant fabric.

Further, it comes with a plastic all-weather cover that rolls at the top when not in use and protects them against splashes in wet climates.

Secondly, the stroller features an ergonomic handlebar that can be adjusted to multiple height settings. This makes it ideal for adults of different heights rather than making it uncomfortable for them.

The adjustment is made simply through a plastic lever that then enables both mom and dad to push the stroller comfortably.

Plus the handlebar doubles and an additional roll bar for use when in biking mode

  • Seat Type

The comfort features of this trailer roll right into the type of seats it has.

This trailer features sag-free hammock-style seats. The seats offer passive suspension for rider comfort and the fact that they are not prone to sagging ensures that the comfort level will be experienced for years on end.

  • Security and Safety

5-Point Harness System of the Burley Honey Bee

To secure the child in place, the Burley Bee is equipped with a five-point harness system that is pinch-free and quite comfortable for the wearer. You will notice that the buckle operates like a dream and that the straps can quickly tighten or loosen to the right fit of your child in the trailer. You will not even bother winning over the fact that the harness system lacks some padding on the harness straps.

In addition to the reflective material, that makes the trailer’s interior is a safety flag that works well to increase the visibility of the trailer and thereby protect riders from other road-users.

For protection from falls, the buckle system works well, and as for protection from the elements, the trailer spots tinted side and rear windows. The UV protected windows are rated UPF 30 and block 96 – 097.4% of UV light.

Another important and noticeable feature of the Burley Honey Bee is the recessed meshed helmet pocket. We have always insisted that even with the excellent features of bike trailer interiors, you should never sacrifice extra safety precautions for fun. We hold that kids riding in bike trailers wear helmets. And Burley being the safety-oriented company, wisely included the recessed helmet pocket to ensure that the children feel comfortable when wearing their helmets. Thanks to the pocket, the kids can sit straight without their gait being interrupted.

  • Ease of Use

Thanks to the trailer’s Burley flex connector or the square towbar, it remains entirely responsive when transitioning between biking and strolling as the hitch allows the trailer to remain upright as the bike lays flat. That way, loading and offloading off the bike is easy.

Another user-friendly feature is the foldable nature of this trailer. Compared to most trailers, this trailer folds easily and sub-compactly for easy storage and transportation.

The Honey Bee trailer folds compactly and quickly, a process that takes only a few of your minutes. This means that you can transport it easily in the trunk of the car.

  • Warranty

The Burley Honey Bee offers three years limited manufacturer warranty on plastic parts and frame, one-year limited manufacturer warranty on fabric parts.

Here is a video of the features that make the Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer/Stroller stand out.

  • Easily and swiftly transitions between stroller and trailer
  • Tons of storage space
  • Thick, durable, water-resistant 600D polyester cover and seat fabric
  • Stroller wheel tucks away conveniently when not in use
  • Adjustable-height handlebar convenient for different heights
  • UV protection windows are rated UPF 30 block 96-97.4% of UV light
  • Rear storage difficult to access in stroller mode

Final Take!

If you plan on using the Burley Honey Bee primarily as a trailer and occasionally as a stroller, then purchasing it will be the best decision you can ever make.

Our expert analysts award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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