collapse

www.dimecitycycles.com


www.restocycle.com

www.CITYLIMITMOTO.com

www.jadusmotorcycleparts.com

www.bisonmotorsports.com

www.speedmotoco.com

www.cognitomoto.com

www.townmoto.com

www.sparckmoto.com

www.Moto-Madness.com

www.pistonsociety.com

www.steeltowngarage.com


Author Topic: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice  (Read 594 times)

Offline Hurco550

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 2983
  • Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« on: Nov 14, 2017, 09:52:10 »
Ive got a question for all of you "wise ones" out there.

I'm thinking about building one of those receiver hitch style bike carriers. I have family down in the Chattanooga area, and when my wife and I go visit, I like to take the DR650 to go explore the beautiful back roads and woods around there. I don't mind loading it in the truck when its just me, but when its the two of us (and lets be honest... all her stuff) its hard to pile in the single cab silver-ay-doe and do the 1200 mile round trip.

My wifes car is a 2010 ford flex eco boost with the optional towing package. The towing capacity is 3800 lbs, and the max tongue weight is 450 lbs. The dr650 weighs 355 (ish) wet, so if I make the carrier less than 100 lbs, I should still be "fine"

I was just wondering if any of you guys have ever done any long distance hauling on one of those style hitches, and if so, would you recommend it?

Here is what im talking about, though I doubt ill make mine pivot like that
Keep er' Between The Ditches!!!

1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"Two strokes are the motorcycle equivalent to Thors chariot. Full of glory and memories of battles victorious" ~ von yinzer

Online irk miller

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 6716
  • You've been mostly-dead all day.
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #1 on: Nov 14, 2017, 11:05:34 »
I assume it's AWD, but another consideration is the cantilever and all that weight extended out pulling a bunch of weight off the front end.  Maxing the tongue weight or beyond will certainly cause the front end to float.

Offline Hurco550

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 2983
  • Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #2 on: Nov 14, 2017, 11:10:05 »
I assume it's AWD, but another consideration is the cantilever and all that weight extended out pulling a bunch of weight off the front end.  Maxing the tongue weight or beyond will certainly cause the front end to float.

That's what I was thinking too. plus tongue weight from a trailer would exert different downward forces than the carrier would (being a tortion force)

There seems to be two very biased opinions on using them online.. people that log thousands of miles with no issues, and people that hate them. Cant say ive read of any real failures though....

it is awd though
Keep er' Between The Ditches!!!

1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"Two strokes are the motorcycle equivalent to Thors chariot. Full of glory and memories of battles victorious" ~ von yinzer

Offline canyoncarver

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • Posts: 3057
  • 'hacking is learning'
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #3 on: Nov 14, 2017, 12:26:04 »
My dad has one on the back of their little RV.  He's hauled a Norton on it no issues but it'a a very different vehicle than your Mrs.   Motolady even built one and hauls a honda rebel on her toyota pickup. 
--
YZF750/1000R The Fly
KZ 750 Twin
ZRX 1100
The Shovelhead springer chopper
A bunch of KZ's...some Suzukis', and a disassembled CB550
--

Offline Sav0r

  • Posts: 435
    • ChrisLivengood.net
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #4 on: Nov 14, 2017, 12:54:45 »
Sav0r the adventure.

Visit www.chrislivengood.net to get more information on my RD350 dubbed Mia Wallace as well as my other projects and snafus.

Instagram

Offline Hurco550

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 2983
  • Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #5 on: Nov 14, 2017, 12:59:31 »
Get a Hitch Helper.

https://mrtrailer.com/hellya.htm

that's getting dangerously close to "just pull a trailer" territory lol
Keep er' Between The Ditches!!!

1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"Two strokes are the motorcycle equivalent to Thors chariot. Full of glory and memories of battles victorious" ~ von yinzer

Offline Sav0r

  • Posts: 435
    • ChrisLivengood.net
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #6 on: Nov 14, 2017, 13:24:52 »
Except it would be marginally easier to back up, which might be more wife friendly, depending your wife of course. I know my wife wouldn't tow a trailer.
Sav0r the adventure.

Visit www.chrislivengood.net to get more information on my RD350 dubbed Mia Wallace as well as my other projects and snafus.

Instagram

Offline Hurco550

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • DTT BOTM WINNER
  • *
  • Posts: 2983
  • Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #7 on: Nov 14, 2017, 15:07:35 »
Except it would be marginally easier to back up, which might be more wife friendly, depending your wife of course. I know my wife wouldn't tow a trailer.

That's absolutely correct actually. My wife would pull a trailer down the highway im sure, but any backing up or parking would have to be done by yours truly lol Maybe that could be an add on later on if this proves to be to much weight.
Keep er' Between The Ditches!!!

1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"Two strokes are the motorcycle equivalent to Thors chariot. Full of glory and memories of battles victorious" ~ von yinzer

Offline Sav0r

  • Posts: 435
    • ChrisLivengood.net
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #8 on: Nov 14, 2017, 15:22:29 »
Do you guys carry anything in the cabin as well? Generally that hitch weight is with a basically unloaded cabin, meaning you get some unaccounted for load balancing when you put your tooth brush and spare undies in the passenger seat instead of the trunk.

My father and I were actually coming home from Daytona with our racing trailer on the back of our Winnebago when we encountered a slow moving tractor. My father tried to stop the Winnebago but the weight transfer from the trailer unweighted the front tires enough that we understeered right into the trailer. Totaled the Winnebago. Our trailer and everything inside it was fine. The tractor and trailer experienced virtually no damage. All passengers survived, the worst injury was a bloody nose. Basically all I am saying is that this topic is sort of near and dear to me since I've been there and it wasn't much fun.
Sav0r the adventure.

Visit www.chrislivengood.net to get more information on my RD350 dubbed Mia Wallace as well as my other projects and snafus.

Instagram

Offline SONIC.

  • DTT SUPPORTER
  • *
  • Posts: 5884
  • Reminds me of...me No, I'm sure of it. I hate him
Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #9 on: Nov 14, 2017, 16:27:19 »
I carry my beemer on the back of my GMC (motorhome).
It's 600lbs wet.
The carrier itself can certainly carry it.

The only way to really know is to do it.
I'd be hesitant to put that much bike on the back of that car personally, but you never know till you try.
Make the carrier aluminum.