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

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #10 on: Nov 14, 2017, 16:36:41 »
A major point to me bringing up the cantilever is that the example you plan to model is made to clear the hatchback, so it hangs pretty far out there. Designing it to hug the back of the car can make a huge difference.


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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #11 on: Nov 14, 2017, 17:22:51 »
A major point to me bringing up the cantilever is that the example you plan to model is made to clear the hatchback, so it hangs pretty far out there. Designing it to hug the back of the car can make a huge difference.


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nope, no hopes or plans to clear the hatch, im snugging it up as close as I possibly can to the car with the hatch closed.

« Last Edit: Nov 14, 2017, 18:43:51 by Hurco550 »
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #12 on: Nov 14, 2017, 17:24:47 »
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.


we do carry some in the cabin. basically weekend luggage of clothes and stuff, and then ill have my riding gear ect then us as well.
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #13 on: Nov 14, 2017, 18:42:16 »
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.

Sonic, to late, half done building it from steel. I had steel laying around, and im to cheap for aluminum haha

Ill build it, load it up and drive around, if its to sketchy, ill just take the truck

a camper is definitely different from a ford flex, though a big part of why we bought this vehicle was its towing capacity and room for road trips. It sports some pretty descent towing specs, and unlike a mini van with a hitch on the back, it was actually put together from the factory with towing in mind. It came off the assembly line with a class IV hitch. People use them for towing quite a bit, I just wasn't sure about the carrier itself and whether people liked them or not.

« Last Edit: Nov 14, 2017, 18:44:09 by Hurco550 »
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #14 on: Nov 14, 2017, 19:42:36 »
I was super sketched out driving around at first with the bike on the carrier. It just seems so precarious. I called and updated my bike insurance before driving it down the road for the first time haha.

I drove from TN to Montana and back, 6000 or so miles, dragged it across curbs with the bike on it, drove offroad, drove washboard until I thought my teeth would fall out, etc etc. No issues.

I would now not hesitate at all to use the carrier in any situation so long as the vehicle can handle it.


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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #15 on: Nov 14, 2017, 20:43:21 »
I would now not hesitate at all to use the carrier in any situation so long as the vehicle can handle it.

Well that's the answer I was looking (hoping) for. Im not terribly worried about the vehicle itself as much as how seemingly sketchy the setup is.

I figured ill go for it. Threw this together at lunch break. The main frame is 3/16" X 3" X 3" angle with some 3/16" wall 1.5" x 2" rectangle tubing for the tie down anchors.

Still gotta weld on the tube for the receiver (2" x 2"x 1/4" square) and some guessets, as well as a wheel chock. Still gonna be under 100 lbs. im hoping, but I didn't wanna build it chincy and have it break half way across the country.

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #16 on: Nov 15, 2017, 12:59:04 »
Looks good.
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #17 on: Nov 15, 2017, 14:27:04 »
Looks good,
A little late now, but it would have been better to move the tiedowns inboard so they are inline with the handlebars and the back tire, that way you're pulling straight down and if one strap breaks or fails the others don't pull the bike off the carrier.

I use one strap on each side of the handlebars and then one more over the back tire.

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #18 on: Nov 15, 2017, 20:54:45 »
Looks good,
A little late now, but it would have been better to move the tiedowns inboard so they are inline with the handlebars and the back tire, that way you're pulling straight down and if one strap breaks or fails the others don't pull the bike off the carrier.

I use one strap on each side of the handlebars and then one more over the back tire.
I'll have a wheel chock front and back to keep the bike from doing any rocking back and forth.

About got er licked.



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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #19 on: Nov 16, 2017, 18:54:16 »
How much does that weigh? 
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