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Author Topic: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice  (Read 995 times)

Offline Tim

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #30 on: Nov 19, 2017, 19:32:10 »
I picked a used Princess Auto model (Canadian version of Harbor Freight) up for $75 and it works great.  Hauled my wife's TU250X and my SR500 on it so far.

Granted my Canyon can tow 7000 pounds so I wasn't concerned about the vehicle, but the concept and the contraption itself is solid in my eyes.

I hauled the TU250X on the highway for 4 hours, no worries.  Loaded and unloaded it solo.

It has a simple ramp that mounts on either end of the carrier in a little lip to stay put, and has a spot on the carrier to be secured when not in use.  You adjust the positions of the bolts spanning the carrier to create the low spots for the wheels.

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #31 on: Nov 19, 2017, 19:35:26 »
When it comes to tongue weight, I'd imagine the further back from the vehicle the weight actually is, the worse off your front end is going to be.

If you're maxing out your tongue weight, it better be right there at the hitch mount, not 20" behind.
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #32 on: Nov 20, 2017, 10:03:05 »
Well I built it and loaded it. Carrier worked fine and I didn't have much issue with the piece itself, but upon the test drive the front end just felt a little to squirrelly. To much so for 9 hrs of interstate driving. If I were to put it on a truck it may be ok, but on the wife's car, I feel I would be putting us both at unnecessary risk. A short trip of an hour or so maybe, but not in this situation. For you guys that had concern about the car, you were right, and I'm choking down my own words. Thanks for the advice..

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I bet it will convert to a sweet single bike trailer with the addition of a torsion axle?  It could be nice and light and compact. 

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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #33 on: Nov 20, 2017, 18:55:54 »
Hard to tell from the picture but how far does it stick out? looks like you've got a long way between the handlebar and te window.
Moving it just a few inches closer will help a lot more than you'd think.

I moved mine as close in as possible (like 2 in off the window) and it helped a ton
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Re: Reciever Hitch Motorcycle Carrier Advice
« Reply #34 on: Nov 20, 2017, 21:03:02 »
I bet it will convert to a sweet single bike trailer with the addition of a torsion axle?  It could be nice and light and compact.

Levi, he's got a good point there.  (As much as I hate to admit it!   :D )  Make a trip over to the Shelby Mall and get one of their ready to go axle/spring set-ups or a pair of bolt-on torsion units.  You're well more than half-way toward having a nice little trailer that would be perfect behind that Flex.
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