Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby AstroCan [OP] » December 13th 2010, 5:05am

I am looking to buy a bike and, in case it does not fit into the van with the rear seats out, I would get a carrier like this:
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It's almost the same bike BTW.
I am a bit worried though whether my hitch is strong enough and whether the handlebar-end touches the rear door or not. Has anyone tried this out yet?

This is all the info I could get from my hitch:

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It's pretty rusty.
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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby RECox286 » December 13th 2010, 5:26am

I would suggest going to a hitch and trailer specialist. They will be able to answer your questions, look at your set up, and what you intend to do, and give you good information as to if it is 1) feasible and 2) safe.

They also just may have the attachment or carrier that would be correct for the application. I just purchased a small landscaping trailer (utility) to carry a snowblower, and the people were extremely helpful, and I was taken aback at the myriad of inventory available. I started out by searching "trailers for sale in NJ" and proceeding from there, finally ending up at Franklin Trailer in Berlin NJ.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby AstroCan [OP] » December 27th 2010, 8:25pm

Well I did not need one. Took the front wheel out.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby Miserly Man » February 14th 2011, 7:42am

My hitch says it's rated only for 200lbs. That said, it is bolted in 8 places so I suspect that has more to do with suspension limitations than the hitch. Given the plush ride and the two and 1/2 leafs....I wouldn't go throwing a real heavy bike back there. But, I might throw my versa haul on the back just to see what might happen.
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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby oldtymehockey » February 14th 2011, 6:25pm

I attempted to use one of these carriers this past summer to get a scooter back from the racetrack. What I found is that with the height of the mounting of the hitch and the length of the carrier, it has a tendency to drag. This may have been isolated to my van due to older leaf springs but the hitch location is a bit low to start with.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby Miserly Man » March 7th 2011, 8:30am

It can be done with a light weight bike for sure. Anything heavier than 250lbs, I would recommend an added leaf or air bags. I have the versahaul which weighs in at 75lbs. The bike weighs in around 225-235. I put the hitch hauler on and drove down to the car wash with no issues. The front end felt lighter but nothing more than noticable. I suspect if one loaded the rear of the van with camping junk, plus the bike-then-same story. Need more leaf capacity.

Anyway, here are some pics.

With the bike on.
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Overhang.
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The hauler. Best in the biz. Heavy duty and built to haul a trailer behind. Everything else is only to haul a bike. I can lift the entire truck with this hauler.
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Here is what you need-a wobble eliminator. I cut mine down a bit to fit in tight spaces.
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Here is the van underneath with the load. Notice bump stop and frame are not touching.
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There you go. It can be done.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby smokinjoe » March 8th 2011, 1:29am

Took the front wheel off? Just so you know the other way to do it is to compress the front suspention and use tie-down to hold it compressed, then just roll it in. I race ninjas and can fit 2 of them in the astro using wheel chocks behind the fron seats.
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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby tpar1220 » December 7th 2012, 6:37pm

lol... i like the sticker on hauler "keep atv's off singletrack!". thats great... they have no business there, thats for bikes only.
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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby jrsride2002 » April 1st 2013, 5:46pm

smokinjoe wrote:Took the front wheel off? Just so you know the other way to do it is to compress the front suspention and use tie-down to hold it compressed, then just roll it in. I race ninjas and can fit 2 of them in the astro using wheel chocks behind the fron seats.


I tried this with my friends XR250, had to sack the fork ALL the way down. When we got to our location, there was a significant amount of fork oil on the carpeting.... Can do this method, but dont recommend it for dirt bikes. I use the joe hauler all day with a fork saver. The one time I had an issue was when the rear sprocket died on me, while on the trail. Used the van to do a recovery mission. Van held in(barely). Mt RWD is not designed to be on those kinds of trails, mt for saver was not strapped down tight enough and popped off, and as a result I lost my back window... Best advise I can give you, is use a fork saver, ratchet down your bike so tight that the fork saver looks like its on a flat tire. Then you will have the least amount of rocking.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby Corsemoto » April 1st 2013, 5:52pm

Fork seals probably weren't in the best shape. If I have to compress fork to get in van, I release the ratchet strap as much as possible once the bike is in place to relieve some stress on the fork and seals.
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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby jrsride2002 » April 1st 2013, 6:17pm

Corsemoto wrote:Fork seals probably weren't in the best shape. If I have to compress fork to get in van, I release the ratchet strap as much as possible once the bike is in place to relieve some stress on the fork and seals.


Oh yea, i also the seals are shot. My buddy never took it in, so I can only guess at this point.

My point being, is I love my motorcycle hauler and to also just strap it down nice and tight.

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Re: Hitch Motorcycle Carrier?

Postby AstroWill » June 3rd 2013, 11:09pm

From the picture you posted, you can get most information for your hitch.

Your hitch can handle 6000# with 750# tongue weight when using a weight distribution hitch system. Note that the van is rated at less than that, so you have to stay within that limit.

Your hitch can handle 3500# with 300# tongue weight carrying, which is most trailer setups. This would include a carrier, if the total is more than 300#s for the carrier and bike, you should upgrade your hitch.

The rest of the label is just telling you not to weld/cut/drill/modify the hitch. With pictures of the hitch and those specific load limits you can probably identify your hitch exactly.

I would engrave those onto the hitch plate somewhere, but that is just me :) Or if you can find the mfg you can probably get them to send you a new sticker.
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