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Old 10-24-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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Would you trailer your bike on this?

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2021885271.html

My gixxer has a dry wight of 350 lbs
Truck hitch has a 500 lb tongue weight limit

I dunno still looks unsafe.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #3
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I've done it a bunch of times (dirt bikes ) and a cbr once . It holds really good , just make sure to strap it down good .
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:48 PM   #4
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You could a 600 cc bike like a 400 lb bike but nothing more still if you don't have a truck buy a small trailer
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:15 PM   #6
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I wouldn't, but that is just me.
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I wouldnt, most vehicle hitch ratings are no where near rated enough for the bike. It may work and you might get by with it, but its definitely an overloaded weight /tongue.
heavy truck bumpers have hitch/tongue weight rated at 500#, the average SUV is a 250 - 300# rating.
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i also dont know how the weight is effected when its 2 feet away from the hitch. seems like that amount of leverage would add a ton more weight.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:58 PM   #12
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If you have a class IV hitch of better no problem..........
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A class III receiver hitch that is rated for 500 lbs. tongue weight is typically rated for 5,000 lbs. gross towing capacity. When used with a weight distributing hitch, the rates go up to 750 lbs. tongue weight and 7,500 lbs. gross towing capacity. Based on what has already been said, this receiver is rated to handle 750 lbs. tongue weight with some amount of safety factor built in by the manufacturer.

The concern here becomes, is the carrier built to handle 400 lbs. of street bike or was it designed to carry 250 lb. dirt bikes? Also, will the springs on the carry vehicle handle 400 lbs. sitting 2 feet behind the bumper?

I'm fairly sure that most of the responses have been from people who own trailers and have never owned one of these type carriers. I have owned one that seemed to be built a little stronger than the one pictured. It had 2 braces going back at an angle from the 2" square tube to mid points on the rail. I have hauled my Ninja 250, 675 Daytona, and Solracers CBR600 for many miles with no issues behind my 1/2 ton Chevy. I never carried my 1000RR with it because the 190 tire was too wide for the rail.

If you are seriously considering this specific carrier, I suggest you verify with the manufacturer that it is rated for the weight you plan to carry. If so, go for it.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:03 PM   #14
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Would you trailer your bike on this?

What are you driving to connect it to? I got a Honda Pilot and uhaul did the hitch and it said 350 lbs max so I never did it although I wanted to. Ofcourse these are much more popular with dirtbikes. Seen a few w sportbikes but makes me nervous.
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350 dry weight on a 500 lb hitch.

What happens when you hit a bump and the bike's weight comes down hard on that thing.

Kinda like a hammer doesnt weigh much, but when you swing it and it hits, it carries some force.

Similar thing with the bike's own weight.

Too close for comfort.
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I used my joe hauler with mopeds and my Ninja 250 on my suburban and you didn't have a clue you were driving with a bike on the back. But, I could feel the Hayabusa like a big swinging pendulum when I turned hard. A properly installed hitch will hold 500, when thrashed. Look at the size of boats people are hauling these days. My biggest concern was covering up my taillights with the big bikes.

So I say do it. There's no registration to fuss with, no extra tires to pop, no bearings to go out, no burnt bulbs, and no jackknifing to worry about.
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