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Old 12-26-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Sport Bike Hitch Carrier

Was wondering if anyone uses a hitch carrier on a regular basis to haul their bike. I do not really have room for a trailer so was looking at this option to haul with my truck. I see Tojo uses a Mototote but I was wondering if anyone else has had good luck with other brands. Will be hauling my little Ninja 300 which weighs about 375 lbs.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:53 PM   #2
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I think youd be okay with a 300.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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I haul my super moto on mine. It's a 610 so it is about the same as a little ninja in weight. What will you be hauling it with. Make sure that your set up is rated for that much tongue weight.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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Also wanting to get one for my Supermoto
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I have used off brand and a Moto-Tote.

The Moto-Tote is construction top notch. It is also wide enough to accommodate a 180 tyre. Most of the cheap ones will only take 110-120.

I have used it for a couple of supermotos and MX bikes. I have also used it for both a GSX-R and my SV. I even put my XS650 on it. I have no idea what it weighs and didn't care to look.

As EK stated, just make sure that your vehicle is rated for the amount of tongue weight you will have.
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I'm driving a z71 .. Lifted so steep to use a ramp ... Would have to check tounge rating on hitch but should be ok
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:27 PM   #7
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I have extensively used a moto-tote that belongs to Tojo92. it is sitting in my garage as I type.

I have taken an FZ1 to Arkansas and back. No problems. WTS the moto tote puts a lot of pressure on the front fork seals.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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As you saw, I love using a Moto-Tote.

I only use a Kendon now because I don't have a vehicle rated to use the Moto-Tote.

I'll be adding a hitch to my ML and will use it again soon though.

FWIW, the biggest bike I hauled was a VFR800 if I remember correctly.

I never saw any issues with front forks.

It your truck is lifted quite a bit, you can make your own ramp easy enough. My first Moto-tote used a long piece on 2X6 with a metal ramp "adapter" at the ends. I just tossed it in the bed.
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I have a monster 900. I put my bike on my carrier all the time. No problem. but I sold my truck so I got one for sale $50.
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Depends on what class hitch and tongue weight rating. IIRC, class III is rated at 500 lbs tongue weight. While that might sound like a lot, that's load at the hitch ball. You hang a good 400 lbs of bike plus carrier 2 ft cantilevered out the back, and you hitch a nice big speed bump or pot hole, 's G will probably double that 400 lbs on the down slam. Granted the tongue wt rating likely has a nice big safety factor built in.

You would be alright if you take it easy and steady. Not sure I personally would take that chance.
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You would be alright if you take it easy and steady. Not sure I personally would take that chance.
I have jumped railroad tracks in a Suburban (wasn't on purpose) with a KLR650 on a moto-tote...seriously.

No issues.

All other times, once it was loaded (Speed Triple, motard, VFR800, Ducati 900 SS/SP, Bimota YB8, etc), I forgot about it and drove like usual...not exactly a leisurely pace.

After the first trip of looking in the rearview every 5 minutes, you finally figure out its all good.

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Class II Receiver Hitch
Class II Trailer Hitch Receivers:
Designed for light-duty towing
Are rated up to 3,500 lbs GTW and 350 lbs TW
1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver hitch opening
Will work with Class I and Class II accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, and tube covers
Requires a Manufacturer-recommended, hitch specific drawbar or ball mount to tow a trailer
A 1/2" pin must be used to secure the ball mount in place.
Drawbars may be included with hitch or sold separately
Available in square and round tube designs.
Will work with hitch with 3/4" diameter shank




Class III Square Receiver Hitch
Class III Trailer Hitch Receivers:
Designed for trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles
2" x 2" receiver hitch opening
Rated up to 6,000 lbs GTW with 600 lbs TW
Allows for more gear to be carried or towed
Works with all Class III accessories, such as bike racks, cargo carriers, and tube covers
Class I and Class II (1-1/4") hitch accessories can also be used with an adapter
Ball mounts are sold separately.
Will work with hitch with 1" diameter shank
NOTE: Most manufacturers call any hitch with a 2" x 2" opening a Class III hitch
It is not uncommon to see a 2" hitch rated at 3,500 lbs GTW called a Class III hitch
Available in square and round tube designs.





Class IV Trailer Hitch Receivers:
Designed for trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles
2" x 2" receiver hitch opening
Rated up to 12,000 lbs GTW and 1,000 TW
Allows for even more gear to be carried or towed
Works with all Class III and IV accessories
Class I and Class II (1-1/4") hitch accessories can also be used with an adapter
Ball mounts are sold separately.
Will work with hitch with 1" diameter shank
Class IV hitch require a 1-1/4" diameter shank
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Glad it works well for you. Like I said, there are always safety factors built into any weight rating, precisely because of the, uh... liberty... that some users willl take with their equipment. Being one that designs and issues specifications for equipment in my line of work, it's a reality that we all know too well.

Plenty of U-boat captains push their subs below crush depth. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't do it unless there is absolutely no alternatives.
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Glad it works well for you. Like I said, there are always safety factors built into any weight rating, precisely because of the, uh... liberty... that some users willl take with their equipment. Being one that designs and issues specifications for equipment in my line of work, it's a reality that we all know too well.

Plenty of U-boat captains push their subs below crush depth. All I'm saying is that I wouldn't do it unless there is absolutely no alternatives.
Understood. That whole math, engineering, logic stuff just confuses me.

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these work great. took my hayabusa to fredricksburg and back behind an older chevy 1500. 600 pounds, no issues. used one again a few weeks ago to take the r6 to msrh.
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Sure, it leans side to side and you think it's going to just fall off. But then you remind yourself it's mild steel and will flex like a harley sportster. These are incredible inventions and save a lot of time and money.
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Sure, it leans side to side and you think it's going to just fall off. But then you remind yourself it's mild steel and will flex like a harley sportster. These are incredible inventions and save a lot of time and money.
What brand are you using?
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On my 97 Mountaineer and my 2001 jeep Grand Cherokee, I've pulled the following with absolutely no issues what so ever.
2 hyosung 250. (San Antonio & Dallas)
2006 gsxr 600 (Around town and to G-Town)
2008 gsxr 750 (Around town and to G-Town)
2004 gsxr 1000 (Dallas)
2003 SV 1000 (Corpus Cristi).

Remember, that the wheel base on my SUV's are pretty short, with a truck it will be even better pull. The weight of the heavier bikes do lower the back end some though...

Pro's about these(IMHO)
1) You don't need to worry about a wheel blowing out(trailer)
2) You don't have to have tags and a plate for it.
The BEST thing about these is...
3) It doesn't take up much room in the garage like a trailer
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if money is not an issue, you can buy ramps that will work on your lifted pick-up. I got mine from discount ramps... it is 12' long, in two 6' sections...
I can ride my road king up it, but so far have just used it for my tmgp bikes and my cbr600...but a kendon trailer is really nice too...not too many place that you would not have room to store a kendon.
The wife made me buy the big ramp when I fell once using a smaller ramp, she does not want her "old" man getting hurt getting ready to ride.
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