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Old 03-31-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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has anyone used a motorcycle trackside carrier for your sport bike? I live in an apartment so a trailer has been a concern for me because of storage, cycle gear has a promo on this for $89.99. The load capacity is 500lbs and according to online #'s my 07 R6 weighs about 420 lbs. I was wondering if there any pros or cons based on user experience with this type of product. Thanks for the input

The Trackside Motorcycle Carrier is an excellent way to carry your motorcycle on the back of a motorhome, SUV, or pick-up truck with a tonneau cover or camper shell. More convenient, simpler to use, and easier to store compared to a motorcycle trailer.
500lbs. maximum load rating.
For use with a Class III or Class IV trailer hitch only.
Never exceed towing vehicles tongue weight ratings or load ratings.

Features and Benefits
For use with a Class III or Class IV trailer hitch only
Includes anti-tilt device to help eliminate excessive movement of the motorcycle carrier inside trailer hitch
Supplied ramp attaches to carrier for transportation and storage
Powder coated steel construction
Front tire placement can be adjusted by moving the wheel track carrier bolts
Can be loaded or unloaded from either side
500 lbs maximum load rating
Maximum tire width: 4.75 inches
MUST USE a minimum of four tie downs and two wheel straps
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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I've got a few thousand miles on my hitch carrier, taking 600 cc sports bikes to and from the track. Not the trackside model but similar. Make sure you get a wobble hitch to take up the slack in the Reese hitch, there's a guy in austin sells good ones for $30.

I've always attached mine to the back of a pickup since they stick out a lot and the weight/leverage would probably overload the rear suspension of smaller SUVs.

Check the ball weight/ hitch down weight capacity of your vehicle before you attach the bike, this is different from the towing capacity. The hitch capacity of my 4wd truck is 500 lbs as an example. The towing capacity is much higher.

Also I use lots of straps and strap the bike to the truck as well as the rack. This makes it very stable.

Getting the bike on and off is a one person job though the ramp is pretty short and the belly pan sometimes scrapes the apex at the top of the ramp. I usually try to find a piece of sloped ground to load/ unload the bike.

Finally, watch out for obscuring your lights and reg plate. Cops don't like it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:04 PM   #3
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I considered those a little while back but just ended up throwing in the extra money and got a used good trailer for about 280. but you can find trailers on harbor freight , northern tools. harbor freight has some good base ones you can add like a wooden floor and you'll be squared away
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Here's my old Triumph D600 track bike attached to my little diesel Frontier in Australia. Max tongue weight of frontier was 250 kg (~500lbs) from memory. It worked well and left the tray of the truck for generator, gear etc. Note the straps leading to the front of the truck tray, added a lot of stability.
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