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Old 05-06-2015, 12:40 PM   #1
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Hitch Carrier: Harbor Friend vs Cycle Gear

Does anyone have experience with hitch carriers from both Harbor Freight & Cycle Gear? They're about the same price since the Cycle Gear one is always on sale but the HF one has a lower weight capacity, which might be a deal breaker to me since I'd like to haul my BMW which 496 lbs dry.

If you only have experience with one I'd still like your feedback.
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Old 05-06-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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I would be hesitant to put a full size moto on one of those. I've had a ninja 250 on one for a roadside rescue mission, it was super sketch. Small trailer is a much better bet.
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I wouldn't want that much weight on the hitch. I use one for my dirt bikes and its fine. I have hauled my SV a few times and the front end floats a little. What vehicle will you be using to transport the bike?
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I wouldn't want that much weight on the hitch. I use one for my dirt bikes and its fine. I have hauled my SV a few times and the front end floats a little. What vehicle will you be using to transport the bike?
Tundra Crewmax. It's got a bedcover which can be removed fairly easily by myself but loading a bike alone is a little tougher.
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Tundra Crewmax. It's got a bedcover which can be removed fairly easily by myself but loading a bike alone is a little tougher.
Ramp, 5 gallon bucket... Get a running start and the bucket is your step. Booya!
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Ramp, 5 gallon bucket... Get a running start and the bucket is your step. Booya!
That's exactly how I got the CR250 out of the back when I got it home for the first time last week, but in reverse.
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This was purchased for the Austin Moto GP trip.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The box arrived tore up, so some hardware was missing. The other issue was the pin to secure to your class III hitch was to big. I was able to use another pin.

Unfortunately I did not make the GP so I haven't properly tested on a long trip yet.
I have this one (or one very similar) I used it on the back of a Ford Explorer to haul my 2008 CBR600rr from Virginia to Texas. I was nervous about the weight the first few hundred miles but it made the entire 1500 mile trip with no problem.
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Tundra Crewmax. It's got a bedcover which can be removed fairly easily by myself but loading a bike alone is a little tougher.
I have two ramps. One for the bike and one for me. I just start the bike and put it in gear. It's an easy walk up next to the bike.
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Y'all have a lot more faith in that hitch tongue weight rating than I do. Hope you don't hit a big pot hole... or don't have to make a sudden evasive maneuver.

A HF 4x8 trailer would be a lot safer bet.
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If you have a truck just find a ditch and back in. You will find some ditches better than others based on angle and width. Put board on tailgate and drive right in. Done it many times solo.. Ditches and loading docks everywhere and you don't have to tote them around.
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http://www.mototote.com/MotoTote-MTX...e-Carrier.html

My bro-in-law has the previous model and uses it on the back of a jimmy. Used it transporting a '13 Ninja 650 just fine from Baton Rouge to Houston and back.

I planned on getting one for my trips to Baton Rouge and else where.
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My full size truck has a 4 inch lift i just back up to the driveway stop when the wheels touch can load and unload by my self and my driveway is normal steepness
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I don't have room for a trailer; I had a dual kendon that I sold when I got my truck.

I guess I'll stick to taking the bed cover off when I need to haul a bike. It's a BakFlip so it folds up but if I leave it on it will scuff the paint on the cab.
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maybe one of those black widow ramps? They are expensive, but are smaller than a trailer.
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Tundra Crewmax. It's got a bedcover which can be removed fairly easily by myself but loading a bike alone is a little tougher.
just get a nice wide ramp.
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I have one of the harbor freight ones. I only use it if I need to carry three bikes or if I have an atv in the back. I hate using it though. It is heavy, takes up space, and take a lot of extra time to install it and put bike on it compared to just throwing it in the truck. I just back my truck up to the dip in my driveway and use my cooler as a step. Easy to do after you do it a few times. If I load it on flat ground just getting a running start or have a buddy in the rear to give you a little extra shove if you lose momentum. Can usually always find a dip or ditch to assist with it. Haven't dropped it yet. You won't be able to close the tailgate with a crewmax if it is pulled straight in. You may be able to get close to being closed if you move the rear wheel over after getting it tied down. To hold the tailgate half up so you don't have stuff sliding out you can attach the hooks of a strap to the holes in the tail gate where the latches are and slide the strap through your rear wheel.

So you got a CR? I will hit you up next time we go riding.

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Brandon, I think I saw you do the get a running start and use a cooler to get into the bed trick at Rio a while back.
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