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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Mortorcycle Hitch Carrier

Has anyone ever used a motorcycle hitch style carrier to move their bike? I don't have much room to keep a trailer so I am thinking one of these haulers might work out well for me. Comments? I would be using it on a Toyota 4Runner.

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I have this for my WR one you get used to it it is great.

not for your 10 though

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A lot of people use things like MotoTote and VersaHauler. They work great!

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Thank you for the comments I will check those two manfactures out.
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MotoTote is my preferred. I want the Sport I think. ONe of them supports up to 600 pounds. Can use it for dirt or street bike.

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I've got a mototote I picked up from one of the guys here
I've used it with a 600 track bike and many dirt bikes, works well.

I would recommend getting some air bags or some type of suspension assistance if it makes it ride low. (did on mine initially )
I add an extra strap from the top of the bike to the roof rack to help with the rocking when going over big dips. (slowing down for them helps as well)
class 3 or better hitch is recommended.

Also if it is covering up your vehicles brake lights you may want to add some trailer lights or at least reflectors.


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G2G passes people at warp speeds with the tahoe and a giggy on a mototote. True story.
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All these bikes are mine except the gsxr100 with #966 wgich was vcooks GSXR1000. I have over 30K miles on my mototote and I trust it with even my Ducati 999












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That is something I have never seen before. A picture of Steve not showing off his nips.

Vcook looks like a proud new Dad in that pic.
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G2G passes people at warp speeds with the tahoe and a giggy on a mototote. True story.
Yep true story. 95 MPH down to Jennings GP in Florida and back about ten times.

Its nice having a CB and also a radar detector
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Dude, how many friggin' bikes do you have?!!

Correction, THIS bike is MINE!!


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And BTW... I still wanna mototote. Selling that thing yet?

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that looks sweet and so does all those bikes.

My 4runner is a 98 with a trailer tow package, good point bringing up the air bags.
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Moto-tote fine if you have air bags

I have a 2002 4runner and a moto-tote. I hauled the GSXR and my NC30 all over the place MANY MANY miles an no problems. Make sure you get a good light kit as the bike on back blocks your lights. I ran all those miles without air bags and was wheelying most of the time but still no issues. Still ride leveling bags would be nice I just haven't done it yet.

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Hmm im not sure if I would trust something like that. It's fine for a mountain bike but never imagined it at a street bike.

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Well I have a 20 thousand dollar Ducati on there for over 1000 miles with no issues so I guess you can take that for what its worth. My .02
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A $20,000 INSURED Duc....would you think twice about a hitch carrier if it were not insured?

I think it comes down to weight and anything north of 300lbs gets incrementally more risky.
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A $20,000 INSURED Duc....would you think twice about a hitch carrier if it were not insured?

I think it comes down to weight and anything north of 300lbs gets incrementally more risky.


Don't know where you are getting your #'s but my mototote is safe for well over 300 pounds. It is not some cheap peice of crap I bought off of ebay that is a knockoff. They have 2 series one that is rated for 450 pounds and another that is rated for 600 pounds. BTW both ducati's that where on the back of the moto tote where not insured. My 999 and also Robs 749 R racebike.

Here is a link just incase you want to upgrade yours. http://www.mototote.com/
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Matter of fact the only bike that was insured that was carried on the mototote (I have carried about 20 different bike on it) was Jenya's old CBR F2.
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Matter of fact the only bike that was insured that was carried on the mototote (I have carried about 20 different bike on it) was Jenya's old CBR F2.
My insurance covered purchased bikes for a period of time, so technically mine was insured as you hit cloverleafs like a madman.

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My insurance covered purchased bikes for a period of time, so technically mine was insured as you hit cloverleafs like a madman.

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I think you looked through the rear window at your bike more than the front windshield on the way home form WI.

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G2G- well I am only doing 90 because it is snowing out if you want we can unload you bike and you can ride home.
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The best thing about it is I can go through the high speed IPASS lanes and not pay extra for a trailer. Big, Big + when I have to be at the track by 7AM and I am running late.

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Don't know where you are getting your #'s but my mototote is safe for well over 300 pounds. It is not some cheap peice of crap I bought off of ebay that is a knockoff. They have 2 series one that is rated for 450 pounds and another that is rated for 600 pounds. BTW both ducati's that where on the back of the moto tote where not insured. My 999 and also Robs 749 R racebike.

Here is a link just incase you want to upgrade yours. http://www.mototote.com/
I hear you and yes the MotoTote is one of the better built ones out there.

This thread however is about hitch carriers in general and Im just pointing out that most Ive seen (ex: Vcooks Add-a-bike) start to flex ALOT with 300 lbs.
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I hear you and yes the MotoTote is one of the better built ones out there.

This thread however is about hitch carriers in general and Im just pointing out that most Ive seen (ex: Vcooks Add-a-bike) start to flex ALOT with 300 lbs.
add a bike is AL, that's the problem. It will see dirtbike duty only.

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I hear you and yes the MotoTote is one of the better built ones out there.

This thread however is about hitch carriers in general and Im just pointing out that most Ive seen (ex: Vcooks Add-a-bike) start to flex ALOT with 300 lbs.
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I used a one twenty nine ninety ninety ebay special to tow the KTM and to be honest with you, it was more solid than the Moto tote that I sold to Ofugit and it weighs like 38lbs. I also towed my TZ on the moto tote and that was not insured and cost more than even the Duc so i would definately trust it.
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I've had the versa haul for 5 years and am happy with it. I wish the side walls were a little higher for some added peace of mind. Just make sure tie down the wheels. I'm also the type that likes redudancy and a single hook mount for each side never made me real comfortable but it works. The rear mount would never hold the bike on if the front let go somehow. I guess if I designed them they would all have a hook in the middle of the ramp on both sides too.

I carry my XR650L with it and it is mounted on my 03 expedition. It doesn't move much at all. The device they have that tightens down and takes up any receiver slack is the secret. It handled just fine at 100mph for 2 hrs straight (of course that must have been in montana back when they didn't have speeed limits or something like that).

As long as you have one of these more beefy haulers along with a vehicle that can handle the weight (and that far back) then you are just fine. I'd still take it if all I had was a class III but I'd drive more conservatively. Weight distribution is a big factor in towing and these carriers are a pretty long lever arm. No prob on a full size pickup/suv though. Just had to be careful on the placement of the other 1000lbs of gear. I think I had 7 scuba tanks in the car + other scuba gear and more when this was shot.
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