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post #16 of 31 Old 02-28-2017, 05:38 AM
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Obviously this is just my experience but I've traversed 7 states in the Northeast (where cops and people are so nice) with this thing and have never been stopped. I bought that LED light bar at the same time as the carrier. It plugs direct into my factory tow package does brake/turn/running/hazard signals. If I were stopped for obscured plate I would simply zip tie my plate to the bike or carrier.

One thing not yet mentioned, if you wreck your bike well enough no matter how hard you try it will not fit in the carrier.
Holy crap!

Then again at that point, you might remove a couple bolts and you can probably fit the whole thing in the back of the SUV lol

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Gotcha, and didnt realize space was THAT limited. Sounds like a moto carrier is really your only option.

As a side note, if you and your boyfriend ever split, let me know. Any woman that keeps spare parts and tools in her kitchen cabinets is a keeper in my book :-p
Lmao!

Yeah the first few times he stayed over were a bit of an enlightening time for him. At one point he opened the pantry and said, "So I can't find the pasta, but I did find the forks... the Sub Frame, and a pretty nice lookin' Arata Full System."

Then he was vacuuming and found my spare wheels behind the couch. Just the other day I had to squeeze my spare motor into my laundry cabinet next to my vacuum and cat food. So yeah, it's cozy. Lol!

Eventually I will get it all pieced into a 3rd bike but I'm a frame short. I digress though.

As for crashing the bike. That's actually a really good point. If I were to wad it up bad enough I'd probably just have to spend some time tearing it down and throwing it IN the XTERRA. Much easier if it's the XT vs the 6R. Lol
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As much as the hitch carriers scare me, I've never actually heard of one failing. Sounds like a good option for those with very limited space and bikes that need haulin'

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Lmao!

Yeah the first few times he stayed over were a bit of an enlightening time for him. At one point he opened the pantry and said, "So I can't find the pasta, but I did find the forks... the Sub Frame, and a pretty nice lookin' Arata Full System."

Then he was vacuuming and found my spare wheels behind the couch. Just the other day I had to squeeze my spare motor into my laundry cabinet next to my vacuum and cat food. So yeah, it's cozy. Lol!
That sounds sexy right there! ....not something you hear or see every day that's for sure! lol

And were you playing a "find my bike parts" game with your boyfriend or what?

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Hahaha

No but maybe that's something we can turn into a sexy scavenger hunt when it comes time to start building.
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So I've got one on lend from a gal pal who let me borrow hers to get my XT up to Hungry Valley for the Babes in the Dirt last weekend. Sketch-factor-bonus-points included for the fact that there were cross-wind gusts between 20-30mph the entire way there.

I won't even try to pretend that I wasn't sketched out for the first 30 or so miles but the bike is so small and light that the rear window in my Xterra and my bike survived the event without incident. I did have to get a little creative with tie downs though. I used 5: two at the bars, two at the rear grab handles, and one on the foot pegs looped under the frame of the carrier.

I'm pretty sure hers is a lower end carrier and it held up just fine with exception of an inch or two of tilt when cornering. I'm not sure that I'd be brazen enough to put my ninja on that particular carrier, but it was pretty damn convenient. I think I cruised at 80 on the freeway and the bike was solid, even with the Xterra getting pushed around by the wind.

In summary: love it for the dual sport, not sure about it for the sportbike.
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how often are you trailering? would it not be easier/more economical to rent a uhaul? i think they're like $15/day. If you spend $500 (i have no idea what they cost)...then that's 30 plus days of just renting a uhaul.
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I keep thinking that there has to be a better way to make a compact trailer that can haul one sport bike. Or more to my parsimonious nature..... a cheaper way to build something as reliable as a well engineered solution.

Has anyone looked at what it costs for one of the tow behind dollies that only carry the front wheels of a car? If you mounted a deck on one of those, so you could carry the bike across the width, between the tires.... that seems like the basis for a very short trailer that can easily carry the weight of a bike. Pretty much any bike, TBH.

Another class of trailers that carry similar weight that might be in greater supply..... personal watercraft. those, might have more potential bearing damage, and possible corrosion issues.
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I like your thinking. That would be a cool project.

At the moment I'm not trailering a whole lot. So it's not a dire necessity. I haven't been able to afford any track days so this entire year will probably be a wash while I recuperate from some life events. I'll be doing lots of local canyon rides and probably hauling the dual sport around with that carrier.

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Coming from PWC racing, I can say that I've considering using my old single trailer as a bike trailer. The issues you run into there in most cases is the height of the trailer. They're usually up there pretty good. I've seen retrofits with decks though but IMO, for the issues you're gonna find on a 200 dollar jetski trailer that you then have to modify you're better off spending a bit more and getting a harbor freight trailer that will already do what you want. They're also not very compact.

The car dolly idea is interesting though, those require almost no storage space.
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Those hitch haulers are awesome. I def want that.
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Dang! This one is a dolly. I would feel a little tense using this one. But I bet it works just fine.

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Speaking of sketchiness, I can attest. A friend hauled me and my bike down to Houston (from the Dallas/Fort Worth area) to hit up a trackday at Motorsport Ranch Houston. My bike was on the carrier. His was in the back of his truck (3/4 ton). I was a nervous Nellie all the way there and back. BUT, it held up fine. I didn't see it wobble or tilt at all.

And I can confirm UHaul rents motorcycle trailers for $15 a day. Good trailers and a more than reasonable rate IMHO. I am leaning towards getting one of the carriers as I've seen the prices of some trailers. O_o My truck will handle it no problem.
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