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Bought a new cage a month ago and I've been shopping around for hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers. I was looking at the MotoTote but I'm not sure I'd be able to use one setup interchangeably with both the sportbike and the dual sport. It looks like it's one size either/or. So with that in mind, has anyone used the MotoTote with a dual sport AND a sportbike? Which model did you go with?

If you'te not using the MotoTote brand, what are you using and how do you like it?

I simply don't have the space to buy and store a trailer and I don't really think it's necessary anyway. I have more than enough space in the Xterra to put my gear and tools for track days, camping, etc.

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As long as the receiver structure can take the weight, I'd buy whatever is needed for mounting the ss bike. Its wider and heavier than the dual sport.
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The limiting factor for carrying anything on the hitch is the vehicle's suspension. I just looked up the info on their site for my Honda Pilot...... No more than 300lbs, without auto leveling, or air bag assist, or other modification.

Great idea, but it's not as simple as plug and play.

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I don't know if this is the "best", but I've been using it for 2+ seasons without a problem. It's a discount ramps brand hauler Heavy Duty Hitch Mounted Motorcycle Hauler SMC-600R

I've taken bikes (track bike & CRF150R) on many 6+ hour one way trips, highway/twisty country lanes/off-road, and it's been great. Best of all it really doesn't change the driving dynamics of my 4Runner and I can speed on the highway and maneuver and park in the city. I did add Firestone ride rite airbags to the truck but it is still cheaper and easier to store than a trailer.

The 180 rear tire seems to be close to max size for the width of the track. I haven't tried anything bigger.

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I don't know if this is the "best", but I've been using it for 2+ seasons without a problem. It's a discount ramps brand hauler Heavy Duty Hitch Mounted Motorcycle Hauler SMC-600R

I've taken bikes (track bike & CRF150R) on many 6+ hour one way trips, highway/twisty country lanes/off-road, and it's been great. Best of all it really doesn't change the driving dynamics of my 4Runner and I can speed on the highway and maneuver and park in the city. I did add Firestone ride rite airbags to the truck but it is still cheaper and easier to store than a trailer.

The 180 rear tire seems to be close to max size for the width of the track. I haven't tried anything bigger.

I know that you have had great success with that but those things sketch me the fuck out.

MoM, I actually tow with an XTerra as well and believe it or not the best thing that I have found is a cheap folding 4x8 trailer from Harbor Freight. With coupons, plywood, and chocks you can get out for under $500 and then you have something that you can do more than just pull a single bike with (I fit 2 plus a pit bike on mine). It folds up to stand upright so it takes very little horizontal space. I just push it up against the back wall of my garage until needed.

Another advantage to an actual trailer is that you can go with something like the pitbull trailer restraint which is worth every single freaking penny.
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I see the rear plate and lights are obscured. Don't need more attention from the cops...

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Hahaha yeah they are sketchy as fuck for sure. But I live in a 600 sq foot apartment with a 20x20 foot patio which is 1/3 dirt lining a pad of concrete. So I don't have much space to store anything once you factor in the moto-shed taking up a solid 7 feet of it.

Hell, my kitchen cabinets and laundry cabinet are filled with tools and spare bike parts.

But, I did consider a trailer at one point. Ultimately it would be more handy but not until I can convince the landlord to rent me one of the garages that are empty space.

Stock my XTerra is well suited to tow and haul stuff, but I am in the process of piecing together a lift setup for more recreational endeavors lol. There are disadvantages to those hitch carriers though. I am planning to relocate my spare to a rear mounted carrier. I'm running 265 tires right now but my next set will be bigger (280). So if I go the moto carrier route, it will have to be adjustible to extend out further... Which is even sketchier hahaha. But for now I like the idea of something compact that I don't need to tag, and technically doesn't bind me to a 55 mile an hour speed limit on the highways. The added bonus of parking flexibility is also cool.

So I'm still up in the air about it.

Besides, boyfriend has a good size trailer that we use during track days, so this would most likely be used primarily for hauling the XT out to the hills.
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I see the rear plate and lights are obscured. Don't need more attention from the cops...
If you notice the one in PSlo's picture, it has an LED light bar on the bottom, so there are still visible lights for brake and turn signals, and probably running lights for when it's dark I imagine.

As far as the license plate...ehh...they won't care too much. No different than pulling a trailer, where you can't see the whole back-end of the vehicle if you're directly behind it.

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Hahaha yeah they are sketchy as fuck for sure. But I live in a 600 sq foot apartment with a 20x20 foot patio which is 1/3 dirt lining a pad of concrete. So I don't have much space to store anything once you factor in the moto-shed taking up a solid 7 feet of it.

Hell, my kitchen cabinets and laundry cabinet are filled with tools and spare bike parts.

But, I did consider a trailer at one point. Ultimately it would be more handy but not until I can convince the landlord to rent me one of the garages that are empty space.

Stock my XTerra is well suited to tow and haul stuff, but I am in the process of piecing together a lift setup for more recreational endeavors lol. There are disadvantages to those hitch carriers though. I am planning to relocate my spare to a rear mounted carrier. I'm running 265 tires right now but my next set will be bigger (280). So if I go the moto carrier route, it will have to be adjustible to extend out further... Which is even sketchier hahaha. But for now I like the idea of something compact that I don't need to tag, and technically doesn't bind me to a 55 mile an hour speed limit on the highways. The added bonus of parking flexibility is also cool.

So I'm still up in the air about it.

Besides, boyfriend has a good size trailer that we use during track days, so this would most likely be used primarily for hauling the XT out to the hills.
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
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If you notice the one in PSlo's picture, it has an LED light bar on the bottom, so there are still visible lights for brake and turn signals, and probably running lights for when it's dark I imagine.

As far as the license plate...ehh...they won't care too much. No different than pulling a trailer, where you can't see the whole back-end of the vehicle if you're directly behind it.
Yeah I saw the light bar, it's a wee bit too low. And trailers need a plate over here too. So the car would be unidentified. You haven't met our cops...

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Yeah I saw the light bar, it's a wee bit too low. And trailers need a plate over here too. So the car would be unidentified. You haven't met our cops...
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.
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^^^ at that point, I'm far more worried about the rider than the bike......but it does make for a good point WRT transport.

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