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post #1 of 17 Old 04-14-2017, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Question Do you trust the tow hitch mounted bike carriers?

I just sold my Chevy Silverado and got a Chevy avalanche. Before, I just put my rear truck tires in the gutter at the bottom of my driveway and rode my bike up one of those extra wide trifold ramps. Super easy to do by myself. Well my new truck sits a lot higher because I have 26s on it, plus the bed isn't as long as my old truck. I don't want to rent a uhaul trailer every time I go to the track and I don't have room at my house to store a trailer, so I think the hitch mount is the way to go. It just seems sketch. Does anyone have / use this type of carrier with your ninja?
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I use a motojack rack for my yz450 dirt bike and it works great. A street bike is 200 lbs more weight but I think you are still good. As long as the bike rack is connected to the frame of the truck it will be good.
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Yes. I have only used it with my Ninja 250. I have a van now, but still have a hitch carrier. They definitely work, but make sure you do it right. Use 5-6 tie downs. USE GOOD TIE DOWNS. Buy Ancra. Those cheap thin ones will probably break. I had one break and almost lost my bike. The no names off Amazon, or at U haul etc all suck for anything real like hauling a motorcycle. Trust me, spend $10 more.
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I just sold my Chevy Silverado and got a Chevy avalanche. Before, I just put my rear truck tires in the gutter at the bottom of my driveway and rode my bike up one of those extra wide trifold ramps. Super easy to do by myself. Well my new truck sits a lot higher because I have 26s on it, plus the bed isn't as long as my old truck. I don't want to rent a uhaul trailer every time I go to the track and I don't have room at my house to store a trailer, so I think the hitch mount is the way to go. It just seems sketch. Does anyone have / use this type of carrier with your ninja?
MoM was going down this path a few months ago.... you may be able to find her thread about it. Seems to me the biggest thing is ensuring the rear suspension of your vehicle can handle the tongue weight.

Most trailers don't put ~550 lbs on the ball hitch. (assuming the gizmo only weighs ~100 lbs, bike + gizmo = 550+).

There were a number of opinions either way on this subject, as I recall. there was at least one link to a well regarded purveyor of the rigs in there.

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The problem with the 550 number you're throwing out there is that the bike sits behind where the ball would be, so with the leverage of it hanging out there it is actually more than that.

I wouldn't want to use one but that's just me, a lot of people haul stuff with that type of setup.
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Lol if my little Ford Ranger could haul 500+ lbs on the hitch I sure hope a bigger truck could. Lmao
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Lol if my little Ford Ranger could haul 500+ lbs on the hitch I sure hope a bigger truck could. Lmao
Towing it behind the hitch, is not the same as tongue weight. My Pilot will pull 3500+ lbs, but limits the tongue weight to something like 250 lbs.

Even then, it's more a matter of how much the suspension is going to be affected. If the loading pulls the front wheels off the ground, you're not going to go where you want to.
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I think most half ton type hitches have a tongue weight limit of 400lbs. Wet weight on my 2007 is about 418 so that would prolly be ok, but it's cutting it close.
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The site MoM's thread linked out to, lists the maximum weight they allow their receiver hitch to be used with, per vehicle..... I looked up my 2008 Pilot, and that site would not allow more than 400 lbs to be carried.

If you wanted to go the route of assist springs, or airbags to support the extra weight to keep the vehicle chassis sitting as it is meant to, have at it. Then, so long as the structure the receiver hitch is attached to can take the weight, you're golden.
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My hitch tongue was 500 or 600 lbs

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I have a hitch mounted carrier with an advertised 600 lb capacity. However, tongue weight of my hitch and SUV is 500 lbs. Works great with my dirt bikes, but the one time I moved my ZX6R on it I did not have confidence that it would hold up on a long haul, and my rear suspension on the SUV was pretty compressed. I've decided to use it only with the sub-250 lb dirt bikes, and trailer my ZX6R. Another issue with the carrier is that with a sport bike mounted tail lights/brake lights can be blocked. I picked up a set of magnetic trailer lights form Harbor Freight for $17 and they work well with the carrier for longer hauls.
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See the afore mentioned MoM discussion;

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This is one of those situations where you should not "cheap out" and buy less then what you need.

Stay with a brand name unit like Versahaul. Get the model for your application.

And if needed... put air ride (bags or shocks) on the tow vehicle.


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I have had a couple customers show up using this with busted out rear windows or taillights...... obviously the geometry to tie one down is not ideal. and those were bikes well sub 400lbs

Kendon stand up trailer for 1 is a far superior option and takes up little space when standing.
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