Originally Posted by AndyCap
I was having the same kind of question. I have been toying with getting an FJ Cruiser, and a carrier like that, but I was worried about what bob393 mentions. How much weight the FJ Cruiser could handle. At the very least, I could haul my XR400 this way, but the R1150GS is probably out of the question.
I know they make haulers like this that fit two bikes too. Maybe I could handle my wife's XR100, and my XR400. I'll try to post any findings I come up with.
I have an FJ Cruiser, the hitch holds 500#. The factory receiver is bolted on the boxed cross member welded between the boxed frame. Mine is aftermarket because of my steel rear bumper, it's just bolted on the bottom of the frame on either side.I've carried an XT225 on a cheap pep boys carrier. It was fine, I never had a good enough one to try the Versys. The only ones I know that could have withstood it are the Versahaul carriers. Yeah, a full size touring bike is pretty much out of the question in his type of hauling method. For the same price as a Versahaul you can get a harborfreight trailer, and surprisingly, it's less risky.
Bottom line, if your bike is 500# or less, you can get away with using a GOOD carrier. If it's 400# or less you can get away with a shitty carrier. If it's more than 500#, get a trailer. This is assuming you have a Class III or greater receiver. Class IV and higher could probably hold the world.
For bike hauling, I have a 1500# capacity 5x8 trailer from TSC. You can get away with the Harborfreight stuff with some work (like adding the wheel bearing grease that they oddly dont come with).
Oh, and on these bikes carriers, if you can see them, you are always staring at them. It wasn't the hauler than made me paranoid, it was the straps.
For medium bikes.
For light bikes.
For heavy bikes.
For peace of mind (imo)