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Old 11-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Receiver mounted motorcycle carriers- post yours

I've seen a number of versions including some type of levered one. I'll be looking to haul a bike this way soon and would like to see your set ups and what you think of them.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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This is the Harbor Freight version. I hate it but the price was right. The ladder like construction means it holds that CT-90 very securely with the wheels falling betwwen the rungs but it takes two people to get it out and off. Another inmate suggested I cut some plywood to fit lengthwise and I'll try that nest time I use it.

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Old 11-13-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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Here is the way to carry up to 1000#, and flat tow 5000#. This is on my old Foretravel. I have sold the GSA and coach, and downsizing both the next bike and lift. The lift is a Blue Ox, no longer offered.



The lift lowers to the ground for loading, and then is pulled up by the 12 volt cable winch. Once up you swing the locking load bars into position and lower the weight off the cable. Safe and easy, up or down unlike the ramp unit I am going to get for a smaller bike.
Going to sell the lift and my dual folding Kendon trailer as I downsize.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses so far. I appreciate the negatives that Eric mentioned. Dave, that BlueOx is just what I wanted when we had our first class A. It would have snapped the rear off the last one though. I'm also downsizing from an RV to something to fit behind a van hauling a TW. I am not interested in a trailer at all. Suspension upgrades have already been ordered.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:42 PM   #5
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You can also add a wheeled single or dual wheel attached platform that can carry the load and keep it mostly off the tow vehicle.
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #6
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You can also add a wheeled single or dual wheel attached platform that can carry the load and keep it mostly off the tow vehicle.
I like these a lot but they are very pricey for what they are

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Old 11-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #7
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Yes either Swivel lift or big bike lifts are expensive. The Blue Ox was solid and carried my GSA without any problems.

It uses 3 - 2" solid attachments into the trailer hitch and two more receivers that were welded to the frame. Blue Ox also has a receiver system that bolts to a motorhome frame if you can remove a bolted on trailer hitch. Assuming of course your frame and your coach has the capacities to carry the hitch and bike.

I had a motor lift system that worked like a racer's bike stand, it lowered and then lifted the bike under the engine case. Once up, it had a front wheel bracket to stabilize. The lift used the foot pegs to secure it to the base unit. It was easy to load, and could be used as a work stand for chains and tires.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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Those are quite impressive and I could see the single swivel units working well on any size vehicle. I'm hoping that someone will post up a unit I saw somewhere online. (Probably ADV.) It was a very small unit that slid into the receiver and had a foot pedal to lift the bike up by the frame cradle. I'm thinking smaller instead of bigger for my van.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #9
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There are others. Google is your friend.

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Old 11-13-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
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Inmate James Adams has a similar version of that. Seems to work well.
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:38 PM   #11
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Not sure who makes it, but was a CL special and the guy extended it. It still needs to be extended some more as my other bike rubs the spare tire. Seems sturdy enough that it made a 800 mile round trip without any problems.

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Old 11-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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Harbor Freight one as well. I wired in lights to it as you can see the Jeep's got pretty covered with the bike. I might have $120 invested in it with the lights. Do I love it? For the price, yes, but as mentioned early on, the ladder design, although very light, is a bit of a PITA to get the bike off. Would I buy it again? Probably. If I fabricated something from a channel, it would probably cost the same and weigh twice as much.

Oh yeah, the tilt is b/c I tie off the one tie down to the tow hook on the Jeep. The bike DOES NOT MOVE doing it that way.



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Old 11-14-2013, 06:26 AM   #13
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I have the ladder type similar to the Harbor Freight model posted but mine has a solid ramp. I have hauled the 640 back and forth to SC and a few trips to the mountains several times now. I frequently use the hitch hauler instead of my trailer just because it is so easy. The ladder kind isn't an issue with my 640. I load and unload it running and it powers on and off easily enough.

First, for a 300ish pound bike I only consider aluminum carriers. The steel ones are almost twice as heavy and you are already putting a hell of a load on your hitch. Not to mention busting up your knuckles putting it on the truck.

Second, look for one that has a stabilizing collar that goes around the hitch mouth to keep it from rocking. The one on mine has three big bolts that snug it down so it doesn't rock (much).

Third, if it doesn't have lights it needs lights because your bike will likely block your signals. The Man doesn't like to see your brake lights and turn signals covered up.

Another thing I learned the hard way is to put a kayak pad between my handlebar and the back glass on my 4Runner. I had to slam on the brakes at freeway speed and the suspension on my 640 compressed enough for the handlebar to smack the back glass hard even with five tie downs on it.

This is the one I have with my own trailer lights and wiring added:

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-carrier.htm
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:27 AM   #14
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i need the same thing but capable to haul 500 lbs--DL650 WEE STROM.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:35 AM   #15
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http://www.discountramps.com/smc-600...cle-hauler.htm
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