Motorcycle hitch-carriers and the law

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by MortimerSickle, May 13, 2017.

  1. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Has anyone here been pulled over for having your motorcycle block view of your hauling vehicle's license plate? or lights?

    I'm wondering whether I can really just stick the carrier on, load up and go.

    If I have to move the plate, and add lights, I might as well just go ahead and use my trailer.
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  2. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD! Supporter

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    I've never been pulled over because I make sure my lights are visible, the license plate less so. If you block your lights and get rear ended you will likely regret it.
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  3. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Is no longer on ADV

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    I've never been hassled. But I also generally stay out of urban areas. As long as your brake lights are visible I don't see the problem.
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  4. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Never been stopped or heard of anybody being stopped. Im sure there are some stories out there somewhere.
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  5. BigJim711

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  6. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    This is one of the things that bother me, even though I would make sure the lights could be seen.

    Proper visibility can be a matter of opinion.
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  7. Mr Dual Sport

    Mr Dual Sport Is no longer on ADV

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    I was trying to remember how the XR set on the van and found this old pic. The taillights and plate worked well with this combo. Every bike/vehicle combo is different though.

    [​IMG]
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  8. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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  9. Almost There

    Almost There Up, up, and away

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  10. pHelix

    pHelix Eternal n00b

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    I had the same concerns and added cheap taillights to my carrier.
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  11. IndianJoe

    IndianJoe Little Lebowski Achiever

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    I've had OSP and county mounties follow me over the coast range a few times, and never had a problem- and the plate on my f150 is kind of sketchy because it's taped to the inside of the capper behind tinted glass. I think as long as you're not driving like an asshat you'll be fine.
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Thanks for the input, guys.

    I did some measuring, and I have my doubts about how my lights would line up.

    I think I will stick with the trailer; it already has lights, and it has more room.
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  13. turnsleft

    turnsleft Long timer

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    I'm 40 miles south of Canada just off I-5 and have down into Oregon[Salem once and Scappoose once] twice and not had any trouble, run around locally and over to the dry side several times.
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  14. Ladukebob

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    Should be fine, just try to have an open beer with you....................
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  15. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I'll pass on that one, but I do remember when it was legal. :D
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  16. mx48

    mx48 n00b

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    Never had an issue for the plate. I wired my carrier with lights. [​IMG]


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  17. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Flatulent Supporter

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    You could also drive around Stark Naked.
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  18. e28rusty

    e28rusty Fool

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    The harbor freight magnetic lights suck nuts. The magnets are too weak and the wires get brittle after just a few months. I have my carrier for emergencies only and the first time I went to use it I ended up throwing away the lights. My brother has a nicer set that he got from amazon somewhere and they work great but I think I'll just end up wiring mine up for lights like mx48.
    I use the trailer when I'm hauling bikes, but I leave the hitch hauler on the back of the explorer when I'm out on a ride so my wife can just hop in and come get us if someone breaks down.
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  19. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    I thought that sort of thing was a fairly recent development.
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  20. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob Spaceark

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    I'm honestly more paranoid I'm going to reach my destination with no bike. I have a hard time trusting my bike carrier, but that could be because I built it :doh
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