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Unread 02-04-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Hitch Carrier

Seeing as I've never hauled anything with my jeep, I was hoping to get some opinions on my setup planned for dragging my bike back and forth from the track. I don't have the space for a trailer at my apartment so I started looking at hitch racks.

My hitch is a Curt Class III
The rack ALEKO is 90lbs and is rated to support a 600lb bike
The bike has a curb weight of 450 lbs
My jeep is a 2006 TJ sport with rear 44

I've read reviews about this working and the weight shouldn't be an issue but the leverage on the hitch seems like it would be excessive. Thanks, and any opinions are welcome/other options I might not have thought of.

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Unread 02-04-2014, 04:52 PM   #2
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The metric you need to use for this type of towing is called the tongue weight or how much weight will sit on the hitch itself. I am pretty sure a TJ has a tongue rate of 200 lbs. and your carrier and bike would well exceed that weight limit. I used to use a hitch rack for my XR650 and it weighed down my Durango pretty bad and the whole rear end had some major sagging. I would not do that if I was you. Better off getting a small trailer from Harbor Freight which would be within the specifications.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 04:58 PM   #3
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I quickly thought about this with my new motorcycle but just went with a cheap 5x8' trailer and put a wheel chock for the motorcycle on the front and it tows great behind me jeep; The jeep doesn't even know its there.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #4
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I have had no problems hauling my FZR600 around on mine. I purchased a Rampage hitch carrier and it is very solid. The bike is about 450lbs if I remember correctly and I've towed it from St Claire Shores, MI to Nashville, TN with no problems (and it was a blizzard in MI at the time). The only thing you must be cautious of is how much weight is on the back lifting up your front end making the steering a little light. I have complete confidence in mine nonetheless. I could look up the part number if you're interested, although it's fairly easy to find. I bought it for the exact same reasons you're looking for one and have no regrets.

If you feel uncomfortable in the least you could always rent a trailer from U-Haul. Best of luck!

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Unread 02-05-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I did some research on tongue weight it it definitely seem like it would be way to much for the short wheel base. I'll go the trailer route to ease my mind. Now I just need to find a place to store the trailer
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Unread 02-06-2014, 09:52 AM   #6
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See how much it might be to rent a trailer from uhaul, they have motorcycle trailers. Depending on how often you need the trailer, and if you have to pay to store the trailer, this could be a more cost effective route. Also, here is a set up that attaches the bike to the hitch with the front wheel,
http://www.prohoists.com/Shopping.idc?ProductID=35 perhaps that could work?
Check this out as well, if you only need the trailer for the motorcycle...http://trailerinabag.com/index.html
There seems to be a lot of options for motorcycle trailers that might work for you if your storage space is limited. Good Luck!
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Unread 02-06-2014, 03:59 PM   #7
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Harbor Freight makes a small trailer that folds up and you can store it on the back of the garage. It is pretty cheap as well.
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Unread 02-22-2014, 07:33 PM   #8
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Unread 02-22-2014, 09:55 PM   #9
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No issues whatsoever with mine, and it only ran $119 to my door.

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Unread 02-22-2014, 11:23 PM   #10
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No issues whatsoever with mine, and it only ran $119 to my door.

4 quick questions: Do you find the front end bouncy or light when carrying? what brand is that carrier? A assume you need to strap bike to somewhere inside jeep for it's stability. Unrelated but- What thickness are the spacers your using for your stock wheels ?

really interested in that setup as it looks like I could hitch a small(ish) aluminum fishing boat behind.
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Unread 02-23-2014, 08:24 AM   #11
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If you're running stock springs and shocks I wouldn't try it.
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Unread 02-23-2014, 10:36 AM   #12
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4 quick questions: Do you find the front end bouncy or light when carrying? what brand is that carrier? A assume you need to strap bike to somewhere inside jeep for it's stability. Unrelated but- What thickness are the spacers your using for your stock wheels ?

really interested in that setup as it looks like I could hitch a small(ish) aluminum fishing boat behind.
No, the front end is fine, but remember, that KTM 300 is only about 225lbs, not the 450lbs that was mentioned. The carrier is a Rage brand aluminum one. A number of places sell that brand, but I bought off eBay because it had free shipping. I like the light weight of the aluminum. Less tongue weight on the jeep and easier to install / remove. As for stability, you are correct. If you use just the tie downs it likes to bounce a little, which I don't care for for a number of reasons. I put a piece of foam between the bike and the swing away carrier then use a strap from the bike frame to around the carrier, if that makes sense. Stays virtually immobile, causes no crazy handling characteristics, and I don't worry a bit about it.

Spacers are 1" spidertrax units, if I remember correctly.
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Unread 02-23-2014, 11:04 AM   #13
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See how much it might be to rent a trailer from uhaul, they have motorcycle trailers.
FYI, U-Haul won't rent to you if you have a soft top.
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