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PostSubject: carrier   Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:08 pm

Has anyone used a motorcycle carrier on a SUV? Of course I know the WRR is street legal but sometimes I feel like taking it on a trip with me. has anyone tried any of the single motorcycle carriers?
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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:13 am

I've used one on my wife's suv, kind of sketchy. Unless you have hitch rated at 500 pounds or more, don't bother. It'll sag like crazy, scrape and ever bump you hit you'll be freaked out that you're going to lose your bike. I was, so I bought a truck.
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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:08 pm

The term "SUV" covers a wide spectrum of vehicles. Bottom line is that your particular SUV suspension needs to support a weight-bearing class III or higher 2" receiver hitch and the combined weight of the carrier plus your bike. If you already have a factory hitch on your SUV your owner's manual will tell you it's weight rating. If you plan to install a new hitch you need to determine if the mounting method and vehicle suspension will bear the 350 to 400 lb. tongue weight of combined bike and carrier.
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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:11 pm

I have one. It's great. It's rated to 400 lb, which the WRR obviously is under. In addition to a ton of local trips with the WRR on the back, I've used it for a 600 mile trip hauling a friend's DR650 (which was just a hair over 400 lbs with all the crap on it), no problems. I intend to drag it to Utah this summer and don't anticipate any issues at all.

Discountramps.com AMC-400. $124.00:

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-carrier/p/AMC-400/

The AMC-400 is very highly rated. I've actually owned 2 of them, I sold one when we moved, and bought the second one once we moved. Both have been well made - especially considering the price.

As noted by another poster, you have to have a Class III or higher 2" hitch. However, unlike the concern raised by that poster, I have not seen any issues with the rear suspension, etc. Yeah, the SUV squats a bit in the back - but it's insignificant.



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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:48 pm

MeefZah wrote:

As noted by another poster, you have to have a Class III or higher 2" hitch.  However, unlike the concern raised by that poster, I have not seen any issues with the rear suspension, etc.  Yeah, the SUV squats a bit in the back - but it's insignificant.

My point was to recommend matching the load with the load rating of the vehicle.  Try to hang 400 lbs. of bike and carrier levered 2' off of the back of a small SUV with a 350 lb. max tongue load rating and you'll see what I mean. Can you do it?  Probably.  But your steering may wander and your headlights may point into the night sky and the eyes of oncoming drivers.

The OP didn't state the model or load rating for his vehicle and neither did you in your reply, so useful comparisons are difficult to draw.  The carrier weight itself also factors into the equation.  For example your aluminum carrier weighs 36 lbs while my heavy-duty steel carrier weighs 94 lbs.  Leverage on the vehicle created by distance from hitch pin to center of the carrier also matters and varies among models.  For example yours is 18" and mine is 21.5".

I carry my bikes on a carrier behind my 1500-series 1/2 ton pickup truck and can definitely feel the difference in handling with my bike on the back.  I can also noticeably feel the handling difference between carrying my 300 lb WR250R and my 220 lb Beta 300 Xtrainer.  These effects would be magnified further if I carried them behind a vehicle with a lighter weight suspension.  They'd also be less if I'd chosen a lighter weight carrier instead of the 100 lb heavy-duty Versa-Haul carrier.



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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:25 pm

wwguy wrote:
MeefZah wrote:

As noted by another poster, you have to have a Class III or higher 2" hitch.  However, unlike the concern raised by that poster, I have not seen any issues with the rear suspension, etc.  Yeah, the SUV squats a bit in the back - but it's insignificant.

My point was to recommend matching the load with the load rating of the vehicle.  Try to hang 400 lbs. of bike and carrier levered 2' off of the back of a small SUV with a 350 lb. max tongue load rating and you'll see what I mean. Can you do it?  Probably.  But your steering may wander and your headlights may point into the night sky and the eyes of oncoming drivers.

The OP didn't state the model or load rating for his vehicle and neither did you in your reply, so useful comparisons are difficult to draw.  The carrier weight itself also factors into the equation.  For example your aluminum carrier weighs 36 lbs while my heavy-duty steel carrier weighs 94 lbs.  Leverage on the vehicle created by distance from hitch pin to center of the carrier also matters and varies among models.  For example yours is 18" and mine is 21.5".

I carry my bikes on a carrier behind my 1500-series 1/2 ton pickup truck and can definitely feel the difference in handling with my bike on the back.  I can also noticeably feel the handling difference between carrying my 300 lb WR250R and my 220 lb Beta 300 Xtrainer.  These effects would be magnified further if I carried them behind a vehicle with a lighter weight suspension.  They'd also be less if I'd chosen a lighter weight carrier instead of the 100 lb heavy-duty Versa-Haul carrier.

You are correct. Regardless of vehicle type, hitch rating, etc., you will know the bike is back there. Just like anything else, there are compromises involved in using a hitch carrier. For me (using a Toyota 4Runner) there is some rear end squat, I can tell that the front end is "lighter", and at night I get a few drivers who flash me because they think my brights are on due to the reduced angled of my headlights. However, the carrier is more fuel efficient than a trailer, cheaper, no registration fees, makes the vehicle's footprint smaller, and enables me to park and back up like a normal person. The benefits far outweigh the negatives.

My response, incidentally, was regarding Von551's comment; not yours.
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N8




PostSubject: Re: carrier   Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:19 am

I second the AMC-400 recommendation. Had it for years.
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Von551




PostSubject: Re: carrier   Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:51 am



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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:30 am

Culprit appears to be the simp that strapped it, not the carrier.
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PostSubject: Re: carrier   Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:10 pm

Von551 wrote:



Yeah, that can happen.

Airplanes also can crash and earthquakes happen, too.

All are infrequent.

You pays your money and you takes your chances!
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