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07-26-2010, 08:07 PM
I'm going to be going to kentucky the 6-9 and was wondering if anyone had any recomendations for a hitch carrier so maybe i can take the bike down with me. It would be going on my girlfriends buick suv so if anyone has any experience with these let me know ive seen a few online but dont want to spend 600 bucks for something that wont get used a lot.

07-26-2010, 10:08 PM
Honestly man, I'd just rent a small uhaul trailer and strap the bike down good.

07-27-2010, 12:41 AM
Are you talking about a rack that hooks to the vehicle's receiver?

If so I'd be really careful with those. They are very dependent on the rated tongue weight of the towing vehicle. If you exceed that tongue weight you could be asking for trouble, and the rack will definitely change how the vehicle rides with that much weight that far behind the rear axle.

Case in point: when I went down to deal's gap, we used a back rack to haul my bike down on the back of my friend's pickup. He has a frame hitch rated at 600 lbs tongue weight, so the combined weight of the rack plus my bike didn't exceed the rating (bike weighs 425 wet, rack weighs 60). He installed air bag suspension helpers on his truck, and in order to get a level ride he had to inflate the air bags to stiffen up the rear suspension.

The upshot is they offer a lot better fuel economy than a trailer - towing a trailer my friend's pickup got about 12mpg, with the back rack it was closer to 18.

In short, check your weight ratings and make sure the vehicle can handle it. If it's an aftermarket hitch you will probably be way over the rating, but if it's a factory frame hitch it might be able to handle it. Check the vehicle's manual for the weight rating. And remember, it's not a trailer per se, so make sure you pay attention to the tongue weight rating, and not the trailer weight.

07-27-2010, 08:49 AM
Rent a trailer. A Buick SUV isn't going to have the suspension for that kind of weight that far back. Those hitch racks are good for mopeds and dirt bikes IMO.

Gas Man
07-27-2010, 10:07 AM
Mud just did this with his expedition.

I think hide a hitch is a good unit. Can get them on ebay for way cheaper than retail.

07-27-2010, 04:33 PM
Mud just did this with his expedition.

I think hide a hitch is a good unit. Can get them on ebay for way cheaper than retail.

Both the rack Mud used and the one I used when I went down to the Gap were Versa-Haul's.. Pretty solid units. As long as the vehicle can handle the weight they work really nicely..

Its also worth mentioning that you really should load and unload the bike with two people. You could probably do it by yourself but personally I'd rather have a helper than risk dropping it trying to hold it in place while I got the straps on. =]

07-30-2010, 11:45 AM
I would not attempt to do it without at least 2 people.. 3 is better.. the versa hauler works good but I wouldn't recommend using it if you have something smaller than a full size truck (due to tongue weight of smaller vehicles is only 600 and not to get into a physics discussion but you will exceed that even with my 400 lb sportbike) that has a factory installed part of the frame hitch. Add on hitches are max good to 600 lbs as well and not recommended.

I know Dyno has put on the back of his Envoy but he has also told me that it is at or beyond weight capacity of the truck and the hitch - the front end is super light, etc. I wouldn't recommend it.

You can always buy the one bike trailers that are fairly cheap and can be towed by any vehicle.






Gas Man
07-30-2010, 11:47 AM
Get a trailer in a bag! Those are super funny!


07-30-2010, 08:35 PM
Get a trailer in a bag! Those are super funny!


I used to sell these and owned one. They are great if you don't have room to store a trailer for sure. However, for the price, I'd try and get a flat trailer with suspension. These hopped all over the place. But I towed my bikes to Grattan a couple of times without any issue.

07-30-2010, 09:52 PM
I purchased my trailer through farm and fleet . it cost about $400 and has worked great . I use it all the time for reasons I never even contemplated at the time of purchase . a one time license plate means once its paid for there are no annual costs of ownership . jmho Mark

07-31-2010, 12:22 AM
i appreciate all the help and ive decided against the hitch carrier and will probably pass on taking the bike down for this trip dont know why i didnt think about it sooner. i think im gunna try and get a nice enclosed trailer so i can use it for more things than just the bike. me and a few friends are planning a trip to tennessee next summer and i really want to ride some different roads than what our great state has to offer.

Gas Man
07-31-2010, 10:48 AM
Kelly trailer on telegraph south of flat rock will rent you a trailer.

08-02-2010, 12:30 PM
The best way to get your bike to Kentucky is ........ (drum roll)...... Ride it.
No hitch, no trailer, no fuss. Lots of nice riding down there, makes our roads look like straight arrows. When they put up a curve sign down there, they mean it.

Gas Man
08-02-2010, 02:37 PM
Well shit Wango that is obvious! LOL

08-02-2010, 09:13 PM
trust me i would love to but i have to drive my old lady down there she wont drive through mountains. if i could i would especially since there would be another vehicle going in case anything happened.