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Old 08-04-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hitch mount motorcycle carrier

I have a 2013 Solera, looking to carry a Ducati Monster on a carrier. Any recommendations for a quality hitch mount carrier?
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:52 AM   #2
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Hello, and to the forums. Congrats on the new rig also.

If you do a search on here, you will find several discussions about motorcycle carriers, some that work and some that don't. Just make sure you know the weight limits on your hitch, and don't exceed them. That is also going to se some extra weight on the back axle axle of your RV. I'm trying to say don't do it, but a lightweight motorcycle trailer may be a better option. Either way, your bike is out in the weather.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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same here. I wanted a way to bring Motorbike. But mine is a HD. So plan to get a 5x8 v nose enclosed trailer to tow it in. Wife loves the idea, because she loves to go to Canton Flea Market. LOL
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Read the manual. 350lbs max wight on the hitch carrier. The Duc is likely way above that. Better to use a trailer...

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Old 08-08-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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We carry a 450 lb '79 Triumph Bonneville on a hitch carrier and so far it is working very well. The carrier is 100 lb for a total weight of 550 and the hitch is rated for 500 tongue weight (5000 lb towing) so technically we are a little over but close enough and the bike is very stable. I had to add tail lights on the carrier as the bike obscured the lights on the RV and I also hung the front license plate on the ladder as the rear plate is also obscured by the bike. (not strictly legal in this state but I doubt that I will be challenged on it)
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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We carry a 450 lb '79 Triumph Bonneville on a hitch carrier and so far it is working very well. The carrier is 100 lb for a total weight of 550 and the hitch is rated for 500 tongue weight (5000 lb towing) so technically we are a little over but close enough and the bike is very stable. I had to add tail lights on the carrier as the bike obscured the lights on the RV and I also hung the front license plate on the ladder as the rear plate is also obscured by the bike. (not strictly legal in this state but I doubt that I will be challenged on it)
Did you change the hitch from the factory installed? Which motorcycle carrier did you purchase? Thanks Dave
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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we got the SMC 600R: The SMC-600 Motorcycle Hauler

We did not change the hitch - it has a tag on it with the 500 lb tongue weight rating and 5000 lb towing weight specified.

I tested it with the bike on it and a friend and I jumping on it (combined additional weight of 400 lb plus the 450 lb bike and the 100 lb carrier - total of 950 lb) and it felt very secure.

I added tail lights to it because the bike partially obscures the vehicle lights.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:13 PM   #8
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Don't go by the hitch - read the manual for the Sprinter - it states 350lbs and 3500 for trailer weight.

Plus don't forget that you have a total of about 1100lbs to add on the vehicle (including water). Read the sticker on the door for the exact number.

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Old 08-15-2012, 04:48 PM   #9
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OK so the hitch is rated for 500 lb and the chassis is rated for 350 lb - I don't think that's a significant difference - especially since the physical test with 950 lb of bouncing stress showed no indication of bending or movement of the hitch relative to the vehicle or the vehicle itself. I'm going to continue to assume the specs are conservative enough to have a margin of more than 200 pounds.

If there is a bed in the back, would they prohibit driving with a 200 lb person resting on the bed? I don't think so. We don't intend to drive with more than my wife and I as passengers (it only sleeps 2 and our combined weight is well under 300 lb) and that will compensate for such a small excess compared to the towing specs.

I'm certainly not going to start hauling a trailer.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:19 AM   #10
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I use the Ultimate MX Hauler to carry my dirtbike (TTR250) and a single rail Joe Hauler to carry a small motor scooter. Not at the same time, of course. Both work well on the Solera.
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