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Old 12-22-2012, 11:03 PM   #1
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dirt bike on Palomino rack

I have a street legal KLX 400 I would like to haul on a Sabre drop down rack. The rack is rated at 450lbs capacity and the bike weighs a little over 200. Was wondering if anyone has carried a bike and if so how was it secured.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:25 PM   #2
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Good question ..... I'm sure no one has put it close to rated capacity yet.
I've only hauled coolers full of beer and no beer has been harmed in this stunt ..."yet"

I believe if your hot rod kawi is close or less than rated capacity and is tied down very well to eliminate bounce you may be ok.
But be for warned that it may not be a good plan.


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Old 12-25-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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If I was going to haul a motorcycle on mine l think I would put a plate on the frame of the rack. I would also install a front wheel chock. I haul 2 bicycles on mine and haven't lost them yet. HAHA. Search the forum, I''ve seen a couple of post about putting small motorcycle on the bike rack.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #4
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If its like the Columbus rack, I don't think it would be any problem as long as you get it as close to the bumper as possible so its not hanging way out and have more weight bouncing. Tie down with ratchet straps and all should be good.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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If I was going to haul a motorcycle on mine l think I would put a plate on the frame of the rack. I would also install a front wheel chock. I haul 2 bicycles on mine and haven't lost them yet. HAHA. Search the forum, I''ve seen a couple of post about putting small motorcycle on the bike rack.
You read my mind. I have wheel chocks and a tray suitable for tire width picked out. Planning on welding tie down loops to the rack as well. Also considering an upright bar that would loop over the seat. I may look into a way to secure the rack to to the bumper so it can't bounce from the pivot points.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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If its like the Columbus rack, I don't think it would be any problem as long as you get it as close to the bumper as possible so its not hanging way out and have more weight bouncing. Tie down with ratchet straps and all should be good.
I was hoping it could ride directly over the bumper but due to handle bar clearance from the back of the trailer as well as clearance for the ladder it will have to sit six inches past the bumper. Hopefully it will be close enough to avoid a cantilever affect.
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How hard is it to loosen the bars and turn them 90 degrees?
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:07 PM   #8
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How hard is it to loosen the bars and turn them 90 degrees?
Not something I want to contend with. Unlike a bicycle there are electronics, hydraulics, cables and wiring to deal with. Even so the bars would probably hit the gas tank before reaching 90 deg. Thanks for the thought though.
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Just thinking outloud.
I'm sure you'll find a solution .


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Just thinking outloud.
I'm sure you'll find a solution .

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