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post #1 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used a 2 bike hitch hauler?

I am wanting/needing to perhaps, for practicality purchase a 2 motorcycle hauler that attaches to the hitch. I cannot use a trailer as I will also be pulling a small pop up camper. I need to load my 06 KLR650 and my wifes scooter on the 2 cycle hitch hauler. Questions-has anyone had one of these? What are your experiences? How hard is it to load, unload, and tie down a bike on these? It seems as though it would be difficult, especially for the KLR, but it would best meet my needs. Any other thoughts and or brand suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 03:08 AM
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Are you talking about the ones that you put the front wheel up in like a basket?? and let the rear wheel run on the ground ?? If so yes I have they work ok but the klr works best if you put the rear wheel up in the basket and let the front wheel run on the groung....With the the front wheel in the basket the bike will lay over in turns and put strain on your tie down straps do to the rake of the forks..With the rear wheel up the bike stays up rite and the front wheel swings like the tail of a dog tracking very nice in turns [do not tie the handle bars] This way you aren't turning your chain and counter shaft as well...The rear of the klr is also liter then the front and makes loading ez...I think they are called motorcycle tow bars or tow dolly...I would think you could mount two on the back of your camp trailer, one on each side..I made mine with stuff from Harber Frieght for under 60 bucks..You can buy them on-line from $300 to $150
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 06:56 AM
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The combination you are suggesting mortifies me. It would help to know what the tow vehicle is. Hitch limitations need to be considered. Class III hitches have a 500 pound tongue weight capacity.....the amount of weight the hitch [and its connections to the tow vehicle] are designed to withstand, allowing for safe handling of what ever you may encounter on the road. The KLR will eat up 400 pounds [+-] of that limitation, add the weight of the carrier and the scooter.....

....and your looking at a Class IV or V hitch to withstand the weight. Now figure out how to add a trailer hitch to the back of the motorcycle carrier that will be adequate for the pop-up camper. And how is all this tongue weight affecting the handling of the tow vehicle? Weight at the rear bumper is taking weight off the front axle. Life gets exciting when the trailer starts fishtailing, and your front end is not responding, because it's too light in the front. And like our bikes, braking is most effective in the front of the tow vehicle, and that will be compromised. A blown tire anywhere in this equation at 50 MPH would be interesting at best, fatal at the worst.

Weight-distributing attachments might be an option. These slide into a Class 3/4/5 weight carrying receiver hitches, and redistributes hitch tongue weight. Weight distributing hitches are normally used for heavier trailers up to 10,000 lbs. Usually 2 spring bars, one on each side of the trailer to lift up and apply leverage to the tow vehicle, thereby redistributing tongue weight from the rear axle to the front. This provides more vehicle stability while towing. Weight distributing hitches currently come in two configurations: One with square bars that hook to the center of the ball mount, called trunnion bars, and one with round bars that slide into the bottom of the ball mount, called round bars.

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I've seen this set up doubled up and work well on a Class C motor home:



Sorry to sound pessimistic. You may well have a E or F-450 or equivalent or bigger, and my fear mongering would all for naught. If you have anything less than that for a tow vehicle, please consider my concerns. And don't forget to check the load rating on your tow vehicle tires.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 07:44 AM
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I have a rear mount cradle from Over-Built-Lifts on my Camper and it works awesome…. This only will carry one bike…. I am not sure about a 2 bike system…?
Then again, My overbuilt lift is made so it will carry a gold wing. I don’t think with a KLR and a scoter you have the same weight as a wing….
Loading and tying the bikes down would not be an issue, it the total weight that I would look at….
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 08:26 AM
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I have a two bike Joe hauler on my old truck f250 4x4 two bikes ok
My boys YZF 450 and CRF250 I now have a F150 and I think the weight of two bikes might be on the high side as far as loading un loading no problem by myself
What kind of car are you intending to use?
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