Would also note that if anybody just wants to discuss hauling in general, I'd be interested in hearing opinions on this.
I doubt too many people haul their KLR's, but I've hauled an old Suzuki SP600 and a Honda XR650. Sometimes you just have to do it. Mine were usually hauled when I was moving or travelling thousands of miles and just wanted to take the bike along to ride when I got to my destination. I used one of those original "Moto-X Caddies" that slide into the receiver hitch and hold the bike sideways across the back of the vehicle.
I'm fortunate mine fits in the back of my bare-bones '03 short bed Tacoma because I never liked that hitch carrier. I had mine reinforced with some extra brackets to keep it from wobbling/tipping so much, but it always bounced around all over the place, obscured my tail lights and threw off my headlights enough that I had to get some extra leaf springs put in my vehicle to handle the load and that was with a '95 1/2-ton Dodge Ram pickup. I guess adjustable rear suspension air bags would have made more sense, but cost a lot more.
It was kind of a necessary evil. It worked, but always made me nervous with the load exerted on the Dodge factory hitch unit to the point where I even wrapped a log chain around the bike, the hitch hauler and the frame of the Dodge so if it did rip loose, it would drag along behind me and not strike another vehicle and hurt or kill somebody. I would note that I logged thousands of miles with this setup with no incidents, but it wasn't exactly relaxed, carefree driving while doing so. I had a camper shell thing on the pickup at the time so putting the KLR in the bed wasn't an option.
I now use two ramps to load/unload into the back of the Tacoma. At first I had one ramp and a 2' square platform that slid into my receiver hitch to use as a step-up. They came as a set. I found I was way too uncoordinated and clumsy to use the platform thing, even though it was large and I put some non-skid tape on it. I'm sure it would work fine for a younger, more agile and coordinated person.
It's much easier to use two ramps and just walk up and down one while taking the bike up and down the other. I got them for my upcoming trip, or if I break down somewhere and my wife has to bring the pickup to rescue me and get me home. I just start the KLR, put it in first and walk up while using the clutch/brakes to drive/control the KLR up the ramp. Ride the thing up the ramp? Not me.
If I hauled regularly, I'd go with a dedicated trailer. Fortunately, this is a scenario that doesn't exist for me but might for some folks. If you haul, how do you do it?
Last edited by planalp; 06-19-2011 at 02:09 AM.
Reason: Noted Had Camper Shell On Pickup At The Time