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post #1 of 15 Old 09-28-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Harbor Freight & KLR

Got the flyer for their sale today and see that the mighty KLR made page #20

http://www.harborfreight.com/400-lb-...ier-99721.html

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It is the best way to carry your bike...IF....the carrying vehicle hitch can deal with 3 times that weight pushing down on it when the truck goes over a good pothole or sharp dip in the road etc. I lost a bike way back when I was just a wipper snapper...I used to carry a 250 the same way on the back of my Datsun 510.....worked like a charm for months, then all of a sudden I heard this huge tearing ripping sound and a bang and I could see the bike being dragged and bounced down the highway! It had ripped the whole seam of the truck apart after a good dip in the highway. No it wasn't meant to carry anything like that weight but it sure taught me a good lesson in a hurry! Never go by what the carrier says it will carry, double or tripple it at the hitch, then ask yourself will the truck or hitch still be intact after a good bounce...? It trashed a good set of knobbies and I had to leave the bike on the highway for an hour....it was still there when I got back....wasn't a good bike, but it was mine. You won't believe what I did to fix the hitch....I jacked it back in place and pop riveted and bolted a few pieces of steel flat bar across the tear just so I could get the bike before some arsewipe took it. No truck or trailer back in them days. I had more rope and ratchet straps coming and going from every possible location to stop it from happening again before I got home. I should have been on America's funniest videos or redneck videos....I'm sure I would have made TV!

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I would be reluctant to try that. Knew a guy that had something similar but he had a double receiver connection so it had more support rather than just in the middle. That I trust.

A hitch on a Datsun 510 carrying a bike!! Now that's just crazy. Most guys here probably had to Google Datsun and 510.

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My son would say:
"What's a Datsun? Isn't that, like, and antique car or something?" Didn't they, like, go out of business or something?"
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So then I should pass? I have wanted one of these for a while. I have a suburban and the hitch is rated to 500# figured that included bounce weight.


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I always pipe up when one of these things is discussed here. I have used them (with modifications to both carrier and vehicle) and while I never had any real trouble with the thing, I would never use one again. I think they're an accident waiting to happen.

Depends on what you use it with, but it was way too much weight for a 1/2-ton Dodge Ram pickup.



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So then I should pass? I have wanted one of these for a while. I have a suburban and the hitch is rated to 500# figured that included bounce weight.
My buddy with the dual receiver set up also had a Suburban. I wouldn't go with a single receiver but it's your ride.

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This is his set up and maybe it's a Yukon not a Suburban. Can't remember but frame is likely similar. He previously owned a KLR.


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A Suburban will have a hard time with it. A couple of other things to remember are that the motorcycle will at least partially, if not totally, obscure your tail lights and blinkers. Your rear suspension will also be so squatted down that your headlights will aim way high at night, making them less effective and pissing off other drivers. You'll even be able to tell your front end is lighter, especially going over bumps.

Not that I think it matters much, but note the KLR exceeds the 400-pound rated capacity of the carrier.

Note: I think one of these might be okay for, say, a -300-pound motorcycle on a larger pickup/SUV, but definitely not a +400-pound machine like a KLR. I used mine to carry a Honda XR650, less weight than KLR, but still well above 300 pounds, I believe. Short, slow, daytime trips carrying, say, a 250 dirt bike, it would probably be okay.




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Or you can look on this site.

http://discountramps.com/carriers.htm


They have an aluminum unit and maybe some helpers to assist with loading the bike.



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