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Guys,
I'm thinking about buying this trailer hitch carrier: http://motorcycle-rack.com/motorcycle_carrier1d.htm to haul my 09 KLR 650 on a 300 mile trip. I've done some searching over on the AV rider forum as well as here, but have not read any reviews on this particular model of carrier. I'll be using a 2002 Suburban to carry my bike on the trip. Anyone have any experience with this brand/model of carrier? Thanks much for your input.
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BlueDuck -

I'm with Drifter-hp on this one.

The KLR runs at least 400 pounds wet. If you look at the pictures from the side, you'll see that the bike is actually a couple of feet from the receiver. A receiver is rated at XXX pounds, with the load right at the receiver (sitting on a ball). Bottom picture: http://www.motorcycle-rack.com/id35.htm

If XXX is 500 pounds, I think the design has so much cantilever in it that driving around with 400+ pounds on the rack would have me puckered up like nobody's bidness. I'd worry about honking up the receiver.

I have an F-250 that is set up with a Class IV that can handle 800 pounds of tongue weight. I wouldn't be worried about ripping the receiver off, but the whole thing cantilevered out on a 2 foot long, 2" square tube with over 400 pounds sitting on it would still scare the pee out of me...

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Thanks guys. I've found another carrier that is rated up to 600 lbs (vers haul). Accodrind to the owner's manual for my Suburban, the max tounge weight for my truck is 660 lbs. The only problem is the 600lb rated carrier costs as much as a small trailer. The trailer would probably be more usefull, but my wife is not comfortable pulling one, thus the reason for a bike carrier. Thanks for your feedback.
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Blueduck -

I didn't suggest a single rail trailer because I figured you'd already considered and rejected that for your own reasons.

I hope the bigger carrier works out for you.

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It's the bumps that scare me with a carrier like that.. With it sticking out the back of the car, you have that much more weight that will be forced up and down with a bad bump.. I've seen 250 dirt bikes on them and that made me nervous.

Ramp, my old Toyota T100, and 2 tie downs and I know my bike's fine for those rare times I have to haul it, which is usually once every other year or so..
 

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I've got an F250 that I can use to haul the bike (in the bed of course), but it does not comfortabely seat my wife and two kids. Thanks again for all the feedback!
 

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That's a tough one, and I see your issue.. It's not something I think about since I don't have children, and can be selfish with my own time.

Either a small trailer, or the hitch carrier are pretty much your only options. I wish you the best of luck and tip my hat to you that you're doing what you can to involve your kids..

Of course, you're going to need to get the kids a couple minibikes, so you might as well go with the trailer now.. :)
 

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2 feet back with 400 pounds puts a heck of a lot of weight on the reciever. I don't care how much weight the carrier will hold it's teh rear eciever that has to put up with the downward load of 400 plus pounds at 2 ft from the fulcrum point, and it's a small Sunbaru.
 

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I actually have done this with my klr. I had a welder fabricator make one up for me. This thing is a tank. I mount it to the hitch of my truck and have hauled it all over the place. Now mind you it isn't a production unit. This thing was made to haul weight. I have a 92 Dodge Cummins 350w and don't even know it's there. Of course the truck is a tank also. LOL

The way I see it is there are two possible problems. The suspention on the tuck. As stated before 5 or 6 hundred pounds isn't as much of a problem as the distance from the mounting point. I also use the same rack to attach to the back of my camper BUT I DO NOT HAUL THE KLR ON THE CAMPER I take my xt350 when camping. I am afraid of the weight of the klr on the camper. Another thing to consider. To do it "right" I would put an additional two receiver attachments on the rack to fit into two additional receivers on on the hitch. This will spread the weight to two additional points relieveing the stress on only one. I still use only one on the truck but the three on the camper.

I would look for a good fabricator and tell them what you want. I would pay the price for the carrier to make sure it was strong enough. As you know this is no place to skimp.

I know this pict isn't much help but it does show the bike on the back of the truck. If I get a little time today I'll try to take a couple of picts of the rack and post them.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg273/thumbs47/Newstuff149.jpg
 
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