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Old 03-25-2014, 05:45 AM   #1
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Hitch mounted Motorcycle rack

I have decided to purchase a small motorcycle ( Suzuki TU250X (325lbs.)) to put on a rack across my stern. Much easier to manage than a toad (not so good in the rain).
Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with Hitch mounted racks? If so, what type of ramp did you have and what manufacture/model?
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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They are very popular and work fine for a smaller bike like that. Any bigger and they are royal pita to get up on there.

I've had them in aluminum and steel, they all work about the same, the former a little easier to install and remove. You don't have to spend a lot of $$ to get one that works decent - generally under $200. Something with a ramp is suggested, not all of them address that - otherwise you have to fabricate your own.

Make sure your hitch is good to at least 500lbs - the levering effect with it canted out there like that is equal to about 150% of the actual weight.

Your local bike shop will have them, or there's a variety of them at discountracks.com, ebay, amazon, or check your local craigs for someone selling theirs or a local builder.

It's surprising how little they move around back there - a motorhome is fairly steady going down the road.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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Thanks CJ!
All you've said makes perfect sense! I'm assuming the longer the ramp the easier to put the bike on but you then need to park in a place that has the clearance for the ramp. Have you had any experience with a tilting ramp? With the tilting function it does not require as long a ramp. Sounds good but the reviews don't speak well of the company and it's after sale service.
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Naw, just get a straight rail with a ramp that clips into the end. If you can load it from a driveway apron or sidewalk that helps. So you load it from right to left.

They are flimsy looking things, and if you grab the bars the thing sways around, but going down the road they're pretty steady. Some of them have a way to tighten the stinger insert on the hitch to prevent a lot of the play and resulting swaying around.

I have a buddy that has one on the front and the back, a bike each place, then behind the rear one is a tow bar for his land rover. He actually goes down the hiway like that. LOL.
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I have decided to purchase a small motorcycle ( Suzuki TU250X (325lbs.)) to put on a rack across my stern. Much easier to manage than a toad (not so good in the rain).
Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with Hitch mounted racks? If so, what type of ramp did you have and what manufacture/model?
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We did just what you're thinking about. I used to haul a TW200 (about 300 lbs. plus or minus) on a rack I made and, I also set it up to pull our Jeep to our local desert. It was nice to be able to have both types of fun covered while out there. You don't say where you're at, otherwise I'd make you one heck of a deal. We haven't used it for years. I got the ramp from a local metal supply outlet that sold all kinds of ramps. I'm not a real fan of that kind of weight being able to move around back there. So, what I did was remove the hitch, then drill it and welded on some nuts to accept a 1/2" bolt to be used as "Set screw" for locking down the bike carrier on the hitch.

It worked great. But, they've got other things out now that lock any sliders into hitches. They're sold at camping world etc.
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The Versa Haul 55ro seems to be most highly regarded and has the features you need.
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Plus-one on Versa haul. It's expensive though.
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FYI - I found a used steel carrier with a 5' ramp on Craig's list for $100. It was used 3 times and sat around for a few years. A quick bath and she's as good as new.
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FYI - I found a used steel carrier with a 5' ramp on Craig's list for $100. It was used 3 times and sat around for a few years. A quick bath and she's as good as new.
thanks for your help!
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Thanks for your help!
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I bought mine @ discountramps.com. It's a Rage Powersports SMC-600R. Seems to work fine. I haul a Honda Helix, which weighs around 350 lbs. The carrier itself weighs 100 lbs.
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