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A motorbike carrier is always dependable as long as the motorcycle and the vehicle follow strict guidelines, usually recommended through the output of the automobile and also the carrier. The load limit of the carrier and also the maximum tongue rating from the hitch receiver is essential to follow. Failure to comply the weight limits can often lead to extremely expensive damage to the motorcycle and the vehicle.

Typical weight limits of motorcycle haulers are 400 and 600lbs depending on the design and material the carrier is created from. Most carriers that are made for dirt bike transportation are made from aluminum and also have a 400lb weight limit. The carriers that are made of steel will often have a 600lb weigh limit and are designed to carry sport bikes or cruisers.

Loading the Motorcycle

Loading the motorcycle around the carrier is often times where most accidents occur. Also have two people present when loading the motorcycle, one person on each side of the motorcycle to balance the bike. Not have the motorcycle running while loading the bike, a slip from the clutch can send the motorcycle in to the vehicle or into some on loading the bike.


Following the motorcycle is up the ramp have on person securely hold the bike while the other uses ratchet straps to strap on the motorcycle towards the motorcycle carrier. Always employ at least four ratchet straps to secure the motorcycle. Two on the front of the motorcycle and two around the back of the rear of the motorcycle, preferably on the seat frame.

Driving using the Motorcycle Carrier

The most common mistake drivers make when transporting a motorbike around the carrier is the assumption that they will be in a position to drive as if they aren't transporting the motorcycle due to the lack of a trailer. Special attention must be taken when driving with the carrier, particularly when driving over rough terrain such as dirt road, speed bumps and on-ramps to interstates. Failure to drive carefully can result in failure of the ratchet straps or any other locking mechanisms that will securely hold the motorcycle towards the carrier.

Never drive over the posted speed limits
Always slow for rough terrain
Always alternate as slow as possible


To conclude, the advice given above remember the tips below.

Always load the motorcycle onto the motorcycle carrier with two people.
Always select a motorcycle carrier created for your motorcycle and vehicle
Always drive safely as if you were pulling a trailer when the motorcycle carrier is mounted.

Posted Mar 18, 2013 at 4:31pm