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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 8:14 pm Thread Starter
 
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Carry KGT on a hitch carrier?

I just purchased a VW Touareg. It has a 7700 pound towing capacity and a 770 pound tongue wt. limit.

I am considering a hitch carrier to bring the bike to the mountains with less hassle than a trailor.

Something like this

http://joeylift.net/Home_Page.php

or this

http://www.joehauler.com/camloc/camloc.shtml

or this

http://www.motorcycleramps.com/hitch...le_carrier.htm

Heres a thread describing using a Touareg to haul a lighter bike this way. (My other bike weighs about the same)

http://forums.clubtouareg.com/ftopic1214.html

Has anyone tried something like this? Thanks for any input.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 9:10 pm
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i looked at carriers for about 6 months...

i got the joehauler deluxe cam loc heavy duty #JH05... those folks are very cool and spent a lot of time with me...

i installed ride rite air bags on the rear... absolutely necessay on the jeep... they make one he11 of a difference... http://www.fsip.com/riderite

i installed a special order draw tite class 3 heavy duty hitch... my buddy got it for me because it was not available online so i dont have a link... it had a class 4 rating... dont tell anyone...

i did install a led light bar that is tail... brake... turn... you can see it if you look close...

the whole thing is tight... i have about 900 miles on it... no slop... going 75 and 80mph on the freeway and didnt even know it was there...


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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 10:04 pm
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 10:33 pm
 
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At 650+ lbs for the new GT I simply would not do it (the actual hitch weight is more since the 650# bike is ca. 2 ft from the hitch itself...torque!). I have a Versahaul carrier (that is one of the best) and a class 3 hitch set up on my Durango and the heaviest I'll carry is my F650 (430#) and that's only when I have to do it. Think about $22k riding on the back of your truck on $750 of metal that wiggles around and you'll go for a trailer. But, my F650 has a sticker on it: If this bike is on a trailer, call the cops - it's being stolen!. I only trailer (or hitch carrier) them if I've been injured or they're broken! Just my opinion.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:17 pm
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I would just buy an inexpensive general trailer with a wood floor. It will carry multiple bikes when needed and can be used for other duties around the home year round.
Remember, as soon as you start talking about the great time you had when you brought the bike all the way to someplace cool your buddy will say "Wow, I wish I could go with you next time"
Now you can say buy one of the things I have and you can follow me....
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You can say lets do it! I can fit 3 bikes on the trailer!

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 7:28 am
 
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As a guy who does a TON of towing, that hitch set up scares me. Even on my F250 the tongue weight is <600 lbs. And that is supported weight (wheels and axles) connected to a class IV hitch. The lever and torque forces on that system must be through he roof!

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 7:48 am
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Beautiful bike, but man that is one scary setup. That defies the laws of physics. Gravity being foremost.

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Beautiful bike, but man that is one scary setup. That defies the laws of physics. Gravity being foremost.
Kind of like this?



http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...andcanyon.html

I understand the difficult physics, but I have found about a dozen people online who have tried this solution and swear by it . . and, I have yet to find anyone who has had problems.

I really just want to avoid the extra hassle of a trailer if possible.
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 5:35 pm
 
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Try this. Much less weight on the car, and a hydraulic lift to get the front wheel off the ground. Will work with any weight of bike because most of the weight stays on the back wheel.
Contact http://www.easylifter.co.uk/index.htm
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Interesting, but I didn't see anything about US dealers. I imagine the shipping to get one here would be murder.

This one also has a hydraulic lift

http://joeylift.net/Home_Page.php

[QUOTE=Chrisdy]Try this. Much less weight on the car, and a hydraulic lift to get the front wheel off the ground. Will work with any weight of bike because most of the weight stays on the back wheel.
Contact http://www.easylifter.co.uk/index.htm[/QUOTE
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