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    Bike transport question...


    Has anyone ever used or had any experience with this type of bike carrier: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ima...1&s=automotive

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    I'm just looking for something basic to transport my SV, (whether to the track, or to winter storage), something that is also easy to store as I have limited storage space (and I have NO garage/parking space for a "real" trailer!). I drive a 2012 Subaru Forester with the "standard" tow package installed, if that matters...

    Any applicable comments/suggestions/opinions on this carrier is greatly appreciated!!

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    I've seen this for bicycles before, but not for a motorcycle. The problem I'd see with this is how often you accelerate and brake in the car, causing a large amount of forces trying to tip the motorcycle over. There just doesn't seem to be a good way to anchor the bike down to keep it from moving around compared to a traditional trailor where the bike is facing the same direction as the tow vehicle.

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    Quote Originally Posted by SCRLT01 View Post
    I drive a 2012 Subaru Forester with the "standard" tow package installed, if that matters...

    Any applicable comments/suggestions/opinions on this carrier is greatly appreciated!!
    pretty sure the Forester has a max tongue weight of 200-250lbs., so unless your SV is made of titanium & carbon fiber and under 250lbs

    how often do you go to the track/ average # of times you tow per year? with no storage space for a trailer if your only talking 3-4 tows per year maybe U-haul is the best answer

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    My buddy @ work has one of these and says its a PITA for motorcycles for exactly the reasons rsw81 mentioned.

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    I wasn't sold on them until Kitt let me borrow his. Damn thing works out awesome. I have a cap on my Tundra so it was either pull a trailer or not ride. The hitch hauler was easy to load and a lot more stable than I expected. I found a Boss one ( http://www.bosstruckaccessories.com/...lecarrier.html ) used on Craigslist and now use it about once a week to haul dirty bikes and absolutely love the convenience. I bet it would be a lot of weight for your Forester though.

    As far as the bike rocking in the direction of travel, I've never had an issue. Strap the bike down properly to the carrier and it's quite stable. Some carriers fit tighter in the receiver than others though and that's where I've seen motion occurring. The Boss one has a system that tightens up that connection and I haven't had an issue despite dirt roads and logging trails.

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    Wow - thanks for the feedback! I didn't even think about the tongue weight, or how it would impact what I was trying to do (it's supposed to be a class II tower....). So would something like this make more sense?

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    Honestly I'd suggest borrowing or buying a trailer.

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    Quote Originally Posted by SCRLT01 View Post
    Wow - thanks for the feedback! I didn't even think about the tongue weight, or how it would impact what I was trying to do (it's supposed to be a class II tower....). So would something like this make more sense?

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    Quote Originally Posted by SCRLT01 View Post
    Wow - thanks for the feedback! I didn't even think about the tongue weight, or how it would impact what I was trying to do (it's supposed to be a class II tower....). So would something like this make more sense?

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    That would scare the crap out of me, not to mention all the flat highway miles you're putting on the rear tire. I agree with csmutty - borrow or rent a trailer. You can rent one from UHaul for $14.95 a day.

    I know you say you have no space for a conventional trailer, but there are folding ones as well if you have a 5' x 2' space to store it. Would take up about the same amount of space as a bike. As an example: http://www.harborfreight.com/1195-lb...els-90154.html

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    I have a small trailer that when I'm not using it I stand it up against the side of my garage. Alone the trailer weighs about 120lbs and I've taken it from VT to MA multiple times. Takes an 1-7/8" ball. I'm coming to Boston tomorrow early evening, I don't need it anymore. If you want I'll sell it for the price of that hitch thing shipped ($115). We could meet somewhere around where 93 and 495 meet. PM me asap if interested.

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    Re: Bike transport question...

    There is always the venerable HF trailer. Cheap and light weight, perfect for a single bike and maybe a cooler.

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    the position you're in sucks...it's going to cost you money: trailer in a bag for ~$1,200

    for towing



    for storage

    disassmble into these parts, put into a bag, and leave in your closet:



    otherwise, borrow a trailer or rent one

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