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Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

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    Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?


    What do you guys prefer Iíve always loaded my stuff with ramps but thinking about a hitch mounted carrier for my CRF

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    uh...are you talking ramps in the bed of a pickup? I have an SUV and use a hitch carrier for most bikes under 600lbs.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    i've used all three methods (carrier, ramps into bed, ramps onto trailer) over the years but for a dirt bike, hitch mount carriers are super handy as long as the vehicle isn't too tall and can handle the tounge weight ... the anti-wobble brackets also help quite a bit.

    i've had my justhitchit.com carrier for ~13 years. we still use it every trip to the Berkshires on the back of my buddies full-size GMC. works great and leaves more room in the bed for all our crap with one bike in the bed and one on carrier.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Yes I meant loading into a truck bed

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I personally don’t trust those hitch carriers, nor do I have storage for a trailer, so I ride my bike (like a man) onto a ramp, then drag the ramp behind a truck with a chain until the bike falls off and I get pulled over

    Edit: oh you meant use the ramps to ride into a truck. Oh yeah, I do that...with a winch

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I'd rather do ramps. Tried the hitch carrier once. Bike almost took out out the rear glass of my xterra when i was dentensioning the straps. In a truck no issue with that however.

    I just feel more secure with ramps, bike in bed. But could see the benefits with the hitch, just a preference

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have a ton of miles on my hitch carrier with no issues. Using the right tie-downs is essential.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have used my hitch carrier for my Vstrom, SV and ZX6 with my Silverado. I do have to say loading a bike on a hitch carrier is a walk in the park if the ramp has a chock in comparison to loading into a modern 1/2 ton truck. I trusted mine with an SV strapped in all the way down to Summit Point for a weekend with no worries.

    The one con I had with my hitch carrier was how much it would resonate when you went over some North East highway bumps. It may be a different story with something smaller like a 250f on the back. If I didnít get a free single rail trailer I would have kept mine.
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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have the lightest weight all aluminum hitch mount carrier. Add-A-Bike hitch carrier without straps. AB HOME This thing is super light for one hand carry to the back of the SUV. I even bent one of the cross braces backing into a tree leaving an event. The add-a-bike owner sent me two cross braces in the mail and told me to learn how to drive (Seriously he wrote that on a 3m post it stuck to the brace when I took it out of the envelope). The unique design of that hook over the seat and the pin through the foot peg holds the bike better than you would think. It does sway and move around but the bike stays on even when I have caught a little air and blew my tire on a massive pot hole. (Thanks Rt2 Gardner)

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    That said I bought a truck and now use ramps. It's a no brainer. The bike is out of the way and no worries about ground clearance pulling out some crazy pitched driveway or it somehow slapping the back of the SUV when a hauling mount gives way.

    Still if I go back to an SUV I still have my no rust aluminum hitch carrier ready to be pressed back into action. I actually am quite fond of it. LOL

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    With the hitch carrier we used set of add-on tail/brake lights, plugged into trailer harness. I’ve heard anecdotally of people being stopped or ticketed for obstructed lights.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I added a cheapie amazon 48" truck bed light strip with turn signals that came with the 4-pin trailer plug and I've never had an issue. It's pictured in my previous post.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have a cheap hitch carrier for a dirt bike

    Once I invented ratchet strapping the WHEELS down I have had no problems

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I much prefer using my hitch hauler or kendon trailer to loading bikes in the bed of my truck. I'm short. Loading dirtbikes in the bed is a drag. Also, two bikes never seem to stay secure in the bed. So, 1 bike, hitch hauler, 2 bikes, kendon. But in a pinch, truck bed.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by OneCheekRider View Post
    I have a ton of miles on my hitch carrier with no issues. Using the right tie-downs is essential. [IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190211/011f52678e30c2785b1ac48922e47019.jpg[/IMG

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    I like the width of your carrier, the one I have is much narrower. The first time you use a hitch ramp you're nervous as hell but I have a ton (ok not a full 2k lbs - would not ever try to haul my XDiavel..) of faith with mine. Just be sure to use a tensioner so it doesnt rock back and forth on the box receiver.
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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    One of the guys on the Sprinter forum did something that’s now being copied.

    He mounted 1-1/4” hitches to each side, and bolted receivers to the carrier. Much stronger, no see-sawing, but still comes right off.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by OneCheekRider View Post
    I added a cheapie amazon 48" truck bed light strip with turn signals that came with the 4-pin trailer plug and I've never had an issue. It's pictured in my previous post.
    Who makes the carrier that you are using?

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    One of the guys on the Sprinter forum did something that’s now being copied.

    He mounted 1-1/4” hitches to each side, and bolted receivers to the carrier. Much stronger, no see-sawing, but still comes right off.
    I bet all you would need is one extra receiver about 2 feet apart from the center one. to make it easier to put the hauler on, I'd leave the extra spar an inch or 2 shorter.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 02redhawk View Post
    Who makes the carrier that you are using?
    I believe it is this one: https://www.discountramps.com/smc-60...QaApHtEALw_wcB

    I also ditched the anti-wobble device that came with it and bought this which works great https://smile.amazon.com/StowAway-Ti...gateway&sr=8-6

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have been using one for a couple years now, big fan but the only variable that becomes an issue when you are loading/unloading a bike alone is the rake/length of your bike vs the height of your SUV/truck. Having the bottom hang up mid way down is a drag, ramps can always be longer than supplied.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    I have used a hitch carrier but I don’t like the amount of tongue weight they use up.

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    Re: Ramps or hitch mounted carrier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    One of the guys on the Sprinter forum did something thatís now being copied.

    He mounted 1-1/4Ē hitches to each side, and bolted receivers to the carrier. Much stronger, no see-sawing, but still comes right off.
    Lol I did this to a corolla LOL - I had two 2Ē receivers welded to a hitch, then bolted the hitch to the car. Sagged quite a bit, but super secure and convenient for quickie rips

    I am thinking about going back to a carrier and using the bed of the truck (with a TruXedo) for storage. Throw the carrier, ramp, dirt bike gear and gas can in the truck bed (locked under a cover) all the time.

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