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Old 09-04-2014, 09:17 PM   #1
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Cycle Gear motercycle carrier

anybody have any experience or an opinion as to whether
this carrier will haul a KLR 650 a 1000 miles with no problems?
sure beats the price of a new trailer.

http://www.cyclegear.com/TRACKSIDE-Motorcycle-Carrier
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:35 PM   #2
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Well...it's rated for it.

I have a similar type carrier, though made a bit differently. The first time I put my KLR650 on it, the track that the bike sat in was bowing down towards the ground a little bit and it made me uncomfortable with it. I took the bike off, cut off a piece of uni-track I had lying around, and bolted it on one of the vertical walls of the track the entire length of the track. That worked well enough for several trips until I finally got around to welding up a better support. I have no issues with the 2x2 hitch tubing bending or showing signs of stress.

So...for $100, it's hard to go wrong with that carrier. If I were in your shoes, I'd reinforce the tray of it before you do anything with it though. It looks like you could easily bolt on some 1.5" C channel to the front and back of it and that would greatly reinforce it enough I'd feel comfortable carrying a KLR650 on it.

Not sure what you'll be "towing" it with, but unless it's at least a 3/4 ton vehicle, you may want to look into either stiffening springs or an air spring kit. You're likely looking at the maximum tongue rating of your hitch, so make sure the rest of your equipment is up for the challenge.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:06 PM   #3
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juddspaintballs,

thanks for your thoughts.
my car is a Mercedes ML 320.
I have no idea how it would be rated, but I doubt it would be equal to a 3/4
ton vehicle.
this may be the real weak point.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:04 PM   #4
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I highly suspect that the tongue weight rating of that vehicle is going to be around 350# and not enough to hold that carrier and KLR. I would use a trailer if I were you. I'll put my KLR250 on the hitch of my Chevy Blazer (Class III hitch with 500# tongue rating), but I would never put the KLR650 on it. I used my 3/4 ton Suburban with the KLR650 on the back.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:50 PM   #5
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thanks again.
I think i'll start looking around for a trailer.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #6
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well you have me thinking now... Good price on this thing. anyone else have experience with this model? I would be hauling my ktm 690 or drz 400... behind a truck. So no issues there just wondering how well this thing is made.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:39 AM   #7
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well you have me thinking now... Good price on this thing. anyone else have experience with this model? I would be hauling my ktm 690 or drz 400... behind a truck. So no issues there just wondering how well this thing is made.
I have one. It's not that well made but it works. The "channel" the bike goes in is two square box section tubes with bolts as the spacers. The bike doesn't actually roll through the channel, you have to work it over every bolt and then you need to space them right so your tire's "sit" down in them. Not an easy load by yourself but it can be done. I forgot what it's rated but I wouldn't go much over 300#s on it. I have carried a Suzuki DR 200SE and a Honda XR650R in mine. I wouldn't buy it at full price, about $100 is all it's worth.
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Old 09-06-2014, 12:51 PM   #8
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I had this one and didn't like. I had previous experience with another brand so I could easily see the difference. It tends to bow a bit too much for me since it's different pieces. Below is what I use now and it is well worth the money difference.

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcy...ocYaAv_f8P8HAQ
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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I have one, it has hauled my KLR a couple times. I did weld up all the pieces along with the bolts. It seems a little better this way. bete
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:44 PM   #10
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There is no way to safely use your car and a motorcycle hauler like that to haul that large of a bike. You would be lucky to haul a dirt bike (250 pounds) with that set up. I use a bike hauler (different brand) with an SUV that has a class v trailer hitch to haul my dirt bike (225 pounds). I love it and got rid of my trailer. However, it has it limits, and weight is one of them. You cannot hang that much weight on your hitch and on the back of your car.
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