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Old 02-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #1
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OK to transport BMW xChallenge on Ultimate MX Hauler?

Just picked up an xChallenge; as you know it has a metal bash plate.

I'm looking to transport it on this Ultimate MX Hauler, so the bike would rest on its bash plate.

What I'm not sure about is if the xChallenge's bash plate is strong enough to support the weight of the bike for an extended trip. Does anyone have any experience with this? The bash plate doesn't seem to be connected with very strong screws, so I'm a bit concerned about all the weight of the bike resting on the plate. (I did notice that there are, however, rubber spacers between the plate and the engine block, so maybe it would be ok???)

Here's a picture of the Hauler's design:

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Old 02-02-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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I have had one and used it for over 10 years now when I am not using my enclosed trailer and going long distances.
I would not put a bike over 300 lbs on it. It is well made for any full on dirt bike.
Even with my dirt bikes I end up using a C-Clamp to the front of the skid plate to get triangulation with the foot pegs and prevent rocking on the skid plate.
So get a heavy duty single rail. hitch mount. They make them so that you can haul 450 lb sport bikes like this:

http://www.discountramps.com/hd-motorcycle-carrier.htm
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:17 AM   #3
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This is not a good idea

just check out how the bashplate is mounted to the bike
Its 4 small bolts ! 2x M6 at the front, 2x M4 or M5 at the back
The bolts will just crack due to the weight an the vibrations.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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re: bash plate

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just check out how the bashplate is mounted to the bike
Its 4 small bolts ! 2x M6 at the front, 2x M4 or M5 at the back
The bolts will just crack due to the weight an the vibrations.
Yeah that's what I'm worried about. I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has upgraded the way the bash plate is connected to the xChallenge to allow for it to rest on it.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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re: weight

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I have had one and used it for over 10 years now when I am not using my enclosed trailer and going long distances.
I would not put a bike over 300 lbs on it. It is well made for any full on dirt bike.
Even with my dirt bikes I end up using a C-Clamp to the front of the skid plate to get triangulation with the foot pegs and prevent rocking on the skid plate.
So get a heavy duty single rail. hitch mount. They make them so that you can haul 450 lb sport bikes like this:

http://www.discountramps.com/hd-motorcycle-carrier.htm
The xChallenge is 340lbs wet. So it's not out of the league of what's reasonable. There are a bunch of reasons I'd prefer to put it on something like the MX if possible.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:25 AM   #6
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The xChallenge is 340lbs wet. So it's not out of the league of what's reasonable. There are a bunch of reasons I'd prefer to put it on something like the MX if possible.
I have had the bolts break from resting the bike on a repair stand. I would certainly not transport it in your preferred method. Best of luck.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:32 AM   #7
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I have carried my Husky 610 on my motojack rack - I think it is the same rack.

100's of miles with no issues.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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Its street legal,you could ride it?
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Old 02-04-2013, 01:59 PM   #9
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I have carried my Husky 610 on my motojack rack - I think it is the same rack.

100's of miles with no issues.
Different frame design. Apples to Oranges.

But I think it's a bad idea. Go single rack if you can afford to buy one it will be well worth it
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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Why not run a rack on the hitch instead?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #11
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Yeah... took a closer look

Yeah I took a closer look and you guys are right -- I just don't see how it would work.

Here are some pics -- even though there are rubber spacers, all the force would be on those four small bolts.

Bummer. I'll use a ramp hauler instead...









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Old 02-05-2013, 02:14 PM   #12
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... or maybe...

I'd emailed the MXHauler guys and they just wrote me back after they saw the pics above:
It looks like the rear of the skid plate is much stronger and would work. Most of the weight ends up being on the rear of the skid the way the foot pegs tie it down.

Have you ever had it on a regular dirt bike stand?

Also there are plastic strips that go on the platform, and you can pick where they go to allow the weight to be located at the right spots for your bike. One strip will go where the foot pegs go, but the other can be moved around to suit your need.
Huh.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:00 PM   #13
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I would because of the case and skid plate design. Same with say the g450x and other vikes w/o a lower frame.
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