T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier

T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp Review

T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp Review

There are many ways to transport a motorcycle, but we are all limited by the equipment we have on hand for the task. Who can justify purchasing a pickup-up truck just to carry a bike around when we can barely afford to pay for our own food? No one can. And, that is why someone, not too long ago, created the hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier. Many versions of this nifty device exist, but among the least expensive of these is the T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp.

T-Motorsports builds the Dirt Bike Carrier with lightweight aluminum, keeping the stress on your trailer hitch to a minimum. The standard two-inch hitch receiver is required for it to work, but most tow vehicles are so equipped or can be. The surface of the carrier is coated to prevent rust and to make cleaning a cinch. An aluminum ramp is included with the carrier which allows for easy loading and can be detached and then stored behind the unit itself. Since it is made specifically for off-road motorbikes, its maximum carrying weight is 400 pounds (181 kg). However, that does mean that the Dirt Bike Carrier can haul virtually any production dirt-focused motorcycle under 500 cc with ease.

T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp ReviewAssembling the Dirt Bike Carrier is quite simple due to its very basic design and implementation. The package comes with everything you will need – save tie-downs – and it should be easily possible to put it all together in a matter of minutes. Loading the bike is almost as simple; once the carrier is in place, simply attach the ramp, roll the motorbike into place, and then tie it down. Deep wheel-wells hold things steady while in motion and, if properly secured, there is no reason to worry about the bike being on the tail end of your vehicle. One problem with the carrier, though, comes when unloading. Unless you have arms like Mr. Universe, you may need help getting your bike out of those deep wheel holes – sometimes, three people are needed. The T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier is not a perfect solution – to be fair, it does lack some attention to detail found on some competitors – but it is certainly priced right and it will do the basic job of safely moving your dirt bike from point A to point B.

Suggested retail pricing on the T-Motorsports Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp is around US$90. Considering just how helpful this device could be for those without a truck or another way of easily moving your motorbike, the Dirt Bike Carrier with Ramp could find a home in yours.

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The Rage AMC 600-2 Double Motorcycle Hitch Carrier

The Rage AMC 600-2 Double Motorcycle Hitch Carrier Review

The Rage AMC 600-2 Double Motorcycle Hitch Carrier Review

The plentitude of hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers available can be a bit perplexing when you first start looking. This is simply because there are so many variations on the theme; so many different capacities and designs. Rage Powersports is no rookie in this industry and has a respectable collection of its own. One of the models which grabs plenty of attention, especially from those who rarely ride alone, is the AMC 600-2 Double Motorcycle Hitch Carrier.

The Rage AMC 600-2 Double Motorcycle Hitch Carrier Review

Rage’s AMC 600-2 double carrier does indeed carry two motorcycles at one time on the hitch of a single tow vehicle, something only large trucks and trailers could do before. It manages to do this with a heavy-duty aircraft aluminum deck, meaning it is very lightweight compared to steel models with the side benefit of being virtually rust-proof and very durable, which is welded to a very strong steel main hitch tube that is powdercoated for the same reasons. Though each rail is 75 inches (1.9 meter) long, the entire unit only tips the scales at 69 pounds (31 kg) and yet it can haul 600 of those same pounds (272 kg); that is more than enough for two big motocross machines in the 450 cc range, even older models. In fact, one of the rails can hold 400 pounds (181 kg) if you are only taking one motorbike along. As is standard with this weight class, you will need a basically ubiquitous two-inch Class III hitch or better and the 45.5 inch (1.2 meter) ramp actually stores right up next to this area to keep as much of the weight forward on the AMC 600-2 as possible.

Simply plug your AMC 600-2 Double motorcycle carrier into your tow vehicle and install the ramp on the rail of choice – the closest rail to the vehicle should be loaded first – and it is ready to go. Loading is as simple as pushing the bike up the ramp and into the wheel wells and then using tie-downs to secure it in place. For the second machine, simply repeat the process and then store the ramp. It is actually quite an interesting feeling driving down the highway with one of these as the carrier does extend somewhat from the rear of the tow vehicle; be prepared for some strange sensations if you have never had something this heavy and long hanging off your rear-end. However, in practice, once used to the feeling, it is still far better than dealing with a trailer and the associated complications. Unloading the AMC 600-2 double motorcycle hitch carrier is just like any other hitch carrier – quick and simple as long as you can keep your balance and you have some upper-body strength.

The AMC 600-2 double motorcycle hitch carrier already has an advantage over many in this sector of the market because it is capable of carrying two dirt bikes. This gives it a real benefit to those without any other way to bring two bikes along with them, but it also has the disadvantage of being rather large. That means you need to be sure that your tow vehicle is up to the task, so check all weights and specifications before you make the purchase.

Rage Powersports has a best seller with the AMC 600-2, and any trip to a local dirt track will demonstrate this. One major reason for this is that the suggested retail for this carrier is only US$330, but it is easy to find for as little as $240 – and it carries TWO dirt bikes! A well-built, durable, and incredibly useful motorcycle transport method – it’s hard to beat the AMC 600-2 double motorcycle hitch carrier.

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Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul Steel Motorcycle Carrier

Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul Steel Motorcycle Carrier Review

Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul Steel Motorcycle Carrier Review

It seems like new ways to transport motorcycles are always popping up at local shops and the hitch carrier is one specific area seeing continual development. Entering in this segment are a host of different types differentiated most significantly by carrying capacity; such load limits are usually big, round numbers. In the case of the Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul Steel Motorcycle Carrier, that number is 500 pounds (227 kg).

Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul Steel Motorcycle Carrier

That may seem like a high enough number for carrying some of the lighter sportbikes, but Masterbuilt only recommends motorcycles with less than 450 cc be hauled by the HMXCR Hitch-Haul carrier due to what they call “uneven weight distribution.” Even so, that does allow some monstrous on and off-road machines. The entire unit is made of steel, as the full name implies, and is powdercoated – in black, of course – so as to be impervious to weather, abuse and time. It is very strongly built and will fit the standard two inch hitch receiver, comes with a built-in ramp, has unique ‘bolt-in pins’ which secure the tires in place within wheel wells, and it has two steel tie-down ‘lugs’ welded firmly in place for rock-solid security. Be sure the correct Class of hitch is used; in this case anything Class III or above is fine. And the entire HMXCR Hitch-Haul carrier only weighs around 50 pounds (23 kg) on its own.

Be sure to follow the recommended weight and displacement limits when using the HMXCR Hitch-Haul for at least one reason: the ramp is fairly short. With the target 450 motocross machine, though, loading is fairly easy and the 76 inch (1.9 meter) deck holds virtually any wheelbase that fits within the stated limits. Having help doesn’t hurt, especially when unloading, but a coordinated person can do it all. Under way the carrier works very well and is quite solid compared to some on the market; this is courtesy of the included anti-tilt mechanism. As is often the case, the further back your hitch is from the rear set of wheels on the tow vehicle the more it will affect its handling. The purpose of the HMXCR Hitch-Haul motorcycle carrier is to allow a motorbike to be transported without the need of a pickup truck / lorry or a trailer, and this it does exceptionally well.

Suggested retail for the Masterbuilt HMXCR Hitch-Haul steel motorcycle carrier is set at US$200, though you know it is out there for much less if you look around just a little – as per usual, contact your local dealer first. This carrier is built to withstand some punishment within its rather generous limits and is well worth even twice the money; moving a dirt bike has never been easier.

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The Tilt-A-Rack Motorcycle Carrier

Tilt-A-Rack Motorcycle Carrier Review

The Tilt-A-Rack Motorcycle Carrier

As innovative ideas for carrying a motorcycle or scooter from one place to another without actually having the pleasure of riding it, the Tilt-A-Rack motorcycle carrier certainly appears to be an elegant solution. Of course, the Tilt-A-Rack design falls in line with the many hitch-mounted setups in most ways, with the very notable exception that the unit itself is both loading mechanism and the carrier. Simplifying the process of the load is an attribute which we can all appreciate.Tilt-A-Rack is made by none other than Tilt-A-Rack, as you might expect, and is made of aircraft grade aluminum for strength, rust-resistance and light weight. It is also available in three different carrying capacities: 200, 400, and 600 pounds. This variation allows for the carrying of many different types of bike, from motocross machines to trail bikes to many classics.Tilt_a_rack_motorcycle_carrier

To install the Tilt-A-Rack, your tow vehicle will need a Class III hitch or better; check the tongue weight rating for details. As long as your auto can handle it, this carrier will function on it. The mechanism allows you to forgo the idea of a ramp entirely, though it does have a slide-out extension for taller cars and trucks – in effect, a small integrated ramp.

Sitting 19 inches from the rear of the vehicle allows for many bike models to be accommodated easily with the simple auto-locking design making the loading process easy and worry-free; the secondary benefit is solid stability as the weight of the motorcycle holds it level by nature (gravity and a locking pin). The tilt is slanted to roll the bike towards the passenger side for unloading away from traffic if you must park close to it.

The Tilt-A-Rack comes complete and almost ready to go, just a few steps and you can have it in place on your hitch within minutes after the delivery driver drops it off. Of course, this is only if you do it by sight and feel – the instructions are sub-par. It does appear to be a tiny bit rough around the edges, but the welds are very nice and it feels like it would work fine for military duty. Loading is really quite simple and can be done solo provided you have a long reach.

It would not be recommended for a large sized scooter, or anything with more weight in the rear than a standard dirt bike would have, to be honest. However, stay away from needing and/or using their customer service and the Tilt-A-Rack is a solid platform for carrying a motorcycle, albeit best suited for dirt bikes. At a suggested retail or US$500, or even at the more standard $380, it is pricey, but it will do the work. Hopefully, your shipment will have all the correct nuts and bolts…

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Rage AMC400 Motorcycle Ramp

Rage AMC-400 Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier Review

The Rage AMC-400 Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier

You likely already know of hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers, especially if you have been to any sort of bike race in recent years. Even if you have simply hopped on the highway and come up behind an RV carrying a scooter on its backside, then you have probably seen one of these. The Rage AMC-400 is a lightweight aluminum motorcycle carrier designed for carrying up to a 400 pound bike – it’s best suited for dirt bikes or dirt-biased dual-sports.Rage makes the AMC-400 out of rugged, rust-resistant aircraft aluminum and will handle a bike with an overall length of 75 inches and a rear tire up to 5.5 inches in width. A ramp of the same material – with a solid, full-width attaching lip – is included with the AMC-400 and mounts to the carrier when not in use. Given its 400 pound capacity, the unit is only suited for Class III hitch or above. The 18 inch hitch tube is fully powder-coated and made of solid steel.

To stabilize the motorcycle and carrier assembly in its mount the AMC-400 includes a reverse anti-tilt device which locks it in place. For installing the carrier, all you have to deal with are eight nuts and bolts and then an easy lift to hook it into your tow vehicle’s hitch.

A carrier is considered successful if it does its job without causing damage to either the motorcycle or the tow vehicle – simply get it from where the bike is to where it needs to be without violence. The Rage AMC-400 does this and more; it is well-designed, strongly built and easy to use for anyone who can easily move their dirt bike around a garage or at the track.

Looking at the AMC-400, you can see that they have made some concessions to cost, but it is of solid construction and there are no worries about it being able to live up to its billing. Installation is as easy as advertised, and it can be done solo quite easily; it may even be easier alone. It’s lightweight enough to also be quick to mount. Pushing the bike up the ramp is simple and again can be done with just one person, but it is easier with two as one can be tying things down while the other holds up the bike. All in all, this is a quality carrier.

The Rage AMC-400 retails for around US$130, but shipping can cost extra or may be free if you look hard enough. It is suggested that you pick up some wheel ties when you make the purchase, though, as they are not exactly a common item in a rider’s garage. And, a hitch pin is not included, so you will need your own. Even with the caveats, though, the Rage AMC aluminum motorcycle carrier is a very good deal for a very useful device.

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MotoTote MTX Sport

MotoTote MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier Review

MotoTote MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier

Using a trailer to carry a motorcycle across the city, state or nation can make a great deal of sense at certain times. You may be hauling a race-only machine or taking a trail bike out for some play in the hinterlands. Even if you own a pickup or van, sometimes there are better uses for the vehicle space; and other times you know that your sedan is going to be more fuel-efficient even with the additional tow weight. However, there are many out there who feel that even a single-rail folding trailer is a bit like overkill.MotoTote has that covered with the MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier; this unit eliminates the wheels altogether and hooks right into the trailer hitch mount at the back of your tow vehicle. It’s a brilliant idea which has been around for some time now. In fact, the concept has more than proven itself in countless applications – this is one item in which the RV (caravans to some) crowd helped the motorcycle industry, and vice-versa.

The MTX Sport is made of textured, polyester powder-coated steel and includes a ramp coated in the same manner. The heavy-duty construction allows for a 550 pound carrying capacity, and thus will hold most modern 600cc and liter class sportbikes with a full tank of fuel. The included ramp is long enough to make loading simple at 56.5 inches long and stores on the assembly when you are carrying a bike. The entire unit only weighs 63 pounds and is compatible with any Class III or above hitch with a 2 inch square coupler. The unit has an adjustable wheelbase to match that of your bike, and even the distance it holds the bike from the rear of your vehicle can be adjusted over 20 inches.

For stability, MotoTote has developed an exclusive Zero-Wobble mechanism and the MTX Sport has a mono-directional design; this puts a wheel stop and five-inch sized loop in front of a wider rear end allowing a rear tire as wide as 8.5 inches. This is also reversible to suit your tow vehicle’s design and where you unload. Safely thought out tie-down points are spread as far as 29 inches wide at the front end with a total of four specific loops welded strongly onto the carrier.

Assembling the MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier is simple and only requires the use of one wrench and one person. And, once you are done with the unit, simply pull it off your hitch and store it in about the same space as you would need for a bicycle. MotoTote is obviously considering the many times a rider is left alone to load his or her motorcycle – and the fact that many of us have too much stuff and not enough space.

Once you put hands on the MTX Sport, you can see and feel the quality of this tool’s construction quite readily. The welds are very well done, the powder-coating is purely professional, and the overall design is ideal for its purpose. Quickly assembled, easily locked in place on the tow vehicle’s hitch, and almost as easy to load up with a motorcycle. Having a second person to help out, especially if there are any spare tires sticking out back, is not a bad idea. However, one reasonably fit person can accomplish the entire task with little stress.

The MTX Sport rides on the back of the vehicle almost imperceptibly if you are adept at pulling a trailer, otherwise it feels a bit odd at first. Once you are used to it, though, you will wonder why you didn’t patent this idea first. Yes, the MTX Sport is the epitome of minimalism for transporting a motorcycle.

The retail for the MotoTote MTX Sport is at US$479, but it can be had for less through some retailers and the manufacturer has price cuts regularly. If you only have one bike in need of moving around, and you have the appropriate setup for it, the MTX Sport Motorcycle Carrier may be the easiest solution to a scary problem, ever.

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