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).
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.