Researching motorcycle lift/carrier for an OEV.

zip

Observer
Looking for information on carrying my motorcycle on the back of my next OEV. Earthroamer is on the top of my list. Motorcycle will weigh around 600 pounds.
Any ideas?
 

waveslider

Outdoorsman
The ones I’ve always felt were not janky looking and appeared to be capable of not falling apart during offroad travel are the “three across” hitch mounts. They looked like the bumper had three receivers across the back to support the weight while still being removable.

Will try to find a pic.
 

zip

Observer
The ones I’ve always felt were not janky looking and appeared to be capable of not falling apart during offroad travel are the “three across” hitch mounts. They looked like the bumper had three receivers across the back to support the weight while still being removable.

Will try to find a pic.
Thanks.
What do you think of this?

Still laugh once in awhile when i think of your SMB POS comment.
 

waveslider

Outdoorsman
I think even the three point platforms I referred to utilized some kind of hydraulics in them so its not a bad option. But some of them weight as much as the vehicle you are putting on them so beware of that. It becomes a lot to hang off the back of an already laden vehicle. MIghtyHauler is the name of the one a friend used to use to tote his bike around but that was on highways and relatively flat dirt roads so YMMV

Which begs the question, what motorcycle are you planning to carry on the back of an Earthroamer that weighs 600 lbs? My GSA1200 weighed less than that even with full bags of camping and climbing gear etc? Planning to take the full-dress Harley trail riding?

In any case, the benefit of the hydraulic is ease of loading/unloading - no need for a ramp but weight can be a factor. The three-hitch units are lighter, but you get to tightrope a heavy bike down a skinny ramp from pretty high up.

Not sure which SMB comment you refer to, we've been known to make several. Lol.
 
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knoxswift

Member
I'm late to the conversation but my 2c. I gave up on a "Carrier" and went trailer.
Carriers ended up being too heavy just by then selves.
It needs to be a small motorcycle my Honda was coming right in at about 600lbs too...+ Carrier some suspension modification was going to be needed.

If you need some angle room off road you could always remove a trailer...

Now I must admit I've beaten the heck out of my trailer (but it keeps going). Most motorcycle trailers are made LOW so it's easy on and off. I like that but the bottom sure does hit alot of rocks off road...LOL...
 

zip

Observer
I think even the three point platforms I referred to utilized some kind of hydraulics in them so its not a bad option. But some of them weight as much as the vehicle you are putting on them so beware of that. It becomes a lot to hang off the back of an already laden vehicle. MIghtyHauler is the name of the one a friend used to use to tote his bike around but that was on highways and relatively flat dirt roads so YMMV

Which begs the question, what motorcycle are you planning to carry on the back of an Earthroamer that weighs 600 lbs? My GSA1200 weighed less than that even with full bags of camping and climbing gear etc? Planning to take the full-dress Harley trail riding?

In any case, the benefit of the hydraulic is ease of loading/unloading - no need for a ramp but weight can be a factor. The three-hitch units are lighter, but you get to tightrope a heavy bike down a skinny ramp from pretty high up.

Not sure which SMB comment you refer to, we've been known to make several. Lol.
It appears with a hydraulic lift and bike, I would be adding around 1000 pounds.
I am looking at a BMW GS, which weighs around 600 lbs.
You said your SMB was a POS in my Earthroamer $150K thread.
 

zip

Observer
I'm late to the conversation but my 2c. I gave up on a "Carrier" and went trailer.
Carriers ended up being too heavy just by then selves.
It needs to be a small motorcycle my Honda was coming right in at about 600lbs too...+ Carrier some suspension modification was going to be needed.

If you need some angle room off road you could always remove a trailer...

Now I must admit I've beaten the heck out of my trailer (but it keeps going). Most motorcycle trailers are made LOW so it's easy on and off. I like that but the bottom sure does hit alot of rocks off road...LOL...
Maybe the trailer is the option I need to go with. What kinda tow rig and trailer?
 

waveslider

Outdoorsman
It appears with a hydraulic lift and bike, I would be adding around 1000 pounds.
I am looking at a BMW GS, which weighs around 600 lbs.
You said your SMB was a POS in my Earthroamer $150K thread.
Yeah that's a lot of beef off the back. Maybe trailer is a good option. When you're looking for a good shake down, you should head up to Church Dome. If we didn't drive all the way in to the base we would pull up short on a spur road above the river looking across the valley and camp there, and then take the Motos (mine was similar to what you are looking for) back in and out each day to climb at church dome. What takes a truck an hour and a half to cover gets done in about 15 minutes on a good motorcycle. Leave your rack at the base overnight and you're even lighter (just don't forget the keys to your truck in your pack -doh)
 

trailsurfer

Explorer
I had Adventure Trailer build a motorcycle trailer for my motos. I have trailered two GSA’s for many consecutive days off road with out any problems or limitations.
 
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knoxswift

Member
Maybe the trailer is the option I need to go with. What kinda tow rig and trailer?
I have a Kendon folding 2 to 3 motorcycle trailer...like I mentioned great towing on road...but off road it's too low. However it's strong and has taken the beating I give it. So good trailer
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