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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-22-2007, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Carry Brutale on a hitch carrier?

I just purchased a VW Touareg. It has a 7700 pound towing capacity and a 770 pound tongue wt. limit.

I am considering a hitch carrier to bring the bike to the mountains with less hassle than a trailor.

Something like this

http://joeylift.net/Home_Page.php

or this

http://www.joehauler.com/camloc/camloc.shtml
(note the Brutale behind the BMW X5)

or this

http://www.motorcycleramps.com/hitc...cle_carrier.htm

Heres a thread describing using a Touareg to haul a lighter bike this way. (My other bike weighs about the same)

http://forums.clubtouareg.com/ftopic1214.html

Has anyone tried something like this? Thanks for any input.

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Here's the deal with trailers...

Lots of inexpensive options will work. But... for most people, once they start hauling the bike somewhere, they get addicted real quick then dump the easy fix at a loss and upgrade.

So if you've got room to store it, I'd recommend a small utility trailer (lawn service types) at the least. They are very handy for lots of things. But even those grow old. I'll probably dump mine soon to get an enclosed trailer. Security and all... The trailer thing is worse than the carbon fiber thing.

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the hitch carrier has a few advantages and disadvantages. It is more difficult to load and unload. The bike will get dirty--I'd look into a Geza cover. However, some states have a lower speed limit if you have a trailer and higher toll fees. so I like the hitch carrier when I can. I don't have one for sport bikes, but I've carried my scooter and dirt bikes on them. If I had a moto tote or similar, I'd use it for a sportbike.


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Here's the deal with trailers...

Lots of inexpensive options will work. But... for most people, once they start hauling the bike somewhere, they get addicted real quick then dump the easy fix at a loss and upgrade.

So if you've got room to store it, I'd recommend a small utility trailer (lawn service types) at the least. They are very handy for lots of things. But even those grow old. I'll probably dump mine soon to get an enclosed trailer. Security and all... The trailer thing is worse than the carbon fiber thing.
I have to agree with the trailer, I have had a custom tandem 8x5ft trailer built with a spring supportrd fold up lockable ramp at the rear fully enclosed. I have a removable channel in the middle of the floor with two tie downs at the front inside and the rear inside on the floor. The trailer has a removable cage and roof which is covered by waterproof heavy duty blue tarp material. I towed the bike in the trailer loaded with stuff fro 1600km's at Christmas time and the bike did not move. I will try and get pictures this weekend if anyone is interested.
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Gladio, do you notice any handling problems using the hitch carrier? How heavy is that bike?

I like the FJ Cruiser, BTW . . was considering one but ended up with a Touareg.

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the hitch carrier has a few advantages and disadvantages. It is more difficult to load and unload. The bike will get dirty--I'd look into a Geza cover. However, some states have a lower speed limit if you have a trailer and higher toll fees. so I like the hitch carrier when I can. I don't have one for sport bikes, but I've carried my scooter and dirt bikes on them. If I had a moto tote or similar, I'd use it for a sportbike.

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We towed between 35,000-39,000mi with our Touareg V8; cars and bikes. We just sold it last week to my brother to two his race car in FL. Incredible tow truck.

That being said we'd considered getting a hitch rail for simple things. Just get a higher quality once with good tie down points. Lots of reviews around online. Makes things a lot simpler even if towing becomes second nature pretty quickly.

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Here's the deal with trailers...

Lots of inexpensive options will work. But... for most people, once they start hauling the bike somewhere, they get addicted real quick then dump the easy fix at a loss and upgrade.

So if you've got room to store it, I'd recommend a small utility trailer (lawn service types) at the least. They are very handy for lots of things. But even those grow old. I'll probably dump mine soon to get an enclosed trailer. Security and all... The trailer thing is worse than the carbon fiber thing.
Yeah, I started out with a small trailer and ended up with a 48 footer goose neck. And of course you also go from small suv to pickup to dually real quick! The only bad thing about trailers.........helping all your friends at moving time!
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Gladio, do you notice any handling problems using the hitch carrier? How heavy is that bike?

I like the FJ Cruiser, BTW . . was considering one but ended up with a Touareg.
No, no hanlding problems. But the DRZ is pretty light at around 350# I believe.

Kind of fell in love with the FJ for some silly reason. Always wanted a Jeep or FJ when I was a kid. Went from a 740i to the FJ. It's no BMW that's for sure, but it's a lot of fun. Unfortunately the freek'n modification list is worse than a bike.

I picked it up a couple weeks ago and hope to do a lot of traveling this summer. Just put the DRZ on the back and head to the northwoods, Arkansas, Colorado, etc. That picture was my first trip with it and the DRZ. Up north new years day to ride some single track.



BTW, I like the Touareg a lot too!

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Great post and good info, guys. I have an Acura TL and have been thinking about trading it for an SUV and hitch carrier. Would love to be able to take the MV on trips.
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Great post and good info, guys. I have an Acura TL and have been thinking about trading it for an SUV and hitch carrier. Would love to be able to take the MV on trips.
Here's my thread on this on the BMW site.

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8454

I just ordered the Joe Hauler Carrier for using with either the Bimmer or MV Agusta. I'll post feedback after I have a chance to try it out.
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