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JCM0165 01-22-2007 09:34 PM

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.

JCM

emmvee 01-22-2007 09:48 PM

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. ;)

Gladio 01-22-2007 10:29 PM

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.

http://www.sliderphoto.com/fj/images...y/dsc_2645.jpg

Aussie MV 01-22-2007 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emmvee
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.

JCM0165 01-23-2007 10:56 AM

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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gladio
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.

http://www.sliderphoto.com/fj/images...y/dsc_2645.jpg


JamesC 01-23-2007 11:54 AM

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.

rsduce 01-23-2007 11:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emmvee
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! :laughing:

Gladio 01-23-2007 11:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JCM0165
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.

http://www.sliderphoto.com/FJ/images/cass_rock_400.jpg

BTW, I like the Touareg a lot too!

burgesscb 01-23-2007 11:59 PM

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.

JCM0165 01-24-2007 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by burgesscb
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.

Aussie MV 01-25-2007 02:25 AM

Here is my trailer in onother thread, please go into my album.

http://www.mvagusta.net/forum/showthread.php?t=6019

JCM0165 02-07-2007 10:15 PM

Today was the first day I ugot to use the hitch carrier from Joe Carrier.

I put the Brutale both on and off totally by myself, no problem. It took 5-10 minutes for each operation. I just had to carefully balance the bike with one hand on the steel rail while hooking the tie-downs to the frame with the loose hand.

The Touareg does squat a bit more in the back that I like with it. I need some air springs for the back, I think. I can definitely feel the effects of the weight back there on the T'reg's handling. It didn't feel unsafe, though. It just took more attention. The front felt light.

Pics soon.

Aussie MV 02-08-2007 12:15 AM

Yeah pics would be nice, still not sure I would like 180kg hanging off the back of my vehicle. I bet your power stering got even better though.

actionong 02-08-2007 01:06 AM

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I carried my new bike back on a hitch tote.

This truck is a 4x4 and is about 6" higher than other hitch recievers. However, it was not difficult with another person helping me load and unload.

Pros
1) not limited to trailer speed limit
2) cheaper than a good trailer
3) easy enough to use with another set of steady hands

Cons
1) not as easy as a low trailer
2) it wobbles around, might scare ya!

Aussie MV 02-08-2007 05:35 AM

Well I agree with both your pro's and cons, it certailnly looks secure. But I just couldn't have that much money hanging off the back of my vehicle and uncovered. But each to their own.


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