Are you wondering how to carry your motorcycle safely on a hitch carrier? I was, so I decided to take on a project this week to put my mind at ease. I travel with a 400 lb scooter, and I haven’t had a problem, but I wanted to beef up the carrier for two reasons.
- The hitch tongue weight is rated by the manufacturer at 500 lbs
- The scooter is heaviest in the rear, where the engine is, and twists the carrier to the right side. I have been using a ratchet strap hooked to the right side and the ladder to make it even up, but I didn’t like doing that.
The original setup
I modified the carrier and added LED strips for the rear lights since it was covering my tail lights and moved the reflectors to the back:
So I went out and bought a new 18″ receiver. I have a friend in the sign business and brought him over to the RV. He took all the measurements of the hitch and the steel and we went back to his office and put it all into his engineering software. To my surprise, unlike what the manufacturer says, the original hitch had a maximum legal tongue weight of 1400 lbs! He told me it’s not unusual that a manufacturer would triple or quadruple the max rating, especially on a vehicle, since it will affect the level of the ride. With the added receiver and new tube, the software said 2900 lbs. So, now that I’m real comfortable with the tongue weight, I welded the new receiver to the hitch. Oh yeah, I have airbag suspension, so I’m not concerned with the level.
The Final Product – The Rich Hitch 🙂
I got up on it and jumped a few times and it’s solid as a rock! No more tilting!
Don’t be afraid to take on modifications!
PLEASE NOTE: Not every hitch can/should be modified to carry more than the recommended weight, and it is unadvisable to do so! I am NOT carrying more than the hitch rating and this modification was made for stability purposes due to the 9″ extension. When using an extension, always check your 4 corner weight and axle weights!
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