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    Tw hitch carrier review

    Two bros and I went to cargo trailer dealer that carries loads of motorcycle carriers so we got to try out several. I am 71 and while still strong enough to ride getting a bike up on some racks are dangerous.

    First the MX hauler with the hydraulic jack - the TW footpegs are too far apart for the hold down bolts - carrier sways too much for my comfort and it only goes down to 17" off the ground so you have to list the 290 pound TW up about 6 inches...too much for me

    MX hauler with the 6' tray - goes all the way to the ground but wobbles way too much. Also weighs almost 100 pounds with the bike is too much for many rigs

    Versahaul - my hitch is 18" of the ground - a two person load is sort of OK but probably not with a wife - one person is crazy and not into having TW on top of me

    Tilt a rack still is a two "Man" job for us older guys

    Here is a rack that is pretty exciting but not in the USA yet - would you pay $600



    Still dont have a rack I can load by myself on my motorhome - ANY IDEAS _ WHAT ARE YOU USING

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    If it's was an issue for me to load and I had to ride(I do), that makes sense and I would pay it as long as I could get the rack on and off the vehicle myself and it handled the weight ok. Thanks for sharing, I would like first hand review if you get one..
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    Total weight of the Proteus rack is 65 pounds - in two parts one 30 pounds and one 35 pounds - the basic rack holds 500 pounds the XL rack holds 750

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    You could use a lowering hitch with the versahaul and add the front wheel loop chock they have for it. A girl I know does that, very easy to push or power up and park in the chock.
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    Hitch carriers can be lowered closer to the ground to make loading easier. Change geometry when parking by putting the haul vehicle's front tires higher on terrain or ramps. Lower rear tires by parking in ditch-like depressions is another method as well as parking with higher terrain behind vehicle ( curbing, sidewalk, hill, etc.)
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    I'm 70 and have been driving my TW's up onto the Versahaul for 8 years now and never lost control. Mine is about 18 inches up too. It takes some finesse with clutch, throttle, and front brake when stepping over the rear arm. I do try to use Fred's ideas whenever possible. You can practice driving up a small hill standing beside the bike and stopping and starting until you get the hand co-ordination practice needed. You will need to stop when stepping over the rear tie-down arm. That is the most awkward part, either pushing or driving, and the most likely place to lose control. That is why I stop, put my left leg over the arm, drive up 2 feet, stop, swing my right leg over the arm, and push to the chock, which doesn't need any power. (Don't forget to turn the ignition off and shut off the gas!!!! )
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    Princess Auto (Harbor Freight) $100 special. Did some personal beefing up. Has worked well for four or five years now. The only other problems were establishing the right height. Used a 12 inch step up (or down). And the slop in the reciever and extension. Fixed that with the right thickness of metal to take up the slack.20181123_114346 (Medium).jpg20181204_125642 (Medium).jpg

    I always power walked it on before. That was from right to left. The new RV has the spare on the left side so i had to walk it on backwards from the right side to have it fit. Had a ledge beside me and the ramp was almost level so a bit of a grunt but not impossible. I guess it's an idiosyncrasy but I have always walked, mounted or handled any bike from the left (looking forward). Need to practice a right side power walk to see if I can even do it.
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    I tried it in the lowering position first and, altho it made for easy loading, I could see trouble down the road so I nixed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motoad View Post
    Need to practice a right side power walk to see if I can even do it.
    With your set-up, you are gonna need a reverse gear to power walk it!!
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