Best Motorcycle Hitch Carriers for Your Ride
The next best option after a truck or van
Motorcycle carriers that mount to your vehicle’s hitch can prove to be incredibly convenient for all manner of reasons. The biggest reason being that it will allow you to carry a motorcycle with a vehicle that could not otherwise. Maybe you’re not willing to give up the convenience of your SUV just to haul a motorcycle now and then, or maybe you just like the idea of being able to stow the carrier when you’re not using it. Maybe you hate trucks?
There is a wide range of hitch-mounted carriers on the market. You’ll want to make sure you’re buying one that is well-made, especially if you plan on putting a street bike’s worth of heft on it. You’ll also want to be sure your vehicle can withstand the weight of the carrier and motorcycle. Even the two-wheeler you plan to use it for should be considered. For example, scooters have a serious rear weight bias. If you get a carrier only rated for the weight of your scooter, and most of that weight is being held on one side, you’re gonna have a bad time. With all things considered, let’s take a look at the best goldang motorcycle hitch carriers available today.
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Editor's Pick: Joe Hauler Deluxe Cam-Loc carrier
I’ve had a Joe Hauler Cam-Loc Heavy-Duty carrier in my garage for many years now. There was a time when I had only owned motorcycles for nine years. The last streetbike I bought (a 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4R) was brought home on that carrier, and it has since been used for hauling a dirtbike with the fam in an SUV on many desert trips. Now that I splurged and finally bought a truck, it doesn’t get used as often, but I still find fairly frequent circumstances that necessitate keeping it around.
The Joe Hauler carriers are some of the strongest and solidly built carriers I’ve seen on the market. The all-welded steel construction hints at the carrier’s stout build. Also, included is a ramp which can be secured during use and bolted to the carrier when you’re on the road. There’s nothing to bolt together once it’s received. Joe Hauler makes a variety of carriers from single and double carriers designed for dirtbikes, to super heavy-duty products able to withstand “any size motorcycle” not limited to “full-dress” cruisers, Gold Wings, etc. The Joe Hauler carriers will fit any Class III two-inch receiver, are powder coated black, and come with a three year warranty. The Joe Haulers themselves go up in weight as their weight ratings increase (as to be expected), and due to the welded construction, require truck freight to ship. There’s a reason Joe Hauler is the brand I keep in my own garage.
BikeMaster Motorcycle Carrier
Don’t feel like loading up the trailer for a quick run to the track? The Bike Master Motorcycle Carrier provides you with an easy way of transporting your motorcycle or scooter safely and securely. Its heavy duty powder coated steel construction allows this carrier to transport motorcycles up to 500 lbs. The overall length is 76-1/2 in. (81-1/2 in. with stopper) and can be used with tires up to five inches wide. The 38.5-inch steel loading ramp attaches secures to the rack for easy and convenient loading and unloading. The 18-inch main hitch tube fits into standard two-inch class III or IV receivers. A front tire slot is included for additional stability as well as an anti-tilt bracket.
MotoTote Steel Motorcycle Carrier
Manufactured from heavy-duty steel, this MotoTote carrier is rated to 450 el bees and fits rear tires up to six inches in width and front tires up to four and three-quarters inches. The MotoTote carrier will work with any Class III and IV two-inch receiver. A removable loading ramp and adjustable wheel chock are included. The track length is 70-inches by four and three-quarters, with a claimed weight of 58 pounds. And, according to the picture above, it doesn’t need tie downs to secure your motorcycle! Just kidding. Tie down points are also included.
Black Widow Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier
Black Widow makes all sorts of motorcycle moving products – and that includes more than one type of hitch carrier. Not all of us need to carry 400-plus pound motorcycles on the back of our daily driver. For those folks, the Black Widow Aluminum Motorcycle carrier slots in as a lighter, cheaper option that is still rated up to 400 pounds. This carrier will fit any Class III and IV 2-inch receiver. Made from high-strength aluminum, this carrier is about half the weight of its steel counterparts, at a claimed 36.5 pounds. The track itself measures 75.25 inches with a width of 5.5 inches. Also included is an aluminum 47-inch ramp for easy loading. The ramp attaches to the carrier itself when not in use. Like the other Black Widow ramp on this list, the aluminum one also includes an AWD (anti-wobbling device).
Trackside Motorcycle Carrier
The Trackside Motorcycle Carrier is a great alternative choice for your motorcycle transportation needs when a trailer is not an option. It is constructed entirely of steel with a powder-coated finish for years of durability. Included is a ramp that allows for loading from either side of the carrier and an anti-tilt device to help eliminate excessive movement of the motorcycle carrier inside trailer hitch. This carrier works with class III or IV receivers. Maximum load rating is 500 lbs with a max tire width of 4.75 inches.
What to consider when choosing motorcycle hitch carriers?
There are a few things to consider when trying to find the right motorcycle hitch carrier for your application. First, you should consider the weight and type of motorcycle you plan to carry to ensure the carrier itself can handle the weight and size. You should also check the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle you plan on using the hitch carrier with. Just because the carrier is rated to 1,000 lbs, doesn’t necessarily mean your vehicle can handle the same amount.
What types of motorcycle hitch carriers are there?
Motorcycle hitch carriers are all fairly similar in design but can differ in weight limits and build quality. The products we’ve included above are a good sampling of what is available on the market currently.
Recent Updates: August 2021: Additional resources and FAQ added, refreshed links to in-stock product. September 2022: Removed out of stock items, added two new carriers.
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