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by Scott Gray for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle enthusiasts are famous for enjoying long
rides on their bikes. But a long trip can also
cause some problems.
Motorcycles don't have a lot of carrying capacity.
Traveling without a trunk or a back seat to carry your
gear can make a trip more more difficult. That's
where a motorcycle hitch and trailer comes in handy.
A motorcycle hitch will allow you to hook a trailer
up to your bike and haul the things you'll need to get
away for a few days. Most motorcycles can be
equipped with a ball hitch, similar to the ones found on
pickup trucks and are mounted on the back of the bike.
Normally, you don't need to alter your bike as there
is factory hitches available for most bikes. If
you can't find a hitch for your bike or would like a
fancy customized look, then custom hitches are also
Here are three tips to remember when buying a
- Make sure you buy a trailer hitch that is made
your motorcycle make and model. Buying just any hitch
won't do. Take the time to find the right hitch for your
bike so you don't have any problems. Not having the
proper hitch can damage your bike or your can find
yourself in deep trouble.
- Most motorcycles can't tow more than five hundred
pounds. Bikes obviously don't have the same amount of
pulling power as a
truck and therefore can't haul heavy loads. Because of
this, most hitches are designed to handle a maximum of five hundred
- Make sure to buy a safety chain that connects the
hitch to the trailer. It's a safety measure that
shouldn't be ignored.
Having a motorcycle hitch on your bike not only
allows you to tow a trailer but also gives you the
freedom to tow other accessories that will help you do
more things with your bike. This can include accessories such as a:
- Bike rack: Yep, you got it. You can now carry your
pedal bike behind your motorbike by attaching a bicycle
rack to your hitch.
- Camper: If you don't want to stay at a motel, or if
you plan on going camping, a small pop-up camper can be
attached to your hitch and towed easily.
- Luggage racks: You can buy luggage racks and attach
them to the hitch. They are cheaper than buying a
trailer, but they obviously can't hold as much either.
- Cooler Carrier: Who can't use a cold drink while on
the road? Now you can haul your cooler on the back of
your bike using your cooler carrier.
- Single Wheel Trailer: Most trailers come with two
wheels, but now you can buy a single wheel trailer to
match the single tires on your bike.
While a motorcycle hitch isn't as versatile as a car
or truck hitch, they can allow you to do some things
with your bike that would be impossible without one. They don't hold the same amount of weight as a car or
truck hitch, but you can tow some valuable things behind
If you are planning a long trip on your bike then a
motorcycle hitch and trailer can make your travels
easier. You will be able to take the things you need to
make the trip more enjoyable. You can't really consider
going on a long trip without one.
After all, you can
only hold so much stuff in your saddlebags, and buying a
trailer is a lot cheaper than constantly buying the
things you'll need on your trips.
But remember the safety tips as well. Don't overload
your trailer and don't buy a hitch that doesn't fit your
bike. Try to buy the hitch from the dealer who
sold the bike. For instance, if you own a BMW bike, buy your hitch from
a BMW dealer, that way you can be assured that you will
get the right hitch.
About The Author
Scott Gray is a trailer hitch specialist and provides
useful information about
motorcycle hitches and all
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