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 available.
Here are three tips to remember when buying a motorcycle hitch:
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:
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 your bike.
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 motorcycle, buy your hitch from a BMW dealer, that way you can be assured that you will get the right hitch.
Scott Gray is a trailer hitch specialist.
Motorcycle Hitch Sources: The Hitch Doc manufacturers several different types of motorcycle hitches and they will also manufacture custom-made hitches.
Motorcycle Hitch USA sells motorcycle hitches for BMW, Honda, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and others
Publication Date: November 2006