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Thread: PICS of your bike on your vehicle

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    Default PICS of your bike on your vehicle

    Everyone post your pics of your bike strapped to your rig. Will make a nice thread and I can get some ideas of how to do mine. I have a 4-runner, a ktm 525 and a DR-Z 125 that somehow I need to transport and still be able to get down the trail.
    Motorcycles are great, beer is good, people are crazy!
    98 4Runner~E-Locker~285/75-16
    04 KTM 525 (getting tagged)
    03 Suzuki DR-Z 125 (gf's)
    03 Chevy 4x4 LWB, G80 locker (5thWheel hauler)

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    Well, not an expo bike, but its a bike with two wheels non the less:





    I have installed aditional D rings to the front bed mounts becuase I do not trust the tacoma track rail thingy to hold them up.
    Robert
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    Cheap Harbor Freight motorcycle carrier. I added straps from the ends of the carrier to my spare tire, to keep it from wiggling so much (it wiggled enough to give me handling problems on the Interstate). Suzuki DR350 plated off-road bike (260-ish pounds). December 27th, in Big Bend..



    John
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    I think, for me at least, the answer is probably to pull a trailer. For two bikes, a trailer seems like a no-brainer to me, although I have seen somewhere a two-bike hitch carrier designed for two light bikes bikes like yours. You'll want/need airbags or helper springs on the rear axle of your rig, and having that much weight that far behind the hitch WILL affect your handling considerably. That said, it sure is convenient to not have to pull a trailer, and if your setup is robust enough you should be able to do some light/gentle off-road with it to get to your campsite and back. I'm still new to all of this and just scratching the surface of figuring this stuff out.

    John
    '07 KLR650
    '09 R1200GS
    '10 Xterra X
    '65 Woman

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    Nice pics keep postin',

    I would like to stay away from my trailer (regular 5x10), I have an '03 Chevy 4x4 w/factory locker, longbed, but it's nowhere near as good offroad as the 4Runner and it breaks on occasion, several times now (alternator, dropped driveshaft, speed sensor went out-stuck truck in 1st gear to get home, now its sitting in the yard with a front hub out, and has 74k miles). I could sell the 4runner and get a tacoma but would never find one with low miles on it, have had the runner since 13k miles and still only have 60k. But the truck is only worth maybe $5k.

    I'm looking at getting the MX Hauler, have heard a few good things about but is expensive and the bike still hangs off the back a good distance, might as well get the harbor freight deal.

    Either way, what do I do with the 125? Throw it on the roof? 176 pounds. I'm not really concerned with scratching my 4Runner, but the weight would be a concern, top heavy -but some guys really pack down up there also. I wouldnt really want it on front either.

    Does anyone have the MX Hauler? What kind of departure angles are you getting?
    Some pics I found of it - not mine



    Motorcycles are great, beer is good, people are crazy!
    98 4Runner~E-Locker~285/75-16
    04 KTM 525 (getting tagged)
    03 Suzuki DR-Z 125 (gf's)
    03 Chevy 4x4 LWB, G80 locker (5thWheel hauler)

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    There are a couple of shots of the MX Hauler at the beginning and end of the video here:

    http://www.ridetherock.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4445

    And here's more of the Harbor Freight carrier:





    I recall seeing somewhere a small dirtbike (full-size, not a kid's bike) being on a roof rack. I would think that if you distributed the weight, it could be done without much more hassle than carrying a couple of 10-speeds..

    4Runner is a great vehicle. I had an '89 with the 4-banger and a 5-speed when I lived in Alaska.

    John
    '07 KLR650
    '09 R1200GS
    '10 Xterra X
    '65 Woman

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    This isn't the one I was thinking of, but...

    '07 KLR650
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    '10 Xterra X
    '65 Woman

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarysharkface View Post
    I recall seeing somewhere a small dirtbike (full-size, not a kid's bike) being on a roof rack. I would think that if you distributed the weight, it could be done without much more hassle than carrying a couple of 10-speeds..

    4Runner is a great vehicle. I had an '89 with the 4-banger and a 5-speed when I lived in Alaska.

    John
    I recall seeing an aussie rally bike strapped to the top of a truck... in australia...
    Scott Brown
    Adventure-travel Writer & Photographer


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    Nor is this one, but obviously if you've got precious little shame it's entirely do-able...



    John
    '07 KLR650
    '09 R1200GS
    '10 Xterra X
    '65 Woman

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    I try to avoid hauling my bikes as much as possible. All our dirt bikes have license plates and when I was living in Bend, we'd just ride from the house. But these days I'm living on the road and as soon as my motorhome is done, I'll be hauling my bikes in this trailer I built.


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