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Are Motorcycle Carriers Safe?

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Are Motorcycle Carriers Safe?

If you’re torn between using a trailer for your motorcycle or a hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier, safety and ease of use are huge concerns. You don’t want to be in a situation that sees your motorbike spilled in the middle of the road with damage to your bike, other drivers, or both. The good news is that motorcycle carriers are absolutely safe if used correctly and as intended. Let us soothe your concerns as we dive into the questions and cautions that surround hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers:

Understand the factors that go into choosing a hitch-mounted carrier

Understand the factors that go into choosing a hitch-mounted carrier

If you are still shopping around for the best motorcycle carrier for your bike needs, please read our guide on How to Choose a Hitch-Mounted Motorcycle Carrier, and hopefully it will give you an idea on all the considerations that go into selecting a quality product that will accommodate the size and weight of your bike as well as your vehicle. This is the most important factor in making sure your experience is a positive one. If you select a product that doesn’t fit your needs, you run the risk of your bike tipping, the carrier being overloaded, and poor braking and handling on your vehicle.

Product review and quality brand names are important

Product review and quality brand names are important

Reviews are a good way to gauge the quality of a company’s hitch-mounted carrier, as well as the company itself. You definitely get what you pay for, so make sure that your product is top quality and from a company with a good reputation. Discount Ramps has been selling top quality hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers for years from brands such as Black Widow, MotoTote, and VersaHaul.

Don't worry about wear and tear on your vehicle

Don't worry about wear and tear on your vehicle

It’s all good news – as long as you stay within the weight limits of your vehicle and hitch, motorcycle carriers will not cause any undue wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re under your vehicle’s maximum weight rating, then rest assured.

Prevent blocked or invisible taillights

Prevent blocked or invisible taillights

Depending on the size your motorbike you might be worried that your taillights will no longer be visible once your motorcycle is mounted. Cargo carrier LED light kits can alleviate that concern and provide real time light displays with a 4-pin connector.

Decide on a built-in or tilting ramp

Don’t be unduly concerned about rattling

It’s completed normal to feel uncomfortable because of the noises you hear while hauling your bike the first few times. Depending on the motorcycle carrier you choose, there might be a bit of sway and rattling that you can solve by using an anti-rattle hitch pin such as the Let’s Go Aero 2” Hitch Pin. Otherwise, learn to recognize the normal sounds that your hitch-mounted carrier produces so that you can relax and enjoy the drive (in between strap checks)!

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