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Bike Transport: Feasible option?

Continuously doing research to prepare for next year, one of the obstacles to tackle is bike transport. On the occasions I do not have transport lined up, I've been trying to reason what would be a good way to get to track days alone and with minimum investment. Since I do not own neither a pick up / SUV or a home with driveway / garage I've been thinking this somewhat: a versahaul connected to an installed hitch to my standard 4 door sedan? I have an '04 Passat and an '06 Altima, and was wondering your opinions as to overall reliability & safety of this type of transport. I've seen plenty of people with hitches mounted on standard 4 door sedans (and in the advent I could borrow someone's SUV in the off chance) and the versahaul seems to be the most cost and space effective, since I can literally keep it in my basement and mount / dismount as I need. I've attached a photo of the product. My most major concern would be the reliability in which the hitch is installed to handle the weight. Thanks for your opinions / concerns
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I've seen a 2nd gen R6 carried on one of those.. I don't know how safe I would feel with it bouncing up and down, but I've seen it done.


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Same worry here. My biggest hesitation is the drives home. Figure to get to the track late evening before or early morning I can't imagine much stop / go, but caught in traffic getting home etc I'd give me reason to question it.
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Re: Bike Transport: Feasible option?

as long as it has 3 mounting points and doesnt rely solely on the receiver hitch... that would be a nice setup.
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I'd rather have a trailer and keep it outside under a tarp than put my bike on one of those.


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Re: Bike Transport: Feasible option?

First off these will only be for a class 3 or higher receiver hitch. You will not be able to get more than a class 2 for the above mentioned cars.

That brings me to the second thing. You are talking about putting a 400lb. bike approx. 1-2 feet off the back of a sedan that is barley rated for that much load in the trunk. The load from that much weight with that kind of leverage would likely have the front tires off the ground.

One last thing im not sure of the load rating for this one specifically but most are onlt rated for average weight of a dirt bike.

IMO your best bet is to save this money and find a small pickup for using to haul the bike around. Or at the least put the hitch on the car and get a small trailer.

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Not worth the risk. Period.




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Not worth the risk. Period.
I think its funny that you guys honestly believe that those hitch mounts are going to break. I would be suspect on like a class 1 or 2 hitch, but above that, they are rated to take more than enough tongue weight to adequately handle your bike. Assuming you can securely mount it and keep it from moving around, it will be just fine. Still though, I have a truck so I dont have to worry...
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I think its funny that you guys honestly believe that those hitch mounts are going to break. I would be suspect on like a class 1 or 2 hitch, but above that, they are rated to take more than enough tongue weight to adequately handle your bike. Assuming you can securely mount it and keep it from moving around, it will be just fine. Still though, I have a truck so I dont have to worry...
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So in other words, you'd be willing to put your RSV-R Factory on a Class III hitch on a VW Passat or Nissan Altima? If you're comfortable with it, all the power to you...




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So in other words, you'd be willing to put your RSV-R Factory on a Class III hitch on a VW Passat or Nissan Altima? If you're comfortable with it, all the power to you...
If thats what I had to do to get to the track, you would see it.
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I went to an enduro once in Oregon with my CR250 and I didnt have a truck and my folks truck was in the shop. I took the bike apart enough to where I could fit it in the back of my VW rabbit and drove it up there in the back. Then I put it together, ran the race, and when it was over, I took it apart again and drove home. Its a question of common sense AND motivation. But then, as I said, I have a truck now..... but I am rather careless... 2 old tiedowns and a single baxley all the way to SLC and back was fine at 85mph... and I have full coverage....so.... yeah...
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