The vehicle required varies depending on the weight of your motorcycle. On average, dual sport motorcycles fall between 250 to 370 lbs. For generic guidance: a 250 lb. dual sport, requires a vehicle with approximately 3,100 lbs. of towing capacity and a 370 lb. dual sport, requires a vehicle with approximately 4,300 lbs. of towing capacity.
To calculate the requirements for your motorcycle, add the weight of the carrier to your motorcycle, then multiply that number by 10 to factor for tongue capacity. Follow this example to calculate the minimum required towing capacity for hauling a 350 lb. dual sport with a Sport carrier.
No. Towing capacity is the weight your vehicle can pull with a trailer and tongue capacity is the weight your vehicle withstand pushing down on the hitch. In general, tongue capacity is 10% of towing capacity. Staying within tongue weight capacity is a critical safety factor. Please ensure you stay within your vehicle's limits.
For tie downs, we recommend ratcheting tie downs for the front bars, and an AceBikes TyreFix for the rear tire - for maximum stability and ease in tie-ing down. Depending on the size of your dual sport, we may also recommend the LED or standard light kit to extend tail light functions to the back of your MotoTote.
Yes, many dual sport customers load motorcycles by themself, but we recommend this based on your own comfort/experience. When first loading and unloading, we recommend a helping hand for you and your bikes safety. For extra ease, we recommend parking near a curb to reduce the loading ramps angle.
We have thousands of customers all over the world with zero structural failures over 25 years. As long as you stay within your vehicle's tongue capacity limits and tie down safely, your motorcycle will be safe!