The 10 Best Motorcycle and Dirtbike Carriers
This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Sometimes you need to haul your road, motocross, or dirt bike instead of riding it, but you don't want the storage hassle and extra expense of a trailer. That's when you reach for one of these carriers and attach it to the class II, III, or IV hitch receiver on your truck or SUV. You can get one or two bikes on them, and you don't have to mess with lighting, like you would on a trailer. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
March 09, 2021:
A good quality motorcycle carrier is a heavy-duty piece of equipment made from durable materials, and as long as it is correctly matched to the weight of your bike and your hitch receiver, it should last for many years to come. Most models are similar in design, with the bike sitting flush against the tailgate of the vehicle. In this update, we did include two alternative styles which may suit some users better.
The Yescom Hitch Mount is designed to tow the bike using only the front wheel, thus reducing strain on the hitch. This model is also very easily loaded by one person, as it features a built-in crank arm to lift it from the ground. If you own a pickup truck or a trailer, then the Risk Racing Lock-N-Load may be a better choice as it bolts directly to the bed and holds bikes in position using the footpegs, which not only reduces stress in the front fork seals, but also eliminates the necessity of straps. The ability to lock them in place is another useful feature that provides peace of mind if you need to leave your vehicle unattended for any length of time.
Another new addition is the MotoTote MTX, which is notable for its meshed steel platform that provides additional traction whilst loading and unloading. It features a flared base for larger back tires, which, combined with its 600-pound weight capacity, makes it a great choice for street bikes. Dirt bikes are usually somewhat lighter, so a carrier with a lower weight capacity, such as the Specstar Heavy Duty or the Discount Ramps AMC-400-F should be sufficient. The latter also conveniently has a folding design, which means it doesn't need to be removed from the vehicle between uses.
January 08, 2019:
Any of our selections will do the job, so it comes down to preference. Do you prefer a steel or aluminum platform? A longer ramp will typically make loading and unloading easier. And pay attention to the details, such as the number and position of tie-down loops. Make sure you know your hitch type and your vehicle's towing limits before you buy.
SlipStream Providing a large variety of accessories for ATVs, quads, and dirtbikes, Trax Equipment's Slipstream range features carriers for differently sized bikes made from either lightweight alloy or galvanized steel. Their unique hitch receiver has a built-in ball mount allowing it to remain permanently connected to your vehicle. traxequipment.co
Dirt Bike Trailer Specially designed to accommodate up to three bikes with a combined maximum load capacity of 1.500 pounds. Its many features include an extendable deck, aluminum wheels, integrated fully-adjustable wheel chocks, stow-away loading ramps, and a hard-wearing black powder-coated finish. towsmarttrailers.com