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Old July 7th, 2015, 05:53 AM   #1
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Hitch Carrier - Moto Tote & Hyperstrada

Works well.



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Old July 7th, 2015, 06:15 AM   #2
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nice..

what´s the máximum weight allowance??
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Old July 7th, 2015, 06:36 AM   #3
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550 lbs is what the carrier is rated.

A key consideration is always the hitch limit. Many are 500 lbs. Mine is 700 or 750 lbs. The Moto Tote is 62 lbs.

The weight of the Hyperstrada, without cases and half a tank of fuel will be about 430 lbs. Less with mine as I have a lithium battery which weighs just over 3 lbs, so more than 5 lb weight savings (much improved starting too).

430 bike
62 carrier
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= 492 lbs on the hitch.

6 lbs per gallon for gas, so we can minimize weight by loading with the reserve light being on.

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Old July 7th, 2015, 08:58 AM   #4
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This looks great!
How easy is it to load and unload the Hyper?
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Old July 7th, 2015, 11:45 AM   #5
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I needed to start the bike to power up and over the little tire position holder. Unloading was done with the service tech so very easy.

Like many new things, I will experiment and get to be good at doing it by myself.

The tire holder made it easy to hold the bike upright while connecting the two front straps.
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I'm sure it's fine, but I could never do it. I'd be worried over every little bump in the road that my bike would go sliding down the highway...
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I'm sure it's fine, but I could never do it. I'd be worried over every little bump in the road that my bike would go sliding down the highway...
I figure that if my hitch can tow a 10,000 lb trailer down the road, it should have no problem with a 400 lb bike. Of course this is dependant on the vehicle hitch.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 11:06 AM   #8
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The Moto Tote is steel, and the hitch is also steel. Steel bends when stressed with obvious early warning.

Aluminum can disguise eminent failure without warning. Think BOAC Comet and the window crack that caused the failure.

Therefore, I'm confident that with regular inspection a weakness in either the hitch or carrier will become known well before a risk of failure. That is because I'm well within the Toyota ratings for the hitch and within the carrying capacity of the carrier.

Part of my motivation in getting the Hyperstrada, over the MulitStrada, GS or XR was the price and weight. Easy little bike to throw on the back of my car and travel to my favorite California riding areas.
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like I said. I'm sure it's fine. I'm just the type of guy that uses like 6 ratchet straps to strap a bike to a trailer because paranoid haha.
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Old July 18th, 2015, 08:19 AM   #10
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Ordered Firestone Ride-Rite rear coil airbags from 4 Wheel Parts today. The 492 total added weight on the hitch drops the rear of the 4Runner 3.5".

Tested the security of the system with going over road humps. Passed the test.





The guys at the dealership remarked how easy it was to unload then load the Strada on this carrier.
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