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I bought a K2 TMC 201 Hitch carrier to haul my DR 350 with my RAM ProMaster. I bought this unit because it was all steel, all welded. It is designed to pull a pin and drop the rail so you can"roll" your bike up onto it, then lift the ramp/bike up once the front wheel has dropped into the depression and slide the pin back in to secure. In theory. Looked so easy in the YouTube video that I watched prior to purchase. My experience was that because of where the pivot point was up front, it was impossible to lift the bike and set the pin. Maybe a scooter, but not "even" a 305 lb dual sport. I know you didn't buy this design, but that was my first negative experience with this concept and a deal breaker because I couldn't remotely load the bike by myself. Once loaded, I could not properly strap down the bike to keep it from bouncing around on the back, both longitudinally and laterally.I agree completely with Cliffrod that you need another fixed mounting point back to the vehicle to stop the rocking. Two would be better front and back with the original hitch mount in the center. I strapped that bike both to the bottom of the van and off the top hinges of the rear doors of the van to stabilized it. Still rocked enough through some whoops on the freeway by the Black Hills that the handlebar dented the rear door where I planned to install a window (only time I didn't go ballistic over damaging a vehicle myself because I knew that metal panel was going to be cut out). Once the bike is loaded it also can obstruct your brake and tail lights so I had the optional lighting kit attached below the rail so following traffic could see my lights.I also didn't feel that comfortable with it so exposed when I was in a hotel room at night so I always backed up to a wall when possible. I can't image loading a bike over 400 lbs on one of these units. I am sure there are success stories but that is my experience. I sold it after one long trip and two short ones. I would just advise you to be careful and have help. If it should somehow come out of the rail when loading or unloading, especially if the bike gets wedged between the hitch and the vehicle, that is a problem.
I've had a Versa-Haul for 20-years. I've hauled three or four different bikes over thousands of miles. It's worked fine, but I used it on a 1500 Suburban with air ride and a 3500 Sierra. Mine is the 500 lbs capacity version. They also make a 600 lbs capacity version. As long as the vehicle is rated for the weight on its hitch, it's not a problem to haul this way.Pic of the Suburban (before its air ride leveled the load):
Let us know your toughts once you ahev tried it out. What part of Kentucky? Don't recognize you from the screen name
Will do.I'm stationed at Fort Knox, just moved here this summer.
Awesome little NE of there in LaGrage KY, yell If I can ever anything. If you are still there in September you need to come to the Guzzi rally in Frankfort, KY.
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