Hitch Carrier for Vespa GTS 300
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Location: Ojai, CA
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:15 pm quote
Hi,

I want to transport my 2020 Vespa GTS 300 with my RAM 2500 4x4 with bed is 44" of the ground

I tried a 7 foot ramp and almost dropped my bike because the incline was to steep. Not only was getting up the ramp hard but because of the small wheels it got stuck at the edge where the ramp meets the bed of the truck.

Backing up against a high curb or hill is not a feasible option. It would defeat the purpose why I want to transport my scooter.

The trailer hitch on my truck is 22" off the ground so I am thinking about buying a trailer hitch to transport the Vespa.

The Black Widdow AMC-400L is the only one with a 6ft ramp
https://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-carrier/p/AMC-400L/

Black Widdow also has a steel version that I could order an extra 6ft ramp with.
https://www.discountramps.com/black-widow-motorcycle-carrier/p/MCC-500/

And there is this one that can handle 600lbs and has a track much wider then I need but it does come with a 71" ramp.
https://www.discountramps.com/hitch-mounted-steel-motorcycle-carrier/p/MCC-600/


Does anyone have experience with a hitch mounted motorcycle carrier?


The people on the phone at Discountramps are not very helpful...
Hooked
2007 Vespa 250 GTS
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:53 pm quote
Try this thread... Wolfboats has a good solution
https://advrider.com/f/threads/trailer-or-hitch-carrier.1432804/page-2
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:24 pm quote
Thanks, meantime I found this alternative.

https://www.mototote.com/motorcycle-carriers.html
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2007 GT200, 2008 Yamaha C3
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:28 pm quote
I use a 6' folding ramp with my hitch hauler. The shallow angle makes it a breeze to load and unload. I would often catch the underside of the scooter on the hauler using the short loading ramp that came with it.

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Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:49 pm quote
I had the SR-B6 72" step ramp and it still was to steep to get into the bed of my truck witch is 44" off the ground.

https://stepramp.com/index.php#features

However I might have to buy and modify a 6 or 8 foot ramp to get an easy angle on the trailer hitch witch is 22" of the ground...
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2009 LX 150, 2008 GTS 250
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:15 pm quote
I used the MX600x with my GTS and now with my LX150 on the back of my Sequoia. The receiver on my hitch is likely a few inches lower than your truck so you may need a longer ramp.

Bill

https://www.discountramps.com/dirt-bike-hitch-carrier/p/MX-600X/
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:26 pm quote
44" off the ground? you must have some aftermarket oversize wheels and tires no?

either way, if you back into a driveway you can lower that load in height considerably. drop the tailgate and just ease in until the tires just touch the dip. then use a ramp-- mine is a 7ft folding-- and you should be good to go.

i've never been much of a fan of hitch carriers. they're fine for dirtbikes but scooters tend to bounce around a whole bunch and are wobbly on them.

good luck with what ever you decide.

-g
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:49 pm quote
Nope it came like that from the lot. Its the 4x4 drive that makes it so tall. I love the view but the height is often a pain to deal with.
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Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:53 pm quote
Scooter-it wrote:
Nope it came like that from the lot. Its the 4x4 drive that makes it so tall. I love the view but the height is often a pain to deal with.
Backing up against the curb is not practical, the truck will block both lanes...

With a hitch mount I can parallel park to the curb.

But yes I donít like to look and the potential wobble either.
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2010 ThunderFly 190, 2008 250 GTS
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Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:57 am quote
How about a Tilt a rack? might be a good option for your needs.

https://www.discountramps.com/tilting_motorcycle_rack/p/ACR-MOTORCYCLE-CARRIER/

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Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:31 am quote
Those are awesome, problem remains that my hitch is 22" of the ground and the ramp will be very steep.
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Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:39 am quote
This carrier is the ultimate solution if it did not cost $3000...


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Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:03 pm quote
I have had the black widow as well as the versahaul hitch haulers. These worked fine on the motorhome. I found the the Black Widow ramp to be my favorite alternative for the pickup. It costs about the same as a hitchhauler, but the bike in the bed is much more stable. It has 3 ramps so you can basically walk/ride your bike up and down and has an arch so you don't bottom out at the top. I had a GMC 2500, don't recall bed height but it was the 4wd diesel so taller than average.
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Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:05 pm quote
This is what I referred to above...

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Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:24 pm quote
Tilt-A-Rack
This is an older steel version. I havenít used it a lot, but it worked fine with my GTV.

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Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:05 am quote
I have a Versahaul and it works great with my GT200. However, I'm liking that lightweight Tilt-A-Rack a lot. Looks much easier to mount since it's so light. I have three fused vertebrae in my back, so mounting my Versahaul is no longer a one man operation.
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Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:26 am quote
Mopedlar wrote:
I have a Versahaul and it works great with my GT200. However, I'm liking that lightweight Tilt-A-Rack a lot. Looks much easier to mount since it's so light. I have three fused vertebrae in my back, so mounting my Versahaul is no longer a one man operation.
The steel Tilt-A-Rack is definitely heavy.
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2012 GTS 300 Super
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Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:08 pm quote
Versahaul makes an excellent product. I own one. The beauty of their design is the retracting tie downs that stick out so your straps are at an angle and not mostly vertical like most.

[url] http://www.versahaul.com/vh55ro.php

Lay hands on this bad boy and you know why they cost more. Steel baby! Heavy duty.
Hooked
2019 Primavera 150 Touring
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Fri Jan 15, 2021 11:54 pm quote
For those using the hitch racks, what is your tongue weight on the hitch and is it safe with the weight of the hitch and Vespa 300?
Molto Verboso
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Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:10 am quote
I use one of these for all my bike hauling...
Very easy to load and unload all on your own.

http://2mtrailers.co.za/

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Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:00 am quote
David Ordaz wrote:
For those using the hitch racks, what is your tongue weight on the hitch and is it safe with the weight of the hitch and Vespa 300?
Depends on the hitch carrier & what you put on it vs the max tongue weight of your hitch. Most Class III hitches are rated for 500 lbs. Most Class IV hitches are rated for 1000 lbs.

I have a RAM truck with a class IV 1,000 max tongue weight, the Versahaul VH-55 RO carrier weighs about 90 pounds and my GTS300 weighs 350 pounds so the tongue weight is 440 pounds, well under my max hitch tongue weight and would likely work on most class III hitches as well.
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