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Contributors to this thread:
Z Barebow 10-May-20
Grey Ghost 10-May-20
WapitiBob 10-May-20
Native Okie 10-May-20
3dvapor 10-May-20
Gman 10-May-20
Knife Cobbler 10-May-20
Jaquomo 10-May-20
Robear 10-May-20
Newhunter1 10-May-20
wilbur 11-May-20
Grey Ghost 11-May-20
Newhunter1 12-May-20
Grey Ghost 12-May-20
Newhunter1 12-May-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 14-Aug-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
Jaquomo 14-Aug-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
nehunter 14-Aug-20
nehunter 14-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 14-Aug-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 14-Aug-20
EJG 14-Aug-20
txhunter58 14-Aug-20
txhunter58 14-Aug-20
Aces11 14-Aug-20
txhunter58 16-Aug-20
Aces11 16-Aug-20
Jaquomo 16-Aug-20
txhunter58 17-Aug-20
Z Barebow 17-Aug-20
Z Barebow 17-Aug-20
Grey Ghost 17-Aug-20
Jaquomo 17-Aug-20
WapitiBob 17-Aug-20
txhunter58 17-Aug-20
Jaquomo 17-Aug-20
Bennifgot2 28-Jan-21
Fields 28-Jan-21
txhunter58 28-Jan-21
txhunter58 28-Jan-21
Sharpe 02-Feb-21
From: Z Barebow
10-May-20
I will be purchasing an ebike for me and my wife (soon). I am looking for recommendations for a 2 bike hauler that works with fat tire and 2” receiver hitch.

Priorities. Protect the bikes for long trips. (Camping/hunting) I am interested in quality. Not concerned about lifting them on to carrier. ( I should be in elk shape for the next 30 years or so!)

From: Grey Ghost
10-May-20

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All of the fat tire bicycle racks look flimsy to me, so I'm buying a rack designed for 2 small motorcycles.

Matt

From: WapitiBob
10-May-20
I started with a thru axle mount on my bed rail. I now have a Kuat 3 bike rack $$$$. I also have a single Yakima mounted on my bed rail $. All bike racks will flop around some unless you use a direct mount for the front thru axle and those will put a lot of pressure on that front fork assy, or, toss them in the bed and put the front tire over the tailgate and a Dakine pad. After having used all of the above on some washboard and rutted roads I think you want the rack to flop around a bit, with the bikes tight to the rack.

From: Native Okie
10-May-20
Don’t go cheap, it holds true in many aspects of life and if I have a $2k plus ebike I’m buying quality.

I had a Yakima holdup for my plus bike, worked great. For an ebike you may want to go heavier.

From: 3dvapor
10-May-20
I had the kuat. It flopped around way to much on washboard and rutted roads. I had to strap them down in the back of the truck like motorcycles and order a custom canopy to fit over them. Now i can fly around as usual chasing bugles.

From: Gman
10-May-20
I got the Overdrive in 4 bike from Amazon, you can get the 2 bike for less $ Overdrive Sport 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Rack - Smart Tilting, Platform Style Standard, Fat Tire Electric Bikes. I'm satisfied with it.

10-May-20
I have the Saris freedom 2 bike, I have been happy with it. Rode to Kansas from WI and 2 years back and forth to Buffalo County without a hiccup. https://www.saris.com/product/freedom-2

From: Jaquomo
10-May-20
I've been using the Capstone one for 2.5 years. Many miles on rough, washboardy roads with 2 bikes and no problems at all. It gets good reviews from ebikers who do a lot more traveling than I do.

From: Robear
10-May-20
I asked this same question back in November. I took Jaq’s advice and bought the Capstone. Very happy with it so far.

From: Newhunter1
10-May-20

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I have the Quietkat 750 and use the 1up trailer. https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-single-bike-rack/

By far the best rack for the weight of my kat...and it has a locking system that is pretty sturdy.

From: wilbur
11-May-20

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Yup the 1 UP bike rack is the way to go.

Solid rack that has a secure simple locking system to your existing trailer hitch.

From: Grey Ghost
11-May-20
The problem with the 1 UP is the second bike add-on is only rated for 50 pounds. My Mule weighs 68 pounds. I do like the option of being able to remove the second bike rack, if it's not needed, though.

Matt

From: Newhunter1
12-May-20
Grey Ghost...I looked on the add on for the heavy duty...and here is the description where it states 50-75lbs. Description

Our easy-to-install Add-On racks give you the versatility to transport multiple bikes on a single rack. So as your family, bike collection, or taste for adventure grows, you can depend on your 1UP USA rack to grow right along with it.

– Mounts to any 1UP USA Rack – Add-On weight 18.5 lb. – Total carrying capacity of up 50–75 lb. per tray spot – Fits 16”–29” wheels, up to 3.1” wide (see spacer kit for tires wider than 3.1”)* – Accommodates up to 54” wheelbase – Fastens to existing rack or Add-On with two security bolts – Rack arms close to secure tires without touching the frame – Pitched upward at a 15-degree angle to increase ground clearance with each Add-On – Quick and easy install or removal – Shipped in reusable box for easy storage (30” x 14” x 8”); ship weight 23 lb. – All Add-On parts anodized, except a powder-coat finish on the tray

From: Grey Ghost
12-May-20
Newhunter, with the battery installed and my emergency roadside pack, I'm sure my Mule comes in over 75 pounds. I just don't like pushing the capacity limits of anything that closely, especially with a $4500 bike.

I also think a more simple design with fewer moving parts would be my preference. I've had the fancy fold-down racks for my regular mountain bikes, and didn't care for it. I gave it away.

I think the motorcycle type rack that I posted earlier is the route I'm going. It may be overkill, but it will give me peace of mind.

Matt

From: Newhunter1
12-May-20
Peace of mind is best. You're right...I wouldn't trust my 4500.00 bike on an object that I didn't feel comfortable with. I looked at the motorcycle rack and actually wish I bought that instead.

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
GG,

I was wondering if you had a chance to test out your new rack.

I have a friend who has had an issue with hauling ebikes (mules) on his current rack. Broken bolts. Haven’t lost a bike but has had to do some roadside repairs. Those wash bird roads out west are tough. I though the type of rack you had would be good. He is a little concerned on how to control the side to side movement and if the ebikes is for some reason too light for that type of rack. I was hoping you might have some real world experience now to see how it is working out.

Thank you

Eric

From: Grey Ghost
14-Aug-20
Eric,

The small motorcycle rack works perfectly for our 2 Mules. It's solid and there's very little movement. It is a bit heavy, however, but I can still install it by myself. I'd highly recommend one to your friend.

Matt

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
GG

Thank you so much for the reply. May I ask the exact brand and model you bought?

Thank you

Eric

From: Jaquomo
14-Aug-20
I never travel with the batteries on ours when on the rack. Too easy to pop them off and put them in the truck.

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
GG,

I was wondering if you had a chance to test out your new rack.

I have a friend who has had an issue with hauling ebikes (mules) on his current rack. Broken bolts. Haven’t lost a bike but has had to do some roadside repairs. Those wash bird roads out west are tough. I though the type of rack you had would be good. He is a little concerned on how to control the side to side movement and if the ebikes is for some reason too light for that type of rack. I was hoping you might have some real world experience now to see how it is working out.

Thank you

Eric

From: nehunter
14-Aug-20

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For about a hundred dollars. I've seen the others at shops but don't compare to this all aluminum carrier. I can unload in 1 minute, reload the bike in 2 minutes all by myself. So Simple.

From: nehunter
14-Aug-20

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Lots of places sell them.

From: Grey Ghost
14-Aug-20

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Eric,

I bought the Black Widow Double carrier. See link.

Matt

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
Awesome, thank you both. They look great

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
Also , any tips or tricks to securing?

Thanks

Eric

From: Grey Ghost
14-Aug-20
A couple of ratchet straps, and perhaps a few rags, so you don't scratch the paint under the straps.

Matt

From: EJG
14-Aug-20
Ok that is what I figured . Thank you

From: txhunter58
14-Aug-20
Jaq: am I looking at the right carrier? Specs on the Capstone 2 bike carrier say 35 lb per bike load limit?

From: txhunter58
14-Aug-20
I like that they include a loading ramp on the black widow

From: Aces11
14-Aug-20
My buddy and I have Quietkats. I purchased the Rambo double bike rack from ebike John. I had initially planned to buy one like Grey Ghost posted for motorcycles, but all the places I recently looked they are back ordered.

From: txhunter58
16-Aug-20
Was looking at that one from ebike John too for the same reason. Anyone have one? Reviews?

Just looking at the variety mentioned, seems like ones that have a rigid arm over the bike would be easier And possibly more stable than multiple tie downs?

From: Aces11
16-Aug-20
I put the one together I got from ebike John. I hooked it up to my truck and loaded my bike up to check it out. Pretty easy to put together and use. I will probably put an extra strap on somewhere for piece of mind.

From: Jaquomo
16-Aug-20
Txhunter, I don't remember the exact specs. I read a bunch of reviews of people who carried two ebikes all over the country with no problems. I never travel with the batteries on ours so the weight of each bike is probably around 40-45 lbs. I've had mine for 2.5 years, have carried one or two bikes hundreds of miles over bumpy, washboard mountain roads, with no issues. Its solidly constructed.

From: txhunter58
17-Aug-20
Battery weighs around 20 pounds?

From: Z Barebow
17-Aug-20
Lou.

Do you cover the battery contacts when you remove battery? I am thinking with dust/mud having the battery off might cause more issues vs leaving it on.

From: Z Barebow
17-Aug-20

From: Grey Ghost
17-Aug-20
I leave the batteries on ours when hauling, for the reasons you mentioned, Z. But then, I don't have to worry about weight with the motorcycle carrier I have. I think it's rated for 600 pounds.

Matt

From: Jaquomo
17-Aug-20
I put a piece of duct tape over the opening if I'm driving on dusty roads. I also cover the controller with a ziplock baggie if there's any moisture. A buddy and his wife had both their controllers short out when driving through a big rainstorm.

TX, my Rambo R750 weighs 57 lbs with the battery. I estimate the battery at 10 lbs have never weighed it. Some other models other guys have weigh more than that.

From: WapitiBob
17-Aug-20
Dielectric grease on the contacts if it’s gonna be wet.

From: txhunter58
17-Aug-20
My Rambo 750R Pursuit is supposed to weigh 63 lbs before ad ons.

Fed X says mine will be delivered tomorrow

From: Jaquomo
17-Aug-20
Mine is the original R750. Yours may very well weigh more.

From: Bennifgot2
28-Jan-21

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Size of trailer is main in these kind of situations. The size of the trailer is the main factor while moving the motorcycle. There would be different sized trailer needed for the various number of vehicles to be transported. The cost would also be varied according to the service provided. If you want to move the motorcycle in the lowest budget possible then you would have to search for the options. https://citizenshipper.com/motorcycle-transportation

From: Fields
28-Jan-21
Thanks gentleman.. come here to pass time and browse these threads and it cost me another $150++. Should make transporting a bit easier and convenient...

From: txhunter58
28-Jan-21
Thanks for the spam Benni! He speaka da English not so good

From: txhunter58
28-Jan-21

From: Sharpe
02-Feb-21

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I've never liked the idea of having a bike hanging off the rear of my vehicle just waiting for someone to bump into me or swipe a part. Roof racks are a slightly better option although I've heard too many stories of people driving under something too low.

Still, I'm a huge fan of Kuat and 1up, they are both in the "you won't regret it" category. But I prefer Kuat for the hitch tightening mechanism, ease of tilting, and integrated cable locks. Also if you're worrying about the weight, just remove the battery.

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