Best Motorcycle Carrier Hitches for 2020 [TOP 5 PICKS]
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When it comes to carrying a motorcycle on the back of our vehicles, we all want a fast, effective solution that is easy to operate and strong enough for the task.
And while there are a number of carrier hitches available today, the range of weight capacities, price points, and other features can make it difficult to decide which is the best for you.
That’s where our top 5 round-up comes in. We have selected what we believe to be the best motorcycle carrier hitches available on the market today.
For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a full review of each of our chosen picks, plus a detailed buyer’s guide, keep on reading.
Best Motorcycle Carrier Hitch – Top 5
Editors Choice: TMS T-NS-MRC001 Heavy Duty Motorcycle Carrier
Capacity: 500lbs 2" Sq Receivers Class II, III, IV, or V Trailers
The following 5 motorbike carriers have been selected on the basis of cost/performance ratios, overall build quality, price point and any other features that they have to help stand out from the competition.
From this list, we are confident you will find the best carrier hitch for your specific needs.
Our top pick motorcycle carrier hitch for 2020 is the TMS T-NS-MRC001. While these guys might not be the most well known brand around, they have managed to balance quality construction, with a really competitive price point to bring you a great carrier hitch solution.
For those on a very tight budget, our recommended carrier hitch for 2020 is this offering from Best Choice Products.
With an impressive load capacity of 500 lbs, yet coming in with a sub $100 price point there is a lot to like here.
The reduced cost does not mean a significant reduction in build quality either.
The SKY1375 has all the features you need to keep your motorcycle safe and secure while in transit.
There’s an anti-tilt locking device to prevent wobble while on the road. The steel construction has been powder-coated for increased durability. It even features a multi-load configuration, meaning you can load the motorcycle from either side of the carrier.
As with the other carriers in our top 5, the SKY 1375 takes a versatile approach and is compatible with 2″ square receivers (class II, III, IV, OR V trailer hitch).
Finally, everything is easy to put together with the assembly compromising of only 8 nuts and bolts. You’ll have your motorcycle securely hitched to the back of your vehicle in no time.
500 lbs. capacity
Main hitch tube: 18″(L)
Loading ramp: 38.5″(L) x 4.75″(W)
Carrier overall dimensions: 76″(L) x 7″(W)
Note: Trailer hitch pin not included
Pros of the Best choice Products SKY 1375 motorcycle carrier hitch
The very affordable price point
Heavy-duty steel construction with powder-coated finish
Easy to assemble, and mount your cycle from either side of the unit
Made for a 2″ square receiver (class II, III, IV, OR V trailer hitch)
Some users have complained about poor instructions
For those looking for an ultra-budget solution to their motorcycle carrying needs, the Best Choice Products SKY 1375 is the answer to their problems.
With a strong 500lbs capacity, plenty of features for secure transit and easy to assemble dual loading configuration, this carrier really does deliver.
4. Versa Haul VH-SPORTRO Sport Bike Carrier with Ramp
The Versa Haul VH-SPORTRO Sport Bike Carrier is another model pitched at those looking for a high load-bearing capacity of 600 lbs.
As with the GoPlus option, you do need to dig deeper into the pockets for this, however, if you have the heavier bike you do need to buy accordingly.
The hitch type here differs in that the unit is designed for any class III or IV hitch, (this is due to the extra load potentially being carried).
The carrying platform measures 77.5″ long and 8″ wide. The main carrier tube comes in at 31.5″.
For increased stability, the Versa Haul features 4 tie-down points. There’s also an adjustable tire stop to hold the wheel in place. The loading ramp is fully lockable too.
Designed in the USA the build quality is top-notch here, with the sturdy frame featuring that good old powder-coated finish for increased longevity.
Furthermore, if you are in a situation where you need to tow cargo as well as the carry the bike, the VH-Sport gives you a towing capacity of 3000lbs.
Pros of the Versa Haul VH-SPORTRO
High 600 lbs load capacity (with 3000lbs trailer towing ability)
77.5″ long carrier with a rail width of 8”
An anti-tilt lock bracket (and movable wheel stop)
Sturdy construction with powder-coated finish
Adjustable tie-down bars for increased stability
Inbuilt reflectors for increased visibility
The most expensive carrier in our top 5
The VH-Sport is a top-quality motorcycle carrier for those with a large budget and heavy bike to carry.
Similar to the GoPlus for specifications this does come in at a higher price point. Both worthy of consideration if you have a sports bike that needs to be hitched to the back of your vehicle. Be wary of the class hitch compatibility here however.
The first step here is to check the manual of your vehicle to see what type of receiver has been fitted. If it is an aftermarket addition, you will need to check the relevant manufacturing specifications of the particular model receiver.
Then check that the carrier hitch you are interested is compatible. As you will have seen above, most modern carriers are designed to fit common 2” vehicle receivers.
The best material for carrier hitches is treated steel. It is strong, durable and resistant to rust. As you can see from our reviews section, steel with a powder-coated finish is one of the most popular construction materials. It’s tough and will last a long time.
Build quality also extends to the way the bike is mounted (durable straps, quick release hooks etc) and the design of the ramp. For example, some carriers are designed to allow you to mount the bike from either side of the vehicle, this is a clever feature that can definitely make life easier while loading.
Wheel chocks at the end of the ramp are another good feature, as are little touches such as reflective finishes for driving in poor visibility conditions.