One of the things that had been worrying me about buying a motorcycle is how I was going to carry it. Since I live, and travel, in my Arctic Fox fifth wheel I knew I was going to have to put something on the back of the trailer that could safely carry the motorcycle. And the simplest and cheapest thing seemed to be a rack that could be attached to the back of the trailer.
The first thing I did was call the Northwood factory and asked them if it would be safe to carry a 300 pound motorcycle on the back of the Arctic Fox 27 – 5L. And they told me if I welded a receiver hitch to the frame and cross braced the frame it would be just fine. I was glad to hear that because I know there are some trailers that they don't even want you to hang a bicycle on the back of.
Since I live by myself I have to be able to take the motorcycle on and off the trailer with no help, and I've been a bit concerned how that was going to work out. Knowing me if it's not an easy, and safe thing to do then I will look for excuses not to take the bike off and ride it.
The Arctic Fox is kind of high off the ground so I never assumed that I would be able to push a 271 pound motorcycle up a ramp to get it on the rack, so I'm hoping that I can crank the bike up and idle it up the ramp. If that doesn't work out too well I guess I will have to figure a way to hook up a little winch and pull it up the ramp.
I need to be able to take the bike off the rack from either end of the rack, in other words I can't have a chock bolted to one end of the rack. Because sometimes I have to Park the trailer in places where taking the motorcycle off in one direction might not be possible. But without a chock to grab the front wheel and hold it, its going to be difficult for me to hold the bike in place and tie it down at the same time. Maybe I could have a way to just put it on its kickstand while its on the rack.
I'll get it figured out, after all I don't have much choice because at the moment I own a motorcycle that I have no way to carry.