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Old 01-04-2015, 07:34 PM   #1
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Motorcycle hitch and Vespa???

Advice please: I have a motorcycle hitch for my Vespa, together = 325 pounds. Bambi 16 Sport is 3500lbs with tongue weight 300 lbs? Towing with Nissan Pathfinder 2012. 6-7000 lb towing capacity with 6-700 lb tongue weight. So, want advice about putting Vespa carrier behind car and hitching up Bambi. Yes,no, maybe? New shocks? Forget about it? Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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Whoops. Forgot that I have a Blue Ox sway bar. Probably be scraping up asphalt. No way to put it together. Ideas?
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:31 PM   #3
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Buy a pick up truck; put the bike in the bed; hook up the Bambi.

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Old 01-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #4
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You may want to get a hold of Can-Am RV in London Ontario Canada as they are specialists in TV's, hitches and tow ratings. They would be able to make suggestions and or solutions to your questions. These guys know what they are talking about.

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Old 01-04-2015, 09:18 PM   #5
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Here is a link to a career which goes behind a moho.

http://www.discountramps.com/rv-moto...rier/p/C-Lift/

I think the problem for the Pathfinder is it does not have the weight carrying capacity for a motorcycle hung out on the end of a hitch.

Maybe someone has figured this out, but I think, to do what you want, would require a fairly heavy duty truck, something which can carry a large weight on the hitch.
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:17 PM   #6
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Thanks all! Great info suggestions advice. Will check it all out, Happy trails!
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:19 PM   #7
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It looks like the rear-mounted Vespa would cause the hitch ball to be moved substantially farther back from the rear axle of the Pathfinder. The result is any push on the trailer from sidewind or passing semis would have a longer lever to move the Pathfinder steering axle sideways. Not good, would result in a dangerously unstable condition, especially if the side push results in increasing oscillations (sway). Also, the additional weight of the Vespa hanging over the back of the Pathfinder could only make this condition worse. Also, it will be more much difficult for a weight distribution hitch to distribute hitch load to the front axle.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:40 AM   #8
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Buy a pick up truck; put the bike in the bed; hook up the Bambi.

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Ya'll are not listening. This is you best option.
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TerryV is correct...but with one important improvement. Ditch the Vespa, and buy a Yamaha 250.
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TerryV is correct...but with one important improvement. Ditch the Vespa, and buy a Yamaha 250.
Yup, what he said.
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BT (before truck), I used to haul a 300lb Husqvarna dirt bike on a hitch mount attached to my 2012 Honda Pilot. Even though the combined weight of the bike plus hitch mount was well within the hitch weight limits, it radically changed the handling of the Honda. The hitch mount, which was a Versahauler, had a "pass through" hitch mount to insert the trailer hitch, but I wasn't thrilled with just hauling the bike, let alone anything else.

Your remaining option is to ditch the Vespa and get a lightweight electric bicycle and mount up a rooftop carrier.
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TerryV is correct...but with one important improvement. Ditch the Vespa, and buy a Yamaha 250.
Yep ... agree on the XT 250; great for two up even for short trips on the highway - superb around camps and crawling around the mountains exploring! (No, the Vespa does not work well off road anyway) ... as long as you can swing your leg over the seat and don't need a step through...YMMV.

But ... not on a rear carrier; either put the mc in the bed of your TV or inside the TT.
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