Thinking about the Ultimate MX Hauler


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  • RonO

Posted April 10, 2004 - 06:10 AM

#1

I'm thinking about buying the Ultimate MX Hauler to carry my bike, instead of using the trailer all the time. Does anyone have one and would like to comment on it?
Ps. It will be going on the back of a Jeep Wrangler.

Ron

  • ddialogue

Posted April 10, 2004 - 06:44 AM

#2

Got a link so we can check it out?

  • crushedreams

Posted April 10, 2004 - 08:46 AM

#3

I looked up a review on one similar. They liked it and said its better because it bypasses the suspension. Moto Jackrack review.

  • DirtDobber

Posted April 10, 2004 - 12:56 PM

#4

I've been looking at those myself. The only thing I noticed was that different vehicles, it might interfer with opening the tailgate on a truck or opening a hatchback on the SUV's.
I might just build one myself, I'm in the process of drawing one up in AutoCAD to suit me. I'm not real sure about one of them that has the foot peg bar clamps secured with another screw T-handle fromt the side. The Ultimate does have a big wing style nut on the bottom of the footpeg retainer bolt, which I think would be more secure. If you look at the pics on the website they are using a tie-down strap hooked to the handlebars to hold the forks locked and keep the front of the bike down and secure. One of them uses a piece of polycarbonate for a pad. This might be a little slippery and let the bike move around some. The other one, uses rubber strips. I think that would grip the bottom of the frame better during transit. At any rate if I build one myself, I'll probably use some strips of conveyor belt that I have laying around the shop.
I've seen a few of the UMX haulers around, but I haven't had a chance to talk to anyone that has used one for any length of time.
It's a little pricey at 300 bucks, plus shipping. But makes good sense, especially with the "not preloading the suspension" part.
If you get one, let me know how you like it.
Good luck.
DD :)

  • RonO

Posted April 10, 2004 - 04:13 PM

#5

Link http://www.ultimatemxhauler.com

  • 2006wr450f

Posted April 29, 2009 - 12:36 PM

#6

I just picked up one of these the other day and it works great. alot better than using my trailer for just a day ride.

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  • Krannie McKranface

Posted April 29, 2009 - 08:26 PM

#7

I had both brands, and hated them both. They lasted about 10 hauls, then started to flex badly. They never were 'tight' enough for me, and I could never get my bike to sit firmly enough to drive on a fire road any faster than 2 or 3 mph. Even with mutiple straps, it never was satisfactory. It's fine on the street, but not on rough Los angeles freeways.

I opted for the loading ramp type, which was VERY stable, and very reliable. Just heavy to install. The loading ramp type also allowed me to carry more stuff, and with a little wrangling, I could open the hatch.

http://www.joehauler...lehaulers.shtml

  • hillclimbguy

Posted April 29, 2009 - 08:42 PM

#8

I have one and like it. Though loading takes a little time. It beats loading in the back of the truck. Have to remember to put the hardware in the truck when going on a ride. Hate to come back and have that stuff gone. Good luck.

  • WR_Dave

Posted April 29, 2009 - 08:55 PM

#9

I love how no one can see your brake lights or your signal lights and you leave the most precious of possesions out there to be the cushion between your vehicle and the one that can't see what your up to. Also rear vision out of your mirrors seems limited. If you use one of these thingsyou really should consider some strap on lighting that plugs into your trailer plug. Flame away, but that is jmho - good idea, poor execution - WR Dave.

  • KennyMc

Posted April 29, 2009 - 09:00 PM

#10

I had both brands, and hated them both. They lasted about 10 hauls, then started to flex badly. They never were 'tight' enough for me, and I could never get my bike to sit firmly enough to drive on a fire road any faster than 2 or 3 mph. Even with mutiple straps, it never was satisfactory. It's fine on the street, but not on rough Los angeles freeways.

I opted for the loading ramp type, which was VERY stable, and very reliable. Just heavy to install. The loading ramp type also allowed me to carry more stuff, and with a little wrangling, I could open the hatch.

http://www.joehauler...lehaulers.shtml


+1 on the Joe Hauler. I have used mine on Suburban and my motorhome with no problems. Mine has space for two gas cans.

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  • Regalman

Posted April 30, 2009 - 05:32 AM

#11

We just welded up our own. Didn't take much steel.

Here is a pic with my motard on it.

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  • Brian2071

Posted April 30, 2009 - 11:57 AM

#12

We just welded up our own. Didn't take much steel.

Here is a pic with my motard on it.

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That looks nice. Do you have anymore pictures? Maybe without the bike on it. I'm just finishing up on a total trailer rebuild/upgrade for my quads and I'm ready for another project and this looks like a good one.

  • Demo_Slug

Posted April 30, 2009 - 01:05 PM

#13

AMC-400 from discount ramps. $129, works fine, fantastic price. Had mine a year with no issues. the aluminum ramp makes it lighter then the all steel ones, so its easy to remove.

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http://www.discountr...cle-carrier.htm

  • PowerBomb

Posted May 01, 2009 - 12:44 AM

#14

I have no actual knowledge on this, but wouldn't most of these devices be illegal because they obstruct the taillights?

  • WRC51

Posted May 01, 2009 - 05:53 AM

#15

I have a Joe Hauler that I have used since i put a shell on my truck( about two years). It works great, but I like WR Daves idea about the brake and tail light mod. I also looked into the type that the OP is talking about but was told by more that a few that it may be hard on the forks and shock, as they are at the limit of their travel when mounted on that style of carrier. Just saying.

  • Regalman

Posted May 01, 2009 - 07:13 AM

#16

That looks nice. Do you have anymore pictures? Maybe without the bike on it. I'm just finishing up on a total trailer rebuild/upgrade for my quads and I'm ready for another project and this looks like a good one.


No, I don't... and its at my brothers house so I can't really get any right now.

Next time I'm down I can snap some pics and take some demensions.

As for the legality... yes, I guess it probably is illegal. Especially since most license plates will be covered. I doubt however, anyone would really give you any grief for it.

  • tunefx

Posted May 01, 2009 - 06:48 PM

#17

Third year with my Ultimate MX Hauler. My observations:

- Flex: I've never had a problem. I always lock down the threaded hitch pin. It's rock solid. Anyone talking about flex must have a hitch that's flexing. I can shake my SUV by grabbing the bars. Rock solid.

- Brake Light Visibility: They make hitch attachments to raise or lower the ride height of the rig. Make sure you have the correct attachments. Also, it really depends on the type/size of your vehicle. My brake lights are visible w/o any problems.

- Rear Visibility: Again, no problem for my set up.

- Misc: Get the gas can holder. It works great. Ease of use is amazing. All my riding buddies have trucks or trailers but want one of these when traveling with solo. The fact it doesn't compress your suspension is huge for me. Since I ride nearly every weekend the "hauler" tends to stay on the SUV. I think it's a small deterrent for people following too closely. Lastly, it's like having second stand to work on your bike--wheels off the ground and nice and high so those of us older don't have to bend down too far. And, because of the way it "hangs" it's super easy to wash the bike--you can turn the wheels while it's loaded.

My only wish it that is should come with a deep well wing-nut socket for tightening up the wing-nuts that lock down the bolts mounted through the pegs. The pipe used to manage the hydraulic jack is used to tighten the wing-nuts. However, it tends to flare over time. I had to cut a quarter inch off the end of the pipe this season.

Bottom line: It's not for all vehicles. Make sure you use the correct hitch attachments. Enjoy the fact your suspension isn't compressed and that you can have your bike on or off faster than anyone else. That equates to more riding time!!

Hope this helps.

No, I don't work for Ultimate MX Hauler. :excuseme:

  • wrfty

Posted May 03, 2009 - 12:34 AM

#18

I have an aussie made EziMoTow bike lift which is a similar design to some of the other here. I used on dirt tracks, back roads and hyways without a problem.

The pic was taken during a 3500 km trip to compete in the Yilgarn Rallye.


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  • gdbarr1976

Posted May 06, 2009 - 08:21 AM

#19

I've had one for about 2 years. It goes on the back of my small motorhome and I love not having to worry about a trailer. Is it better then the rail types? Not real sure it is. Loading is not real easy. Having to jack it up and all. But, having a stand at the races is nice. If I was going to buy another I would look close at the other options. But in the end I still might buy another.

  • whiplash433

Posted June 02, 2009 - 06:05 PM

#20

Would one of these be too heavy for a Jeep Wrangler's suspension?




 
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