What’s the difference between the 3 Tow Hitch models?
The 3 tow systems vary in the amount of lift needed, based on vehicle hitch height measured from the ground to the bottom of the hitch. We recommend maintaining 8” when the bike is lifted. The Fixed is for 16”-17” only as the receiver is not adjustable. The 18” and 24” Adjustables have a receiver that can be adjusted 0”-5” up/down. If you have an RV you need the lift afforded by the 24” Adjustable because of the length behind the rear axle.
Why does it tow from the rear wheel?
It is safe for the drive shaft and pivots 150 degrees, so no leaning in turns.
Is it safe to use on the highway?
Yes you can safely tow a motorcycle by the rear wheel up to 600 lbs. on a Class III 2” hitch for short or long distance. Many of our customers have towed thousands of miles.
Can I tow from the front wheel?
The MoTow Motorcycle Tow Hitch isn’t designed for front wheel towing unless it’s a trike.
How much of the weight of the bike is on the MoTow when towing?
About half the weight of the bike is on the MoTow Tow Hitch while towing. But because the load is extended out about 18” off the hitch you need a higher tongue weight. Our Tow Hitch is very strong but not knowing what tow vehicle or bike it’s being used with, we set the weight limit to 600 lbs. on a Class 3 or higher hitch with a minimum of 500 lb. tongue weight.
Won’t my front tire get worn out if I use a MoTow?
In our experience there is 80% less wear because it’s free rolling with no rider weight, or braking and cornering forces applied to it. Also rear tires generally wear out faster than front tires.
Will my odometer register miles when towing?
Digital odometers don’t register if the ignition is off. We don’t have experience with analog odometers.
Can I use MoTow Tow Hitch on my car?
Yes as long as your hitch height measured from the ground to the bottom of the hitch is 10” minimum and you have a strong rear suspension. Hitch height will drop when a bike is lifted and you must maintain 8” minimum height when towing. Some customers get reinforced rear suspensions. It is recommended you monitor your bike at all times while towing, either by the rear view mirror or a camera.
Can I use a MoTow Tow Hitch behind a 5th wheel?
Yes you can as long as you monitor your bike at all times while towing, either by the rear view mirror or a camera. While using it behind a 5th wheel may be legal in some states, it would be the Purchaser’s responsibility to make sure the towing vehicle—the pickup truck, for example—has a towing rating equal to or greater than the total weight being towed.
Can I use MoTow Tow Hitch behind an RV?
Yes you can as long as you monitor your bike at all times while towing, either by the rear view mirror or a camera.
Can I use MoTow Tow Hitch behind a travel trailer?
No we do not recommend using it behind a travel trailer.
Can I back up while towing my bike?
Yes you can for a short distance of 8’ to 10’, then the bike will track left or right, as a trailer would while backing up. Many customers plan their entrances so they don’t have to. If you find yourself in a situation where you cannot easily back up and turn around, an option is to simply lower and unload your bike, then reload it when you’re pointing in the right direction.
Will I spend more in fuel when towing my bike?
No, it’s been reported by customers that gas use was 35% less when using MoTow than when towing with a traditional trailer.
Can I use a hitch adapter like a hitch extender or riser?
No we don’t recommend it.
Won’t it hurt my motorcycle tire if it spins backwards?
We consulted with several motorcycle tire manufacturer who stated it would not. The tire is free rolling with no pressure on it.
Can I access my trunk when my bike is loaded?
Yes you can, depending on the vehicle.
I live in Canada. Will I have to pay a duty?
We qualify under USMCA (formerly NAFTA) so there’s no duty. There is a (UPS) shipper brokerage fee of around $20 USD and your provincial sales tax, both of which we cannot control.