Motorbike Rack 1
This is the towbar mounted motorbike
rack that I ordered from the Towbar
Warehouse. I am going to use it to cart my motocross motorbike
around so I don't have to use a trailer or depend on other people
with pickups etc.
The picture on the right is what is shown on the Towbar Warehouse
web site, but the rack I got is actually the mirror image of this
one (i.e. as you look at the back of the vehicle the bar that sticks
up and the back wheel sit on the right and the front wheel sits
on the left in the adjustable part.
Towbar Warehouse is the only place I found this rack when looking
on the internet, but it is made by Watling
Engineers and the price on their web site is about £50
less than the Towbar Warehouse price! So if you are interested in
getting one I suggest you contact Watling Engineers directly.
The rack seems sturdy enough and is rated to carry up to 140Kg
(300lbs), but the quality of the welding is not very good and the
finish is very poor - it only comes with a badly painted black primer
which has scratched off in many places just through being delivered.
It really needs to be painted properly before proper use - I will
probably use hammerite.
Here are some pictures of the rack mounted onto
The rack fits to the towbar using two bolts, but as the towbar
has four bolt holes (for variable height towball fitting) I intend
to weld a plate to the rack so I can attach it to the towbar using
four bolts. This will add some extra security as well as helping
to spread the load over the whole surface of the towbar mounting
Another problem is the bar that sticks up from the rack (used to
attach the motorbike to) - it means that even when the motorbike
is not on the rack you cannot lower the tailgate. I may modify the
bar so it can be removed when not in use.
Here are some pictures of the bike
on the rack.
Obviously I will have to use a trailer light bar when using it,
and the bike will be properly tied down.
On the right-hand side of the vehicle, the bike sticks
out a small amount. However, on the left-hand side it sticks out a fair
way - I will have to get some reflectors and probably some small lights
(forward and rear facing) that can be easily attached to the bike. I don't
want someone ripping it off in a narrow country lane or something!
Here you can see the modifications to enable the rack
to be attached to the tow-plate using four bolts - an extra plate welded
on with a strengthening piece behind. Many thanks to Martin for making
the plates and Paul for doing the welding.
The finished rack. Modified, painted and reflective
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