Many bikers enjoy taking to the open road, riding across the country on their motorcycle. If you have a motorcycle trailer then you'll need a motorcycle trailer hitch. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you may be able to put your skills to use by making your own motorcycle hitch.
Building a motorcycle hitch from scratch is difficult but not impossible. Familiarize yourself with motorcycle hitches that are out there so that you have a point of reference when you start your own.
To save money, you can purchase used parts from a motorcycle shop or online. Before buying your supplies you need to decide what you'll be hauling. The average rider who will only go short distances will not need the same materials as the one who travels cross country hauling enough supplies to survive. The cross country traveler will need more heavy duty materials than his day to day riding counterpart.
It is important that you buy a high-strength steel as it will need to be able to withstand pulling your load as well as deal with the potholes and other bumps in the road. You will also need to purchase a few different bolts. You will need a U-bolt, long-bolt, eye-bolt as well as a few standard bolts and washers to go with them. Don't forget to get lock nuts for the long and eye-bolts. Finally, you will need an iron plate. The plate should be thick enough to fill the gap between the U-bolt and the steel.
Now it's time to build. If you're not sure how to go about building the motorcycle hitch, get some plans. Motorcycle aficionado websites are good for this and message boards may have the information you're looking for.
Make sure you check the safety and stability of your motorcycle hitch before you pack up and hit the road. An unsafe motorcycle hitch could be deadly.
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