HitchDoc Technical Information & Safety Warning
HitchDoc Motorcycle Hitches are preferred by riders around the globe for a variety reasons, some in regards to how it matches the look of their bike and others for the quality and strength it provides. While bolting to solid points on your bike, our hitches will eliminate flexing or trailer shimmy.
- ½ inch steel receiver tongue
- 1 1/8 inch solid steel vertical receiver shaft
- 40 lb. maximum tongue weight (do not exceed 10% of trailer weight)
- Fabricated from exceptional, certified American steel
- Ground & polished hand-welds
- Easy to install with hand tools
- All visible pieces, no matter the style hitch, are chrome (includes ball and receiver)
- Hitch mounts are either triple plated show chrome or black powder-coat
- Hitch mount remains hidden when receiver is removed
- Heavily constructed hitch mounts provide many key benefits including flex elimination
- Snug the designated rattle bolt to eliminate noise from receiver while riding
Do not exceed the motorcycle manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle weight limit when loading and pulling ANY trailer with ANY motorcycle. ALL HitchDoc motorcycle trailer hitches have a MAXIMUM tongue weight load of 40 pounds. Tongue weight must NEVER EXCEED 10% of the GROSS TRAILER weight including ALL CONTENTS AND CARGO.
Motorcycle performance is always effected by adding a trailer to a motorcycle. Always ride in a conservative and safety conscience manner when towing a trailer with a motorcycle.
- Allow extra distance for acceleration and braking when pulling a trailer.
- Always decrease from normal cornering speeds when pulling a trailer with a motorcycle.
- When riding in groups with a motorcycle trailer, always ride at the rear of the group to minimize group accident exposure.
- Never exceed motorcycle manufacture, trailer manufacturer, or hitch manufacturer’s limits for gross weight or tongue weight.
- Never exceed posted speed limits for vehicles when pulling trailers which can be different than non-towing vehicles.
- Many states exclude, by law, vehicles towing trailers from the left hand, or so called fast lanes.
- Always use approved safety chains, and have them securely attached. Cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that the tongue will not drop to the road if it becomes separated from the hitch. Always leave just enough slack so that you can turn with your rig. And, never allow safety chains to drag on the ground.
- Trailer tire pressure should be inflated to maximum allowable pressure, unless otherwise recommended by the trailer manufacturer. Rear motorcycle tire pressure should be inflated to maximum allowable pressure (refer to tire side wall marking) and checked periodically.
- Towing a trailer required a certain amount of experience. After loading the trailer, weigh the trailer and then the tongue separately, to see if the weights are proper.
- If trailer sways or bounces while towing, SLOW DOWN BY REDUCING SPEED GRADUALLY and STOP TOWING immediately. Unless cause can be determined, i.e. shifted load, low tire pressure, etc., which can be corrected, do not resume towing.
*Our hitches are designed to fit on stock bikes.
*Our hitches are not recommended with a one wheeled trailer.