2” Receiver Hitch for 1800


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2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by raven41951 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:22 pm



First, pardon my ignorance on this issue.

Second, I have no plans on towing anything with my ‘wing.

BUT.....

I am retiring this year and I am buying a toyhauler trailer to bring my goldwing with me. Why am I not riding it you ask? I will be but I’m also an avid ATA Trap shooter so I will be bringing my shotgun and related gear with me. The plan is to go riding bewteen shoots and work my way around the country. I plan to stay within the USA borders except for a jaunt through Canada to Alaska and back again (hopefully).

Why am I here in this form? You ask. If you have ever been to an ATA Trap shoot then you know there are always people on golf carts going from field to field with their gun and range gear. I am planning to travel in style and bring the ‘wing from field to field, some of these trips can be measured in miles, not feet.

I plan on modifying a Boone golf bag carrier to carry two shotguns and range bags. Simple mods to accomadate the guns. No big deal.

But I need a 2” recevier hitch on the bike to attach the Boone unit to.

I have no clue as to what Hitch to use but I do know that I do not need wiring, just the hitch as I will in no way be towing anything except maybe the toy hauler when the truck breaks down. ;)

So please tell me what I need. Thanks. PK



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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by MikeB » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:30 pm

How about one of these from Home Depot?


Of course, you will need a trailer hitch no mater what you do so just about any hitch will do you but the Bushtec is probably the strongest.
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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by raven41951 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:30 pm

Once again, pardon my ignorance. I am also a U-Haul dealer and have installed many hitches on four-wheelers. I don't know the first thing about how to install one on a bike. My installations are custom hitches built for the vehicle, which have mounting holes for the hitches.

What kind of mounting system is used?
Is there a frame and/or mounting points on the bike?
What hardware is needed?
etc.

Once I know, I am sure it will make sense, but until then.......

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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by C-dub » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:03 pm

I can't speak from experience yet, but I have been researching hitches a little. We have the same bike, BTW.

According to the details and comments, the following hitch comes with all the hardware required and installation instructions if you wanted to install it yourself. I'm also considering this one for myself.
http://wingstuff.com/products/34320-tra ... er_hitches
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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by MikeB » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:35 pm

To give you a fair idea of what it takes to install a hitch, take a look at this YouTube video. It is for the Kuryakyn hitch. Others are similar.



The Bushtec goes a step further in that it has two bars that attach the hitch to the frame for added strength and load bearing.


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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by raven41951 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:07 am

Thanks for the replies. This clears up things quite a bit in my sometimes foggy mind. I now have a very good idea of what I need to do. I think!

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Re: 2” Receiver Hitch for 1800

Post by raven41951 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:09 pm

Again, thanks for the help. I have pretty much decided to go with the Kuryakyn hitch. I may install a harness when I do the install, JIC, but that's still up in the air as I have no intentions of towing a trailer. As they are all 1.25" receiver I would need an adapter to go to the 2" Boone carrier. I may end up making a custom unit using a local welder. It would be a 2-gun rack made fro trex or some other plastic lumber on a powder coated steel frame that would also hold two range bags. If I ever get it done I'll post it here.



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