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GENERAL

What is the MotoTote?

The MotoTote is a hitch mounted motorcycle and scooter carrier.

The MotoTote comes in two versions:

  1. MotoTote MTX m3 for dirt bikes and scooters weighing up to 450 lbs.
  2. MotoTote MTX Sport for sport and street bikes with rear tire width of up to 8.5 inches and weighing up to 550 lbs.
Is the MotoTote legal?

We don't know of any laws in the United States that prohibit use of hitch-mounted motorcycle carriers.

What advantages does the MotoTote offer versus a trailer?

  • Ease of Use - Installing the MotoTote and loading the bike is a snap!
  • Convenience - No worries with backing up or parking.
  • Storage - You can easily store your MotoTote by hanging it on a wall or ceiling like a bicycle.
  • No Registration - The MotoTote requires no license plate.
  • Legal in HOV lanes - Most states do not allow trailers in the HOV/commuter lanes.

I'm nervous about putting my expensive motorcycle on a hitch mounted carrier. Will my bike be safe on the MotoTote?

It's understandable to be hesitant about new and unfamiliar things. If you Google the chat rooms and forums and you'll see that, generally, the skepticism is from people who have not tried a MotoTote and the enthusiasts are MotoTote users. In other words: Once you try it, you'll see that the MotoTote is not only the Easiest way to haul your Bike but also COMPLETELY SAFE!

D&D Design, Inc. has been manufacturing Moto-Tote motorcycle carriers since 1997. We have thousands of customers all over the world with not a single structural failure. This is an amazing safety record by any measure and we intend to preserve it

Why should I buy from D&D Design/MotoTote.com (or authorized dealer)?

  • Service - We stand behind our products 100%
  • Superfast shipping - We ship same-day if you order by noon Tuesday to Friday
  • Easy return policy Click for More Info

Why is MotoTote the best hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier?

  • Superior design - Check out our features, look, feel, and quality - You can see the difference!
  • Proven - We develop our designs over YEARS, not days, weeks, or months. Our typical design cycle is 5 to 6 years.
  • Specialization - This is all we do.
  • Experience - We have been in business longer that any other manufacturer of hitch motorcycle carriers.

How can I get me some Moto-Tote goodness?

Order from this website or from an authorized MotoTote dealer

YOUR BIKE

What kind of bike can I haul with the Moto-Tote?

You can haul almost any motorcycle or scooter weighing up to 550 lbs. See "Weight" section below...

Will it work with my motorcycle?

Most likely yes if the total weight of your bike + the MotoTote carrier (60 lbs.) is within your vehicle weight capacity - this is most common limitation. See "Weight" section below...

I have a sport bike with a wide back tire - Is this a problem?

No - The MotoTote MTX Sport model will accommodate rear tire widths of up to 8.5 inches/216 mm

I have a scooter with small tires - Is this a problem?

No - The MotoTote MTX m3 model has an adjustable wheel stop that is designed to accommodate small scooter tires.

YOUR VEHICLE

Will the MotoTote work with my vehicle?

That depends on how heavy a bike you intend to carry. Generally speaking: Bigger bike = bigger vehicle.

Will it damage my vehicle or hitch?

Not if you stay within the weight limitations of the vehicle and hitch

Won't this be hard on my vehicle's suspension?

Your vehicle's suspension is designed to handle up to a specific weight. Your vehicle hitch weight capacity is one expression of this weight

What about my tail lights?

In most cases your tail lights will not be blocked.

If they are blocked, you can buy a MotoTote Light Kit  which is a specially designed set of tail lights for the MotoTote.

Will my license plate be blocked?

License plates are RARELY blocked. As a matter of fact, from a customer service point of view, this has been a non-existent complaint.

Do I need a truck or large vehicle?

The size of the vehicle depends on how big a bike you want to haul with the MotoTote. Check your vehicle user manual, find the total towing capacity of the vehicle and divide it by 10. This is a good estimate of the weight you can put on the hitch.

For example: Total towing capacity = 3500 lbs. divided by 10 = 350 lbs.

In this example, you could carry a bike weighing 290 lbs. because 60 lbs. of the 350 lbs. capacity is used by the MotoTote itself.

MOTOTOTE FEATURES

How big of a motorcycle can I haul with the MotoTote?

The MotoTote MTX Sport is rated to carry up to 550 lbs.

The MotoTote MTX m3 is rated to carry up to 450 lbs.

In both cases, the weight-on-hitch capacity (also called tongue weight capacity) of your vehicle needs to be at least as much as the total weight of your motorcycle or scooter + the MotoTote which weighs 60 lbs.

For example: To use the MTX Sport to its full 550 lbs. capacity, you would need a vehicle with a tongue weight capacity of at least 610 lbs. That's 550 lbs. for the bike + 60 lbs. for the MotoTote carrier.

Is the MotoTote adjustable for different sizes of motorcycles?

Yes. Both versions of the MotoTote are adjustable for wheel base (this is the distance between axles).

Additionally, the MTX m3 model is adjustable for front wheel diameters from small scooter tires up to dirt bike sized tires.

Is the MotoTote adjustable for different sizes of tires?

The MTX m3 model is adjustable for front wheel diameters from small scooter tires up to dirt bike sized tires.N

Is the distance to the back of the vehicle adjustable?

Yes. It is adjustable up to a distance of 20 inches from the hitch pin to the center of the motorcycle or scooter.

What is the Zero-Wobble bolt?

The Zero-Wobble bolt is the MotoTote solution to the problem of looseness at the connection to the receiver which is common in all hitch mounted accessories such as bike carriers, motorcycle carriers, and cargo carriers. The bolt tightens this connection and eliminates any rocking of the MotoTote carrier.

For a clearer explanation of the Zero-Wobble bolt function and installation, please refer to the section at the bottom of page 3 of the MotoTote User Manual

Can I haul two bikes with the MotoTote?

At this time, that option is not available but please stay tuned!

WEIGHT

How much weight can the MotoTote carry?

The MotoTote MTX Sport is rated to carry up to 550 lbs.

The MotoTote MTX m3 is rated to carry up to 450 lbs.

In both cases, the weight-on-hitch capacity (also called tongue weight capacity) of your vehicle needs to be at least as much as the total weight of your motorcycle or scooter + the MotoTote which weighs 60 lbs.

For example: To use the MTX Sport to its full 550 lbs. capacity, you would need a vehicle with a tongue weight capacity of at least 610 lbs. That's 550 lbs. for the bike + 60 lbs. for the MotoTote carrier

What is tongue weight capacity?

Tongue weigh capacity (also called weight-on-hitch or hitch capacity) is the weight that can safely be carried on your vehicle hitch. This weight capacity is specific to you vehicle/hitch combination. Although most class III hitches are rated at 500 lbs. or more, your vehicle may have lower rating.

To find the the tongue weight capacity of your vehicle, check your vehicle user manual. If the tongue weight capacity is not explicitly stated, find the total towing capacity of the vehicle and divide it by 10. This is a good estimate of the weight you can put on the hitch.

For example: Total towing capacity = 3500 lbs. divided by 10 = 350 lbs.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the total weight of the trailer that your vehicle can tow as stated in your vehicle owners' manual. This capacity is relevant to the MotoTote because it is a useful indication of how much weight you can safely put on the hitch - See previous question.

DIMENSIONS

What is the ground clearance of the MotoTote motorcycle carriers?

The ground clearance will be approximately the same as the hitch receiver

How long it the loading ramp?

Both MotoTote MTX motorcycle carriers come with a loading ramp included. The ramp length is 57 inches. This is important because the longer the ramp, the less of an incline there will be, thus making loading of the motorcycle or scooter easier.

How steep is the loading ramp?

Ramp incline is 15 degrees with a 15 inch ground clearance (see ground clearance question above). This, of course will vary depending on the height of your vehicle

What is the distance to the back of the vehicle?

The distance to the vehicle is adjustable up to 20 inches from the hitch pin to the center of the motorcycle or scooter.

SHIPPING

How much is shipping?

At this time, we offer free shipping on orders of US$100 or more shipped within the continental USA.

How do I get free shipping?

At this time, if you order $100 or more, shipping is free!

How long does shipping take?

We ship the SAME DAY if you order by noon Central Time (USA) Tuesday through Friday.

Do you ship outside the United States?

Yes. We ship worldwide. Just add items to your cart and select the international checkout option.

Total cost of the order including shipping will be quoted before you finalize and pay.

How can I calculate shipping to my country/address?

If you are shipping to an address INSIDE the United States:

  • Add items to the cart
  • Click "Go to Shopping Cart"
  • Enter your zip code in the "Calculate Shipping Cost" box and click "Go!"

If you are shipping to an address OUTSIDE the United States:

  • Add items to the cart
  • Click "Go to Shopping Cart"
  • Click the international checkout option and follow the instructions!

OPERATION

How do I install the Zero-Wobble bolt?
How do I load the bike on the MotoTote?

The bike is easily loaded using the included loading ramp.

Is loading the bike difficult?

No. As a matter of fact most of our customers, including many women, report they are able to load even heavy bikes by themselves.

Is a loading ramp included?

Yes. All MotoTote motorcycle carriers come with loading ramp included.

Where do I put the ramp after loading the bike?

The loading ramp stows conveniently at attachment points with quick disconnect hardware on the MotoTote carrier between the bike and the vehicle. This means you don't have to put the ramp inside your vehicle for transport.

What other items will I need other than the MotoTote carrier?

The MotoTote motorcycle carriers come with all necessary hardware except tie-downs. You will need 4 good tie-downs. Click here to see our full line of high quality tie-downs.

Is assembly required?

Yes. Assembly can be accomplished in approximately 30 minutes including unpacking, getting tools (two wrenches), reading instructions, etc. Please refer to the MotoTote User Manual

What tools are required for assembly?

You will need two wrenches. Please refer to the MotoTote User Manual.

How does the MotoTote attach to the vehicle?

The MotoTote attaches with a special bolt, called the Zero-Wobble Bolt, which is used in place of your regular hitch pin. The purpose of the bolt is to tighten the connection to the hitch and eliminate any rocking of the MotoTote carrier.

For a clearer explanation of the Zero-Wobble bolt function and installation - Click here.

What about my gas can and tools?

Many customers attach a gas can with tie-downs to the loading ramp after it has been stowed (See loading ramp question above)

Can I tow a trailer while using the MotoTote

This is not a procedure we endorse because we have not done the necessary testing to provide safety data. Some customers do attach a hitch ball at the hole at on the square tube.

OTHER

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