Item #: MTX3
Availability: In Stock
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Rear Tire Max Width:
6.00" or 150
Weight capacity:
500 lbs.
Wheelbase:
Up to 65 inches or 1650 mm
Front tire max width:
4.75" or 120

Retail: $499.99
Price: $475.00
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    The Moto-Tote m3 is the latest generation of our best selling motorcycle carrier for dirt bikes and scooters weighing up to 450 lbs. Can also be used for light street bikes with rear tire width of 6 inches or less.

    Everything is Included: We get asked this a lot so here's the deal: MotoTote carriers come with everything you need to haul your bike except for tie downs. We don't include tie downs because you probably have some laying around your garage (make sure they are of good quality). If you can't find those then we'll be glad to sell you some.

    • Loading ramp is included - This is a separate track that you will use to roll the bike up onto the MotoTote.
    • Zero-Wobble hitch bolt is included - We do not sell any anti-rattle collars or other contraptions to eliminate rocking because they are not necessary with MotoTote carriers. The Zero-Wobble bolt eliminates rocking at the hitch. If your MotoTote is rocking then there is an installation problem so please contact us and we'll help you resolve it real quick! Rocking is not a safety issue but it's bad publicity and not nice so let us help you fix it - mK?

    Please see below for additional Items You May or May Not Need...

    In addition to standard Moto-Tote features, such as easy one-time assembly with minimal tools and reverse (left or right) assembly and Zero-Wobble attachment to hitch, the MTX m3 comes with these new features:

    • Loading ramp is included (did we mention?) - Advanced formed tube and wire construction makes it light but extremely strong
    • Modular design and assembly
    • Premium grade hardware - Bolts are grade 8 capscrews with nyloc nuts
    • Aircraft inspired beam structure

    The Moto-Tote MTX carriers are built on the MTX Platform which is a large diameter tube beam that provides structural support for all critical components of the motorcycle carrier. Everything is bolted to this platform: Tie-down arms, tire track, wheel chock assembly, etc. This construction provides superior strength and structural integrity.

    • Adjustable for wheelbases of 48 to 65 inches. During assembly, the wheel chock can be positioned forward or rearward to perfectly accommodate the size of your bike.
    • Adjustable for a wide range of tire sizes - From small scooter to large dirt bike. In addition to the forward/rearward positioning of the wheel chock, it can also be adjusted for front tire diameter.
    • Adjustable for distance from bumper - Put it as close to the bumper as you need to. Got a spare tire on the rear of your SUV? No Problem!
    • Your bike stays upright during loading until tie-downs can be attached. This saves you from trying to hold the bike up while fumbling with tie-downs.
    • Premium grade black polyester powder-coat finish
    • Superior design makes it stronger but lighter
    • Versatility - The MTX m3 is built on the exclusive MTX Platform which is designed to accommodate interchangeable attachments

    Last but not least - It looks REALLY cool...

    MotoTote MTX Instructions

    User Manual for MotoTote MTX (current) Carrier Models

    This includes 2009 and newer MTX m3 and MTX Sport motorcycle carriers

    Number of questions: 32
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    Your mtx m3 product description and documentation link claims a 500lb motorcycle capacity. But your specifications and a recent July 2016 question answe states a 450lb capacity. Another documentation section says carriers made after may 2015 will have a 509lb capacity. So what is correct? And will my order be for the 500lb mtx m3 carrier? Thanks.
    Rghunter September 26, 2016 7:23 PM
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    The weight limit of the current version is 450 lbs. but if you get the upgraded hardware kit HW15 it raises the limit to 500 lbs. By 2017 all MotoTotes will come with the upgraded hardware. Please excuse the unclear documentation. We will be correcting this in the future.

    Marvin at MotoTote September 26, 2016 7:41 PM
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    Can you still tow a trailer with the MTX m3?
    ChrisD July 16, 2016 11:09 AM
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    You can tow a small trailer by putting a hitch ball in the vertical hole at the end of the square tube. This hole is covered up if you assemble the MotoTote with the tire track at the furthest position from the vehicle. To expose the hole you will need to move the track one hole towards the vehicle.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 16, 2016 11:13 AM
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    Can you install a hitchball on the bar right side up to attach a small tow dolly behing the bike carrier?
    Davidfoote July 12, 2016 7:39 PM
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    Yes! There is a pre-drilled hole for a small hitch ball on the end of the square tube which is normally covered up by the MTX Platform (the big cross beam). To expose the hole you just move the MTX Platform one notch toward the vehicle.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:49 PM
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    Can the m3 handle a Yamaha TW200? The rear tire is an 8" tire
    MD July 12, 2016 7:37 PM
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    The tires are probably a little too wide for the m3 so we recommend the MotoTote Sport for that bike.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:48 PM
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    do you make this for two bikes? I have two electric bikes weighing 125# each.
    epnevada July 12, 2016 7:36 PM
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    We do not make a two bike carrier at this time.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:50 PM
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    I am trying to determine if my volvo 2013 xc60 would be able to use one of your carriers? I would install the volvo hitch if I had to but am open to other options. thanks for your help!
    johnh July 12, 2016 7:34 PM
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    The MotoTote will work with any vehicle that has a class 3 receiver IF you stay within the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle which we consider to be 10% of the towing capacity. So the IF affects the weight of bike that you can carry on your particular vehicle. If the towing capacity of your vehicle is 3500 pounds then you could put 350 pounds on the hitch. The MotoTote weighs 60 pounds so that would leave you a net capacity of 290 pounds for the bike.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:46 PM
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    I recently received my MTX m3 but I'm having a real problem tieing my Vespa LX150 scooter down - I bought some Canyon Dancer tie downs for the handle bars but I can't tie the back end down with out having the straps rub/crush/rip off the plastic and painted surfaces of the back end of my scooter - if the back tie down bar was wider it would work OK - Can I buy another front tie down bar (the wide tie down bar) to replace the narrow one that came with my MotoTote? - I was going to make my own out of a round pipe but the one that came with my bike rack has a nice bend which will help with clearance when I go up or down a ramp with my RV. Thanks
    Gene L July 12, 2016 7:32 PM
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    Yes, you can use an additional front tie-down arm (click) on the back if you need wider spacing of the tie-down loops. This is a popular option for people with similar issues.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:42 PM
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    I read in a review the following: "be aware that the main square tubing that goes into the receiver is drilled for one half inch holes, not five eights". Is that correct? The receiver on my 2015 Winnebago uses a 5/8" pin and I wouldn't want to drill any holes to make this work.
    Migol July 12, 2016 7:31 PM
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    That is correct because we use a special bolt called the MotoTote Zero-Wobble Bolt (click) to eliminate play at the receiver. The head of the bolt is the same size as a standard hitch pin (5/8") but the shaft is 7/16" diameter. Here's how it works (click).

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:41 PM
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    Hi, I have a 1972 yamaha xs2 650 and it weighs about 450, should i go with the more heavy duty model? , thanks
    GARY July 12, 2016 7:28 PM
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    The MotoTote m3 will work fine for bikes weighing up to 450 lbs. so there would be no reason to go to the MotoTote Sport unless you intend to haul heavier bikes in the future.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:39 PM
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    I have a Honda 230 dirt bike with a wheel base of 80", will it fit on this carrier?
    michael July 12, 2016 7:25 PM
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    Hi Michael, Are you sure it's 80 inches? That would be a LOT. Wheelbase is measured from axle to axle. The MTX m3 will accommodate a wheelbase of up to 65 inches. Please contact us if you need further assistance.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:38 PM
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    Hi there, like your design....am looking for a carrier for an 06 Toyota RAV4. It's going to carry an 09 KTM 530 XCW weighing about 247/50 dry, so wet it'll top the "250 lb" carrier. Suggest I opt for the heavier one? rated at 400 lbs? I also have a concern about this weight on 4 bolted frame mount Class 3 rec hitch. Seems that would be a LOT of stress on the aft 2 bolts(particularly)on the hitch and frame. Experience here? Otherwise, I guess I'm back looking for a light trailer(space restricted!) :-/ Thx! Sorry Marvin, I was eyeing the Addabike carrier too-which is where I got the 250 lb max model-and there ABHD max wt of 400 lbs.? Anyway, I await your answer! Thx.
    Roger July 12, 2016 7:24 PM
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    In this case you should be more concerned with the vehicle capacity. Take the total towing capacity and divide by 10 - This is the weight you can put on the hitch. A quick Google search shows 2000 lbs. towing capacity for the RAV4 so you can put up to 200 lbs. on the hitch of which 60 lbs. leaving a net capacity for the bike of 140 lbs.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:51 PM
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    Do you have any scratched units that sell for less? Thank you
    Troy July 12, 2016 7:21 PM
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    Yes we do from time to time. Just keep an eye on the Deals page.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:37 PM
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    I have a 2009 Triumph T-100 and a 2005 Honda CRF250X. Can you please recommend a Mototote trailer that can be used to haul either bike? Thanks very much
    Jay July 12, 2016 7:19 PM
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    The MTX Sport will work for either bike. Dimensionally the MTX m3 works but the Triumph is over its weight limit of 450 lbs.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:36 PM
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    What is the best carrier for a Cbr250 honda? Bike weights about 370.
    MW July 12, 2016 7:17 PM
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    The MTX m3 will work fine because the rear tire of the CBR250 is less than 6 inches wide and the bike weighs less than 450 lbs.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:36 PM
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    Can I hitch a trailer to the back of this if I am hauling a 325 pound motorcycle? The weight of the loaded trailer would be aprox. 1400 pounds with a tongue weight of about 75 pounds.
    Dan July 12, 2016 7:15 PM
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    Hi Dan,

    You can pull a trailer as long as you don't exceed weight on hitch capacity of the hitch AND vehicle or weight capacity of the MotoTote. We consider vehicle weight on hitch capacity as 10% of total towing capacity. For example if vehicle can tow 5000 lbs then weight on hitch cannot exceed 500 lbs.

    To calculate weight on hitch you add weight of the MotoTote (60 lbs) plus bike (325 in your case) plus 10% of trailer weight (140 lbs) for a total of 525 lbs. So in your case you'd need to "attribute" 140 lbs as weight of trailer tongue even though it may actually be 75 lbs. as you said.

    For more information please contact us

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:35 PM
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    Are these MTX m3 carriers complient for fitting to a bus?
    PhilH July 12, 2016 7:14 PM
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    Yes as long as tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is not exceeded.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:34 PM
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    Is the MX M3 recommended for use on Motor Homes? Also is there a longer ramp available? Thanks, Wayne
    Wayne July 12, 2016 7:12 PM
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    Hi Wayne, Yes the MTX m3 is recommended for use on a motor home and we have many customers that do just that!

    As far as we know, our loading ramp is the longest on the market for a hitch mounted motorcycle carrier - it is 57 inches long.

    At this time we do not offer a longer ramp...

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:34 PM
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    How much does your MotoTote MTX M3 Motorcycle Carrier weigh?
    Sandy Morford July 12, 2016 7:10 PM
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    The MotoTote MTX m3 weights 58 lbs. Please see the MTX3 Spec Sheet for more details.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:33 PM
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    Hi, I am interested in the MTX M3 carrier. I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler with the gate mounted spare (Stock size). I noticed the the FAQ that it won't be an issue, but wanted to make sure before I order. Also, I see that Discount Ramps has a lower shipped price, but don't want to jeopardize any warranty by not ordering direct. Can you advise? Thank you! Dale
    Dale Barzdines July 12, 2016 7:08 PM
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    Hi Dale, That is correct - in most cases it is not an issue. The center line of the bike will be 19 inches horizontally from the hitch pin hole. Vertically the bike tire "foot prints" will be even with the top of the receiver tube. Please see the MTX3 Spec Sheet for more details.

    If, after you receive your MotoTote there is a problem with clearance, you can always order the longer receiver tube.

    You will get the same warranty protection whether you buy a new MotoTote directly from MotoTote.com or from one of our authorized dealers.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:32 PM
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    is there a class II receiver on the carrier so that you could two a trailer behind it, similar to the Versahauler?
    Brian July 12, 2016 7:06 PM
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    There is a hole drilled in the end of the square tube for a hitch ball. The hole diameter accommodates the smaller sized hitch ball for towing a small trailer.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:32 PM
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    Do you sell also Carriers for Trike small electric Bikes total Wt.350 LBS ?
    F. Krane July 12, 2016 7:04 PM
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    At this time we offer just the MotoTote Sport and MotoTote m3 for two-wheeled motorcycles and scooters...

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:31 PM
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    I am in need of a carrier to carry 2 gas scooters at one time also that can be modified to have an extended hitch receiver attachment?
    Marion July 12, 2016 7:02 PM
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    Hi Marion, We get that question a lot - thanks for asking. You could haul two bikes but you'd need a longer square tube - the one that goes into the hitch. Keep in mind weight capacity would now be shared between the two bikes so it would half the weight limit per bike. For example, if your hitch capacity is 500 lbs. you would need to subtract from that the weight of the double MotoTote: If it weighed 110 lbs. that would leave a net capacity of 390 lbs which would then be split between the two bikes - In this example 195 lbs per bike. We have not done any testing for this so you would be on your own and there would be no warranty coverage. Also, you could add a hitch receiver at the end of the square tube but any weight you add needs to be included in the total and calculated as above. By the time you put two bikes on there I doubt you'd have much weight capacity left for whatever you intend to attach to the added receiver.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:30 PM
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    I have a Vespa GTV 250 with a curb weight of about 400 lbs. Hitch rating 500 lbs. Will the M3 work for me and do I have the capability to center the scooter for weight and location of engine?
    Barry July 12, 2016 7:01 PM
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    Yes the MotoTote MTX m3 will work based on those numbers with the important caveat below. Here's the math: Vespa weighs 400 lbs. plus MotoTote 60 lbs. for a total of 460 lbs. This is 40 lbs. under your 500 lbs. hitch rating. In addition to the capacity of the hitch, you would need the vehicle capacity. I mention this because the vehicle capacity is distinct from the capacity of the hitch itself. So it is possible to have a 500 lbs. capacity hitch on a vehicle that is not rated to carry that much weight. Just imagine welding that 500 lbs. hitch onto the back of a tiny Smart Car (with all due respect to Smart Cars - I like 'em). To verify this capacity, look in the vehicle user manual, find the total towing capacity and divide it by 10. This will be the weight that can be put on the back end of the vehicle safely - in other words the trailer tongue weight that the vehicle must support. For example, if the manufacturer says the vehicle can tow a 5000 lbs. trailer then that means that 10% of that 5000 lbs. potentially might be on the tongue (depending on how the trailer is loaded). So it's unlikely a manufacturer would claim that towing capacity if the vehicle couldn't support the weight of the trailer tongue. Happy MotoToting!
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:30 PM
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    looking not sure you can do better got quoted 700 dollars at nice rack not sure you can do better m3 model price in Australian and shipping thanks?
    Ian Barclay July 12, 2016 6:57 PM
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    Hi Ian, The best place to buy a MotoTote in Australia is NiceRack.com.au because of shipping. You can see shipping cost by adding the item to the shopping cart then use the "Calculate Shipping" section in the shopping cart.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:28 PM
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    Where are the motor totes made? Thanks, David
    David July 12, 2016 6:53 PM
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    Hi David, We conceive, design, develop, and market the MotoTote products here in the US. At this time the actual fabrication of the MTX carriers is done by our exclusive partner in China under our direction. If we did not do this the product would not exist in it's present form (with all the bells and whistles) because it would be so expensive that no one would buy it. Other products in our line such as the light kits are built in the USA. Was this answer helpful?
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:27 PM
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    I need something that will carry two scooters. Can this me modified to carry another scooter at the same time?
    Connie July 12, 2016 6:49 PM
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    You could but you'd need a longer square tube - the one that goes into the hitch. Keep in mind weight capacity would now be shared between the two bikes so it would half the weight limit per bike. For example, if your hitch capacity is 500 lbs. you would need to subtract from that the weight of the double MotoTote: If it weighed 110 lbs. that would leave a net capacity of 390 lbs which would then be split between the two bikes - In this example 195 lbs per bike. We have not done any testing for this so you would be on your own and there would be no warranty coverage.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:27 PM
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    I am looking to carry at least 2 bikes, so i was wondering if i bought 2 of these if that would be compatible or be able to work?
    mike July 12, 2016 6:47 PM
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    You could but you'd need a longer square tube - the one that goes into the hitch. Keep in mind weight capacity would now be shared between the two bikes so it would half the weight limit per bike. For example, if your hitch capacity is 500 lbs. you would need to subtract from that the weight of the double MotoTote: If it weighed 110 lbs. that would leave a net capacity of 390 lbs which would then be split between the two bikes - In this example 195 lbs per bike. We have not done any testing for this so you would be on your own and there would be no warranty coverage.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 18, 2016 9:37 PM
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    I have a 2004 Dodge Sprinter 2500 and want to haul a Honda Reflex 250 Scooter (375 pounds, 61 inch wheel base). Which of the mototote models is the best match?
    July 12, 2016 6:36 PM
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    The MTX m3 would be the best choice for the Dodge Sprinter/Honda Reflex. Here is a link to the spec sheet for the m3. As you can see it will accommodate scooters of up to 450 lbs with wheelbase of up to 65 inches. The m3 was designed with this type of scooter in mind.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 12, 2016 6:38 PM
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    1. How much does it weigh?

    2. What does the loading ramp look like?

    3. I have an electric bike -- will it work?

    kathy July 12, 2016 6:21 PM
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    Hi Kathy,

    1. Weight of MTX m3 with loading ramp is 60 lbs.

    2. The loading ramp is the tube and rod part sitting parallel to the solid tire track in this picture.

    3. Yes it will work with an electric bike assuming weights and dimensions are within MTX m3 spec. Please refer to spec sheet here.

    Marvin at MotoTote July 12, 2016 6:28 PM
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    I have a 1966 Honda Dream that weights 350 pounds and with an overall length of about 77 inches and wheel base of 51 inches. Would the MTX m3 work out ok in terms of the dimensions?
    Elynne S July 12, 2016 6:13 PM
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    Yes, the MTX m3 will work assuming the rear tire is not wider than 6 inches.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 12, 2016 6:44 PM
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    I have a MotoTote from around 2008 that wobbles a lot. I was hoping to solve the problem by purchasing the anti wobble bolt. However, something doesn't seem right. The hole in the MotoTote seems to be drilled at exactly 5/8 inch (the same as the hole in the receiver), it doesn't appear to be drilled slightly smaller, which is what I expected after reading the description of the anti wobble bolt. So I was wondering if the anti wobble bolt will work for me? Can you please advise me? I would really like to get rid of the wobble! Thanks!
    Andrew H July 12, 2016 6:05 PM
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    The hole was probably drilled out because it should be 7/16". You can drill another hole next to it (at least an inch away) for use with the MotoTote Zero-Wobble bolt.
    Marvin at MotoTote July 12, 2016 6:17 PM
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    Hi, I just wanted to inquire if the Mototote MTX M3 carrier is the right product i need... I want to load a Vespa LXV150 scooter (253 lbs) on the back of my 2009 Jeep Rubicon unlimited (has a rear spare tire). I plan to get a 2 inch Class III hitch receiver as required. Haven't seen pics in the internet with a scooter loaded on it so I wasn't sure.. I mostly see dirt bikes. Are the tie down ratchet straps included? What else will I need? Thanks.
    Stephen July 12, 2016 6:00 PM
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    The m3 is designed for scooters as well as dirt bikes. To haul a 253 lbs scooter you will need a (vehicle) tongue weight capacity of 313 lbs. which is the total weight of scooter + MotoTote (60 lbs). So you will need to check the tongue weight capacity of the Jeep. If it's the 4 door Jeep you might be OK but I think the 2 door may be too light on towing. Tongue weight capacity is usually 10% of towing capacity. The only thing not included is tie down straps. You will need 4 (2 pairs).
    Marvin at MotoTote July 12, 2016 6:02 PM
    Overall Customer Rating of 23 Reviews:
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    This carrier is SUPERIOR to the aluminum carrier it replaced. My former carrier had an opening into which the front wheel dropped in part-way. The problem with that design is it takes a lot of muscle power and leverage on the handlebars (problematic if you are not really tall) to rock the bike back and forth to then pull it backwards out of the hole for unloading. The other disadvantage of aluminum carriers - they bend easily, which I did a couple times backing into a tree. And they don't bend back well. The MotoTote saved me. The front wheel is secured by a chock and the carrier tray is flat sheet metal. Consequently little effort is needed to load and unload. Being steel, it's a lot stronger. The ramp is longer which makes running the bike up and down easier. The anti-wobble connection to the tow hitch is more effective than the clamp-on thingy-bob of my former carrier. The metal at the rear clears the ground better in dips - sometimes I dragged my former carrier getting out of steep parking lot entrances. The telephone support was terrific. I called after hours & left a message. Soon after I received a call-back.

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    The rack arrived and half-n hour later it was installed. I also ordered the extension so that I wouldn't have to remove the spare tire. I couldn't be happier. Loaded the bike for some fresh air with no wobbling or swaying. It's a one person operation if you lay out the tie-downs ahead of time. Sure beats loading the bike onto the trailer. 2Wheeltraveler

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    Very sturdy and easy to load. Great customer service. Thanks!

    Nevada

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    Watch the ramp pin holder, I lost my ramp while driving, hope it did not hit anyone. The carrier is over 2 years old and been to Alaska and back twice. (Just to be fair)

    Senora SC

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    The carrier is working out great. We so far have traveled from Chicago to Toledo, Ohio. Tomorrow we continue to Kentucky then on to North Carolina by Monday. Nice, no rattling, or bouncing. My dirt bike is secure-feels good. Well built.