For sport bikes of up to 600 lbs. with rear tire widths of up to 8.50 inches.The MTX Sport is the latest generation of the MotoTote Sport carrier for sport bikes. This MTX version of the Sport is the result of years of customer feedback. Nobody comes close to MotoTote on design and advanced manufacturing. You'll be glad you chose MotoTote.
Everything is Included: MotoTote carriers come with everything you need to haul your bike except for tie downs.
- 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 - The Zero-Wobble bolt eliminates rocking at the hitch. If your MotoTote is rocking then there is an installation problem so please contact us so we can help you resolve the issue.
Please see below for additional Items You May or May Not Need...
In addition to standard MotoTote features, such as easy one-time assembly with minimal tools, reversible (left or right) assembly and Zero-Wobble attachment to hitch, the MTX Sport comes with these new features:
- Clearance for fairings - Designed to pamper low-slung bikes with fairings. There are no sharp edges to scratch or gouge fairings. The tail end of the tire track is rounded and tapered so that fairings are not damaged if high-centering occurs during loading.
- Tire track - Advanced formed tube and wire construction provides good traction for loading and tire stick to keep the bike in place during transport.
- Modular design and assembly - Assemble according to your needs: Left or right loading, wheel base, etc.
- Premium grade hardware - Bolts are grade 8 capscrews with nyloc nuts.
- Aviation 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 up to 65 inches (most sport bikes are around 57 inches).
- Adjustable for distance from bumper - Put it as close to the bumper as you need to or further out if you need extra clearance for a spare tire on the rear of your vehicle.
- Easy loading - 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.
- Powder-coated - Black textured polyester finish or weather resistance.
- Stronger but lighter - Thanks to superior design for structural efficiency.
- Versatility - The MTX Sport is built on the exclusive MTX Platform which is designed to accommodate interchangeable attachments
And last but not leasts - It looks AWESOME!
Is the 60lb weight of the carrier including the ramp or without the ramp? If it includes the ramp, what is the weight of just the carrier, without the ramp?
The 60 lbs. total weight includes the loading ramp which weighs approximately 15 lbs.
Can I tow a trailer behind the MTX Sport? My 1-ton diesel truck and my hitch would allow the capacity / tongue weight, but I can't tell if the MTX Sport has a receiver at the back.
Scott July 5, 2016 10:20 PM
There is no receiver but there is a vertical hole for a hitch ball. The hole diameter is for the smaller sized hitch ball. The procedure is to adjust the position of the MotoTote MTX Platform (the big cross beam) toward the vehicle which will expose the hitch ball hole. You can sort of see this in the graphic at the top of page 2 of the instructions. Click here.
I own a '96 Nissan Pathfinder with the rear mounted spare tire. Does this carrier allow enough room for the spare tire and my motorcycle?
keith July 5, 2016 10:18 PM
Clearance from the spare tire should not be a problem on the Nissan Pathfinder.
Will this work for a dirt Bike as well? I have both, sport bike and Dirt Bike, so a rack that will handle both would be great.
Yes! The MotoTote MTX Sport works fine with street or dirt bikes.
What is the max wheelbase that the rack allows for? I have an adventure motorcycle that is under the weight limit, but I fear the wheelbase may be too long for the rack.
Erik July 5, 2016 10:07 PM
The max wheel base is 65 inches. For further information, please refer to the MotoTote Sport Spec Sheet.
I have a lot of motion between the cross bar and the longitudinal main support bar. How should I deal with this ?
You will need to do the following:
1. Be sure you are using the flange nuts at the connection of the MTX Platform to the square tube that goes into the hitch.
2. Tighten the nuts until all the metal is compressed together and the play is eliminated.
This should be doable with a normal ratchet or wrench. You should not need a breaker bar or special wrench.
This procedure has been clarified in the most recent revision of the
Please contact us if you need further assistance and we'll be glad to help!
I have a Mercedes Benz G550. Will the motoTote fit on the back with the spare tire in place on the truck door or do I have to remove the spare tire? I can send a photo if needed or you can Google the car name to see the rear. The bike that would be transported is a Ducati 848.
I'm in Orange County California, does any dealer stock your product? Thank you, Frank
Frank July 5, 2016 10:04 PM
Not sure about the G550 specifically but judging by online picture it doesn't look like spare tire clearance will be a problem. The distance from the hitch pin to the bike center line is 20 inches which is enough to clear most spare tires. If not, you can get the optional MotoTote long receiver tube (Click) which provides an additional 11 inches of clearance.
For dealer locations, please refer to our dealer locator map (Click). We are adding new dealers every day.
Your current MotoTote MTX instructions state "MTXS MAX = 600 lbs & MTX3 MAX = 500lbs", then it states "Maximum weight capacities for MotoTote carriers manufactured before May 2015 are: MTXS = 550 lbs & MTX3 = 450 lbs". What was changed for the new design and how can you tell if you have the lower or higher max weight model?
Drew July 5, 2016 10:02 PM
That's good question! As of May 2015, we had a little over 5 years of experience with the current design of MotoTote carriers which we call "MTX". We set the initial weight capacities conservatively so we could identify any bugs or necessary improvements. We made several revisions over that 5 year period as issues were identified by a process of customer experience and feedback. We took this approach because the MotoTote is not just a heavy overbuilt hunk of metal. It is carefully engineered for a high capacity per weight ratio so every little detail is important. Once we were happy with the improvements we went ahead and officially raised the weight capacities in May 2015.
Here is a summary of the improvements having to do with weight capacity:
1. Change attachment hard points on top of MTX Platform from threaded studs to threaded openings.
2. Increase thickness of center gusset of MTX Platform.
3. Beef up wheel stop base plate on MTX Sport carrier.
4. Change from nyloc to flange nuts at connection of MTX Platform to square receiver tube.
What about lights does this device come with lights or can you buy additional lights from your company?
Shawn July 5, 2016 9:28 PM
Yes we have lights! Our lights are specially made for the MotoTote carriers so they will fit perfectly and the cables are just the right length. All MotoTote carriers come with holes pre-drilled for attaching the lights so all you need is a screwdriver. We have incandescent (click) and LED (click).
The LED lights come in a US and Australian version.
Can I attach an additional bicycle hitch mount to the Moto Tote? If so, what size hitch mount would fit in to the Moto Tote?
We know of customers who have attached bicycle carriers to the end of the receiver tube but the opening is a non-standard size.
Will your product work with my stock 1995 HD Sportster XL1200?
Yes! This is assuming the weight is 550 lbs. or less. According to this article, the dry weigh is 491.6 lbs.
I want to create the most clearance from back tailgate of my Lexus SUV to the side of my Vespa scooter I will place on the Mototote. Can I go to last pre drilled hole and secure my bolt and nut?
Yes! The last hole is the "default" position. If you need even more clearance, you can use the extended receiver tube.
What is the max weight motorcycle for this carrier?
Steve July 5, 2016 9:22 PM
The weight capacity of the MTXS Sport is 550 lbs. The vehicle/hitch limit is combined weight of bike plus MTXS (60 lbs) cannot exceed 10% of vehicle's total towing capacity.
Hello. I have a 2010 Nissan Armada SE. Will this hauler will carry the weight of my 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX14? Thanks.
will this work for a Yamaha 2009 V star 650 custom?
Mario July 5, 2016 9:19 PM
Yes. The weight capacity of the MotoTote MTXS Sport motorcycle carrier is 550 and the 2009 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom weighs a little less than that. HOWEVER: To utilize the full 550 lbs. capacity of the MotoTote MTX Sport your vehicle must have a towing capacity of at least 6100 lbs. and a hitch with a tongue weight capacity of at least 610 lbs.
What is the maximum load?
The maximum load for the MotoTote MTX Sport is 550 lbs. assuming you have a vehicle with a towing capacity of at least 6100 lbs. and a hitch with a tongue weight rating of at least 610 lbs.
I have a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT, but have yet to get a hitch installed. What class of hitch would I need for the MOTOTOTE MTX SPORT? I intend to carry a 2008 Triumph Sprint ST 1050. Thanks!
Hi Deacon, You will need a class III hitch receiver. Be sure that the total weight of your motorcycle plus the MotoTote (60 lbs.) are not more than 10% of the vehicle towing capacity OR the tongue weight capacity of the hitch.
Hi, I have 2005 Grand Cherokee 4.7L 4x4.
My bike is 2010 RSV4.
Truck has class 4 hitch at 720lbs, but tow capacity is 6500 and 10% leaving it at 650lbs.
Is that enough of a safety factor (450lbs bike + 60 lbs carrier)?
Hi Max, yes according to those numbers you would be well under the weight on hitch capacity of the vehicle.
I have a 2011 Monaco Knight 36ft class A diesel RV; I have a 2010 Honda NT700V (ABS) which weighs approx 571 lbs"..........is 21 lbs over really a big deal???
Andre July 5, 2016 9:13 PM
Well yes because at this time because the weight limit is 550 lbs. however (excuse repeating from previous answer) we've made some improvements and are testing to increase weight limit to 600 lbs. If and when this happens it will be shown here on the product details page.
Based on all of the questions asked, it is clear the 550 lb maximum load is determined by your product, not the capacity of the tow vehicle. Too bad. It's an AWESOME idea, and I would love to be able to haul my 618 lb road bike this way. Any plans for a higher capacity model in the future?
Mike July 5, 2016 9:12 PM
Well it's whichever is the lowest of all three limitations for your hitch/vehicle/bike combination:
1. Hitch tongue weight capacity
2. 10% of vehicle towing capacity
3. MotoTote capacity (MTX Sport = 550, MTX m3 = 450)
Each hitch/vehicle/bike combination is different so whichever of the three is lowest for your combination is your limit.
We are in the process of re-evaluating the weight limit of the MotoTote Sport to possibly raise it from 550 to 600 lbs. If this happens if should be by end of August.
i am looking at purchasing a bike weighing 573lbs. would the carrier work for it?
chad July 5, 2016 9:10 PM
Hi Chad, Not at this time because the weight limit is 550 lbs. however we've made some improvements and are testing to increase weight limit to 600 lbs. If and when this happens it will be shown here on the product details page.
Can the MotoTote MTX Sport be broken down to be carried on a motorcycle luggage rack or inside panniers? (I have a 2012 Suzuki DL-650 "V-Strom" with fairly large panniers and a luggage rack.)
The idea would be to carry the MotoTote on the motorcycle to a vehicle, assemble the MotoTote and attach it to the vehicle, then drive the vehicle home with the motorcycle loaded on the MotoTote.
Theo July 5, 2016 9:08 PM
When broken down, the MotoTote Sport can be "bundled" in a size of approximately 58 X 12 X 9 inches with a weigh of 60 lbs. There are three pieces 58 inches long: The MTX Platform, tire track and the loading ramp. The other pieces are 30 inches of shorter.
I have a small Trike electric Motorbike do you have a
Carrier for Trikes? Thanks F. Krane
At this time we offer just the MotoTote Sport and MotoTote m3 for two-wheeled motorcycles and scooters...
Hi! I'm considering the Moto Tote hitch carrier but am not sure which of the two models I should buy. I will be carrying a bmw g650gs sertao, which weighs 426 lbs. Which carrier do you guys recomend?
Bimer July 5, 2016 9:05 PM
Hi Bimer! In this case you could go either way and I don't see any reason to spend extra on the MotoTote Sport unless you might need to haul a bike in the future that weighs over 450 lbs or has a rear tire wider than 6 inches.
The MotoTote MTX m3 will work fine for the G650GS.
Don't forget to check your hitch tongue weight capacity and vehicle total towing (not hitch) capacity (this needs to be 10 times the weight you plan to put on the hitch).
I have a Honda Deauville, a Honda Shadow and a Jetmax 250 scooter could this carrier carry all these bikes (obviously not at once) but is there a limit to weight, length etc that I would need to think about?
The answer is yes assuming the following three things:
1. None of the bikes is over 550 lbs. (the weight capacity of the MTXS Sport). According to this article the heaviest bike is the Shadow 750cc model but it's still under 550 lbs. According to this other article the 1100cc Shadow is over 550 lbs.
2. Your hitch tongue weight capacity is at least as much as the weight of the bike being hauled plus 60 lbs for the weight of the MotoTote. For example: Shadow 750cc weighs 536 plus 60 lbs. = 596 minimum required hitch tongue weight capacity.
3. Your vehicle has total towing capacity of at least 10 times the weight you will be putting on the hitch. So in the above example the total weight on hitch is 596 lbs. Multiply by 10 = 5960 lbs required towing capacity.
If your vehicle is not that big you could still haul the lighter two bikes as long as total weight doesn't exceed the above limitations.
I know this may sound long and complicated but we can help you do the math if you need further assistance!
I'm thinking of putting my 750 Honda Shadow ACE on the back of Dodge Ram 1500 and doing a road trip to San Diego, Las Vegas, and back to Vancouver. I have a family (hence the truck) and this will allow me to indulge the dream of riding in the nice weather. This is a long drive (5000km) - do you have any idea how having a bike on the bike would affect fuel economy. Anyone any experience of doing this?
Monty July 5, 2016 9:02 PM
You won't have any problem assuming the towing capacity of your Dodge Ram is at least ten times the weight of your Shadow (these vary greatly by model) plus 60 lbs for the weight of the MotoTote.
So let's assume your Honda Shadow weighs 536 lbs as per this article. Add 60 lbs. weight of MotoTote MTXS for total weight on hitch of 596 lbs.
Multiply times 10 for required total towing capacity of 5960 lbs. According to this article, that should be well within the capacity of the Ram 1500 but be sure to verify this.
As for traveling thousands and thousands of miles with a MotoTote, this has been done many times. If you do a Google search you'll find several accounts. Also check out our Facebook page where there are links to some of these.
Please let us know if you need further assistance!
My RV has a 5,000 lbs tow capacity. If I was to install the MTX Sport to the RV and then connect my Jeep Wrangler dry weight of 4,075 lbs to the MTX receiver. Does the MTX receiver have the structural integrity to work in this capacity? Also, the specifications say 2" receiver, what size exits out the rear end of the MTX?
Chris July 5, 2016 8:58 PM
We have not tested this scenario but the answer is probably no based on the following:
If the Jeep weighs 4075 lbs then you'd have to set aside (attribute) at least 10% of that weight - 408 lbs. Then add the weight of the MotoTote of 60 lbs. for a total load of 468 lbs on the hitch and you still haven't loaded a bike! The RV tow capacity is 5000 lbs. meaning you can put 10% of that weight on the hitch. So the total weight on hitch cannot exceed 500 lbs. Subtract from this the above mentioned 468 lbs. and you have a remaining capacity of 32 lbs. for the bike - that's a pretty small bike!
do you know if any of your customers have used a hitch riser with your carrier ... like the one Class III Hitch Riser made by B-DAWG?
john July 5, 2016 8:57 PM
Yes many customers use hitch risers. You need to be aware that since this adds another connection point it can create more play or rocking (wobble). The connection of the MotoTote to riser will be with the MotoTote Zero-Wobble bolt so there should be no play there. You could use an anti-rattle bracket at the connection to the hitch. Our opinion is that it is more effective (and simpler, less expensive) to simply run an additional tie-down from the inboard handlebar down under the bumper and hook to frame of vehicle under bumper. This will pull down the front end of the bike and very effectively eliminate any rocking.
Will this devices handle Yamaha V-Star Custom 1100cc?
Paul July 5, 2016 8:56 PM
According to this article the answer would be no because the Yamaha V-Star weighs more than 550 lbs. which is the max capacity of the MotoTote MTX Sport - our heaviest capacity motorcycle carrier.
How much does the item weigh on its own?
How many tie down locations on the carrier?
The MTX Sport weighs 60 lbs./27 kgs.
There are four tie down loops: Two near the front tire which are 29 inches apart and two near the back tire spaced at about 14 inches.
I have an 07 nissan xterra (basic edition - not off road). It says the tongue weight is 500 lbs. With the carrier and triumph street triple I would be close to 475. Would towing without making modifications to my car be possible or would my shocks be bottoming out with every bump in the road?
Phil July 5, 2016 8:52 PM
Hi Phil, If total weight of the Triumph plus the MotoTote (60 lbs.) is 475 lbs. and your VEHICLE (not just hitch) tongue weight capacity is 500 lbs. then you will be able to put that weight on the hitch with no modification to the vehicle. As I said - Be sure that the 500 lbs is a vehicle capacity and not just the hitch receiver capacity.
I have a 2011 scion xb. Do you make a carrier that works with this model?
The MotoTote will work on any vehicle with a 2 inch square hitch receiver HOWEVER you cannot exceed the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle OR hitch. The tongue weight capacity of the vehicle is normally 10% of total towing capacity.
This means that on smaller vehicles like the Scion the limit could be very low or unusable.
For example: If the towing capacity is 1500 lbs. then you could put 150 lbs on the hitch of which 60 lbs is the MotoTote, leaving a net capacity of 90 lbs. so you would be limited to a VERY SMALL bike.
Sport vs. M3
I have a Suzuki DRZ400S now. May get a bigger adventure bike in the future. Therefore, want to get the "Sport" model. Any issues or concerns about using the Sport version with the DRZ and mounting to a Toyota Tacoma PreRunner?
Rob D July 5, 2016 8:44 PM
The MTX Sport is a good solution if you plan to haul a dirt bike as well as a street/sport bike because the MTX Sport can haul either one. As always, check your vehicle tongue weight capacity so that the total weight of the bike plus MotoTote (60 lbs) does not exceed it. Tongue weight capacity is normally 10% of the total towing capacity.
Will a motorcycle like an R6 fit on the MX model? If not will a dirt bike be fine on the sports model, and will the rear tire not move around since it too wide?
I ques my question is which is the best one to buy if you have a sports and dirt bike?
The MTXS (Sport) is the recommended carrier if you need to carry a dirt and/or sport bike.
was wondering with the following specs if I have the capacity to use themtx sport? 1700kg braked capacity, 600kg unbraked, 170kg ball weight, 4000kg maximum GCM. I would be using it for a 2013 Ducati 11oo Monster with a weight (wet) of 188kg.
Here is the math:
You can use braked capacity divided by 10. That gives the result of 170kg on the tongue (ball). This is the total weight limit of the MotoTote and bike combined. So 170 kg minus 27 kg (weight of the MotoTote) leaves a net capacity of 143 kg for the bike - unfortunately not enough for your Ducati.
Hello I currently own a 2014 Subaru Forester XT Turbo Edition and I'm wondering if the Mototote will operate normally for my vehicle. I have a Class III Curt hitch rated for 550lbs of tongue weight, however my vehicle towing capacity is roughly 1500-2500lbs. I plan on towing my 2006 GSXR600 which roughly weighs around 345lbs dry. So using the %10 formula I look to be over by about 150lbs....however I'm not totally sold on my vehicles towing capacity as the rating is for all Foresters and not my particular turbo model with much more torque & horsepower and I also have paddle shifters to assist with engine braking. Long story short have you had any success stories of anybody using the Mototote with a Midsize SUV?
The vehicle limit is the one you should go with. So, for example, if your vehicle towing capacity is 2500 lbs then that means you can safely put 250 lbs on the hitch (of which 60 lbs would be the MotoTote, leaving a net capacity of 190 lbs for the bike) - this is regardless of the capacity of the hitch itself which in your case is 550 lbs. The reason for this is safe handling of the vehicle - not just braking and acceleration.
Yes we hear from many people successfully using the MotoTote on mid-sized SUVs but within the limits described above.
Why has your priced changed recently? Just last week the were 70 dollars cheaper.... on your brochure there is still the old price.... I'm looking to buy one . Wondering if it's a glitch
Jesse July 26, 2016 9:38 AM
It's not a glitch unfortunately. Our costs have been going up over the years so we finally had to raise prices or re-evaluate the business. Our dealers run unpublished specials periodically so please contact us to find out about special deals that you may not be aware of.
Your specs say max motorcycle weight of 550 pounds. Some of the answers to questions say 600 pounds. Which is it? Your specs say the carrier weighs 63 pounds. Some answers say 60 pounds including a 15 pound ramp. I'll be very close to max tongue weight with my bike and these few pounds, and being able to remove the ramp from the carrier and transport inside vehicle, will make the difference. If you wouldn't mind clarifying actual weight of the carrier and the ramp it would be very helpful. Thank you.
MikeR July 5, 2016 10:26 PM
I have a 2 inch trailer receiver will this fit it?
Joel July 5, 2016 10:25 PM
I have a BMW GS weight 500-600 # have you had any feedback on heavy ADV type bikes loading or transporting? I would use behind motorhome coming from Alaska to Utah and would not be able to see the bike while driving so confidence in carrier would have to overcome worry. Thanks Michael
The web page says weight capacity is 600 lbs.
However, clicking on "specs" brings you to a page that says:
Product ID: MTXS Spec Sheet, REVISED 8-9-16.
MOTOTOTE MTX ----- motorcycle carrier
I know you made changes but which is it?
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