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I've had two different ones for dirt bikes. They did as advertised. A bit of a nuissance, but they have the advantages you describe. I don't know if I'd trust one for a heavier street bike. They also notably drop your ground clearance in the rear, especially w/a two-wheel drive.
 

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Buy the SV and ride the snot out of it. Take it from someone who owns MANY 30+ year old jap bikes. They may be fun to ride to the supermarket every now and then, but that's about it. Racing them's another matter, 'cause if they blow up it's just a short push back to the pits, instead of spending the night sleeping under it somewhere near Ojai.



Remember, you're dealing with old stuff whirring and clanking around in there, and like the previous post said, oil leaks and other horrible things (like cam chains trying to saw motors in half, etc.) are just waiting to happen.



But if you like stuff like that, go ahead and get the CB. I've got one for sale if you're interested...comes with lots of spare parts.



But whatever you do, don't get a 350 four. Even if someone gives it to you. You have been warned.
 

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Wait a second, I posted to the wrong post again.. man this is good tequila...
 

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I have got one that has gone on the back of my suburban, then land rover, and now a jeep liberty. No problem using them with a dirt bike but the street bike tends to throw the handling off a little bit. It was an 03 Z1000 and I think it weighed around 450lbs. I did get some rear end sway, but nothing that was dangerous. I did put my DR350 dual sport on the back one time for a 1000 mile trip and did not have a problem at all with the exception of not being able to open the rear doors the whole time. Even though the companies claim a 500lbs limit, I would not put my regular street bike on it again.
 

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I use a large "back porch" style receiver cargo shelf that I got for $75.00. It has a 500 lb limit but I only use it to haul my IT175. It takes four ratchet tie-downs to hold the bike to the carrier. Costs a bundle less than those purpose built bike haulers. Since I use a 3/4 ton pickup the weight transfer isn't even noticeable. I have to look in the mirror to make sure it's still there.



Also, plan on using extra ratchet tie downs to tie any carrier to the rear bumper. Otherwise the carrier will rock back and forth in the receiver.
 

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If you have a truck put the bike in the back or get an enclosed trailer. I bought a receiver hitch carrier for my RV on E-Bay, the aluminum one with removable ramp. I had to modify/beef up the rack to haul my DR 650. the rack was rated for 400lbs and weighed 45 lbs. Paid $125.00 and shipping was free.

Check out Bandera, the 11th Street Cowboy Bar on the weekends rocks. Also the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum in Vanderpoole just down the road from the "Best Motorycle Road in Texas". Skip night riding as deer are everywhere.
 
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