I agree that the tongue weight is important. I'd be suprised if my 89 suburban couldn't handle the 475 lbs that I would be giving it. I think the truck weighs weighs about 23 tons.A friend of mine has one for his dirt bike, I feel it makes the rear of the vehicle squat too much. To me it is unsafe, you are driving downt he road with the front of the vehicle raised which can impact handling and braking. It is just too much weight on the tongue.
Look at what the manufacturer rates the tongue weight for and then how mich your bike and the tote will weigh.
The carrier is nearly 100 pounds by itself. Your bike should be over 400 pounds, so you have a weight of over 500 pounds.I agree that the tongue weight is important. I'd be suprised if my 89 suburban couldn't handle the 475 lbs that I would be giving it. I think the truck weighs weighs about 23 tons.
I'm just wondering if anyone with the "sport" model has had any issues with the product bending or failing with a sport bike on it.
Are you sure? I think it's 23 tons. It's also 400 feet long and has 8000 horsepower.The carrier is nearly 100 pounds by itself. Your bike should be over 400 pounds, so you have a weight of over 500 pounds.
Your truck doesn't weight 23 tons; which would be 46,000 pounds. I think you mean 2.3 tons or 4,600 pounds. It is not the weight but the placement of the weight that matters here.
Not always the case. The wheelbase doesn't matter as much as putting the weight over the rear axle. This is why fifth wheels are so stable. Vehicles like the BMW X5 were also good towing vehicles because of the short overhang. GM likes long overhangs and at the rear, can cause issues with towing.
Uhh, no it is not more important. It is equally important. A lever is a lever. A longer wheelbase puts the engine (the predominant mass, I think) further away from the rear axle.The overhang is more important though..
If you're saying that their was less reduction in front wheel weight in the X5 than on the Suburban, then I would say that if there was such a thing as a stretch X5 there would be even less reduction. If you're saying that the X5 was more stable than the Suburban, then I would say "Gee Whizz. Might be a different suspension set-up, eh?" Because the longer wheelbase helps there, too. Just try to imagine the stability of a stretched X5.I know someone who used a Suburban for years for a camper and then used an X5. The wheelbase is far better on the Suburban but the X5 did much better. Both had a load distributing hitch setup. The X5 was more stable as the weight was closer to the axle where is was further away on the Suburban. He was also over the limit on the X5 but never had an issue. He was below the limit on the Suburban. The shorter overhang also helps in regards to the camper/trailer, etc. from pushing the vehicle side to side as well; but with the tote this is not an issue.
The BMW is better than the Chevy. What a surprise.The BMW has better weight distribution than the Suburban.
A stretched X5 would handle better than the current one (from a stability point of view only).A stretched X5 would not handle like the current one.