Our first Scooter / Motorbike carrier that we have been providing from day one with a seat clamp compressing the bike securing it in place. This is the ideal & most competitive choice for Motorhomes registered before type approval April 2012 for those that might want to tow when not taking the Scooter / Motorbike. We can fit this system to vehicles registered after April 2012 for those that do not want to tow or if you do we have to fit the type approved towbar first then build the mirror finish stainless steel covered Under-run bumper around the towbar to take this carrier system from the start. The stainless steel covered Under-run towbar (if pre April 2012) or Bumper (if post April 2012) is required for the up right post to clamp to that holds the Seat clamp slider to secure the Scooter / Motorbike, which is then adjustable from left to right to get it positioned correctly for any type of bike. This type of carrier system can easily be set up to load from the driver’s side or the passenger side with minimal effort due to the tracks in the anodised channels enabling you to not only adjust the wheel loop position but to fit it to any side along with the tie down eye bolts. This system is transferable from Motorhome to Motorhome, but you will require another bespoke manufactured Stainless covered Under-run towbar / bumper manufactured to take it unlike the goal post systems (based on Al-Ko chassis).
The lighting board choices are the same as all of the carriers we offer, 4’ 6” plastic cheap standard lighting board (to compete with other suppliers), our 1.5m Deluxe powder coated aluminuim protective channel board with commercial grade plug in lights or optional LED upgrade as photo with L33 EWY registration and the latest 1.9m deluxe version as seen on our folding carrier also with option to upgrade to LED. The handlebar strap as shown in the photo with Registration WA54 is an optional extra however you do get a standard strap for the front wheel and a special wide handled ratchet to compress the Seat clamp as standard, everything you need to safely secure your load.
Securing your Scooter / Motorbike is simple, once you have centralized your bike by sliding the wheel loop in to the correct position and you have clamped the post around your Under-run towbar / bumper to be in line with the deepest area of the seat, you simply lift up the seat clamp to the top of the post which in most cases should then allow your bike to pass underneath it, use the throttle to take it up the ramp in to the front wheel support, then with one hand you can release the seat clamp with the hand wheel to drop down on to the seat. This will then support the bike while you strap it in. Firstly you must tie in the front wheel to the wheel loop to stop side movement using the endless ratchet strap supplied or optional handle bar strap, we then go back to the seat clamp and using the ratchet strap with the swivel snap hooks compress the bike down as hard as the ratchet will let you. This will only allow you to compress the bike so far that when hitting a pot hole at speed it will not jump out of the clamp but leave enough movement in the suspension so not to damage it, under no circumstance should you pull the back end of the bike down with another strap then use the ratchet on the seat post as this could then bottom out your suspension and cause damage. As you can see in the photo the ratchet strap on the seat clamp runs up and down the post, it’s only purpose is to compress the sliding seat clamp more than the Human body could compress, this combined with the front wheel strap secures the bike more than adequately keeping all the straps away from the paint work and plastics to prevent no marks or scuffs from straps flapping in the wind.
This type of carrier system is capable of carrying up to 170kg of Scooter / motorbike but only on the deep Al-Ko chassis on a Bailey or a deep Al-Ko chassis with tapered rear extension as shown in the photo which is commonly used on the Swift Kon-Tiki, Bailey, Hobby and many other Al-Ko chassis Motorhomes but not all. The Elddis range with the Witter extension 2007 – 2016/17 and the majority of Al-Ko chassis extensions by using the Al-Ko mounting points rated at 150kg but then feeding the arms back to the main chassis i.e. Fiat to give it added strength, there can in some cases be a small extra charge for this as it adds more work to manufacturing the chassis bracket arms. Some of the Al-Ko chassis motorhomes can only take 150kg and in other cases with the straight thin long Al-Ko extension only 130kg maximum, so as you can see the weights do vary depending on the Motorhome / campervan.
The Mercedes Sprinter campervan can achieve this weight with our special bespoke Bumper system also and we can go one step further with the
4500kg gross weight twin wheel Sprinter as shown to the right with upgraded carrier arms and chassis brackets to take up to 200kg of Scooter / Motorbike. The only other vehicle that can safely take a 200kg payload with upgraded steel work is a Tag axle (3 axle 6 wheeler) Al-Ko chassis motorhome with the same deep tapered chassis as shown above (and as in the photo with Reg VX53 on a Hobby Tag axle with a Dragstar chopper loaded) but again as always in this industry not all Tag axle Motorhomes have this type of chassis all though the majority do.
The chassis arms on the seat clamping design do not need pinning like the goal post types due to the clamping post been secured to the Under-run towbar / bumper which is bolted to the chassis, so when its compressed down on to the bike the arms cannot shake out. This means you do not have to set the distance out from the back of the Motorhome / Campervan so you can telescopically adjust the distance in or out for different width Scooter / Motorbikes allowing you to get the rack as close to the rear as possible, making it that bit more adjustable.