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7 Best Dirt Bike Hitch Carriers To Haul Safely To The Track

Seeking to transport your dirt bike from Point A to Point B without riding? While many people opt to use their tray, trailer or borrow a van, dirt bike hitch carriers are becoming increasingly popular.

Dirt bike hitch carriers provide the best bang-for-buck being small, light and affordable for those on the tightest of budgets. Not only that, but choose the right one and it’ll serve you for years to come!

Frontaer has done 20 hours of research to help you transport your dirt bike safely and securely. These are the best dirt bike hitch carriers for 2022:

1. Tilt-A-Rack 410/610 ACR Aluminum

For the most innovative design on this list, the Tilt-A-Rack is the best option around town. Available in two variants handling either 400lbs or 600lbs dirt bikes, these ramps integrate the ramp and the carrier itself into one easy to operate system.

The wheel chock is also adjustable and it handles dirt bikes of various sizes. It might be aluminum but it’s strong and durable, while being light enough to carry with one hand.

If you’re a serious rider, this is the one I’d be picking. Keep in mind, however, that this is on the premium side of the budget. All that innovation comes at a price, but it’s definitely worth every dime!

2. Ballards Dirt Bike Rack Carrier

You may not have seen Ballards products on the shelves, but in Australia, they’re famous for their innovation. Created by Geoff Ballard almost 40 years ago, his innovation continues today with his MX Store association.

His innovative dirt bike rack is designed for Australian vehicles and is reasonably priced. It has a steady support bar as a back-up and uses twist locks as opposed to any straps, eliminating the anxiety of your rachet straps ever letting go!

Unfortunately, these are hard to find in the United States. It doesn’t come with a ramp but does come with a ramp bracket where you can attach a 2×4 or equilavent, or purchase their own ramp.

3. Black Widow AMC-400 Hitch-Mounted Aluminum Rack

For the weekend track warrior, an aluminum rack is the way to go and the Black Widow AMC-400 is perfect. It’s easy to remove for daily commutes to and from work, while it’s less resistant to rusting over the years.

The ramp is shorter than most others, thereby increasing the ramp-angle when you’re loading/unloading, but it is designed for lighter dirt bikes after all.

We really do like this rack and it would’ve claimed the first position on this list if it weren’t for the lack of tiedown points.

4. VersaHaul VH-55 RO Dirt Bike Hitch Carrier

The VersaHaul VH-55-RO Hitch Carrier is a bit heavier than most other racks on this list. After all, it’s made from powder-coated steel and can hold a dirt bike up to 500-pounds.

What we like is the retractable tie-down bars which can slide in and out as needed to suit the width of your dirt bike. The front wheel chock will keep your dirt bike secure and prevent a lot of side sway while you’re cruising down the highway.

You can purchase this with a loading ramp. Additionally, you can still tow a trailer up to 3,000 pounds while you’re hauling your dirt bike around. The ramp also comes with reflectors, although no indicators or stop lights.

5. Black Widow MX-600X Steel Deluxe Motorcycle Hitch Carrier

Got a 450cc dirt bike and above? Then you’ll need something engineered to cater for the additional weight, and this Black Widow MX-600X is the perfect bit of gear. It’ll handle dirt bikes as well as street bikes.

A unique feature is the spacing pins on the racks. You can adjust these to be grouped closer together if you’re hauling smaller children’s dirt bikes, or keep them in the standard position for adult-sized bikes.

In addition, it comes with a ramp to make rolling your bike easy to do by yourself. There is a mounting bracket for the ramp too so you won’t need to store it elsewhere.

6. Ultimate MX104/106-BLK Hauler Steel Hitch Motorcycle Hitch Carrier

7. TMS T-NS-MRC001 Heavy Duty Motorcycle Dirt Bike Carrier

One of the more affordable options on this list is the TMS TN-S-MRC001 motorcycle carrier, despite being made of more expensive steel. Like most other steel hitch carriers, it can handle up to 500 pounds of weight.

I did find this ramp to be a little shorter and would not work well with an adventure motorcycle or dual sport. Regardless, it does suit most riders and the price is very reasonable.

Buyers Guide

This is our buyers guide specifically for dirt bike hitch carriers for 2022. We’re hoping you’ll find the right hitch carrier for your specific bike and ‘tow’ vehicle. It’s also wise to consider the terrain you’ll typically be encountering and how often you’ll use your rack.


There are two constraints when it comes to capacity:

  1. The capacity of your vehicle’s tongue weight, also known as hitch weight or tow ball capacity. This is completely different than towing capacity. You might have seen cars on the highway easily towing other cars of roughly the same weight. Their biggest bottleneck is the ‘down force’ of the trailer and in this case, it’ll be the weight of your rack + the weight of your dirt bike. You can find your maximum capacity from your vehicle’s handbook or tow bar supplier.
  2. The capacity of your dirt bike hitch rack. Some can handle up to 600-pounds to accommodate adventure motorcycles, while others are only rated to 400-pounds for lighter dirt bikes.

Where possible, I would recommend a larger tow vehicle (sedan, wagon or SUV) paired with the highest capacity hitch carrier you can afford. By doing this, you create more ‘margin for safety’ and will feel more confident while doing 70MPH down the highway.

Tie-Down Points

Numerous tie-down points are a must when choosing any dirt bike hitch carrier, and we’ve cherry-picked those who considered these. You might not use every point available, but having a few points adds redundancy and convenience, especially as some points may be more difficult to reach while you’re trying to balance a dirt bike in the other hand.


Dirt bike hitch carriers are either made from aluminum or steel. The hard plastic bike racks for electric mountain bikes are typically unsuitable for hauling dirt bikes.

Aluminum is light and strong, and typically rust-free but they do have weight restrictions. Steel ramps on the other hand can handle more weight, are often powder-coated black (which looks awesome!) but are on the more expensive end of your budget.

Bad Reviews

It’s always wise to pay close attention to bad reviews and hitch carriers that have failed their owners. In many cases, they’ll be leaving 1-star reviews on Amazon and other marketplaces, paired with images and a story.

Fortunately, this typically only happens with cheap imports that you see on Amazon. We have intentionally avoided mentioning any of these on our list. For your $5,000 to $10,000 dirt bike, it deserves more than a $100 cheap rack you can find online.


It’s time to get into our frequently asked questions. If you do have any more to add, then please reach out to the Frontaer team and we’ll update this right away!

Are dirt bike hitch carriers safe to use?

Yes. Many owners have safely used dirt bike hitch carriers without a problem. Now, provided you stay within the safe limits of your vehicle, its relative tongue weight and the capacity of the hitch carrier, you’ll have years of worry-free haulin’.

For those a little nervous, I do recommend doing shorter trips and ‘trial runs’ on residential streets to become confident with your new hitch carrier before you head out on the highway. You should also practice reversing and braking to see how your host vehicle reacts differently.

It’s important to know that your dirt bike WILL have some slight bounce when you encounter bumpy ground or winding roads. Assuming you’ve strapped your dirt bike down properly, you shouldn’t be too concerned with mild movements in your rear vision mirror.

How do you strap a motorcycle to a tow hitch carrier?

All of the dirt bike hitch carriers on this list have numerous tie-down points welded in numerous points. You should always aim to use 4 straps when securing a dirt bike, regardless if it’s being used on a hitch carrier, truck tray, van or trailer.

Our best recommendation is to use ratchet straps and utilize 2 straps, 1 on either side of the handlebars. 2 additional straps can be used on each rear of the bike, either under the seat or strapped to the footpegs. Do not strap to the brake/clutch levers or any plastics as we’re only seeking solid objects that are unlikely to move.

Regardless of how tight you strap down your dirt bike, some suspension travel is expected. This can largely be prevented through the use of fork savers which effectively lock your suspension in a pre-determined position.

Is it legal to use a hitch carrier in all states?

Through our research, we have found motorcycle hitch carriers to be legal in all states and territories in the United States and Australia. However, generally speaking, you are restricted by the rating of the hitch AND the width of your vehicle.

You may also need to purchase up to 3 additional items. These include:

  1. Clip-on mirrors if your existing mirrors are obscured by the width of your vehicle.
  2. A duplicated and portable licence plate. Many states also require a rear licence or registration plate to be clearly seen at all times. This is best achieved by mounting an additional licence plate on the side of your dirt bike while it’s being hauled, or mounted to the lowest side of the rack. You can often purchase these through the department of motor transport in your local area.
  3. Portable indicators. Most states require no visual obstruction to your turn signals and may need to purchase clip-on indicators which simply plug into your trailer connector plug.

You can expect the cost of all 3 combined to be less than $200, and should last for many years.

Does using a hitch carrier affect my vehicle’s handling or warranty?

Yes. With an additional 400-pounds or more at the rear, your front tires and subsequent steering are expected to be a little lighter, with your headlights also pointing 5 to 10 degrees higher too. Most modern vehicles have headlight adjustments to compensate for this change in angle.

A common mistake is loading up the trunk with 600-pounds of gear, then mounting your dirt bike on the rear. This causes significant sagging on your car’s rear suspension (can be dangerous or even illegal!) and a decrease on your rear axle ground clearance too.

If possible, place as much heavy gear in the front or rear passenger seats of your car. This helps distribute your load more evenly. You can also put the heaviest people in the front two seats… 😉

What are some alternatives to hitch carriers?

Excellent alternatives include vans, trailers, truck/ute beds or simply riding (legally) to and from your local trails! That said, other alternatives are often costly and may not be easily able to be stored, particularly if you live in an apartment complex.

Do you recommend any double dirt bike hitch carriers?

No. While the Black Widow AMC-600-2 Double Dirt Bike Hitch Carrier is a popular product, it weighs too much on the hitch when fully loaded with 2 dirt bikes. This impacts your vehicle’s handling as the dirt bike situated furthest from the vehicle becomes quite erratic and bouncy on b-grade and c-grade quality roads. To haul more than 1 dirt bike, I recommend a van, pickup or a trailer.

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12 Best Dirt Bike Movies To Watch On Those Rainy Days

Looking for some dirt bike movies to watch when rain is forecasted for the next few days? Then you’re in the right place!

Frontaer has cherry-picked the best movies that can replicate the thrill you feel behind the handlebars, but far more safely and with a storyline to suit!

1. Bennett’s War

We’re kickin’ off this list with a story about love, acceptance and beauty. While this story isn’t just about motocross, it touches upon the American Dream in many ways. It features Marshall Bennett as the main actor who is a young soldier and previously, a professional motocross racer. While serving in the military, he succumbs to an injury during an explosion and is brought home in permanent medical leave.

Upon his return home to the United States, his father Cal Bennett reveals the bad news – the family farm is about to be lost for good due to mortgage arrears. Not one to sit around, Marshall stands to the challenge to win a motocross competition despite recovering from a broken back and leg. This movie is emotionally charged and powerful at the same time, with a touch of romance too!

2. Motocross Kids

Most people looking for dirt bike movies are seeking to entertain not only themselves, the kids this rainy weekend. The Motocross Kids (or often simply called ‘Moto Kids’) movie.

It features the story of a young girl who’s keen to watch the supercross to save her family’s ranch. Unfortunately – she crahes and the family’s fate relies on the most unlikely character – a monkey! This film mixes the pursuit of freedom paired with comedy and family adventures that we all adore.

3. Dust to Glory

While not quite a movie as such, Dust to Glory features the incredible Baja 1000 motorcycle race held annually in Baja, Mexico. This is one race, much like the Dakar, that separates the boys from the men. This particular documentary covers the 2003 race in all its glory and features many legends we have covered here at Frontaer, including the star of On Any Sunday.

This movie reminds us that it’s not about winning the race, but merely surviving and eventually finishing. Not everyone gets to the finish line, but those that do, ultimately do what so few of us are willing to. Filled with madress, adrenaline, will-power and sacrifice, this encapsulates the sense of adventure we adore here at Fronaer.

4. On Any Sunday (1971)

One of the most legendary motocross movies is that featuring some of the most epic riders in history. On Any Sunday features Steve McQueen, Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill with their incredible stunts, throttle control and lap records.

Following this, its sequel, On Any Sunday: The Next chapter will have you even more impressed with the skills these riders had on dirt bikes that are now more than 50 years old! This one is a classic in our books, but a goldie too!

5. Motocrossed

For the younger riders out there, look no further! Disney actually created Motocross for both children and those young at heart which features the story of a young girl who overcome many challenges to ride AND race competitively.

Andrea Carson is a passionate motocross racer but lacked the support from her father, who often referenced his sons. When Andrea’s brother (Andrew) becomes injured moments before a big race, Andrea goes undercover and poses as her brother while her father is away in Europe and does surprisingly well.

6. This Is MOTO

This Is MOTO highlights some of the most leaderboard-topping riders in the world, following their journey from struggles to podium finishes. This was created not just for the dirt bike enthusiast, but the self-help junkie too as it touches upon resilience, passion and determination for success. From turmoil to triumph, this movie has it all.

7. Supercross the Movie

Lucky #7 on this list has nothing to do with luck but skill, adreline and tough love. This movie features two brothers who have quite different outlooks on life. If you could imagine The Fast and The Furious turned into a movie about dirt bikes, you’d get Supercross the Movie.

The story centers upon two brothers – Steve and Mike – who are at opposite ends of their riding styles and personal outlooks with some realistic rivalry. Unfortunately, Mike succumbs to a terrible riding accident and both riders ultimately put their differents apart where Mike coaches Steve with hopes to win the supercross championship with $500,000 at stake. With action at every turn paired with youful enthusiasm and a touch of niavety, Supercross the Movie will impress every type of dirt bike rider.

8. Moto 9: The Movie

It’s hard to throw any dirt at legendary riders Ryan Dungey and Brian Deegan. Together in this film, they share their passion of competing in some of the world’s most inspiring yet challenging terrain. From crashes and injuries, to the pursuit of success at any costs, you’ll be inspired by their will to squeeze any extra inch of their engines, the race track and their mental fortitude.

9. Winners Take All

Fancy a dirt bike film that mixes epic riding paired with a romantic side to please your partner? Then look no further! Winners Take All follows the story of Rick Melon and Bill Robinson who are both friends and rivals, with drama at every turn.

This move is much like Supercross the Movie. Rick is ultimately the underdog but through hard work and perseverance, is able to…..well actually, that’s enough spoilers here. 🙂 Needless to say this is another classic motocross film worthy of recognition!

10. The World’s Fastest Indian

Every motorcycle fanatic in the world has this movie in the back of their mind. Either they’ve watched it, or they’re not true riders at all. The World’s Fastest Indian movie features one of the most awe-inspiring motorcycle manufacturers of the last 100 years (Indian Motorcycles) and the pursuit of Bert Monro and his dream to break the world land speed record on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

11. It Came from the Desert

While rated quite low on IMDB, it still features dirt bikes with cult classic vibes!

It Came from the Desert features motocross riders who are rivals but need to put their differences aside to save their local town from a take over from…would you believe it…alien ants! Having leaked from a secret military base, these teenagers work together to take back control through wit, skill and a bit of luck too!

12. A-X-L

Speaking of secret military and alien creatures, A-X-L makes an exciting final edition to our list. Featuring the story of a young teenage boy (Miles) who discovers a robotic dog who become bonded through owner-pairing technology.

Through the film, the two create a beautiful friendship based on compassion, trust and strength. Miles’ dirt bike is heavily featured throughout the film, including multiple action scenes, and with his new friend by himself, ultimately saves the day. This movie was primed for a sequel, but as of June 2022, we are yet to see one.

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