Best Single Motorcycle Trailers Reviewed

Harley Davidson Motorcycle overlooking a bay and mountains

First Things First

For almost any motorcycle, if you’re moving only one, you don’t need a full trailer or even a 2-wheeled trailer to move it.

Nowadays you can use what’s called a carrier, which doesn’t need wheels. Like rear-car bicycle racks, they connect to the hitch and hold on behind your car.

Carriers are the best option for single motorcycle trailers because they’re cheaper and easier to use, move, and store.

I still call these trailers because they connect to a hitch mount and ‘trail’ behind your vehicle.

For hitches, make sure your vehicle can connect to the right hitch mount class. Learn more here.

I put the full explanation of my ranking factors at the bottom because I know you want to get right to the best trailer (who cares about the others).

Best Motorcycle Trailers

The first trailer up is the best one we could find considering (in this order)…

  • Quality
  • Price
  • Size
  • Portability

Top 5

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#1 – SKY1375

It should no surprise #1 is a hitch-mounted cycle carrier.

It’s a lightweight carrier that is also heavy duty.

There are two crossbeams that make it easy to secure straps, as you can see below.

*Motorcycle not included

Another nice feature of the SKY is that it has an extra-long loading ramp. Some trailers don’t even come with them, but the SKY includes a 6 footer!

All in all, we think it’s the best quality for the price.

Best Choice Products SKY1375 With Powersports Loading Ramps
  • Anti-tilt locking device (prevents wobble)
  • Heavy-duty power-coated steel construction
  • Easy assembly (8 bolts and nuts)
  • Made for a 2 square receiver (class II, III, IV, OR V trailer hitch)
  • Multi-load (load from either side)

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Technical Details

Weight: 51 lbs.

Hitch Mount Class: II III IV or V

Max Wheel Width: 4.5″

(if yours in bigger, see #2)

Dimensions: 76 x 7 x 1 inches

Max Carrying Capacity: 500 lbs.

#2 – SMC-600R Deluxe

The 600 in the title is the max weight. And 600 lbs. will let your carry almost any motorcycle. (Almost all, except the ones on this list!)

The other reason I included this trailer is because of what I call a trailer wheel chock.

It can also be referred to as a wheel brace, wheel stop, a turn stop, and many other things—I’ve yet to figure out it’s real name.

This isn’t actually a SMC-600 carrier. It’s a friend’s, I just went over today to take a picture of.

A wheel chock like this guarantees you don’t have to worry about perpendicular motion driving wherever you’re going.

Of course, the SMC-600 has an adjustable chock built-in.

Black Widow SMC-600R Deluxe Steel Motorcycle Carrier-600lb. Capacity
  • Hitch-mounted carrier for motorcycles, dirt bikes, and scooters with wheels up to 7.5 wide
  • Extra-long 72 loading ramp can be stored on the carrier when not in use
  • Includes a 5/8 hitch pin, anti-rattle device, and built-in adjustable wheel chock
  • Manufactured from steel with an aluminum track with a 600 lb. weight capacity
  • Designed for Class III or IV 2 hitch receivers

Technical Details

Weight: 99 lbs.

Hitch Mount Class: III or IV

Max Wheel Width: 7.5″

Max Carrying Capacity: 600 lbs.

Dimensions: 78.8 x 8 x 1.8 inches

#3 – Black Widow 600-2

Not the Marvel superhero (who may be getting her own movie soon…?!), the trailer.

Yes, I know, the list is for single trailers, but for a comparable price and still a carrier—not on wheels—this is a great option.

This hitch-mounted carrier can carry two bikes. Its maximum weight is 600 lbs.

Also, this model is designed to take smaller bikes. By that I mean only motocross, off-road MX, or dirt bikes.

Black Widow AMC-600-2 Aluminum Double Motorcycle Carrier – 600lb. Capacity
  • 45-1/2 long roll-on, roll-off ramp designed for easy loading and unloading - self-stores when not in use
  • Perfect for use with smaller motorcycles, dirt bikes, and scooters
  • Includes a youth bike adapter and anti-tilt bracket
  • Transport 2 dirt bikes using a vehicles 2 Class III/IV hitch receiver

Weight: 33.5 lbs.

Hitch Mount Class: III or IV

Max Wheel Width: 5.5″

Max Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.

Dimensions: 75 x 5.5 x 7 inches

#4 – Black Widow 400

You may be saying, that’s the same trailer as number 4! Indeed it has the same name (well, it is the brand), but this one has twice the fun!

This is a hitched-mounted, which means it has no wheels—see the picture if you’re confused. It’s a lightweight carrier that’ll last a lifetime.

I added this one to the list, even though there are two other high quality single trailers above, because this one is a bit smaller.

If you don’t have a big bike or moped you’re moving, this one is a cheaper, smaller alternative.

It can carry both dirt bikes and motorcycles. When searching, be careful to make sure it’s big enough for motorcycles (and not just dirt bikes).

Another thing to be careful when buying a motorcycle trailer is to check to see if it includes a loading ramp. Trust me, lifting it is much harder. (Loading ramp included with the Black Widow, of course.)

Technical Stuff

Weight: 33.5 lbs.

Hitch Mount Class: III or IV

Max Wheel Width: 5.5″

Max Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.

Dimensions: 75 x 5.5 x 7 inches

Black Widow AMC-400 Hitch-Mounted Aluminum Motorcycle Carrier – 400 lb. Capacity
  • Durable, hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier for use with dirt bikes and motorcycles
  • Self-storing ramp installs on either side with roll-on, roll-off design for easy loading and unloading
  • Includes an anti-rattle device and spacer bar adapter to fit youth 50-80cc bikes
  • Manufactured from lightweight aluminum with a 400 lb. weight capacity
  • Designed for bikes with wheels up to 5-1/2 wide and use with Class III or IV hitch receivers

Titan

The Titan may look solid. It may look as heavy duty. But it is not a quality trailer.

Many of the reviews of this product agree with me when I say it is not safe. Be careful not to buy the Titan 1,000 pound dual motorcycle trailer.

Technical Details

Weight: 33.5 lbs.

Hitch Mount Class: III or IV

Max Wheel Width: 5.5″

Max Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.

Dimensions: 75 x 5.5 x 7 inches

Securing Your Motorcycle (The Equipment)

This section is as important as the trailer—ever more, probably!

This picture really sums it up. It’s got

  • Straps
  • End Stops
  • Ramp

You only really needs straps, but to do everything yourself it’s a good idea to get a ramp.

Sleds or some guiding rails save time and add to your peace of mind.

Straps

Though ratchet straps are a fancy and powerful tool, simpler options are better because ratchets are more trouble than they’re worth.

They are not intuitive—they don’t really do what you think they will.

If you are comfortable working with ratchet straps, here’s the best option. They have hooks on the end, if needed.

HFS 4pcs 1-1/2 x 15 ft Heavy Duty Ratchet Cargo Tie Down Straps 3000 lbs Dual J-Hooks
  • Soft polyester webbing wont scratch vehicle paint
  • Adjustable length from 1 to 15 feet
  • 3,000 lbs break stength
  • The black-painted steel double-J hooks provide a confident latch and wont bend like the cheaper S-hooks on other straps.

Otherwise, these are my personal favorite straps (they’re also a great price)…

CARTMAN 1″ x 12′ Lashing Straps up to 600lbs, 6pk in Carry Bag
  • Cartman 12-foot long-by-1-inch wide lashing strap in 6-pack. For general use cargo tie down where a hook is not needed. Securely tightens loads to 200-pounds of actual use and 600-pounds of break strength. Features silver protectant finish that offers a rich appearance and 3x more corrosion resistance. Includes solid steel cast metal clamp

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NOTE: It might be a good idea to get multiple sets. The rule of thumb is: 4 straps per bike (at least).

Ramps

Unless you’ve got a team of people helping you, it’s almost impossible to lift a motorcycle off a trailer—or, even worse, get it up onto a trailer.

Few enclosed trailers come with built in ramps. So, for every other situation, from putting your bike in the back of your car, to carriers, to flatbeds, you need a ramp.

The model below, the Yaheetech (what a name!), is the best ramp we could find. Highly rated, incredibly versatile, reasonable price, over 7 feet long, 1,500 pounds carrying capacity, and it’s foldable.

Yaheetech Silver 7.5 ft Aluminum Motorcycle Loading Ramp, Foldable, 750 Lb Capacity
  • Protective design - soft tipped design reduces abrasion between your ride and the ramp. There are 3 caps at the bottom of the loading ramp, which will keep it from slipping and makes much safer and more stable when you load
  • Easy to assemble and Fold - unfolded dimension: 89 x 11.8 (Lxw); folded dimension: 115 x 30 cm/ 45.3 x 11.8 (Lxw). it can be folded into a compact size when you do not use. Convenient for storage and carrying
  • Light weight and rust protection - the durable aluminum material makes the ramp more light and not easy to get rusty. It can be used easily both indoors and outdoors

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If you want to invest in a set of two, here is the link.

Stops

Condor makes a quality stop with an end, wheel lock, and plenty of places to strap in the bike.

And you can easily screw it into the bed of a trailer.

CONDOR PS-1500 Pit Trailer-Stop
  • This fully adjustable wheel locking system for front or rear wheel
  • The patented locking mechanism securely supports your motorcycle in an upright position on any type of flat surface or transport platform
  • The Pit Stop also serves as a Trailer Stop with the optional Trailer Adapter Kit, which allows quick attaching or detaching
  • Requires only one person to load or release any motorcycle and in most cases, 2 tie-down straps are required to secure the bike for transport

Choosing A Motorcycle Trailer

Even if you don’t fancy any of the trailers on this list, I still want to be helpful!

These are some things to consider when finding a single motorcycle trailer for sale.

Size

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but trailers are not something where one size fits all.

Be careful! #4, for example, only carries small motorcycles, dirt bikes, etc.

You want to make sure you’ve got plenty of room for your rides, from wood to road.

Full Trailers

There are also ‘proper’ trailers (not carriers), normally single or double-sized.

They will have sleds or railings built in. You still have to tie the bikes down (you can see our leftover straps below), but the sleds save so much time.

Close up of sled railings on double open motorcycle trailer

You can use other trailers to fit 3 or even more cycles (I’ve seen six in the enclosed trailer below), but then you have to get equipment in addition to straps.

That’s normally why I’ve avoided it on this list. Unless you have a lot of motorcycles (like the person below), it’s not necessary.

5 bikes secured in an enclosed trailer

FAQ

How do I know if my motorcycle will fit on a carrier or trailer?

For carriers, the two things to check are weight and tire width. If they fit, then you’re set.

And even if tire width is close, it’ll probably still fit. But you do not want to exceed the recommended weight rating.

For a larger open bed or enclosed trailer, it’s usually not a question if a motorcycle will fit, but how many. Then, you want to look at the individual specifications.

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