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Carrying a Motorbike and an Electric BIke

I got some very good advice here on loading my Yamaha YBR125 motorbike onto the Universal Weih rack on my Hymer (photo below). I understand an extra rail is available to attach to this rack allowing one or more "ordinary" or electric bikes to be carried also. Has anyone come across these attachments?
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Just be aware that anything extra will impact on your rear axle weight, especially due to the leverage due to its distance from the rear axle.

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Do you have enough payload spare to be able to have this? When we bought our motorhome it came with a towbar and scooter rack built and fitted by Armitages. The m/h is plated at 3500kg so we took it to a weighbridge, loaded up for a trip. Scooter rack was not on the towbar and we only had 80kg spare. I eventually removed the towbar and sold the complete set-up, rack and towbar. Before shipping I weighed them and each item was 40kg so 80kg in total. If the previous owner had actually carried a scooter the m/h would have been massively overweight. Should the company fitting the towbar and rack have pointed out that by carrying a scooter the m/h would be overweight or is it the owners responsibility?
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Armitage tend to over engineer stuff to great degree.
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Armitage tend to over engineer stuff to great degree.
I disagree. Their scooter racks are the best on the market and the easiest to use by a country mile. Dunno about the other stuff but their side loading trailer looks as easy to use as the rack.


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I disagree. Their scooter racks are the best on the market and the easiest to use by a country mile. Dunno about the other stuff but their side loading trailer looks as easy to use as the rack.
Having had three vans with their kit on the back, I have to disagree with you too Barry, one had a mobility scooter rack on it and it was so heavy it needed two people to remove it when not needed, I can't comment on their scooter racks.
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Likewise I have only used their scooter rack so cannot comment on the other heavier stuff. The side mounting trailer though looks the same bit of kit though on wheels.
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I got some very good advice here on loading my Yamaha YBR125 motorbike onto the Universal Weih rack on my Hymer (photo below). I understand an extra rail is available to attach to this rack allowing one or more "ordinary" or electric bikes to be carried also. Has anyone come across these attachments?
Don't want to rain on your parade but...... have to agree with Mr Plodd. My first thought - forget the pluses and minuses of Armitrage construction- is payload, payload, payload. If you have sufficient to play with on your rear axle then great, but I have my doubts. Perhaps you have checked it out already and are good to go.

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When it comes to carrying a scooter / bike there is always loads of advice regarding it's detrimental effect on payload. Just wondering if anyone on here has actually ever been stopped and found to be overweight and if so what was the outcome . ie did you have to lighten the load to continue , how, impounded, fined ? Which country.
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Yes, we were stopped and weighed in France and found to be overweight. Fined on the spot and allowed to carry on with our journey - still overweight! Ever since then we have been extremely aware of what we are carrying and distribution. Always have to be careful with rear axle. We weigh the van from time to time to be on the safe side. 'Payload' has become my mantra! We were lucky, get stopped in U.K. and if you are found to be overweight you have to discard stuff to get down to correct weight before they allow you to proceed - and fined if you are really overweight - I forget the percentage allowed before the fine kicks in.

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