I know what you mean. The carrier is rated for 500 lbs with a class 3 hitch, but it seems tenuous to have your bike hanging out in space at 75 mph and supported by only a single point of contact! Then again, I've towed my airstream long distances and its tongue weight is more than that.
I've used one for dirtbikes with a small SUV. I actually had a bike falloff once, although I don't remember the specific circumstances. In general, the ramp to load your bike is kinda short, so it can be hard to load the bike. Also, the tie-down points aren't offset very much, which reduces the stability substantially. The drawbacks are: Tie-down stability, difficulty in loading and tongue weight. The plus is: not needing a trailer and ease of storage. Personally, I'd use a trailer if at all possible.
the 250s are remarkably competent and do everything you want as long as it isn't sustained highway. you can even 2 up for a little while anyway. also, it's 200 pounds lighter that the Versys too. and 60-80 mpg is normal. I modified a "basket" type hitch carrier but there are others made for the task. had a 2x8 plank as a ramp, but didn't need it if I could park next to the right bump and get the basket within about 6" of the ground. a tall a curb was usually close enough. roll it off, drive it on (walking beside). I sold the camper & the Sherpa went away later, but that was a really sweet little bike & I wish I still had it. I have a KLX now as a stable mate for the Versys
A forum community dedicated to Kawasaki Versys motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about performance, touring, modifications, classifieds, troubleshooting, adjustments, reviews, maintenance, and more!