Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: Trailer Hitches
As far as I know, only DMC and Bushtec are making hitches. I would STRONGLY recommend the DMC between those two. I let Bushtec use my bike to make their prototype and got nothing in return but a goobed up bike and the need to replace the rubber boot on the swingarm. The chronology was this:
Called Bushtec about hitch. They said they needed a bike to fabricate hitch. I was told they could have the fabrication done in 3-5 days.
Dropped my bike off, and didn't get it back for 2 weeks! Hitch did look good though, and I was supposed to have it back in 3 weeks for final fitting and installation.
Driving the bike while waiting for the hitch, some of the parts they removed fell off and one damaged the rubber boot on the swingarm, costing some $$ to replace.
3 weeks came and went with no word from Bushtec, would not return any of my calls. Bike was dropped off to them first of August, ended up scrubbing trip to New England the 15th of October due to having no hitch. Still no response to my calls from Bushtec.
Finally, somewhere late in October/early November, got a voice mail from manager at Bushtec, not telling me my hitch was ready or anything, only telling me he "thought someone else was working with me on my hitch." Still no response from anyone else at Bushtec.
Ordered the DMC hitch this week. They were out of stock but the very nice lady there promised she's have it to me in less than three weeks. Plus, from the pictures I've seen, the DMC hitch will be less intrusive and more hidden than the Bushtec prototype that I saw on my bike.
I carried the Bushtec banner and was telling everyone about their hitch and trying to drum up business for them. All I got in return was a broken bike, no hitch, and not even the decency of a returned phone call, and one cancelled trip to New England. Don't walk, RUN away from Bushtec! Their customer service falls between lousy and non existant.
"Loud lives save pipes"
00 K1200LT (Emil) 94,840 trouble free miles. Gone, but not forgotten
02 R1150RT (Artie) 109,000 miles. Favorite bike. With me to the end.
10 K1300GT (The Phantom) 10,110 miles. Like flying a T-38 on 2 wheels. Gone.
12 K1600GTL (Johnny 5) 3,500. A great compromise between the LT and GT
A gaggle of Japanese bikes, then I woke up.