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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-01-2011, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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What are the options out there for wiring and hitch kits for the cross country
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I got my hitch and wiring from Bushtec. Not to hard to put on and I am not much of a wrench.
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I got a Bushtec also. Super easy install of the hitch and its got one of the highest tongue weight of any motorcycle hitch I have seen.

They sent me the wrong relay and it was bad to boot. I was pulling my hair out thinking I was a Dumb Azz .

Jim at Bushtec was great to talked to and they got me a new relay ASAP as soon as we figured out the problem.

It all started due to a a supplier problem.

I would highly recommend this hitch, very well built.

Here are a few pics of the hitch installed. The great thing is the ball can be removed and you can hardly see the reciever.

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The wiring wasn't too bad? Where did you put the harness to plug your trailer into
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The wiring wasn't too bad? Where did you put the harness to plug your trailer into

It wasn't bad at all once I got the right (working ) relay. It took about 2.5 - 3 hours total install once I got things worked out.
I installed mine under the seat close to the tank, and patched into the Victory harness there also. Just make sure that the wires don't get caught under the seat pads.

The problem's came when the first relay wire colors didn't match the wiring diagram. After making my own and hooking everything up it didn't work. Test lights, meters and an 1-2 hours later I figured the relay was bad.
A phone call to Jim at Bushtec and a few minutes of explanation and a new relay was on the way.
It arrived and in a short time it was done.

I can't say enough about the Bushtec team. Great to talk to and work with.

I have to give a hats off to the people at http://www.cyclesolutions.net I bought the hitch from them and I appreciate there help also.

Hope this helps anyone looking for a hitch.
Final words , Very well made hitch and easy install . I had about 8 hours total working with the bad relay , but hey S#!% Happens , you cant hold a bad part against someone , it's what they do to fix the problem that counts,


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Very nice. If you don't mind me asking what kind of trailer do you pull? Any issues?
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Actually I have two different trailers.
We bought a Time Out Dart about 8 years ago and pulled it all the time. Its a great cargo trailer and you can pack it full and it trails wonderfully. We have even used it on a few day trips.
We bought a Aspen Ambassador pop-up camper last year . We pulled it from Southern In. to Pa. to Tn. over 3000 miles on a trip last year. A great camper but it does take more work to pull. I used my VTX because it was set up to pull it. I haven't pulled it yet with the XC, but I think it will do fine. We use it camping with grandkids behind the Excursion. Thats a little comical 7.3 Power Stroke pulling that little camper.
People ask me all the time how it is to pull a trailer. The only time you really know its back there is starting and stopping. It takes more input to do both. Once in awhile on a downhill run you will feel it pushing you out in the corners, but you should always ride slower, even more so going downhill.

Good Luck and Happy Trailering.

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I have a bunkhouse camper and pulled it behind my goldwing so was just curious
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hey BIGRED. Nice job on the hitch. Looks very simple. Mind me asking the price? Some more elaborate are quite pricey. This looks pretty simple. I have the same color XC as you. You have good taste!
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I think Bushtec has a sale going on now without the relay around $300.00 and w/relay $370.00. These aren't cheep but they are very well made IMO and like I said earlier in a post have a tongue weight rating of 70lbs. That tells you how well they are made.

You can check their website at http://www.bushtec.com/product-p/944824.htm

and check with the folks at
http://www.cyclesolutions.net/produc...BUSHTEC-944824

a phone call to these guys got me a little better deal.


Thanks on the Blue compliment. I was all set to order the two-tone white until I saw this on the showroom floor. Once they rolled it out in the sun I was hooked. The real kicker is I never really like blue anything before. Love it on my XC now.


fferic , so you know what its like to tow then. I remember what it was like when I first started towing. Seems everyone wanted to talk to you about how you do it and what it's like.
Now I just realize its going to take longer at most stops and it makes an great ice breaker to get to know some new people. After all when we travel on the bike time is not normally an issue.

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'82 GS550L Suzuki - long gone
'91 1100 Shadow - gone
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