There are times when you need to bring some of the comforts from home on the road with you but some things are too large, or too numerous, for the storage on your motorcycle. Installing the HD0073 hidden hitch with vertical-receiver on your motorcycle allows you to tow a trailer full of comforts from home.
Removing the chrome-plated tongue is as simple as pulling the retaining pin and the tongue out of the receiver. The black powder coated, high-tensile steel hitch frame stays hidden on the bike without the tongue in place. Although not included with our trailer hitch, we offer our GL18007-C tow ball sold separately.
NOTE: When installing the HD0073 hidden trailer hitch on 2009-2013 Street Glide or Road Glide Custom models, it is necessary to replace the factory brake / taillight located at the bottom of the rear fender to the slimmer HD007-115 to provide clearance for the HD0074 hitch assembly.
Maximum recommended tongue weight of the HD0073 hitch is 60 lbs. Maximum recommended tow weight of the HD0073 is 600 lbs. Do not exceed the motorcycle manufacturer maximum axle weight when towing.
Will installing a trailer hitch void my motorcycle warranty? No, in 1975 the federal government passed a set of laws called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This act states your vehicle warranty cannot be voided or canceled for using any non-original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) part or accessory (like our trailer hitch) unless the manufacturer of the vehicle can prove the use of this non-O.E.M. part or accessory caused a failure of any part or parts on the vehicle. We encourage you to research the Magnuson-Moss act then share your findings with your dealer if they tell you installing our trailer hitch or any of our accessories will void your warranty.
What wiring components will I need to purchase to complete the circuit between my motorcycle and my trailer? There are a few possibilities for wiring your HD0073 trailer hitch. The components needed will depend on year, make, and model of your motorcycle and the configuration of your trailer’s wiring. RIVCO offers plug-n-play components that cover all the motorcycle models our trailer hitches fit. Here are four quick steps to help you determine which wiring components you will need:
1.) Determine which sub-harness to plug into your factory tail light wiring by reading the fitment text at the links provided here HD007-13 or HD007-49.
2.) Determine if your trailer is a four or five wire system. The motorcycle models we designed the HD0073 trailer hitch to fit use a five-wire system from the factory. If you have a five-wire trailer system, proceed to the step three. If your trailer is a four-wire trailer system, you will need the EC07664 five-to-four wire converter before moving on to step three.
3.) Both four and five wire trailer systems will require the use of our GL18007-IU isolator. An isolator is like a multi-channel relay pulling power for your trailer lights directly from the motorcycle battery to prevent over-loading your motorcycle tail light wiring.
4.) RIVCO does not provide plugs to match other manufacturer’s plugs, as there are far too many. We do however offer two different matched sets of male and female trailer plugs under part numbers TWC001 and TWC002.
We understand that trailer wiring can seem complicated and we are here to help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us during our business hours via telephone at 262-763-8222 or anytime via email at email@example.com.