Pictured below are a couple shots of my Cherokee from the craigslist ad and a couple pictures of a neat aluminum motorbike carrier on ebay. There are other types, but this one looks about right for a cruiser with a motor. It is rated at about 375 pounds which is more than enough and yet at 37 pounds for the carrier it isn't overkill. I especially like that you don't have to lift the bike up, but can just roll it. I'm posting the photos partly for the benefit of others who are thinking about a rear carrier for your bike. There are many types and it can be confusing. I had kind of a flimsy one I bought used some years ago which was the kind where the bike hangs from supports and I was never real comfortable with that since I felt like it was designed for a much lighter bike. The last thing I'd want to do is pick up the pieces of my bike along the road or cause an accident to another motorist. So whatever I end up doing I want to be safe. Curtis, I haven't yet looked at the one you suggested, but I will. Thanks for that.
But a spiffy bike rack is for the future when I'm on my feet again. Right now I need to figure out how to transport my belongings and tools which is part of plan A (boxes of the same size with a platform of either thin plywood or multiple layers of cardboard I can sleep on with the boxes underneath) plus transport bikes. Up above on the rack I figure to tie on at least two of my burned bikes for salvage once home... the 39 Elgin and the 63 American for sure. What has me worried a little is Camlifter's beautiful Schwinn which I'll be picking up on my way through Ohio. It has been ridden just ten miles worth and is in mint condition. You saw a picture of it earlier in this thread. I have to figure out how best to transport it without adding one scratch or one abrasion. When I get home one of the very first things I want to do is put some gas in its tank and take a ride with the dog in her bike trailer, of course. I told Camlifter this morning in a PM that there's gonna be a big smile on the Bears face for sure. Woohoo! So, how to transport it safely without one of those spiffy rear carriers. How would you do it?
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...