Originally Posted by Davydd
If trailered, the 800 lb. motorcycle would not give you a tongue weight on 800 lbs.
I don't think that is what he was saying.
"I feel dumb by asking, but would an enclosed motorcycle trailer work? 800 pounds on the tongue is similar to towing 8000 pounds, and all this weight is squatting on the rear axle."
He is saying that 800# on the hitch would put the same load on the hitch (vertical) as an 8000# trailer with the normal 10% of the weight on the hitch, or 800#. That is the weight the counts toward load capacity.