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Old 09-01-2015, 01:08 PM   #1
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how to: motorcycle loading ramp

so I'm looking at getting a loading ramp, and I see this pic

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and I'm thinking dude is nuts, skinny ramp riding up it.

is this normal? lol

cuz this is what I envision

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I have seen way too many people fall doing that. They then mess the truck, bike and themselves up. You need to walk it up next to it. I use to use the bikes power and I would walk next to it up into the truck clutching it up. The lower part of the bike sometimes bottoms out and the bike and rider stop and they both go falling down.
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I have never once ridden a time up a ramp. Push it up. Not difficult. Unless you got a super wide ramp used for atvs or side by sides.
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I watched a buddy try to ride up a short ramp into the back of an 18 wheeler trailer w a short ramp, back when metric cycles was in the Galleria area

Mint cbr900rr was not minty after the fall. Lol
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I have 2 ramps for loading purposes, one aluminum and one steel ramp . The steel ramp is secured to the rear bumper via straps and the aluminum one i use to walk next to the steel ramp that bike is on and clutch it and front brake control the whole time .


All it took was one time of the steel ramp slipping out as i was almost loaded into bed of truck and almost dropping the bike out the bed of truck that i realized i needed the straps lol , it only cracked my lower fairing thankfully
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Seems like it's more easy if you are sitting on the bike and riding it. I have no idea how it works and I will never attempt to load any of my bikes with a ramp but walking the bike seems trickier.
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I have ridden up my ramp twice.

Both times I said F that never again way to easy to F everything up.

Its the narrow one from cycle gear.

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when I was young, i used to ride up on a plain old 2x8 into the back of my pickup all the time. one time in college I got a little sketchy and Ill be darned if I could do it after that. Its kinda dumb, I have a truck, but feel like I need to trailer to haul bikes around cause its a pain to get them in back of truck.... getting old I guess.
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I only use a wide ramp. That way I can walk it up on the side using the bikes power or ride it keeping feet down on both sides. And only try it going slowly. These videos of people gunning it up the ramp make me chuckle.
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! Expensive but worthy if you are going to plan trailering your bike a lot.

http://www.kendonusa.com/limited-edi...e-trailer.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=45&v=uL-HT2v7UjI
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or you can also rent a motorcycle trailer for around $15.00


http://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/Motorc...ler-Rental/MT/
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I use the wide ATV ramp from HF and I still don't like riding my bike up. Almost busted my several times. Been thinking of lowering the trailer somehow
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I like the one the magic man has

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Wide ATV ramp and sit on the bike, ride it up slowly. No sweat.
Done it a thousand times.

Narrow ramp... seen several bikes get dropped. Never with a narrow ramp.

Sure an ATV ramp costs $150. Won't seem like much of you drop your bike one time.
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Yep, a tri-fold atv ramp is the way to go. Make sure it is securely strapped to the truck/trailer, it can kick out.

If its going into my toyhauler, I ride it up. If its going into the truck bed, I walk it with power assisted.
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^^^ WoW! That's the best! No idea how it will be taking a big tourer like that bike on a ram walking it on the side or riding the ramp up.

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The only way I feel secure about using a ramp, is to park the rear wheels of the pickup truck in a ditch so the tailgate is less than a foot off the ground. That way, the slope of the ramp is very slight, and you can have someone stand on each side of the bike while loading. Usually can just push the bike up the ramp, keeping hold of the front brake just in case.

Only problem is --- how many places have a suitable ditch with the right depth, contour, and surface?
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no t. thanks a ton, no idea these were so cheap!!! Figure a decent trailer is $1500, at uhaul price I would have to use it 60 times to pay for itself. Considering I go out maybe once a month or two, thats about 7.5 years. Now further considering I would be paying ~$50 a month to store the trailer, I dont think buying a trailer would ever pay for itself...


, even for one of those $300 ramps you would need to use it about 15 times.
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