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Old 09-01-2015, 04:31 PM   #21
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While a trailer is nice, time is $

Those bike trailers are not at every location

Time to go and get it and return it Vs pulling out your ramp from the garage
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Black widow extra long aluminum folding ramps are a lot less steep than the 1 piece ones like they have at Cycle Gear.
Easier to load and you won't scrape your belly pan on a low bike.
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Takes me 5min - 10min tops - to roll my trailer from the backyard to the driveway and hook on the tow vehicle, and I can tow it with just about any 4wheeler. Deck height is way lower than the typical pickup bed, such that I can safely walk the bike up and down the wide ramp (from Harborfreight) by myself. Not needing help is probably the single biggest plus in my book.

Best part? $250 from Harborfreight gets you a decent 4x8. $30 for a chock. Stop by Home Depot to pick up a piece of treated plywood for $40. Done.
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All those fail videos are hilarious, and many of them look like they have been around bikes for a while. I used to load mine up in my cargo van (walk beside and power up) with no problems. I felt sketchiest when backing it out! Never an incident though.
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Takes me 5min - 10min tops - to roll my trailer from the backyard to the driveway and hook on the tow vehicle, and I can tow it with just about any 4wheeler. Deck height is way lower than the typical pickup bed, such that I can safely walk the bike up and down the wide ramp (from Harborfreight) by myself. Not needing help is probably the single biggest plus in my book.

Best part? $250 from Harborfreight gets you a decent 4x8. $30 for a chock. Stop by Home Depot to pick up a piece of treated plywood for $40. Done.
My HF trailer stored in the garage. It's the heavy duty one, so it doesn't fold. The frame rests on two supports I built to keep the fender off the ground. Yes, my garage is dusty. Bad weather necessitated woodworking indoors.

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I use 2 of the extra long and curved aluminum ramps from cycle gear. One to walk and one for bike. Still sketchy bc my truck I lifted 6".
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walking up a ramp. I use this to step up on my trailer when loading

http://www.harborfreight.com/step-st...orm-66911.html

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and this when loading into a truck

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I use one of these ramps. They come in pairs, but I gave one to a friend since I only need one.

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-ft-x-...air-96513.html

Had one of these. It was fuggin' awesome for loading into a truck but not very practical since I got my 4-Runner and trailer. Has a nice arch to it so the angle at the tailgate isn't as steep. Looks like Vatozone discontinued it, but you might be able to find one elsewhere.

http://www.autozone.com/engine-and-v...mp/242568_0_0/
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My HF trailer stored in the garage. It's the heavy duty one, so it doesn't fold. The frame rests on two supports I built to keep the fender off the ground. Yes, my garage is dusty. Bad weather necessitated woodworking indoors.
I got the same one. Have no need to fold, and the HD version uses better tires. It has been ultra useful and eliminated my need for a pickup truck.

I am thinking of upgrading to a 5×8, maybe and enclosed cargo.
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I got the same one. Have no need to fold, and the HD version uses better tires. It has been ultra useful and eliminated my need for a pickup truck.

I am thinking of upgrading to a 5×8, maybe and enclosed cargo.
Same boat, here. With creative use of a 2x6 and two chunks of a 2x12, I have mine set up to haul two bikes. Kinda sketchy, though, and I'd really like something a bit bigger. Wouldn't mind a 6-7 x 14 so I could haul three bikes, if needed.
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You can get a small low deck height trailer on cl for under 500 all day long. Mine is a converted jetski trailer and it cost is 300 I think. Use that sicker all the time.
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Get a trailer and forget about it. LOVE mine. loading a bike in a truck. Its not worth the hassle.
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Sport bikes and dirt bikes are easy to load in the back of a truck. As mentioned, walk it up and use a little gas if needed. Not a big deal. Stop being a bunch of .
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I use a 2x12 with ramp transition and a bucket to get my bike in the back of the truck. Worked every time. I also always solicit help of a friend to help me catch the bike while I'm stepping up into the bed.
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Same boat, here. With creative use of a 2x6 and two chunks of a 2x12, I have mine set up to haul two bikes. Kinda sketchy, though, and I'd really like something a bit bigger. Wouldn't mind a 6-7 x 14 so I could haul three bikes, if needed.
I know exactly what you are talking about. Last year, I seriously considered adding "wings" to mine to haul 2 bikes, before the CO/NM trip plan fizzled. The more I think about it though, 2 bikes for short trips, like to a track day, is okay on that 4x8. Longer trips at fwy speeds is probably not ideal.

I don't want anything too big. Option to tow with a smallish vehicle is nice.
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Just get one of the really long 9 to 11 footers and use a cooler to step up onto. You usually will have a cooler with you anyways so no need to bring anything else. Or you can just run it up the ramp and jump into the bed of the truck. I call this the Magicman shuffle.
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Pretty simple for me... I use one of these (It's a 24')

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I only ride up my ramp with my ruckus, not a real bike lol.
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I have a shorter aluminum one that I put on the side of my Ready Ramp. This thing is so worth it



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for the dirtbikes i just back my truck up to the hill at a buddies or if at my house back down the driveway kinda front up on the curb to drop the tail gate height, a 5 gallon bucket full of gravel as a step and a single ramp that i hate...and ive dropped my dirt bike because of it.

Word of warning if you have a drop in bed liner, drop it in the garbage its slicker than goose in a rainstorm so when you unloading and dragging the front brake to the break over it will just skid.

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