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Old 01-24-2016, 09:28 AM   #21
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If it's the longer bed F150 ie. not the short 5 1/2 ft version it will fit. The the regular bed fords people assume are "standard" at 6 1/2 feet are actually 6 3/4 ft. I haven't run across a sportbike yet I couldn't close the tail gate on with the ford.


As far as "regular" beds go for the manufactures from 1/2 ton to 1 ton
Dodge/Ram 6'4
Chevy/GMC 6'6
Ford 6'9

Even their "8 foot" beds on the heavy duty aren't all really 8'
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:54 AM   #22
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also, don't leave the forks under a ton of compression (over night) with the straps
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:54 PM   #23
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Lower triple clamp, not handle bars.
One strap on each side with enough tension to keep the bike from leaning when you push on it with moderate pressure.
There is no need to strap it down super tight or to use more than 2 straps.

I mean really, what's the point in cinching it down really tight? So it won't fall over?
Unless you're planning on competing in a roadrace with a bike in the back of your truck, it aint going anywhere. If you have to swerve then thats what the moderate push was to check for.
You can damage stuff from having it too tight. Handlebars can bend if you use them. Fork seals can let go if you leave them with too much pressure.

Having a bunch of straps isn't needed either. If you have to swerve see above.
If you have a wreck, 4 straps won't keep it back there.

Use soft ties around the fork leg just above the lower triple clamp. Stay away from ratcheting tie downs. Just use the cam buckle type.
Get them both hooked then lean the bike to one side and pull that one down snug. Then push the bike to the other side, that will compress the forks, when it is vertical pull that side down snug.
At that point you should be pretty much done. Give the bike a moderate push to the side, if the forks compress and the bike leans too easy, tighten it a little and try again.
Once it feels pretty good but, and here's the important part, can still move a little, that's it.
If when you're driving, it leans going around turns, then stop and tighten it some. Don't bottom the forks and you'll be good.


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I have a Baxley wheel chock in the front of my truck bed. Coupled with a Canyon Dancer and some turnbuckle straps, that thing hasn't moved a bit in the last 5 years. I've taken it across multiple states to countless track days. Just recently I had to load a second bike plus my pit bike. That was interesting. Canyon Dancer FTW!
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Don't even have to strap it down tight, just a little tension on 'er will do.
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I make it a habit to only use straps that have the little clips on them like a carabiner. Those paired with some soft straps made out of webbing on the lower triple = aint going anywhere unless i wreck. Especially with bikes that have softer suspension. Regular straps can bounce loose, i know from personal experience. The road to kellys pond taught me that.
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I've hauled a few times to Vegas and LA and always managed to close the tailgate. I use two straps hooked to the upper triple and go around the clip-ons to keep the straps from hitting my fairings. Worked well for quite a few bikes. A few times when I had a brand spankin new tire I had to ratchet the front down tighter to make more room and use a little pressure to close the tailgate. Never had a problem on a haul.
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Step 1) With the tailgate down: Wheel the bike up into the bed.
Step 2) Close tailgate as much as possible (use straps, rope, whatever, to hold it).
Step 3) Fill the bed with concrete and let stand overnight

Bike is now secure.
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Step 1) With the tailgate down: Wheel the bike up into the bed.
Step 2) Close tailgate as much as possible (use straps, rope, whatever, to hold it).
Step 3) Fill the bed with concrete and let stand overnight

Bike is now secure.
OK, what I said or this.
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Step 1) With the tailgate down: Wheel the bike up into the bed.
Step 2) Close tailgate as much as possible (use straps, rope, whatever, to hold it).
Step 3) Fill the bed with concrete and let stand overnight

Bike is now secure.
I've done this a few times too

Works great with a yard of pebble rocks too!
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I've done this a few times too

Works great with a yard of pebble rocks too!
If you do this right -
You just pull the axles and leave the wheels in the concrete.
The next time you need to load a bike, just pull the wheels off and throw them in the back someplace. Mount the bike to the wheels in the concrete and you're ready to go.
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