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Old 09-23-2007, 01:39 PM   #1
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How to load a bike in a pick up?

Ok this is a stupid question but I tried to load the bike in the pick up yesterday(using a ramp of course) but as soon as I got the front wheel to the tail gate, I couldnt move the bike up anymore. Any tips?
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Old 09-23-2007, 01:40 PM   #2
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decrease the slope by parking your rear wheels in the gutter and load from the grass...

if you have a sloped driveway...back into the driveway, but leave your rear wheels in the curb.

or get a longer ramp.

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Old 09-23-2007, 01:45 PM   #3
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ride it up lol
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decrease the slope by parking your rear wheels in the gutter and load from the grass...

if you have a sloped driveway...back into the driveway, but leave your rear wheels in the curb.

or get a longer ramp.

good luck.
That was gonna be my next step.
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I always have someone else help me and let the bike do all the work. Leave it running and walk next to it and let the bike ride itself up the ramp, just make sure you are good with the clutch.
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:03 PM   #6
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if you have the bike on or try to ride it up make sure the ramp is chained to the truck otherwise it will, in all likelyhood, shoot out from under the bike and everything will end get ****ed up.
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do it like this...



but for real, if you dont have a slope as mentioned, just have a buddy or two lift up the real wheel to get it over the angle.

arched ramps are good for this reason, they keep that from happening even if you have no slope.
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lol.....yeah just ride it up there
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Clutch it up... let the bike do the work.
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I always have someone else help me and let the bike do all the work. Leave it running and walk next to it and let the bike ride itself up the ramp, just make sure you are good with the clutch.
Does the extra person stay in the bed of the truck while I stay on the side of it holding the clutch?
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Does the extra person stay in the bed of the truck while I stay on the side of it holding the clutch?
i walk the bike up using the clutch, then once the bike is about half on the bed, and half on the ramp, i jump up to the tailgate and finish walking it in. make sure you tie the ramp to the trailor hitch or something because ive had the ramp shoot out from under my back wheel several times.
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ride it up lol
werd. i do it 5 times a week. (well 10 if you count loading unloading loading and unloading.)
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I don't recommend riding the bike or using the clutch to get it up in the bed. Both of those seem a little more dangerous than I'd be willing to do. I've never had a problem getting the bike into the bed as long as another person helps me.

Also, make sure you don't scrape the underside of the fairings on the ramp or tailgate. I've seen it happen all too often.
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I don't recommend riding the bike or using the clutch to get it up in the bed. Both of those seem a little more dangerous than I'd be willing to do. I've never had a problem getting the bike into the bed as long as another person helps me.

Also, make sure you don't scrape the underside of the fairings on the ramp or tailgate. I've seen it happen all too often.
yeah, thats why i make sure to drive my truck up on a curb or put the back wheels in a low spot
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But it doesn't sound like this guy has a whole ton of experience with loading a bike like some of us do.

If you're a novice, there's no reason to take a chance on jacking up your bike.

Just be safe!
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if u clutch it up there walkin beside it be careful... r6's do good back flips
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but for real, if you dont have a slope as mentioned, just have a buddy or two lift up the real wheel to get it over the angle.

arched ramps are good for this reason, they keep that from happening even if you have no slope.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:35 PM   #18
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Cheaters trick if you have problems dragging the fairing.. drive the front wheels of the truck up on ramps (cheap ones work fine and don't take up much space)

And do for sure tie the ramp to the truck so you don't spit it out with the back wheel while driving it up.
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If you are really worried about dropping the bike then you can always buy or rent a flat bed trailer - uhaul rents one for $20 that works perfectly - but dont make the mistake of thinking you dont still need a ramp to get it on there.
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do it like this...

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