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Old 04-06-2008, 07:34 AM   #1
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help! gotta load bike

so i am going to college station this week for fire school and i wanna take the bike, but everybody makes 6 foot ramps which aren't long enough for it not to bottom out after the front wheel on my tail gate. any body have any tips for loading and unloading?? and probably gonna be doin this by my self.
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Old 04-06-2008, 07:52 AM   #2
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They make longer ramps. I have an 8' which is just barely long enough and my truck sits kinda high.

If you are going to be loading and unloading by yourself, without a doubt you also want a WIDE ramp...Something that you can plant both feet firmly only the ramp
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yeah i need a wide one, but i can't even find an eight footer. where did you get yours?
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:05 AM   #4
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Back your truck up to a ditch or a steep inclining driveway so that your tailgate is almost touching the side that starts going up. You can usually back up to a curb on the side of a street and roll the bike up from the sidewalk side also. That way you'll have very little incline on the ramp. If you do it just right you'll be able to just roll the bike into the truck without going up hill at all.
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I got my 8' at Tejas Motorsports but i see them at most motorcycle shops or check craigslist


as far as loading it with the 6' ramp do you have an angled drive way? if so just pull your truck up the driveway till your back tires are right where the street meets the drive and then put the ramp down it will lower your tail gate a foot or more depending on the incline then just ride your bike up in it


or use a ditch
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I got my 8' at Tejas Motorsports but i see them at most motorcycle shops or check craigslist


as far as loading it with the 6' ramp do you have an angled drive way? if so just pull your truck up the driveway till your back tires are right where the street meets the drive and then put the ramp down it will lower your tail gate a foot or more depending on the incline then just ride your bike up in it


or use a ditch
Seems like a good suggestion!
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:22 AM   #8
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I have this problem too. (I'm the one driving my truck off into the ditches at the tracks to load & unload - ha ha ha) Also, if you can find a loading dock ramp, split level parking lot, or steep incline between parking lots that works too - anything to put the truck wheels a couple of feet lower than where the bike will be. In College Station...you might be able to use a ditch out at the fire school road or at the airport.
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If you're buying a ramp, get a wide 8' ramp- Patrick can get them for you and may even have one in stock.

As for the fire field, there are plenty of inclined areas to unload.

As for the fire school, didn't it start yesterday? I usually teach multi-story, and we usually have to be there Friday for Saturday/ Sunday classes....
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You could always load it like this.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=lYeu56_RP4A

It may take a little practice to get it right.

Or just use the end of the driveway or other sloped surface to back up to like everyone says. I've used that technique a lot. Just think about where you are going to unload it when you get there. No use to take it there and not be able to get it out with the same process.
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Long and wide is good, even if it's just loading ramps.


Seriously it might cost you a little bit of money now but all the times you load and unload your bike and DON'T drop it will be payback.

I have used mine for several years, usually by myself and haven't even come close to dropping the scoot.
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you can also roll your front tires up on a curb to lower the tailgate.
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when I didn't have a ramp I would just go to the closest loading dock and I would drive it right into the truck. On the ramp issue, they make arched ones just for that issue of the exhaust hitting the tailgate.
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yeah i have done the whole using a ditch thing before, but thing is, like i said, i will be by my self and can't drive the truck and the bike some where to do this. and the fire school for us starts tomorrow, its for cima
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I got my 8' at Tejas Motorsports but i see them at most motorcycle shops or check craigslist


as far as loading it with the 6' ramp do you have an angled drive way? if so just pull your truck up the driveway till your back tires are right where the street meets the drive and then put the ramp down it will lower your tail gate a foot or more depending on the incline then just ride your bike up in it


or use a ditch

i ordered my 8 footer from tejas also. the price wasnt too bad its wide and long but i still back the truck up to my drive way which is pretty steep and the ramp almost is perfectly flat. makes it really easy
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if you plan on gettin a new ramp dont only look at longer, get a curved one, it will eliminate the bottoming out at the top of the ramp...also i usually put a bilk crate or something similiar to use as a step when loading and unloading so that it doesnt get awkard and risk dumping bike (you could also use your current ramp to walk up while using curved one for bike)
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