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Old 12-20-2008, 02:36 AM   #1
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Loading a motorcycle by yourself?

What's the easiest way to load a sport bike in a truck by yourself? The only ramp I have is a bifold ramp thats about 10 inches wide and about 8 feet long. Any suggestions?




I'm going to Tennessee on Monday and just might bring my bike with me. The weather doesn't look to bad/cold, so I just may do a little riding while I'm there for the next two weeks.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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As far as getting it into the truck try to park on an incline or a ditch(just make sure ur truck can get out!). Anything that will bring your tailgate closer to the ground will help big time. 10" wide isn't enough for the bike and you to walk up so the transition from the ground to you needing to be in the bed will be the hardest part. I generally put the bike in gear and walk on the left while feathering the clutch basically letting the bike ride itself up, just keep the front brake covered with your right hand. When it's time for you to get in the truck, hold the break so the bike won't move at all while you're climbing up. If you can find something sturdy for you to walk up so you don't have a high step onto the tailgate it will make your life much easier.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:18 AM   #3
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:38 AM   #4
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Yup. +1 meelion for what Dvl said
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:28 AM   #5
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Easiest way is to ask for help!

I've got a canyon dancer and straps if you need to borrow them.
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Old 12-20-2008, 10:48 AM   #6
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Get a wider ramp!
Mine is like 40 inches wide when open and I can ride the bike up and still keep both feet down.
Just be sure to use a strap, no matter what ramp you use, to keep attached to the back bumper so it doesn't slide out and dump the bike on the ground (maybe on you). I've seen that happen twice and it is never pretty.
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I use 2 ramps 1 for the bike and 1 for me, Letting the motor pull it up works great, If U have good clutch and ft. brake control, never ride it up, accident just waiting to happen, and + on canyon dancer and good straps, also dont forget if U motor it up be sure and attach the bike ramp to the tailgate, I,ve seen the front tire in the bed and the rear tire spin the ramp off the tailgate, If this happens it will ruin Ur day
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Get a wider ramp!
Mine is like 40 inches wide when open and I can ride the bike up and still keep both feet down.
Just be sure to use a strap, no matter what ramp you use, to keep attached to the back bumper so it doesn't slide out and dump the bike on the ground (maybe on you). I've seen that happen twice and it is never pretty.
Exactly what I was gonna say, I hate those skinny little ramps.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:11 PM   #10
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I bought a bi-fold ramp from Patrick (Motorcycles Unlimited) that is about 6-1/2' long. Once it is opened it is about 4' wide. Closed up is about 2' wide.

To actually get the bike it the back I do what DVL said as well. Once the bike is in the back.....keep it in 1st gear.
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If you don't have help getting it out then I don't think you should try to get it on yourself. What I mean is don't try to load the bike by yourself because it's very hard if you have a skinny load ramp. Your chance of dropping it is about 85% if you load it by yourself. Get your friend and neighbor to help you load and unload it.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:02 PM   #12
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I've got a canyon dancer and straps if you need to borrow them.
+10000000000000 I dropped my bike shortly after i bought it loading it into the truck by myself.
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Old 12-20-2008, 06:00 PM   #13
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I use two ramps and walk it up with it pulling me.

If I use one ramp I put straps on it and push it while cinching the straps as I go this take a lot longer. I mostly put it in an F250 or F350 and they are a bit higher then a little f150 so it is a little harder.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:47 PM   #14
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just pick it up and throw it in there sissy!

really though + 1000 to straping the ramp to the trailer hitch. also ive found that its best to power it up feathering the cluth as mentioned and then stall the bike out against the front of your bed. this puts a forward load on the bike and will prevent any possibility of it rolling back.

go slow but not too slow know what i mean?
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I've got a canyon dancer and straps if you need to borrow them.
+1... especially since I live 1/4 mile away from him!
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I use a skinny ramp coupled with DvlRacers method. You dont need one of those big ramps. , by the time I get my bike, gear, gas, stands, tools, fiddy etc...I dont have room for one of those wide ramps.

Just be careful, that all ya gotta do. I used to use an incline but I got it down now. Solo, no incline and no stepping stool.
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i purchased a tri fold ramp for atvs from harbor freight, lay small pieces of ply wood down on it, find a incline and back the truck to it. able to ride it up while slipping the clutch with both feet on ramp. have a wheel chock in the truck bed for the front wheel. my 2 cents. later
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