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Old 05-17-2014, 10:55 AM   #1
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Tommy Gate (anyone have/use one for bikes?)

Hey guys,

Every once in so often i see a Tommy Gate tail gate on a truck and I would like to know if anyone has used them for loading a motorcycle.

Everytime i think about how nice it would be to have one of these to load a bike on i get flash backs to my last bike loading "event" with the aluminum ramp and just the over-all "it could be better" scenario.

From what i understand these are widely used in contracting industries and possibly wheelchair/vehicle access

They look like they'd double quite well for bike loading duty, even if the ramp does appear a little short for some longer wheelbased bikes it would load most sport bikes fine it appears.

It also looks like it would enable you to load the bike backwards which is something i'd always wanted to do because it would make unloading it much easier but then again, when you have a hydraulic lift ramp on your truck unloading it becomes a non-issue as well.

Anyone have any experience with these and or would suggest or dissuade the use of one of these for a motorcycle loading purpose?

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Old 05-17-2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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For the cost of one of those you could buy a nice trailer, probably even a used enclosed trailer, and not have a tommy gate mounted to your truck all the time. Just my thought.
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:01 AM   #3
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lots of em

and the gate is great for loading your motorcycle if its shaped like a drum.
I think it would be very scary using a tommy gate on something long like a bike.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:22 AM   #4
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I vote for a trailer also. Seems silly to go this route when there are better options. If storage is an issue they make fold up trailers.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:06 AM   #5
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I saw a lawn guy who had a ramp that folded up and locked into a tidy little package where the tailgate would be. It was pretty neat, but I don't remember what the brand was. It was similar to the black widow ramp, but was four sections.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:08 AM   #6
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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someone makes a ramp the doubles as a a tail gait extender, or end cage

so you can drive with the gate down but your stuff cant roll out, and it's a ramp.

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