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Old 10-20-2015, 02:18 PM   #41
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I prefer my pickup to a trailer. No wasted space in the garage, no extra maintenance on the trailer. Ramp and hitch step work great to walk the bike up.

When I had a 250 I used to slip the clutch up. First time I loaded the bike in the truck I used a cooler. That's a bad idea, they don't weigh much and like to roll. I tried it twice, first worked shakily, on the second attempt the cooler rolled. I landed on my shin on the tailgate and while falling off the tail of the truck both revved the bike and released the clutch. Got a nice dent in the front of the bed. After that I used a 4 ft wide home made plywood ramp and rode the bike up and down, no problems but cumbersome.

Later when the hitch step I wanted was available again, I bought and used that with a wide single ramp and just slipped the clutch up again. I sold the 250 and now have a 450, I don't use the clutch, too torquey so it's not as smooth. I just push the bike up the ramp with a little running start and hold the brake while I step up then push the bike the rest of the way in. Haven't dropped a bike doing it this way since I started a year ago.



About a month ago I made a bed rail from some angle steel to hold the front wheel and anchor the bike. It works great. I can have my bike loaded and secured in about 5 minutes.



If I had a SUV and needed to transport one or two bikes regularly I'd buy a solid hitch carrier.

Street bikes get loaded with the back tires in the curb at the bottom of the driveway. Ramp is almost flat and rolling the bike in is effortless. Unloading is easy, just clutch and front brake (engine off).
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Old 05-15-2017, 12:26 AM   #42
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Here you go, just don't lose your shoes in the process like Mr. Darwin here:

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Here you go, just don't lose your shoes in the process like Mr. Darwin here:
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:38 AM   #44
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I rented the uhual before. It's nice but I prefer not having to worry about a trailer or watching my speed. I don't know why people buy small ramps, I have 9-12 ramp and it's as wide as the bed and it takes a minute to assemble (like a black widow ramp). But t is sooo ez and no risk. Loading a zx-14 slowly in first gear up this ramp is much nicer than pushing up a small ramp.
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Get a trailer


Props to fellow motohouston member MattL for doing this.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:45 AM   #46
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Since this thread is back from the dead...

If you use a ramp, use a wide ramp so you can put your feet down on both sides as you slowly ride up.

Whatever ramp you use, ALWAYS secure it to the truck with a tight strap. As you ride up, the rear tire is trying to push the ramp backwards.
If it moves just a little... the ramp, the bike and YOU will wind up in a broken heap on the ground.
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