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Old 02-04-2014, 06:45 PM   #31
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BTDT, now I secure the strap to trailer hitch, keeps the tension tight and downwards, should not kick out.
I drilled a hole in the middle of my ramp and one in my tailgate. I stick a bolt thru for a pin.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:46 PM   #32
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Most of those fails were a result of the bike bottoming out when the front wheel is in the truck, the back wheel in on the ramp and the transition between the two hits the bike. The bike stops and with no where to put a foot, the bike and rider topple.
They make arched ramps so the bike is at less of an angle at the top.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:14 AM   #33
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I used to ride motocross bikes up a 10" wide 8-foot ramp into an old F-150. Then one time I went to do that and the bottom of the ramp shifted over so that the front wheel made it up, but the rear was still on the ground. I got off of the bike without dropping it, rolled the front wheel back off of the tailgate onto the ground, and pushed bikes in from then on.

I rode a Ducati Monster M900 up that ramp a few times too. After once feeling the urge to put a foot down when half-way up I quit doing that too. I just powered into the truck bed rather than dropping the bike, but it was clear that I was taking a chance doing that.

A few months ago I had a flat rear tire on my big KTM and needed to get it up a ramp and into the back of the truck belonging to the local shop to go get it fixed. It's heavier and more awkward than any other bike I've owned, so I was having a tricky time powering it up the ramp while standing to the side of it. After the ramp shot out the back once, we tied the end of the ramp to the bumper and I let the guy from the shop get it in there. That was another case of the front wheel ending up on the tailgate.

It seems to be a lot easier to get a 250 pound MX bike up a ramp than a 500 pound adventure bike.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:20 AM   #34
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there was a time many years ago when I would ride a bike up a ramp into a trailer or truck

no more, I have learned from witnessing the failure of others that it is not a good idea
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:59 PM   #35
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I ride mine up and in to the back of the truck or van ,I have a full width 6.5 long ramp with grip tape on the rungs wand secured to the vehicle with chains. Never no problems .
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:11 PM   #36
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They make arched ramps so the bike is at less of an angle at the top.
Well I know that.

You know that.

The poor saps in that video clearly don't.

My previous house had a nice steep ditch next to the road. If you put the back wheels of a pickup at the bottom, the tailgate just about touches the ground. I could drive little bikes on to a truck with it, but it'd take a 3' ramp for heavier bikes.

My current house has a nice steep bank next to the road. It works just as well. The downside is that you have to park your truck sideways on a public road to load anything.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:34 PM   #37
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Some people like to make things harder than they really are.

The guy on the custom bike at 1:00 jacked his arm up pretty bad.

This doesn't work for most people either:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82kZ94fskaY
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #38
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http://www.readyramp.com/ got one of these back in 08'ish...
best money ever spent @ dealer cost prices anyways...

loaded everything with it up to a goldwing. doubles as bed extender is bonus.
depending on what truck I have i'd just use slope of driveway or any dry ditch/hill around to make it the easiest possible slope.

dirtbikes get pushed up the ramp till the front wheel is in the bed a few feet then I step up on tailgate and roll it in the rest of the way.

heavy bikes I usually bring another cheap steel harbor freight ramp and use it to walk up while using bike power to bring it up readyramp
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #39
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Some people like to make things harder than they really are.

The guy on the custom bike at 1:00 jacked his arm up pretty bad.

This doesn't work for most people either:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82kZ94fskaY
Geez, that is about the dumbest thing I have ever seen filmed. What did he actually think would happen when he put it in gear and twisted?

PS. I note the dog took off just before the fun began, probably the highest IQ of the bunch!
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:09 PM   #40
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I just ride right up, no matter my dirt street or ADV bikes.



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Old 02-05-2014, 03:09 PM   #41
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To alleviate my fear of riding on/up a ramp, I just laid the ramp (2x10 wood board with those bolt on aluminum bits) flat on the ground and rode over it a few times. Once my confidence was there, it was really easy since the only difference was a bit of an angle. I had/have ridden over & through much narrower and higher single track than that board. Just needed to convince my brain it was no worse. Stand up. Feet on pegs and just tractor it up & in. Never did acquire that skill set of letting a bike roll backwards while I was still on it. Always ended up walking it out of the truck or trailer.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #42
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I used to ride my dirt bikes in the truck on a 8-10 inch wide arked ramp all the time, never had a incident . Had a buell I took to dealer for service and when I went to pick it up I already had the ramp in place , guy said give him a min to get a couple guys to help load it , I looked at him and said I don't need help . Hopped on and rode it in the truck 4x4 ford diesel . Grabbed the straps ands inched it down without ever getting off . The look on that guys face was priceless . I thought nothing of it at the time. Took a few years off riding and wouldn't do it now , I don't ride enough . I rode almost every weekend and sometimes after work , was really comfortable on a bike .
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:33 PM   #43
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Some people like to make things harder than they really are.

The guy on the custom bike at 1:00 jacked his arm up pretty bad.

This doesn't work for most people either:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82kZ94fskaY
That guy at 1:00? His arms were fine. He got a classic case of "knocked da fuck out".

Check out the guy on the right at 10 seconds in. Same thing:

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Old 02-05-2014, 08:26 PM   #44
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I just ride right up, no matter my dirt street or ADV bikes.




then you need a trailer to haul the ramp with you?

That thing is huge.. does it fold up more then just the obvious middle? makes bike loading easy I bet, but size would be an issue unless its just one bike in the back..

maybe there is 3 sections to it??? what brand/model???
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:40 PM   #45
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i saw a guy coast a pursang down a skinny aluminum ramp, stop, fold out the kickstarter, ride off on one wheel without a dab
if ya wheelie into the bed, there won't be a clearance problem
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