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Old 01-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #121
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #122
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I am considering either getting a trailer or maybe try hauling the KLR in my pickup. I am concerned about the safety of getting the bike into the pickup bed. The KLR is a large, heavy and top heavy bike and I can see that if could be dangerous if it "got away from me." Any advice? How do you get your bike into the back of the pickup? What type of ramp do you use? Is it not as big a problem as I am making it? Thanks!
As 22manyrides points out, the step-up, or down, is the critical part. In front of my neighbor's house is a "perfect" loading ditch/bank. Back into the right spot and the tailgate is level with the ground, or nearly so, and almost touching so the "step" is not a problem. To one side of that spot, the tailgate is slightly higher than ground level, perfect for unloading; to the other side, the tailgate is slightly lower, perfect for loading without having to "walk" the bike up, in gear, engine running, feathering the clutch.

In December, we loaded my K100RS into a just-bought short-bed pickup, rear wheels touching the curb above a gutter drain on a city street in California, with a 2x12 alongside the ramp so I could walk up alongside the bike. That was steeper than I like but two friends were there to push while I controlled with the front brake and clutch (xmsn in gear so that, effectively, I had a rear brake, too) but had they not been there I could have walked the bike up "on the clutch," engine running. Without the 2x12 I/we would have been looking for another spot.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #123
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I am considering either getting a trailer or maybe try hauling the KLR in my pickup. I am concerned about the safety of getting the bike into the pickup bed. The KLR is a large, heavy and top heavy bike and I can see that if could be dangerous if it "got away from me." Any advice? How do you get your bike into the back of the pickup? What type of ramp do you use? Is it not as big a problem as I am making it? Thanks!
I use a set of ATV ramps. I park in a nearby ditch so I have more or less a level ramp that goes into the back of the truck. It's pretty easy to find places to unload/load. Never do it from flat ground, it's wayyyy too steep and unsafe. Work the front brake to control speed. The ATV ramps work well, as I use one for the bike and one for me to walk on.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #124
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I use a set of ATV ramps. I park in a nearby ditch so I have more or less a level ramp that goes into the back of the truck. It's pretty easy to find places to unload/load. Never do it from flat ground, it's wayyyy too steep and unsafe. Work the front brake to control speed. The ATV ramps work well, as I use one for the bike and one for me to walk on.
Thanks for all the responses! I appreciate it. Any other thoughts?
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #125
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #126
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Thanks for all the responses! I appreciate it. Any other thoughts?
Don't use 2x4's I've seen it too many times. Scary.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:25 AM   #127
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I've hauled a few bikes in my 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan over the years.

I've been able to load and unload all these bikes by myself with no accidents thus far.

Room enough to haul a bike and sleep right beside it. Went from AK to Deal's Gap and back this way.

Works for me.... and Comet.









The KLR was the toughest tho. Had to compress the forks, take off the wind screen, and roll the handle bars down.



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Old 01-30-2012, 04:32 AM   #128
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:09 AM   #129
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:15 AM   #130
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:21 AM   #131
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:58 AM   #132
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It's amazing how much stuff fits in this luggage. When I got home from my BRP/Deals Gap trip, I could not believe how heavy each box was to remove.



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Old 02-02-2012, 08:04 AM   #133
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It's amazing how much stuff fits in this luggage. When I got home from my BRP/Deals Gap trip, I could not believe how heavy each box was to remove.


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Old 02-02-2012, 10:50 AM   #134
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It's a Givi
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