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Old 01-18-2009, 09:18 AM   #16
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Leo,

A couple things I can add...number one, big bikes can kink the front of the truck bed. I use one of these:



That device also serves to keep the front wheel from kicking out.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:46 AM   #17
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Just another thumbs up for placing the front tire into the corner of the bed.

I place the tire in the corner and then with the side stand down I tighten the strap on that side down til the rear tire is light. Then the off stand side to compress the forks. A couple or straps on the rear to keep the rear end from sliding and your'er off. Ratchet style work better than friction for the front. However, QUALITY" friction style are fine. I have gone thousants of miles this way over the years and never had a bike so much as move a little on me. Do check all straps after the first few miles.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:19 AM   #18
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In theory, if you're balancing your ties, you have one on each side of the handlebar or tripletree or fork. This will theoretically prevent the front wheel from turning.

I've never seen this in real life but I read it somewhere on the internet.








I sense a sarcastic tone here.



I once tried to carry a small scooter in the bet of my truck. It took several tie down attempts before the front wheel wouldn't turn once underway.

And in case you hadn't thought about it, having your bike's front wheels turn isn't a good deal. DAMHIK.

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Old 01-18-2009, 10:21 AM   #19
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Discount Tramps? I so clicked on that link. All they had there was motorcycle stuff, though.

Seriously, nice pics of a good solution.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:25 AM   #20
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Leo,

A couple things I can add...number one, big bikes can kink the front of the truck bed. I use one of these:



That device also serves to keep the front wheel from kicking out.

Looks like these have to be screwed into the bed?
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:25 AM   #21
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What prevents the front wheel from turning?

Did you mean what stops the steering from turning? I think that could have been the cause of the derision. I thought you were asking why the front wheel doesn't spin while the weight of the bike strapped in to a truck bed holds it still....
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Nose em into the corners and they stay put for sure.
+1 on the U bolts into the bed. I have just two in the center line (front and back) so I can get two bikes in. If I'm putting big bikes in, I put a length of scaffolding board (timber) under the bike to take the stress off the flap hinge.

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Old 01-18-2009, 10:52 AM   #22
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I always put something (block of wood) in between the front tire and the bottom triple. Otherwise when you hit a bump that compresses the bike suspension, chances are the straps will slacken and possibly fall off.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:17 AM   #23
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Looks like these have to be screwed into the bed?
they bolt onto the front of the box at approx centre of the wheel height. Keeps the front of the box from bending, stops the wheel from turning and also provide more tie down points for straps.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:45 AM   #24
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That looks SWEET. I think I need one for my landscape trailer.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:47 AM   #25
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it would be nice to have the tail gate up n locked..but the bike will ride fine as long as both tires are in contact with the truck bed. and if you'r truck's tail gate is beefy enought, even that can support the weight of the rear wheel. loops on each side of the handle bars, and wratcheting straps foward n down to some attachment points. will take care of the front loading of the struts. in the rear loops around the passenger hand holds and back n down to attachment points. that's the basics. more straps to more points, just make it more betterer!
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:55 AM   #26
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So, uh, how do you guys get the bikes up to the bed? Which ramps do you like?

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Old 01-18-2009, 12:59 PM   #27
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i liked to back up to a small hill and ride the bike up a homemade ramp. about 6 ft long 2X12fir.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:32 PM   #28
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A short bed Ford F150 can haul a Guzzi and a Harley like this.

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Old 01-18-2009, 09:43 PM   #30
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I got a Tiger up, you should be able to get your Katoom in your monster truck.



I use this. Like others have said, it REALLY helps if you can find a slope to help with the "push up". Not sure if Elsa's got the oomph to get the KTM up the ramp on a flat surface.

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