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Old 01-19-2009, 01:57 PM   #46
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A trick I use for getting the bike out of the bed is, with the motor off, I put the bike in first gear. Then as i back it off the bed, I can use the clutch as though it were a rear brake.

This is an excellent tip. Trying to slow a heavy bike on decent with the front brake alone, on a slick ramp, is almost a sure way to have the bike slip off the ramp.

The weight of of the bike will drag it down the ramp with the front wheel skidding. And that first step from the tailgate to the ground, while facing forwards, can be a long one...

There has been lots of good tips in this entire thread. It is so seldom that I load a bike anymore, I forget a lot of the stuff I took for granted when i used to do this every weekend.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:09 PM   #47
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The Condor wheel chock for big bikes, the easily removable Ancra Trackstar chocks for the dirt bikes.

http://www.condor-lift.com/product.asp?ItemID=1001

https://www.ancra.com/consumer/produ....php?prodid=83



The tailgate rack is also a ramp.

http://www.readyramp.com/about.readyramp

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Old 01-19-2009, 06:40 PM   #48
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Leo, this thread has useful and scary info (note post number 31 in particular) : Riding into the bed of a pickup

Are you planning on doing this for the Big Bend trip? How about you just borrow my trailer? You could tote my Sherpa on the trailer too, then I can ride my Wee out there.

It isn't only for the Big Bend trip. I have some ideas for trips in the summer. A la Gaspipe, but without the good riding, good pic taking, and good Ride Reports he does.

You idea about using your trailer is an interesting one. Let's talk.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:42 PM   #49
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The Condor wheel chock for big bikes, the easily removable Ancra Trackstar chocks for the dirt bikes.

http://www.condor-lift.com/product.asp?ItemID=1001

https://www.ancra.com/consumer/produ....php?prodid=83

I've always liked the idea of using these chocks. But don't you have to drill through the bed of the truck?

Surely, this would void any corrosion warranties. How do you folks deal with this? Is there some coating you use?
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #50
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You need a place to unload that tiger! She would make a good friend for my Daytona. I'd give it a good home. I swear.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:53 PM   #51
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I've always liked the idea of using these chocks. But don't you have to drill through the bed of the truck?

Surely, this would void any corrosion warranties. How do you folks deal with this? Is there some coating you use?
The tracks for the Ancra chocks are bolted in, I just fill the hole with RTV and push the bolt through the sealant before putting the nut/plate underneath.
That Condor thing the bike is in is just sitting up against a 1-1/4" piece of wood and not secured at all, I put tie-downs on there with very light pressure and it did great for a 900 mile day.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:09 PM   #52
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There is WAY too much scary information in this thread.
See this thread for securing a motor bike:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ighlight=uhaul

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don't EVER leave the side stand down when transporting a motorcycle.

Use looped straps with solid hooks or carabiners from the bars or lower triple clamp (my preference) down to solid tie points and secure the front wheel from turning. Use of a "fork brace" is optional, and I don't worry about it unless it's a 2-day drive to the other side of the country. A block of 2x4 will work without spending $20 for a plastic one (top of wheel to underside of fender).

This is how you properly tie down a bike for transport:





More pics from this ride:
http://www.codyy.smugmug.com/gallery/5280900_gseFz
NEVER use the side stand while transporting. You'll break it off and your bike will fall over.
NEVER leave the front wheel un-secured. (wheel/bars turning or "steering") I've wrecked with a bike in the back of the truck twice. It's bad for the bike, it's bad for the truck if it falls over. The first time was an IT200 pushed up to the front of the bed. It fell over and damaged the bedside and the bike.
The second time was a much harder impact and the bike didn't move. It was chocked and had "looped & carabiner'd" tie downs. (pics of impact below)
http://www.codyy.smugmug.com/gallery/6167759_FAGHG

For a big bike in a truck, I always pull the back wheels down into the culvert beside the street, or up to a small incline to lessen ramp angle and slow the "roll" of the bike. Always have a step, or second ramp, or a wide ramp for yourself to walk up next to the bike.
ALWAYS have your tie-downs secured to the truck before you begin to load the bike.

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:57 PM   #53
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NEVER leave the front wheel un-secured. (wheel/bars turning or "steering")

It looks from your photos that the bike facing backwards doesn't have the front wheel secured. Or are you just talking about running straps to the bars or triple trees?


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Old 01-20-2009, 01:02 PM   #54
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:18 PM   #55
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I guess I should have read more carefully. I didn't read the part where you said you were looking to do this with a gs. you're right. that is too large. sorry.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:23 PM   #56
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It looks from your photos that the bike facing backwards doesn't have the front wheel secured. Or are you just talking about running straps to the bars or triple trees?
Knobby tire, lots of forward pull against expanded metal grate (not smooth painted truck bed). And there is a bungee there (maybe put on after the photo, maybe behind the hinged section), I put it on myself because it was sitting there and the guys gave me a hard time about it.


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Old 01-22-2009, 05:29 AM   #57
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You need a place to unload that tiger! She would make a good friend for my Daytona. I'd give it a good home. I swear.
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:37 AM   #58
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I have driven literall thousands of miles with a dirt bike in the back of my truck and 99% of the time all I use is 2 straps at the front attached to soft loops. Not once have I had a problem.

I use the same technique for 2 bikes also.



It may be different with a big bike, but you only need 2 straps (you don't really need the soft loops, that just makes it easier) - nothing more.

My drive goes slightly downhill at the bottom so I park my truck there, I use a simple aluminium ramp and a rubbermaid step to the side and I just walk the bike up - engine is not running. I make sure the soft loops and the straps are in place so I can reach down and grab them - I fit one, lean the bike over and go fit the other one.

Getting the bike out I just reverse the process.

I do this on my own, a lot of times in the dark, all the time.

It's really not very hard.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:20 AM   #59
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I do this on my own, a lot of times in the dark, all the time.

It's really not very hard.
+1 on all counts, however I run a strap from the rear wheel area to the bumper (or hitch,etc) to keep the back end from hopping around too much. I've had it get squirrely over railroad tracks.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:42 AM   #60
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Here is two 650's and one 400 in the back of a pickup. No probs. Just had to offset the 400 back 16 inches or so.

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