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Old 04-16-2014, 08:47 AM   #16
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http://usrack.com/cradle_motorcycle_carrier.php

One of the best accessories I purchased to hold the bike and to help load it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:52 AM   #17
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Few years ago. Lasted 6500 mi family trip. I did use two additional rachet straps from the bike frame to the rear anchor points in the truck though. Didn't use a wheel chock.

Check bike and straps at each stop.

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Old 04-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #18
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I use a wide tri-fold ATV ramp and ride the bike in. The Tenere is ratchet strapped from the crash bars and the XR from the handle bars. I use large padded hook straps from tractor supply. I drove 2400 miles with them like this without a problem. There is also a 3rd strap from the luggage rack to the side of the bed on the Tenere to keep it from moving towards the center, same with the bungee around the back tire on the XR. I also bolted a big loop into the bed to act as the center tie point.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:38 AM   #19
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What I do when I put my bike in the truck is to put at an angle so that I can close the tailgate. The front wheel goes in one cornwr and the back goes in the opposite corner. Then I use two straps with one going to a rear tiedown and the other going to the front tiedown. Leave it in first gear and get it strapped down nice and snug and it doesn't budge at all. Here is a crude sketch of what I'm talking about.



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Old 04-16-2014, 09:56 AM   #20
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I put a concrete block in the bed in front of the wheel to keep from bending the panel, I had an old floor mat under and in front of the block to not tear up the bed too. Soft ties just above the lower triple clamp with tie downs to the holes in the front pockets - no load on the bars and good triangulation. Do the rear to the back pockets, back wheel will stick out over the tailgate, but no problem. Wrap up and tie up the extra tie strap after pulling them tight. Most of the time for short hops I only do the front ties.

Use the rear view mirror to take a look on occasion to make sure nothing is loose.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:44 AM   #21
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Pretty good video here

http://rideapart.com/2013/05/how-to-load-a-bike/
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:47 AM   #22
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Say... A Gas Gas... Isn't that a TRIALS bike? Can't you just hop it up into the truck?

bike loading: level 1 for sure. I used to HATE loading my GS. so freakin tall and crazy heavy. I always thought it was going to kill me
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:48 AM   #23
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What I do when I put my bike in the truck is to put at an angle so that I can close the tailgate. The front wheel goes in one cornwr and the back goes in the opposite corner. Then I use two straps with one going to a rear tiedown and the other going to the front tiedown. Leave it in first gear and get it strapped down nice and snug and it doesn't budge at all. Here is a crude sketch of what I'm talking about.



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That's amazing
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:33 PM   #24
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That's amazing
Certainly is. We both go about it the same way. I of course could only verbalize it till now



Only thing i do different is add a strap to footpeg or skidplate - going forward to stop movement
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:49 PM   #25
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That is how I do it. In both my current Ranger and old Toyota it almost doesn't need straps loaded like that. But it gets four anyway. It doesn't take any pressure of the forks loaded that way. You only need enough tension to keep the wheel straight.

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Old 04-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #26
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i'm going to chime in here and try to bust a myth. compressing the forks hard will not damage the seals.(providing they are not overfilled to begin with).
think about it . you have a freakin enduro bike that can withstand a 10 foot drop with no suspension damage. think bottoming the forks with a ratchet strap is going to blow the seals? what will hurt thou is hitting a big pothole with the pickup and watching your bike fall over because the strap came unhooked when the bikes suspension compressed.

otherwise they way we do it is (typically with a 650 KLR is one person grabs it by the lower fork and handlebars on each side and set the front end in. then grab the rear rack and pick up the back and push it in. front wheel in the corner one ratchet strap from lower triple tree to each side. ratchet down tight. two more ratchet straps from rack to center stake pockets.
usually it's my son or son in law helping but my wife and i have done this alone.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:12 PM   #27
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Laugh how not to

Someone has to serve as a bad example.

http://youtu.be/z2EfBPgwi8E

I noticed that no one has mentioned keep the bike in gear (not running), and use the clutch as a sort-of emergency brake while pushing it up or down the ramp. If things start to go sideways, just let off the clutch and the bike will stop rolling and you can concentrate on it not falling over.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:30 PM   #28
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I don't know how well you can see the straps in this photo, but it's a good representation.

NO !
Wrong for BMW's. OK for telescoping forks.
Never strap a Telelever front end BMW down by the handlebars, they will bend.
Straps around the fork tube over the front fender is the proper way.
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Additional straps to the frame or crash bars recommended.

For bikes with centerstands, DO NOT USE when hauling, allow suspension to do it's job.

I prefer a trailer, low with wide dropdown tailgate/ramp.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:40 PM   #29
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Dirt bikes are so dammed light it almost doesnt even matter how you do it. Going out the races you see every imaginable configuration of bike loading you can imagine and after awhile it kind of just boils down to preference.
I do like the diagonal configuration because bein able to close the gate is nice. I do it sometimes that way if I have the time or care that much.

street bikes..... different sport all together
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:42 PM   #30
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