GS in a Tacoma

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by tinkerz, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. tinkerz

    tinkerz Sloroad Rambler

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    With any luck at all I will be picking up my new to me 2001 1150gs tomorrow. Has any one tried to stuff one into the 6' bed of a Tacoma pickup? There is supposed to be a loading ramp available for use at a local cycle dealer so getting it in won"t be a problem and I have a way to unload safely at my shop.
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  2. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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  3. jeanyves

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    it will probably be on the very edge of the tailgate,i use to fit my katana 750 sideways and barely close the gate
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  4. officerleroy

    officerleroy Been here awhile

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    I've loaded my 800GS (which has a longer wheelbase) in my short bed frontier and it just sits on the gate. You shouldn't have any problems.
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  5. jachard

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    I have put my 1150 and my 1200 in my 2006 Tacoma many times. The only issue for me is the height( I have the 4X4 TRD edition). As a result, I have one ramp for the bike and one ramp for me. I keep the bike on and just drive it up, no problem. You won't be able to close the tailgate but it fits in fine.

    Cheers, James
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  6. GrizzLee

    GrizzLee RubiKon Adventures

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    Just be careful when loading your tailgate. I'd take it off if you can.

    One of my beefs is the lack of good support on these newer trucks. The tailgate is rated for 200 pounds. The cables can break at anytime. Mine broke last year from fatigue when I loaded an ice chest on it. My brothers Tacoma cables (same as my truck) broke during loading a bike up a bike ramp. Trust me, you may be able to load more than 200 lbs on the tailgate at any given time, but over time the cable fatigues and eventually breaks. I miss my old Toy truck which had a 4 bar mechanism in there instead of the whimpy cables.

    BTW: See this link... http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/141174-tailgate-weight-limit.html
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  7. tinkerz

    tinkerz Sloroad Rambler

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    Thanks to all. It is a 5.5 hr drive one way to pick up the bike so I want to make sure I have bases covered. I have decided to use a 2x12 plank that extends from the front of the box out over the tailgate. When the bike is strapped in place the weight on the front end will hold the plank in place and if the rear wheel extends out onto the tailgate it will take some of the weight off from the end gate. Sounds like I won't need it, but just in case.
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  8. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    I have an '05 Tacoma with the 6' box. They do have weak tailgates so you probably don't want the rear wheel of a 400+ lb. bike sitting directly on there. I would use a ratchet strap or something to go through the spokes in the wheel and around the 2x12 to keep it from shifting around if you are going to be travelling on a bumpy road. You shouldn't have any problems with the Taco aside from concerns with the tailgate.
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  9. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Really one of the only reasons I didn't buy a Tacoma. Yeah, be sure to put the weight of the bike on a plank rather than the tailgate wholly.

    As far as unloading, any chance you have a nice deep culvert/ditch near your home or at a neighbor's home? Back into that and you should be able to roll the bike off easily, then pull the truck away. My favorite way of loading and unloading bikes.
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  10. Steve G.

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    I've taken my 1200GS all over the place in thr 6' box of my '08 Ranger. The tail gate will have to stay down, I would not worry about the back of the bike sitting on the tail gate while you travel. Honestly, if the tailgate can take the weight of the ramp hanging off of it, with the bike on the ramp, it can take less than 1/2 the weight of the bike on it.
    Two things you need to be aware of:

    1] Be aware that you will have to travel with the tailgate folded down, but the bike will be too long to remove the tailgate during the transport. Be aware that there's a small chance of rocks flying up off the rear tires and impacting/scratching the tail gate.

    2] Be aware that the front of the box bulkhead on newer pickup trucks are not made like they used to be. When you offer the front tire of your bike up against the bulkhead, it is VERY easy to bend the bulkhead, sometimes bending the bulkhead enough to hit the back of the cab when tightening the tiedown straps [which are best tied to the handlebars, not the frame of the bike, the higher the better] . I would make use of a 4x4 by a foot or two that the front tire will roll against, so that the pressure against the bulkhead is down low by the welded part of the box floor rather than the weaker metal at the upper portion of the box.
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  11. UtahSooner

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    Toyota openly admits their pickup truck tailgates "should be thought of as a door and not a cargo carrying device". Essentially their words after multiple tailgates bent from people just sitting on them or loading ATV's with a ramp.

    I picked up an F650 in Calif and hauled it home to Utah in the back of my Tundra. Went to a local IFA and used their loading dock, which was level with my truck-bed, to off-load the bike.
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  12. SR1

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    I realize this is a GS thread, on a motorcycle forum, but this is just BS. I am such a Toyota fan, but damn a tailgate is not a "door." It's a loading platform.
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  13. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    Yes, those tailgates are weak and if you ride up on it with all the weight on the center it will bend. I sold ours for that and other reasons, the truck didn't live up to my expectations with all it's issues...
    Just to note, the Tacoma bed is 6'6" not 6'...
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  14. Spoke

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    You can do it. Done it a bunch of times with a '99 extended cab. Don't ride it up, be gentle, use a ramp and push it up. The gate is the weakest point but the rear tire just sits right at the hing point of the gate. If you are worried then use something to help distribute the load like a 24" wide X 80" long X 3/4" thick piece of plywood that the entire bike sits on and zero issues. Maybe a bit getto but works fine.
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    I'm not sure about a 2001 1150 but on a 1200GS NEVER use tie down straps on the handlebars, you will bend them. I would guess that the 1150 is the same. Like LaurelPerryOnLand already mentioned, visit these links to properly tie down your bike.


    15 HOW DO I TIE DOWN MY BIKE FOR TRANSPORTING?
    http://www.grassrootsbmw.com/uploads/Tiedown2.pdf
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853572
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  16. Gregster

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    That's the problem, the tailgate isn't really strong enough to take the weight of a GS on a ramp (when you're loading it) with all that weight at a point in the middle at the edge. You might get away with it a couple times but it will bend it. They are weak tailgates and I feel a little uncomfortable loading up my XR650L some times. Tacomaworld has threads on how to add steel inside the tailgate to stiffen it up if you really want to keep it straight but then you have to think about the cables on the sides and you might break those. I still like my Tacoma though. :wink:
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  17. Steve G.

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    Thanks for pointing out the BMW tiedown site. I looked through the instructions. I'd have to say with my bikes anyways, I will reject most of their thoughts. Only because they are tieing it much to low on the bike itself. To prevent top end sway of the machine [especially the comparitevely tall GS series of machine] I always tie it to a high mark on the bike. Tire height is unacceptable for me.
    As for tieing to the handlebars, I will listen to your thoughts on this one, it's a good one. I have been tieing down bikes by either the top triple tree, or the part of the handlebar right at the top clamp. But if you say the BMW GS/GSA handlebar is soft, I'm listening. I will continue to tie the front of the bike to a part of the triple clamp rather than the frame. Eliminating the tire from moving from it's front straight ahead location is paramount to retaining the rigidness of the tiedowns.
    I regularly truck my bikes down to southern Cal during the winter,,,,never had an issue. A few years ago, 6 of us had our bikes tied down in a 18 ft trailer. The guy who was driving fucked up seriously [let her run away going down a hill on Interstate 5 in southern Oregon] and the truck/trailer went into a serious speed wobble which got worse and worse. The trailer ended up side slapping both sides of the truck, before running off the road in front of the still attached truck. Once we cleared everyone as being ok, We went to check on the bikes, which ended up gang piling each other in a mass of wheels, engines, and crunched plastic. The one thing that was not damaged or bent at all were the tie down straps or the handlebars. The hook pins that were bolted to the floor around the frame of the trailer had ripped right out, or the hooks of the tie downs had bent open enough to let go of the floor hooks before almost springing back to their original shape. The only handlebar that bent were the ones on the Ducati Elephant 900 that had aluminium bars from what I remember.
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  18. Gillus

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    Why not put the Tacoma on the back of the GS and :ricky home :lol3
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  19. srpuywa

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    rent a U-haul trailer
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  20. LeftCoastLefty

    LeftCoastLefty Long Time Lurker

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    I have a 02 Tacoma and I agree with everyone else that the gate is about as strong as a noodle. I've bent it just standing on it. Your 2x12 idea is good, but you also need some support under the ramp too. I did something similar with my first bike, but it only weighed 317 lbs.
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