How do you load and secure a bike in a pickup?

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  1. iggs

    iggs Been here awhile

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    I need to get to grips with loading, unloading and securing the bike in the back of my truck

    Bike is a gas gas 450 and the truck is a 2010 extended cab silverado with a 6'6" bed

    Any top tips, handy hints and photos gratefully received

    Ian


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  2. Domiken

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    -Harbor Freight fold up ramp (piece of wood and an extra hand work well too)
    -Wheel chock (doesnt have to be drilled into the bed)
    -Canyon Dancers in the front (or just soft ties or go around the forks by the bottom triple)
    -I personally would also tie to the back passenger pegs or somewhere on the frame

    http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/ramps/super-wide-tri-fold-loading-ramp-90018.html
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  3. DAKEZ

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    Say... A Gas Gas... Isn't that a TRIALS bike? Can't you just hop it up into the truck?

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  4. Tripped1

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    1) Find a friend, nieghbor buddy
    2) Ramp(s) of some sort.
    3) one dude on each side, one with the handle bars one with the sub-frame
    4) once you have it in, four straps, one on each fork (or on the risers, I like to use the fork brace) two straps on the sub frame, tighter in the front than the rear, only take 3/4" of an inch or so off of the suspension, just enough that it can't bounce.

    At least that will get you started, there are guys that walk it up the ramps at idle, ride it up, get a running start and jump into the truck with the bike etc. All of that depends on what you are comfortable with.
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  5. iggs

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    Even if it was a trials bike it will be a while before I'd have the skill for that

    It's a 450 Enduro bike


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  6. Mr_Gone

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    One of these is worth the cost, which is pretty minimal.

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    This attaches to each handlebar grip and you secure them with ratchet straps. Your local motorcycle shop will probably sell these. If not, google something like "motorcycle handlebar grip for trailering" and you should be able to find one.

    And buy ratchet straps. Don't use bungees. Don't just tie it off with rope. Good ratchet straps will only cost you about $20, and are worth the investment particularly if you're transporting the bike over long distances where bungee straps might fatigue and loosen, and knots in ropes don't always hold. I'm sure others have had good experiences with bungee cords and rope, but I personally wouldn't take the chance.

    I've had it recommended to met that you secure the bike in the middle of the truck bed, straight up and down. Don't secure it while it's leaning over on the kickstand.

    Also, you should try to secure the bike from moving left and right, rather than trying to ratchet it "down" so it compresses the forks. Not many people have problems with fork leaks when they're transporting their bike, but some do. I don't think it's common, but why take the chance.
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    +1

    Those handlebar cup/straps are worth their weight in gold.
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  8. iggs

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    Thanks for the replies folks, much appreciated.

    I used to use those style of straps that fit over the grips on my CBR 600 when I loaded it on trailers but had all sorts of problems with them moving the grips pretty badly, even caused the throttle to get very sticky at one track day (THAT WAS EXCITING). I stopped using them after that :-(

    One of the problems I have is that I'm in Dubai and availability of 'stuff' can be very limited.

    I'll definitely only use ratchet straps, wouldn't use anything else.

    Has anyone got any pictures ?


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  9. Tripped1

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    The newer canyon dancers have rotating cups, I use them on my 675 and have never had an issue.

    Otherwise just strap over the fork brace, that is a nice structural hardpoint.
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    Me too
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  12. Mr_Gone

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    I don't know how well you can see the straps in this photo, but it's a good representation.

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  13. KX50002

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    I've always just used the nylon straps with a "cambuckle", hook to each side of the handlebars and go to each front corner of the truck bed. never used a wheelchock, or more than the 2 straps. Just pull the straps to compress the forks about 2-3" and you're set.
    As far as getting into the truck, a 2x6 works fine just push the bike up the ramp, don't try to ride up until you've had a lot of practice doing something similar like riding up onto a picnic table (they're cheaper to replace than a Silverado! :D)
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  14. CaseyB

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    Ramp for bike

    2x6 for you

    Up into truck

    Front tire wedged into corner

    Two of these:
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    Top pic for representation

    one end has a loop in the strap with a hook sewn in part way down- go around handlebar - put hook through end of loop

    Other end goes to bed rail...repeat other side
    (since the handlebars are turned, one strap goes back - mid bed rail. Other would be going forward, I go to my backrack)

    One regular ratchet strap to footpeg - fixed to somewhere forward of truck bed (stop back and forth movement)


    And that's it, three straps and the bike doesnt move.
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    Hi all ! There are many ways to do it so not sure there is a "right" way . One thing is for sure , don't use the side stand .
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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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    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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  19. JonU

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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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  20. markk53

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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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