Riding up the loading ramp

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  1. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork I wish I was cool

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    When you load your motorcycle into your truck do you ride it up the ramp? Push it? Or walk beside it in first gear?

    I almost always walk beside the bike while it's in first gear.

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  2. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I haven't ever had to load or unload a bike without help since my bikes only go into a truck when I buy them in non-running condition. So, I just push them up. If I had to do it solo, I'd walk beside it in first gear. No way would I be confident enough to try riding it up, and that seems like half the battle - not bailing out halfway up.

    Funny video, though! :lol3
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  3. Ceemack

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    I wonder if this is why Harbor Freight sells so many of those nice, low-slung 1100-lb. trailers...
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  4. Sethro303

    Sethro303 Master of Disaster

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    I push my dirt bikes and ride ATV's. Heavy street bikes are a case by case but normally pushed because they always seem to bottom out on the frame at the top of the ramp, like in the video.
    Great vid by the way! I have seen more than my share of loading fails while working at a bike shop. Like the guy who rode his Banshee through his back window.
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  5. miguelitro

    miguelitro Chuchaqui

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    Its really not that hard to ride a bike into a pick up with the appropriate ramp.
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  6. Rango

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    Walk alongside. Use a decent ramp. Have someone to assist.
    Then share a beer. :freaky
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  7. joexr

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    I've been riding up my ramp for years on many different bikes and types. My ramp is 8' long and almost 3' wide. No bottoming and wide enough to put both feet down if I had to. Coming down backwards , once the front wheel is on the ramp , I can lift up my feet and roll.
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  8. cavalier55

    cavalier55 Motorcycle Widow

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    I let my Husband do it!
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  9. Bucho

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    A few times in the past I rode my DR650 up into the back of the truck. Though generally I would push it up one ramp while I walked up the other.

    I do remember watching a guy getting fancy and riding his quad up the ramps and jumping it a little bit into the bed of the truck. He did this several times to the great enjoyment of his friends till on his 3rd or 4th jump he smashed right through the back windshield of his truck.

    I have now have a very low van and its a breeze to load up a light 2stroke.
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  10. RVDan

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    I get two people to help me push it. Truck is too tall and ramp too steep to run it in gear.
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  11. PeterW

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    Just don't stop half way and put a foot down :lol3

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  12. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    Almost as much fun as watching a husband yell at his wife trying to back a truck and boat trailer down the ramp while he is sitting in the boat still water and then when it finally is in position he guns the motor and runs the boat to far up the trailer.
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  13. WildmanSam

    WildmanSam Been here awhile

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    i'm glad i never over analyzed this procedure... i have an ~8" wide aluminum ramp that i used to load my klr. i never thought of walking along side it, although i've seen so many people do this. i find it a breeze to just ride it up; even with a flat front tire :evil.

    i wonder if people just develop a mental barrier that makes this so much more difficult than it really is.
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  14. Jumping Jack Flash

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    I am in the midst of a PCS (moving) and the shippers asked me to ride my bike up the ramp last Friday. It was 2 foot wide and perhaps 8 foot long giving close to a 45 degree slope to a dock-high full size moving van.

    I chickened out, told them I was not Evil Knievel and it got gently walked up the ramp without incident.
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  15. SloMo228

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    I really think that's what happens. They get halfway up the ramp, freak out, let off the throttle or jam on the brakes, and try to put a foot down. Obviously, when there's nothing to actually put your foot down on, disaster ensues. I know I'm not the most graceful or balanced person to begin with, so I will stick with pushing. :lol3
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  16. foxtrapper

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    Depends, depends, depends. We talking trying to load a sky high 4x4 or a lower 2wd truck? Is the bike a low slung cruiser that gets stuck tipping into the bed or a dirt bike with lots of clearance? Little 2x6 ramp or a huge and wide fold out thing? Up hill or down hill?

    Then there's getting the bike back off. That's usually a lot more of an adventure.

    As I've gotten older, I enjoy drama less and less. Which means I tend to use my trailer more and more. Big wide drop gate, low slung, so I can ride or walk anything up onto it, or back off of it, with ease.
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  17. DualSportPirate

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    I ride up on dirt bikes and atvs. I usually dont load my street bikes into the truck since I have a trailer with a ramp.

    In the name of full disclosure though, I have had an ATV kick a ramp out on more than one occasion so I now ride sidesaddle. Makes for a quick Exit Stage Left when things dont go as planned.
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  18. Montague

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    BTDT, now I secure the strap to trailer hitch, keeps the tension tight and downwards, should not kick out.
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  19. gravityisnotmyfriend

    gravityisnotmyfriend Long timer

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    Most of those fails were a result of the bike bottoming out when the front wheel is in the truck, the back wheel in on the ramp and the transition between the two hits the bike. The bike stops and with no where to put a foot, the bike and rider topple.
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  20. urbanXJ

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    I rode up the ramp once, a skinny one about 8 inches wide, and I don;'t think I will ever do it again. The rubber just dosn't grab when yo uhit the breaks....and it's the stopping I worried about not the getting up there.

    Then, of course when you get to the race track yo uhave three people tugging on your bike helping you get it out of the wheel chock...but darn it's really tight this time...eventually one of them will ask if the bike is still in gear.

    Anyway, you should always wratchet strap your ramp to the truck, so it dosn't get kicked out.
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