As 22manyrides points out, the step-up, or down, is the critical part. In front of my neighbor's house is a "perfect" loading ditch/bank. Back into the right spot and the tailgate is level with the ground, or nearly so, and almost touching so the "step" is not a problem. To one side of that spot, the tailgate is slightly higher than ground level, perfect for unloading; to the other side, the tailgate is slightly lower, perfect for loading without having to "walk" the bike up, in gear, engine running, feathering the clutch. In December, we loaded my K100RS into a just-bought short-bed pickup, rear wheels touching the curb above a gutter drain on a city street in California, with a 2x12 alongside the ramp so I could walk up alongside the bike. That was steeper than I like but two friends were there to push while I controlled with the front brake and clutch (xmsn in gear so that, effectively, I had a rear brake, too) but had they not been there I could have walked the bike up "on the clutch," engine running. Without the 2x12 I/we would have been looking for another spot.