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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-16-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Loading bike into truck

Just curious how everyone loads their bike into their truck. I have a Tacoma and was looking at getting a ramp.

With the 2 ft wide ramps is it best to get someone to help push it up (bike turned off), or ride it on (have seen some epic fails on youtube with this method). And what are the best ramps? or does it not really matter?
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I have a colorado LS and I use a 6' folding ramp that works great. I step off to the side, put it in 1st and ease the clutch and walk it up. The ramp was off ebay ($75) and I use a single canyon handle bar strap w/ self retracting winch straps.

Its super secure and has not failed yet. No need for rear straps either.

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No need for rear straps either.
I use rear straps, no reason not to. I use a Black Widow 9 foot folding ramp that's wide enough to ride the bike up into the truck EASILY. Super easy single person operation.
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i use a set of 7' 6" ramps from tractor supply (the largest i could find where i live) but i put both ramps down and the bike goes up the left ramp while i walk up the right one controling the clutch and throttle. You'll probably stall a few times but thats just part of it. but if theres a hill or ditch around ill back up to that to take some of the angle out of the ramps since i drive a 07 f 150 4x4 that sits pretty high. but getting the ramp lined up to take it off is the hardest part by myself. i have it running contolling the brake and in gear with the clutch in just in case i gotta pull it back up and get relined back up but again the bikes on the left ramp and im walking on the right ramp along side.
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I have an 07 Tacoma and a tri fold ramp I picked up from walmart.I have 3 blocks I use to make a step and I just slowly drive it up. A second hand definitely helps and also if you can take some of the angle out. Getting it off I keep it in 1st and use the clutch and brake to get it off. Hope it helps.
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I bought one of these fold out ramps, that covers the entire width of the truck bed. I just ride my bike up it real quick. It's pretty easy.
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You need to check your tailgate height and then get a ramp long enough so you don't rub the lower fairings. There are some websites that give approximate lengths needed for given tailgate height. Mine is long because my truck is 4x4, but I got a two piece setup so it is easier to move. They clip together and strap to the hitch so they don't move at all when I ride up. I can't step up to my tailgate and that is why I went with a wide ramp to ride the bike up with.

I use the big boy ii ramp, super strong, could handle any load.

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I use two Trackside folding arched ramps. Walk up the left while using the bike's power to ride itself up the right.

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I have a tacoma also. I just have an extra person help me lift it onto the truck bed.
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i bought a motorcycle ramp kit from lowe's for $20 and a plank of wood to load/unload my old bike into a dakota
had someone help get it in/out, i would never ride one in lol
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I used folding ramps a couple of times. The last time I tried to put it in the back I almost dropped it so I went and bought another trailer so I could haul it on that

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I have a Tacoma and a 6' 5" ramp.

Place ramp on tailgate, secure to bumper with ratchet strap, ride bike into truck bed.

Power is nothing without control.

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thanks for all the replies everyone!
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Folding ramp and an extra person for help. Since I have a lift on my truck I have to back the truck into a ditch or hill otherwise the belly of the bike would dig into the edge of the tailgate.
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Last weekend we picked up my cousins Ducati 848 with my friends truck. Its a 2002 ram with like a huge lift kit "this thing is huge". A integra can almost fit under it. Anyway We just used a ladder and straps to load it in the back of his truck. it worked out great since there was no ramp that would work with his truck. Sketchy but worked...
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just wheelie it onto the tailgate and have your buddy push it the rest of the way up
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I used folding ramps a couple of times. The last time I tried to put it in the back I almost dropped it so I went and bought another trailer so I could haul it on that

when i test rode that 04 r6 the guy had it in the back of his truck... i helped him get it out.... he had some skinny a$$ metal ramp thing and the bike actually fell off on his side (i was on rear tire, him on front) and landed on his foot from about 1 foot... not gonna lie... it was funny as hell!! I guess that was the 1st sign that i shouldn't get the bike... CUZ IT WAS TERRIBLE!!

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Funny, I have an 08 Tacoma and I loaded my bike yesterday. I borrowed my buddy's ramp and I usually have someone help me. But for the first time ever I rode it up to the bed. I was a lil nervous as first since ive seen lots of "fail videos on you tube" but it all worked out fine.
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im using a loading dock at the lumber supply facility on my street for now, until I can find a ramp that will fit my lifted tundra
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how do you guys strap it down once you load it onto the truck bed?

i have a toyota tacoma as well.

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I've got a Tacoma Xtra Cab.

2 things that I've purchased in the past year have paid themselves off in spades.

First thing, a Condor Motorcycle Chock.

1. It helps me strap down the bike by myself as once the bike is in the chock in the back of the truck, it is standing ready for the canyon dancer.
2. I no longer have to glance back nervously wondering if my front wheel has gone off kilter whilst traveling, hence bringing the entire bike forward and loosening her up.

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Having a second ramp allows me to load, and unload the bike by myself. (Extra help is always welcomed though) I strap down both ramps to the bumper of the truck, get a running start and push the rest of the way. With the bed extender capability of the Ready Ramp, it gives me additional area to strap stuff down to like my gas can, generator, etc., don't have to worry as much about stuff flying out the open tailgate and I don't strap down the rear wheel anymore.

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Can anyone recommend a ramp for me? I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, so the bed sits up pretty high.
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I want a Tacoma, and I have a folding ramp. I have someone push it in and I steady it since I have a back back. Anyway, I use tie down straps with an accessory meant for motorcycles but I want to get a trailer mount from http://www.pit-bull.com/
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Can anyone recommend a ramp for me? I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, so the bed sits up pretty high.
The 9 foot folding Black Widow should be fine.
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The 9 foot folding Black Widow should be fine.
Yep they are very good quality ramps too. I use dome of their atv ramps to load my bike because they are wide enough for me to walk up the ramps next to the bike.

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I use Oxlite ramps purchased at Cycle Gear. They're about 7 1/2 feet long with a curve in them so the bike doesn't high-center once it gets to the bed of the truck. My truck was tall enough (11" lift), and I'm short enough, that I bought two, one for the bike and one for me. They work well, but are non-folding, so they have to fit diagonally in the bed.
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you want a "canyon dancer" for the tie down of the bars....
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you want a "canyon dancer" for the tie down of the bars....
I use the "Cycle Cynch" tie down when I move my bike. Many people have reported that the canyon dancer setup can twist and damage grips. I've never personally used the canyon dancer, so perhaps someone who has can chime in

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Can anyone recommend a ramp for me? I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, so the bed sits up pretty high.
Get a curved ramp like oyrider described. I've seen a few bikes get high centered with the straight ones.
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