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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-23-2010, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi: I travel with a pull behing RV at times and am thinking about taking my bike in the bed of my pickup. does anyone do this? If so what is the best way to secure a bike this size in the bed?
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Use two straps one on each side. Tied from the bottom part of the tree and tie to the bed corners. Do not over tighten the straps.

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If you have anchor points in the corners of the bed, this is what I do. Put the bike on the side stand with the front wheel pointing forward and almost touching the front of the bed. Attach a rachet strap to the right side of the frame or engine guard if you have one. Place a folded cloth between the strap hook and the bike so it doesn't rub. Tighten the strap so it compresses the front forks an inch or so. Be sure not to pull the bike over so far that it falls. Put another strap on the left side. Adjust the straps one at a time until the bike is vertical and the front forks are slightly compressed. Take a third strap, attach it to a corner anchor, pass it through the rear wheel and to the anchor point on the other side of the bed. Tighten it so the bike cannot roll forward. Raise the kickstand and you're ready to go.

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I do have corner points to tie to, F 350. I appreciate the input and like the idea of padding the strap points to prevent rub marks. Your solution sounds secure, I will give it a try. I had wondered if some kind of wheel chock or holder was needed in the bed to keep the bike upright.
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I guess I'm bassackwards from what flitecontrol does, I put my front tire up to the end of the bed and put the kick stand down and just use a pull strap on the left first, just snugged, then put the rachet strap on the right side and tighten...(I do mine by myself)
My PU does have hooks in the lower front corners...
I also strap to the rear hooks if I'm going a good ways...
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Here's a suggestion:

Let the wife or gf drive the truck and you ride the bike! (nothing like saddle time)

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there is a company that makes a motorcycle carrier for trucks that you put the front tire in on te ground and it pulls it into the bed for you then all you have to do is tie it down.we have a customer at my shop that has one in his dakota

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Originally Posted by Warlord247 View Post
Here's a suggestion:

Let the wife or gf drive the truck and you ride the bike! (nothing like saddle time)
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Better yet.......tow the RV with the bike!!!!!
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The hardest part will be getting the bike in the bed of a F350. You may high center the bike once the front wheel gets in the bed and the rear wheel is on the ramp. Can you get the bike in your camp trailer?


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Never hauled the Vulcan in a pickup, but instead of having to mount a wheel chock for the front wheel, just put the bike in at an angle, with the front tire in a front corner and rear tire in the opposite rear corner.
When hauling dirtbikes this way, it seems to keep it more secure than straight in.
Although, the added weight of the Vulcan as compared to the easily maneuverable weight of a dirtbike may make this a little tougher.

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