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Hauling vulcan in ranger xlt

Ok. I saw a thread in the verses about hauling a vulcan in the back of a ranger. I have a ranger and a question. Can the tailgate hold the weight without damaging the truck? Apparently it is 6 ft 5 inches or so from front tire to rear contact patch...so some of the bike is on the tailgate. I have two cables that hold the tailgate on. Should i reinforce them somehow and buy a nice big hog ramp?
or ...buy a trailer and clog up my garage with yet another item due to the fact that i have a home owners association and cant leave the trailer outside.
I want to be able to ride the bike up into my bed. Independence baby.

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the bike should fit angled into the bed... get a ramp
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I use a ramp and my sportster (a shade heavier & about the same length) seems to load & ride ok even streight in my chevy crew cab, which I think my bed is 6'-8"...
Ramps are easy if you find a small depression for the rear tires, or a little rise for the bottom of the ramp to rest on...
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I've done both in my ranger king cab short bed stepside 2000 model. straight in and on the tailgate for a short haul, but I angled it from toledo to chillicothe (3 hour drive) with the tailgate shut. I back up to a small hill with the tailgate down and a small board or ramp is all I need.

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A friend of mine got a 3/4" sheet of plywood and cut it to the length of the bed + tailgate of his chevy colorado. Helps take some of the weight off the tailgate and keeps it from flopping up and down when hitting large bumps. He hauls his VTX 1300 on it with no problems. I've hauled my 750 in it that way for the 5 hour drive to my parent's house in WV. Cheaper than a trailer and leans up against the wall or lays in the floor of the garage.

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Ok. I saw a thread in the verses about hauling a vulcan in the back of a ranger. I have a ranger and a question. Can the tailgate hold the weight without damaging the truck? Apparently it is 6 ft 5 inches or so from front tire to rear contact patch...so some of the bike is on the tailgate. I have two cables that hold the tailgate on. Should i reinforce them somehow and buy a nice big hog ramp?
or ...buy a trailer and clog up my garage with yet another item due to the fact that i have a home owners association and cant leave the trailer outside.
I want to be able to ride the bike up into my bed. Independence baby.
Fix a roll up door to the bedroom.

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A friend of mine got a 3/4" sheet of plywood and cut it to the length of the bed + tailgate of his chevy colorado. Helps take some of the weight off the tailgate and keeps it from flopping up and down when hitting large bumps. He hauls his VTX 1300 on it with no problems. I've hauled my 750 in it that way for the 5 hour drive to my parent's house in WV. Cheaper than a trailer and leans up against the wall or lays in the floor of the garage.
X2, I was going to suggest the 3/4" plywood also.


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Thanks! I will probably save up and get a hog ramp due to its aluminum total wt of 68lbs...it can break down and fits in the cab! Plywood sounds good... and i would leave the tailgate down. Or it sounds like it could put the bike in angled..and shut the tailgate. Not sure how my windshield would hold up at an angle on the freeway though.
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when angling the bike...do you strap the the handlebars etc the same? left to front left..rt to front rt....

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