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Trying work out how I'm going to pick up my two 91 VN750 motorcycles this weekend.

Does anyone have any experience using a ramp on their truck? I have a short bed (4ft). I have a bed extender which adds another foot with the gate down.
I found this ramp at harbor freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...amp-69595.html

Any ideas whether the bike will fit in a five foot bed? I tried to find information on the length of the vn750 bike but couldn't find it or didn't look good enough.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Trying work out how I'm going to pick up my two 91 VN750 motorcycles this weekend.

Does anyone have any experience using a ramp on their truck? I have a short bed (4ft). I have a bed extender which adds another foot with the gate down.
I found this ramp at harbor freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...amp-69595.html

Any ideas whether the bike will fit in a five foot bed? I tried to find information on the length of the vn750 bike but couldn't find it or didn't look good enough.

Any help would be appreciated.
I know the wheelbase is 62.2 inches and overall length is 90.35 inches

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I guess if I turn the wheel I'llbe able to fit Iit. F me.
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Maybe measure from the front edge of the front tire, to the contact patch of the rear tire. The rest of the bike can hang over the tailgate.
Will the bed extender support the bike?

You're going to need a lot of help getting a bike up that ramp. Even with a wide, smooth ramp it can be tough. One man won't do it, and you won't ride up that.

Maybe a 2' wide piece of plywood down the middle of the HF ramp, would make it easier to push. Would be nice to have 2-3 people though. It's 5' 8" long, so will be kinda steep on the incline.

If I had to try it, I would try to find a slope so the ramp would be flatter. With enough help a nice long board would be ok for a ramp. What's the longest stick of lumber you can haul?

Once pushed a wrecked Goldwing up a 2x6 board, onto a lifted 4x4 truck, but had some help. All I did was steer, had road rash bad. arrgh

Use good tie downs, the cheap ones break at the worst times.
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Is the vehicle an Avalanche or a Subaru? Will make a difference on how steep the ramp will be.

edit: Didn't think about turning the wheel. Stick the front in one corner of the bed?
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If I had to try it, I would try to find a slope so the ramp would be flatter. With enough help a nice long board would be ok for a ramp.
kinda like when I brought home the lawn tractor. ramp was too steep to unload (mower deck caught on ramp/tailgate as rear wheels started down ramp), so I backed truck into a ditch in the yard, made the ramp/tailgate angle almost 0. rolled right off.

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Put the front wheel in one corner and park the bike on an angle. The rear tire should sit right around the tailgate. I haven't used a ramp like that, the ones I use are a little longer and fold in half. The easiest way I can think of to load a bike using a ramp like that is to have one person walk next to the bike and one person push from the rear. Or maybe use a come along to pull the bike up.

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Is the vehicle an Avalanche or a Subaru? Will make a difference on how steep the ramp will be.

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edit: Didn't think about turning the wheel. Stick the front in one corner of the bed?
sounds like this is the way I will be going. Thanks!

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kinda like when I brought home the lawn tractor. ramp was too steep to unload (mower deck caught on ramp/tailgate as rear wheels started down ramp), so I backed truck into a ditch in the yard, made the ramp/tailgate angle almost 0. rolled right off.
Nice! Had a girlfriend once whose father had a nice john deer lawn mower. She wanted me to load it on my truck and take it over to the mothers girlfriends house. I said F you. why wasn't I asked if I needed the lawnmower. The mother then asked me how they would get the mower over there and I said ride it up the road.

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Put the front wheel in one corner and park the bike on an angle. The rear tire should sit right around the tailgate. I haven't used a ramp like that, the ones I use are a little longer and fold in half. The easiest way I can think of to load a bike using a ramp like that is to have one person walk next to the bike and one person push from the rear. Or maybe use a come along to pull the bike up.
I think I'm going to push the bike up backwards so the weight isn't by the back end of the truck. There will be two of us. I hope it's enough.

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Maybe measure from the front edge of the front tire, to the contact patch of the rear tire. The rest of the bike can hang over the tailgate.
Will the bed extender support the bike?

Not sure if the tailgate will support the heaviest part of the bike on the bed extender. You raise an interesting point about the placement.

You're going to need a lot of help getting a bike up that ramp. Even with a wide, smooth ramp it can be tough. One man won't do it, and you won't ride up that.

Maybe a 2' wide piece of plywood down the middle of the HF ramp, would make it easier to push. Would be nice to have 2-3 people though. It's 5' 8" long, so will be kinda steep on the incline.

If I had to try it, I would try to find a slope so the ramp would be flatter. With enough help a nice long board would be ok for a ramp. What's the longest stick of lumber you can haul?

Once pushed a wrecked Goldwing up a 2x6 board, onto a lifted 4x4 truck, but had some help. All I did was steer, had road rash bad. arrgh

Use good tie downs, the cheap ones break at the worst times.
Thanks, going to use them new.

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Do you think these are better?

http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-...amp-60333.html

Than these?
http://www.harborfreight.com/1500-lb...html?hftref=cj

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