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Loading Ramp Choices

I'm considering purchasing some sort of loading ramp so that I can truck my Vulcan past the nasty traffic. I've got a Toyota Tundra with a 6' bed. I'm looking at something I can handle alone, and ride the bike up or back down. For example, i found these on motorcycleramps.com...
(you can click on the links to see each option)
  • a self contained system, that extends out / retracks into the truck like the LoadAll.
  • a collapsabile ramp that hooks onto the tailgate, like the BigBoyII,
  • or one that hooks to a trailer hitch, like Safe-T-Ramp.
Does anyone have any experience with these, or can you suggest something else?

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I went the trailer route, since I don't have a pickup. I always wondered how folks get the bike off the pickup safely. It always seemed a little hairy to me! Especially on the narrower ramps.

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I'm considering purchasing some sort of loading ramp so that I can truck my Vulcan past the nasty traffic.... snip
Silly question, but why not ride it passed the nasty traffic or are you talking about hauling it to a rally or something?

I just looked at the Toyota you have (we don't get them here) and unless the ramp was W I D E and I mean wide enough for the bike and your feet in case you need to balance it, then personally I'd just be grabbing a bike trailer. I'd certainly be terribly unimpressed if I ended up splashed on the tarmac with a vn750 laying across my chest!!

Chris took the right route IMHO for what you pay out for those ramps, I dare say you could pick up a decent bike trailer.

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Ramps can be tricky, especially if loading/unloading by yourself. Best bet is to have someone there to assist you.
If you do go the ramp route, I'd say the wider the better.
And, something that doesn't have big openings in it. (that your feet would easily fit through)
Also, be sure it can be secured to the truck. Ya don't want the ramp falling off when the bike is half on the truck!!!

I've mostly use a 3 rail bike trailer. Bought it used from a work aquaintance, so I'm not sure where they can be purchased otherwise.
Makes loading ALOT easier because it's so low. Plenty of tiedown points. And the rails stop any chance of the tires sliding out from under the bike.

The Vulcan fits this trailer just fine too. It's what I used when I first got the bike.


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I have a ranger wit ha 7foot bed... the bike is just a little too long to put the tail gate ALL the way up. I use a 7 foot 2x10 with 1x1s running on each side on top and a treated 2x6 in the middle on the bottom. for loading I back the truck up to a hill and drive it on if it's available. For unloading, I get a buddy to help unload it...5-6 tiems and no problem...

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I hear what you're saying about the trailer. i just don't have anyplace to store one when it's not in use.

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I have a bifold ramp that I use to load my quads in the truck. Plenty wide enough, sturdy enough, folds so I can tie it next to the bed of the truck, away from the bike.

Similar to this http://www.allramps.com/Ramps/B7144/Index.asp.

But I also have the truck at the end of the drive so the incline isn't so steep.
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I have a ranger with a 7foot bed... the bike is just a little too long to put the tail gate ALL the way up.
99Vulcan, am I glad you mentioned the 7' bed and closing the tail gate......
I was looking at a couple of trailers at Tractor Supply one a 4'x6' (SKU 1011070) @ $370 and the other a 4'x7' w/tail gate/loading ramp (SKU 1000231) @ $500 and had about decided to go with the 6' cheaper one, and do a bit of Mod. on it...... You made me measure the bike which I found to be OS/F tire to OS/R tire, or rather license PL 7'-8", even too long to close the gate on the longer one 7', as you stated it was... I sure didn't think it was that long... I was about to make a mistake by using the WAG system, and you made me go to the SWAG system......
Thanks 99Vulcan......
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Ya could load the bike on at an angle. Might fit then.

Oh, and many of those trailers like the Tractor Supply or Harbor Freight ones are kits (not all, but some). You have to put it together.
So, they end up needing to get VIN #'s inorder to be registered. Kinda the same process as getting a salvaged vehicle re-registered....Take pictures, submit to the DOT, and wait to see if they say it's able to be registered, or so I understand.


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I really wish I could pick up and had a place to store this trailer on CL
http://anchorage.craigslist.org/mcy/826290979.html
I think it would make trailering things very easy!

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