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Good Alum. Bi-Fold Loading Ramp (for pickup where to buy)

I need a good Alum. loading ramp for pickup w/6'-6" length bed...
Must store beside the cycle in bed so the fold will need to be length wise, say something 6'-5" long by 44-48" wide folding to 22"-24", and probably at least a 1,000# load capacity...
Anyone know a good place to buy on line... Trying to get fixed up before SPRING...lol...
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Not sure of the length or price, but the local Sam's Club has or had one like that. Might see if there is a Sam's Club in your area & give them a call. Would need someone with a membership if you don't have one.

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Hey Old Dog, use the search feature at the top and type in "ramp+loading". It brings up half a dozen or so threads on the subject, along with several links to suppliers. Good luck in the search.. Hoss

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OldHoss, I couldn't get any threads up but did a google search and found a few ramps, none exactly what I want, but did find a tie down strap kit that I like, a bit high but I think I may go with it...
http://www.motorcycleramps.com/hd_motorcycle_straps.htm
The one I like is the HDMC-Snap-Hook kit at $45.99... I know, I know, I could beat it at china-mart, but hey we gotta help the economy...lol...
Then also on the other hand the tail gate will be down and I want to keep my VN750, they don't make'em like that anymore...lol... But what do y'all think about those straps...????
BTW-flightcontrol, thanks and I will check out Sam's as my son has a card and there is one in Huntsville Al. (+/-45mi), and Murfreesboro Tn. (+/-55mi)......
PS---Since I got no response Pos. or Neg. on the straps yesterday, so I just went ahead and ordered them this morning, so that is over and done with, good, bad, or ugly......
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Slightly off topic but something i've always wondered is how the heck do you get a motorcycle up into a truck? mines a little taller than most but even on a regular truck the ramp angle is pretty steep...i'd be scared to death of trying to ride up the ramp!
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Slightly off topic but something i've always wondered is how the heck do you get a motorcycle up into a truck? mines a little taller than most but even on a regular truck the ramp angle is pretty steep...i'd be scared to death of trying to ride up the ramp!
Well my son had a bi-fold 6' ramp that I tried yesterday on my newly aquired Silverado Ext. cab which has 16" wheels and a 6'-6" bed... What I did was back up to a bit of a hump and drove up onto the Ramps & truck and strapped it in... I would have high centered with any shorter ramp or less hump...
I looked around and found a better place though, it was a tad down hill on the on the one I loaded on, so unloading up hill ain't no push over...lol...
The place I found out from my front yard is a bit of a ditch which will leave the truck slightly up hill and the rear end a bit lower, easier up and easier down... As to the ramp, it is something like 40-44" wide and folds to 20-22" wide, so with that width you can touch your feet if you get into trouble... Also the 20-22" folded lets it ride beside my cycle in the truck bed... It really wasn't that big of a deal, I felt safe all the time, even if my wife and my cycle riding neighbor were a bit nervous...lol...
PS-My tailgate on the Std. size Silverado is +/-31" high on level ground (no load)... You could get by with a very short ramp if you could find the right size bank, as a matter you could even load without a ramp if you had the right bank...lol...
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MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
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The good and the OK but I guess, first the good...
...My son gave me the ramp as he had another, they were a bit swayed but had a 1200# rating, so I got them streightened and am having another piece of flat stock welded vertical to the center part of each side (bi-fold ramp) and will hinge togather for a bit more support, as what swayed the ramp to begain with was his RK which is much heavier than the VN750... I believe this is the same ramp, http://www.mckinneyhonda.com/parts_a...ramps_744.html not the #744 but the $135 one the #644...
...Now the OK but, the strap kit I ordered HDMC-Snap-Hook kit were 2" and are very strong, bigger and stronger than I think I need, I believer the 1" kit would have been plenty strong and a tad of over kill which I think they should be, just too much over kill with the 2" with their load ratings... Had they been the el-cheapo china-mart 2" straps with their much weaker ratings--yes they would have been needed...
Just thought I would post on my setting up to haul the bike in the PU, since I had ask advice on it......
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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Girl's Bike 09 Sporty xl 1200 Custom...33k + & clickin......
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09-xl1200 "C" Vivid Black, Cast wheels w/19" Frt., SE-Stage 1+, X14iEDs...
MicroTach +, Higher wider H-bars, GPS Mt., Mustach bar Hwy. pegs...
Viking Shock cutout Saddlebags, Rear Mt. Signal Lt. Kit, Fork Brace...
RoadKing Air Shocks, Mustang Seat, Progressive Fork Springs...

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So is the Vulcan your runabout, after you park the RV at the campground? Sounds like a nice way to spend the spring and summer. Glad you found a safe way to load and haul her in any event.

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