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Anyone have or would suggest any Motorcycle Loading Ramps for our trucks?

Need to move my 08 Harley Street Glide to an alternate location and not safe to ride it where I am going...

Let me know -- thanks guys for your continued input!
 

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My old standby involves backing up against a ditch or hill where you can roll straight onto the tailgate. Conventional ramps (like the ones I used to load my 4-wheeler) are sketchy as hell, especially with a heavier bike. Given the option, a small low-floor trailer is my preference.
 

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I can't speak from personal experience with a motorcycle ramp but I have used ATV ramps all the time. The Black Widow listed above looks like a good one. No matter which one you choose make sure it has lots of cross bars like the Black Widow for better footing. ATV ramps have wide spots that your foot would go straight through and you would have a very bad day if that happened.
 

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The biggest problem, even if you have the correct ramp, is the height above ground for the truck bed. Riding a Harley up a steep ramp is "shakey". You are not talking about a lightweight dirt bike. Then you have to deal with the clearance issue UNDER the motorcycle. Look under your bike. Just a few inches of clearance. Now run it up a steep ramp not contoured to go straight into the bed and you "roof" on the bottom.

Falling off from that kind of height is not "high" on my list. Even riding a quad up into a pickup bed is shakey. You are trending where I don't want to go and I know, oh how I know.

Get a small trailer.
 

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Lots ofvideos on youtube on how "not" to do it. I agree with previous post, use a ditch to your advantage if possible.
 

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Cap's right. Borrow a trailer if you don't want or need one often. It's a much safer bet.
 

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Looking for a trailer now gents. Thanks for the input
 

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I was going to suggest the trailer too as iv'e used ditches and ramps with my Harley's before and i never thought much about it till i had an accident i was extremely lucky i wasn't hurt and thankfully the bike wasn't hurt either !
 

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I don't disagree with a trailer as I also have one as well as the black widow ramps. The nice thing with the ramps is ease of carry and use - they come in different lengths that help offset loading angle. Second part of loading with ramps is people try to gas it up the ramp and stop - doable but the real secret is learning to use just enough gas to walk them up - the black widow has ample footing width on both sides as well as close spaced rungs for putting your feet down.

Not affiliated just see too many people using skinny ramps you have to ride up at speed - these ramps just enough gas to walk it is all you need.

Trailer I use is an Aluma Motorcycle/Bike Trailers - Aluminum | Aluma Trailers

Still have to ride up the not terribly wide ramp it comes with - or use black widow ramps and have a fulll width ramp. It is way easier on gas then the old enclosed cargo trailer I used and my bikes don't mind if they gat wet as I ride (by accident) in the rain often when I am down in the smokies.

Whatever your choice remember better to slow ride it in then fast.
 

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I had ramps similar to the black widow ramps. Lesson learned - when the front tire is a foot up the ramp and the back tire is still on the ground, your legs will NOT be long enough to reach the ground. Ask me how I learned that lesson! Solution was to put two 2X8 boards on the lower part of the ramp/ground. Space the boards far enough apart so you can ride the bike between them, then slowly walk your way up the ramp. Coming down is another adventure! Put the transmission in gear (engine off) and use the clutch to brake the back wheel while you brake the front normally. Ask me how I learned that one too! Don't forget the boards for your feet while you're going down either.

If you get and enclosed motorcycle trailer you can avoid all this crap and you'll have a place to store the Harley too. Plus you can haul stuff for other people as soon as they learn you have a trailer.
 

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agree with the trailer....so much easier.......put a block made of two 2x6's taped together under the bike so you don't put too much pressure on the forks.......place it under the frame.....make sure you use four tie downs also.
 

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agree with the trailer....so much easier.......put a block made of two 2x6's taped together under the bike so you don't put too much pressure on the forks.......place it under the frame.....make sure you use four tie downs also.
Great idea... Never thought about the two 2X6's under the frame before. I always worried I would compress the forks down too much and would hurt the bike. This will take care of that for sure.

Thanks for the tip!
 

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hey guys im new! i just wanted anyone's opinion on this ramp? my buddy sent me this

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oxford-folding-ramp
Welcome. It looks okay for a lighter bike. It's 750 lb capacity, but that's max and I would like a little wiggle room. If you have a heavy street bike I would go for something like this https://www.amazon.com/Black-Widow-MF-12038-Heavy-Duty-Motorcycle/dp/B06W53FKKS/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=MOTORCYCLE+RAMP&qid=1566246403&s=gateway&sr=8-6
 

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hey guys im new! i just wanted anyone's opinion on this ramp? my buddy sent me this

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oxford-folding-ramp
Welcome to the forum - first post.

Since this is near a four-year-old thread, starting a new one is always a good idea. It is easy to do. Just touch that yellow box on the top-left side that says something about posting a new thread. That's how you start one. Now on to the answer to your question.

What are you going to load onto a pickup bed? If it's a motorcycle, forget it, especially if it is a street bike. Soon as you put your foot down to balance it goes into the slots, gets caught, dumps you and not only do you get smacked but your leg gets trapped and broken. Nuts to ramping up into a pickup with those ramps. Now if you can find two other big dudes to do the pushing and balancing you can use a 2 X 6. Then ask yourself the next question. How you gonna get it back down?

IF you are loading a quad or other multi-wheel vehicle it might work but I bet it's too skinny. Friend thought he had the perfect ramp for his Honda quad until it slipped off the tailgate and put him in the hospital. A trailer bed is usually dramatically lower than a pickup bed, has a full-width ramp/tailgate and works. That's all you need to know.
 

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I agree with the captain that a trailer is the ideal way to go. I have to disagree about starting a new thread when we already have one that's titled "MOTORCYCLE LOADING RAMP" The new post will put any age thread back on the top of the list. Sure makes it easier when searching the forum. I believe in keeping it simple.
 

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If you decide to use a ramp be sure to have someone ready to video the event so if things go south we’re here to critique because we’ve never made that mistake :rolleyes:
 

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If it's a 1 time use just rent a uhaul motorcycle trailer. If your going to hauling it a lot look into a loader. Cost about $3500, but 1 person can load a full size dresser in 10 minutes by them self.

Look at my avatar - that's a Triumph Rocket III in the back of my Ram. Used Mountain Master lift. Have hauled it all over the country.
 
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