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how to get my bike up into my pickup

its a gmc canyon

the gate is just about this high

http://www.gmc.com/images/common/lg/...ension_lrg.jpg

i have a ramp but the incline is too high...and i was thinking of parking the car in reverse in front of a curb and then try to get the bike up into it off the curb because the incline wouldnt be as great but idk im just looking for suggestions, thanks guys.

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What kind of cheesy ramp do you have that the angle is too high?

You're on the right track. Look for a hill or high curb to reduce the height.

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Where you at? I've driven far to load bikes into pickups for people.. I've even driven far to help them get them out.
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Another tip, not for the faint of heart: power it up.

The secret is a ramp that ties down or otherwise secures to the truck. Otherwise the rear wheel will spit the ramp out once the front gets on the tailgate. A simple tie-down strap works well.
The other secret is a second ramp to walk up alongside the bike.
I use this technique to load the 4wd Tundra (sits very high)for every bike other than the supermoto (it weight less than 250, so pushing is easy)

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the ramp is very similar to this maybe just narrower

http://rvprotectionproducts.com/imag...s/af9012hd.jpg

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Where you at? I've driven far to load bikes into pickups for people.. I've even driven far to help them get them out.

im in northside chicago by lincolnwood/skokie/evanston

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yikes.. thats far.

i say clutch it up, and use a cooler or bucket to step up in there.

+100000 on strapping it to the bumper or hitch.

i work at a dealer, so i prolly put 3 bikes in trucks everyday. best policy is to have someone on the rightside of the bike, in case it starts to get away from you. Its really not that hard, just takes a bit of coordination

when taking it down, leave bike in first and pull clutch in to roll it back. When the back wheel is on the ramp, and the front is on that gate, let clutch out and step down. again a helper on the rightside is a good thing to have
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yikes.. thats far.

i say clutch it up, and use a cooler or bucket to step up in there.

+100000 on strapping it to the bumper or hitch.

i work at a dealer, so i prolly put 3 bikes in trucks everyday. best policy is to have someone on the rightside of the bike, in case it starts to get away from you. Its really not that hard, just takes a bit of coordination

when taking it down, leave bike in first and pull clutch in to roll it back. When the back wheel is on the ramp, and the front is on that gate, let clutch out and step down. again a helper on the rightside is a good thing to have
ya haha im so unbelievably stressing about it im not even worried about strapping it down im just worried about bringing it up into the flatbed. i guess i could load it up the night before track day and then leave in the morning. i hope a thief would go through all the trouble of bringing it down and into their truck haha. ill post after i give it a try

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ugh, it it's too much trouble to find an incline nearby at least get two other buddies to help you load it up in the truck.

it'll help if you have another board to walk up alongside the ramp or a small step ladder.

go hit up some nearby track junkies for help loading up. I think PaikyPoo is nearby

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ugh, it it's too much trouble to find an incline nearby at least get two other buddies to help you load it up in the truck.

it'll help if you have another board to walk up alongside the ramp or a small step ladder.
ha thanks ive thought of a lot of different possibilities

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use the member search feature and go into the advanced search area. you can search for other members near you by putting in skokie (or some other area) into the location field.

plenty of track day junkies around you that can help you out
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If you're that worried and can't get help just ride to the track like the first trackday you did.
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Two ramps--one for the bike and one for you to walk up while controlling the clutch and throttle as you power the bike up the ramp.

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If you're that worried and can't get help just ride to the track like the first trackday you did.
Haha ya ryan except im doing 7 more track days in the next 2-3 months and I would like to figure this out, make it a lot easier.

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Two ramps--one for the bike and one for you to walk up while controlling the clutch and throttle as you power the bike up the ramp.

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you're in evanston we live a few miles from each other come and help lol

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I got couple of good ramps that I'll let you use for the track day. Just come by and pick them up. And you can walk on one while pushing the bike on the other. + 1 on powering it up but make sure you get the ramps tied down. And a help from a friend allways makes things easier.
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I got couple of good ramps that I'll let you use for the track day. Just come by and pick them up. And you can walk on one while pushing the bike on the other. + 1 on powering it up but make sure you get the ramps tied down. And a help from a friend allways makes things easier.
Awesome man thanks. where do you live by?

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Go get yourself a 4 foot wide ATV ramp, it makes it soooooo much easier when loading by yourself. I have a couple different ramps that I use for different scenarios. my big atv ramp is aweosme for just about all of them. walk it up and clutch it next to you which is what I do with the Duc's, or if I'm loading the dirtbike I just ride it up into my tundra 4x4. but yes, I alwasy strap the ramp to my hitch while loading so the ramp doesnt slide away.




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Go get yourself a 4 foot wide ATV ramp, it makes it soooooo much easier when loading by yourself. I have a couple different ramps that I use for different scenarios. my big atv ramp is aweosme for just about all of them. walk it up and clutch it next to you which is what I do with the Duc's, or if I'm loading the dirtbike I just ride it up into my tundra 4x4. but yes, I alwasy strap the ramp to my hitch while loading so the ramp doesnt slide away.
Thanks Tony. Where would be the best place to get an ATV ramp. I live on the northside of Chicago.

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hahah thanks man my friend and i joked about it yesterday.
"maybe we should just pull a evil knievel* into the pick up" lol

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Ramps are with me here at work in Elk grove village. You can come by and pick them up at any time. My # is 773.401.1021 if you wanna call me.
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Ramps are with me here at work in Elk grove village. You can come by and pick them up at any time. My # is 773.401.1021 if you wanna call me.
thanks man if I end up needing them if i dont figure it out myself I'll give you a call. thanks much for your help

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I bought one of these from a fellow board member.

It is clearly the best motorcycle ramp in existence.

http://store.rampconnection.com/product.php?xProd=6823

I used to do the 2 ramp trick, no matter how many times i did it successfully, it still scared me a little. With the widow ya just ride right up. Hell, if ya kill the motor accidentally you can put both feet down and restart it. Its very comforting.
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I bought one of these from a fellow board member.

It is clearly the best motorcycle ramp in existence.

http://store.rampconnection.com/product.php?xProd=6823

I used to do the 2 ramp trick, no matter how many times i did it successfully, it still scared me a little. With the widow ya just ride right up. Hell, if ya kill the motor accidentally you can put both feet down and restart it. Its very comforting.
Oh man, sweet. Do you have a picture of it folded up?

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Where you at? I've driven far to load bikes into pickups for people.. I've even driven far to help them get them out.
lol ty he rocks at this stuff!!!!! My bike is lowered so my plastics were hitting the ramp as the front tire would be on the tailgate.....even got a curved ramp....
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Thanks Tony. Where would be the best place to get an ATV ramp. I live on the northside of Chicago.
I got mine at Cabellas. 6 and half foot. Full width of the tailgate. $169

Very well built. I use it all the time.

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I bought the harbor freight tri-fold atv ramp. Worked great in my driveway, I just powered it up while walking next to it. The problem came when I went to ABCC and tried to unload it. My front header didn't clear on the way down. Luckily Chy and Dean were there to help free it up. Thanks guys. It also scraped a bit on the way up.
Moral is, the slope of my driveway was just enough to make the bike clear but the pits at ABCC are flat. Ramp angle is just too steep.
I'll be picking up one of those black widow ramps before my next track day.

BTW- I'm loading into a 2WD Super Duty long bed, so mine is a bit higher than yours.

Actually, would you be interested in buying my ramp? Only used twice!.
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Here is a pic of the truck with the bike for a height reference.


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Actually, would you be interested in buying my ramp? Only used twice!.
It is this one.
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perfect ramp for a shorter truck.




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