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Putting a bike in a pickup Truck.

How do you guys do this?

Types of Ramps>

How many people?

I get the tie down part.

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7 ft long 2 x 8 or 10 if ya dont have a nice metal one or a nice little hill or ditch you can back into so the ground is more level to the truck bed and roll her on in.

If you have help always better, but I often do it alone.

Prep the tie downs first, have tie down extension or canyon dancer already set up on the bike, roll her in, place one tie down on with the kick stand down, relize you will not leave the kick stand down, place in gear so bike wont roll, go around to other side hook up other tie down.

Now I set starps up so, from seated position on bike I can pull straps up wards while seated and am able to lean sligtly to compress forks a bit (not too much).....Then I tie down rear or bike aswell....Nothing in bed of truck ever, my rule too many horror stories or shit rubbing against fairings or scratching your bike....... Make sure the straps arent rubbing your fairings if so use sponges or towels, microfiber, sock, tee shirt etc.


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It depends is the correct answer. How big of a bike? My brother and I can lift our track bikes into the back if we had to.
With the two of us we
1) park the truck so it is sitting low in the back. A ditch or gutter or some type of transition can be a big help in reducing the angle of the plank.
2) one guy on each side, roll it up the plank as far as possible.
3) guy on Rt side uses the rear brake foot pedal to hold the bike while the other climbs into the truck bed.
4) guy in truck holds bike with the front brake while other guy move to the back.
5)push it the rest of the way into the truck bed.


I use a ladder rack to secure the bike from overhead. Then there is no way it can tip over and you don't have to mash the suspension to hold it. A few extra ties so it does not move laterally and I'm done.

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Smokin john is dead on accurate. Buy a trailer.


but if you must got the route of a pickup truck. I do everything smokin john does, but I have the engine running and use the bikes power to get up the ramp. This is dangerous, as one slip of the clutch can casue serious problems, but if your good you can do it somewhat safely. this is how I do it alone with my big ass dresser harley, so anyone can do it with a light sportbike.




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our dumbasses used a ladder to get mine out of a pickup truck. worked okay i suppose.
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Smokin john is dead on accurate. Buy a trailer.


but if you must got the route of a pickup truck. I do everything smokin john does, but I have the engine running and use the bikes power to get up the ramp. This is dangerous, as one slip of the clutch can casue serious problems, but if your good you can do it somewhat safely. this is how I do it alone with my big ass dresser harley, so anyone can do it with a light sportbike.

What types of ramps?

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2x10 or 8 with a ramp kit bolted to one end. a ramp kit is available from someplace like farm and fleet its a metal plate that is bent at an angle and bolts to one end of the board making the transition to the truck much much smoother.

just be careful. I've seen a lot of bikes wrecked doing this.

Where do you live maybe someone on here with some experience will give you a hand. over by der isnt a real good clue




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Buy a trailer, end of story.

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IF you must use a ramp....

Put an eye-bolt through it about in the middle, attach the bolt to a chain or nylon rope with a hook on the end. This hook goes to the bumper or safety chain hook on your hitch receiver. The rope / chain should be short enough that the ramp cannot slide away from the truck far ehough to come off the
tailgate ....ever.

Like when you use the motor to drive the bike up and the bikes front tire is in the bed.... then the back tire pushes the ramp off the tailgate and..... blammo.

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Thanks for the advice. I am in chicago by elmwwod park so over by der is acurate to where I live. I know a trailer is better but lack of space prevents this and that is why I bought the truck in the first place.

Tom that was the best Idea about anchoring the ramp to the truck.

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trailer is the best bet-- you can f*ck up your truck by putting the bike in it, too. My bike JUST BARELY fits in the truck with the tailgate closed.....but after loading it like this for a few months I noticed (1) the tailgate is slightly bent and doesn't quite close on the right side and (2) theres a slight bend in the forward lip of the bed, from where my front tire was pushing into it. And I have a regular bed 1500....
Leaving the tailgate down is not a good idea, IMO.

+1 regarding the canyon dancer-- I love mine. Also, for safety's sake do not skimp on tie downs-- get a pair for the front and a pair for the back. If you do have to leave the tailgate down, I suggest draping something across the back to keep the bike from falling out *just in case* (you do not want to lose your bike AND find that it had fallen into the lap of the dirver behind you.) Also, be sure to hang an orange flag from the tailgate if left down-- I believe that's the law in IL, and it makes it easier for drivers behind you to not rear-end you.

you will need two people if you are doing this for the first time. After that, with the right equipment (i.e. good ramp) you can probably do it alone.
I used to load up my ninja 250 with two people, no ramp. We would just lift the front end, then the rear. but anything else is too heavy.
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i just use an 8 foot long 2" x 12" board. its warped and cracked but i can load 2 bikes in my truck all by byself
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ppl does it take to load an 04 r1 into the back of a 4x4 chevy silverado without a ramp?

apparently 4... 3 asian guys + 1 crazy polish girl.



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The have folding trailers that store against a wall in the garage. That may be an option. I used to put my bikes into the back of a truck and it sucks with not help.

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I have zero room in my garage. I have 2 cars three bikes 2 shelving units and a boatload of tools along with two peddle bikes hanging from the ceiling. I will be going the truck route. But I will purchase a proper ramp that secures itself to the truck that fits in the back of the truck too.

I was contemplating a cargo van but not sure how hard it would be to load two bikes in there. Should be easier since the lower ride height but not sure if they would fit easily....also the tie down issue.

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