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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-14-2007, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Need help loading a dirt bike in Elmhurst

Well, I’ve done this before and I had it all figured out. I was going to park the pick up truck near this park which is a block away from my house, back it up to this little hill, then ride my XT up the hill and in to the pick up truck. I was going to even remove some snow off the hill to make sure I wasn’t going to loose traction, since the snow is a hard and deep there.

Well, with all this new snow last night my hill is totally covered and I can’t get my bike out of my driveway safely, I tired last night and I got stuck, actually I got stuck in the truck before I got stuck on my bike.

Is there anyone near Elmhurst who could help me load the XT (it’s only 250 lbs) on to the pickup truck in my driveway?

I have a ramp although it’s only 72” long, so its steep when loading from the ground.

Anytime after work today is good, or this evening. Even early tomorrow morning will do at this point. I’m desperate. It's just too slippery out there for me to attempt this.

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I can probablly be able to help you Anna. I work in Franklin Park, I get off @ 4:30ish

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anna, want to just borrow my ramp? It's a folding AL ramp, probably a good 8" long I'd guess.

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Anna, Try building a stair or two on the ground. I just set a cooler on the ground and step up into the truck using that. You could start the bike and just walk up into the truck next to it.
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Thanks for the offer Chris... if I wasn't a 5'5" 115 weakling, that would be a fine idea, but I can't hold a bike upright and push it up a narrow MC ramp (I'm assuming you have like a 18" wide MC ramp), then somehow climb hold it and climb in to the back of a pick up truck.

I have a wide ATV ramp that allows me to walk next to my bike, that works great as long as I can find a slight hill or ditch.

Maynard, are you passing by North Ave & Rt 83? That would be awesome if you could help, I'd really appreciate it. Let me know what time so I can be there. Anytime is good for me. I'll PM you with my cell phone#.

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Yeah thats fine. I usually take Manheim south past North Ave. I can shoot over to 83, help you, take 83 south all the way home. I have nothing planned for tonight so I'm good

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wish i was closer to help anna, hopefully someone can help you out.

cant you ride it up the ramp though?



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Yeah thats fine. I usually take Manheim south past North Ave. I can shoot over to 83, help you, take 83 south all the way home. I have nothing planned for tonight so I'm good
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cant you ride it up the ramp though?
holy crap, even I wouldnt attempt that and I could man handle that xt like it was a 50.

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your a wuss cook, so thats besides the point...lol


hey anna, you said your able to walk beside it on the ramp, how about leaving it in 1st gear and letting the clutch out to go from 1 step to the next, nice and slow till you get it up in te bed of the truck?

i use to do this all the time with my 9r and a 2x12.

this might be a perfect way for you to do it, and safer too.



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hey maynard, when you help her show her how to do it the way i just posted, then she wont need anyone to help her.

i have confidence she can do it, she just needs someone to show her how.



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10-4 commander. I do it the same way you posted. I can get my 400+ lb Yamaha in and out of my truck on my own using the clutch and some 2 x 12's. It's harry but it works. I wouldn't attempt by myself with any bike with the snow thats out there now though

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true on a 2x12 and snow. but i think she said she has that ATV ramp, those things have step openings where the tires fall into as it goes up or down to slow it down from a fast roll. so it should work better. do what you think is best. just try to show her how she can do it herself cause i know its scary for her is all.

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your a wuss cook, so thats besides the point...lol


hey anna, you said your able to walk beside it on the ramp, how about leaving it in 1st gear and letting the clutch out to go from 1 step to the next, nice and slow till you get it up in te bed of the truck?

i use to do this all the time with my 9r and a 2x12.

this might be a perfect way for you to do it, and safer too.
This is exactly how I load all my bikes. Even my big ass Harley gets up in the truck this way.




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but i think she said she has that ATV ramp, those things have step openings where the tires fall into as it goes up or down to slow it down from a fast roll.
thanks man.
This is my ramp, but it's short, 72", I always load from a hill, when it's on the ground it's steep, the truck is a 4x4 which doesn't help.


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This is my ramp, but it's short, 72", I always load from a hill

oh shit, THAT ramp I'd ride up!!

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yep, perfect for 1st timers.

take your time anna, step by step and youll be fine, or have maynard show ya when he gets there.

trust me youll be a pro in no time.



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oh shit, THAT ramp I'd ride up!!
wuss, i could ride it up on a 2x4



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Just post up how its goes and in the event Maynard cant make it happen, post on up, I will make a trip to help you out...

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I'm already a pro, just give me a small hill and no snow, I get my bike up there in 2 minutes flat

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Anna just make sure you have the camera rolling when Maynard gets there. I have a feeling he is going to fuck it up LOL With all the snow it has to be slippery. I need something funny to laugh at in the morning when i login.
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