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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-08-2006, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Transporting Track Bike in a Pickup Truck???

Can anybody give me any advice if it is feasible to purchase a pickup truck with an extended 8' bed to transport two bikes to the track. I know the bikes will fit but how hard is it to get then back there? Would I need a ramp? Is it a better Idea to just get a trailer?

I live in a townhome community and only have a two car garage and it is kinda frowned upon to have a trailer parked on the driveway. That and it would be a pain to move when i need to get the evo out of the garage.

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I'd opt for the Harbor Freight foldable if I was you.

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I have a few thoughts on this topic myself since I, like you, live in a townhome community (at first I thought you said TOWhome, as in trailer park... hehe).

I bought a GMC Sonoma last year to haul around bikes. I got the Highrider ZR-2 version, which I sincerely question the wisdom of everytime I load a bike in the bed, but I digress. I bought a ReadyRamp (http://www.readyramp.com/) as well to assist loading. It's a 2 person job for me, simply because I like somebody there to spot me when I step up on the bed of the truck. It can easily be done alone (one of my friends does), but I like the added security of a spotter. Just "drive" the bike right up the ramp, standing off to the left, propelling the bike with the engine and clutch. Easy to do on level ground.

The convenience and econamy is remarkable. Very little decrease in gas milage (with one bike), and single vehicle tolls. Much easier to manage (drive, reverse, park...etc.) without a trailer too.

However, I state the above as I transport only one bike.

DANCH has a really cool trailer. Effectively, it's a U frame (from the axle to the hitch, to the other axle) bade from box section steel. Rails are placed in the center of the U-frame (can hold 1 or 2 bikes). It's a very light, well built, and minimilist design. Well engineered. Best part is that it folds up very neatly, and consumes a space of about 6' wide by 2' long by 6' high - meaning that it can be stored in a garage space in front of an existing vehicle.

Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the trailer to refer you. Perhaps PM him for assistance?

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just get a trailer that doesn thave a lto fo hieght, you can alwasy flip it up on its side and store it against the wall. the harbor frieght trailers are flimsey. try and Aluma 5x8 not tall and the ramp folds down flat and its lite, so you can lift it up on its side and store it.




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I have a trailer for sale ( classifieds ) that fold, stands up on casters and sits in the corner in your garage.... very cool if you are interested.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-24-2006, 02:01 PM
 
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I have a F250 superduty crew cab 8' bed turbo diesel. BUt when I take short trips with just one bike I rent a pickup from Enterprise rental car for cheap on a weekend package. Sometimes it's only 20 a day.

Full width ramp helps too.
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