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post #1 of 23 Old 01-07-2008, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Lightbulb help in NJ needed! Do you have a ramp?

I am planning to drive about two hours south of my location, 08840, NJ to Mays Landing, NJ. There is a 919 for sale there and the owner has kindly offered to drive it back up to me in his pickup truck...

I have no way to get the bike in the bed tho... Its a 2005 Dodge Ram Short Bed 1500 4 x 4 its 3 feet from the ground with the tailgate open.

The cheapest ramps are $100+ so I was wondering, does anyone have a ramp I could borrow? Or perhaps know how to make your own?

What do you guys suggest besides riding it home? Which I may do... =P

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-07-2008, 07:59 AM
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Lowes or Home Depot. $30.00 max. Or, find a nice grassy ditch to back the truck down into, works like a champ.

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A length of 2 x 10 or 2 x 12 lumber would work in a pinch.

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A few 10ft 2/12's coluld hold the bike easy... one guy pushing the bike one guy ready to catch and pull.. dont drop it ........ j/k




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http://www.klr650.marknet.us/ramps.html just like that huh?

One problem I see is getting the ramps down to him in my sedan =\

maybe I can build em on the spot heheh

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Every town has a lawnmower shop and every lawnmower shop has some sort of ramp for loading/unloading. Find one.

I was a UPS delivery driver for years. Loading docks abound. Factories, grocerie stores, appliance places... just start driving around the back of buildings. They're everywhere.

If worse comes to worse the board and the ditch thing works, but the risk is higher od something going bad.

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Every town has a lawnmower shop and every lawnmower shop has some sort of ramp for loading/unloading. Find one.

I was a UPS delivery driver for years. Loading docks abound. Factories, grocerie stores, appliance places... just start driving around the back of buildings. They're everywhere.

If worse comes to worse the board and the ditch thing works, but the risk is higher od something going bad.
to continue this thought most of the motorcyle/atv shops around here have one and you could easily search that and verify before leaving and plan to meet there!

Good luck

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martin, you can rent a single track folding ramp from home depot for a few bucks...will fit in the trunk of a car

this week will be nice enough around here, you actually could ride it home T/W/Th

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the seller and I have agreed to meet on Sunday morning, the 20th ... Not this weekend, but next.

If it is warm enough i would be happy to ride it...
what's the law on riding a non insured non registered bike?

=P

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post #10 of 23 Old 01-07-2008, 10:19 AM
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You have plenty of time to get it insured. No excuse not to. If he'll send the title, you can get all of that out of the way too. If he's not comfortable doing that, you can ride for 30 days on his plate.

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well the trick is i'm not sure if I'll be buying it. i have to see it in person and ride it first before I buy it =]

i do have an old plate from my previous bike tho =P

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Don't bother with the ramp. I bought my 919 in South Jersey. Just find a construction site with a dirt pile. Drop the tailgate, back up the truck, and drive it in. Just find the dirt pile where you are going to unload.

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haha so two dirt piles to be found eh? =P

what if its muddy!!! =]

Thanks dave, but riding a bike down a dirt pile makes me nervous heheh i'm going to look for some loading docks in the back of the local A&P first before I try to find some construction

it is def a good back up idea

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post #14 of 23 Old 01-07-2008, 05:17 PM
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Well, wrong weekend for me....... but I would offer to go and help you get the bike with my truck and trailer..... but I am away that weekend...

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Have you considered a U-Haul motorcycle trailer?

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Have you considered a U-Haul motorcycle trailer?
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Or just rent a U-Haul truck with a lift gate Or ramp.
That way it's safely inside.

You can add the bike to your insurance temporarily. If you don't buy it, Just take it off. By all means, let your insurance co. know what your doing.
They can work it out for you. They should be able to give you 3-5 days & you'll be covered.

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post #17 of 23 Old 01-07-2008, 10:43 PM
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Martin_nj seriously, I bought my 919 in south jersey. I asked him where there was a hill. He said there are no hills in south Jersey, so plan "B". The guy I bought it from, had ideas of making a ramp, I could picture us getting it halfway up and slipping, so I asked him if he knew of any houses being built nearby. He said there's one a couple of blocks away so we drove over, and there was a mound like a hill. I dropped the tailgate, backed up the truck and wheeled it in. When I got back home, there is a parking lot around the corner form my home, that has a sloping hill on one side I just did the reverse. Easy in easy out. Like I do with my sled.

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I can't imagine trying to get it into the back of a large truck with some 2x10s or 2x12s. I had to get mine out of my s-10 in my sloped driveway and into my garage (all in all the drop was maybe 18") and it was a beast! Stupid boards kept sliding back when the back tired would hit. If you can get the 'build a ramp' kit with the metal tongues it helps a ton!

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My brother just brought his GSXR up from Amarillo in the smallest U-Haul truck that they rent. The truck has a slide-out ramp that is perfect for loading bikes, and tiedowns in the front. Worked like a champ.

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get the uhaul or just ride it home

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@ dave - your idea using hill and such is great i agree, they are stable and sturdy for the most part. however the truck isn't mine - i'm not sure how the seller (his truck) treats it. some people liek to baby their trucks...
my other concern is for rain as a muddy contruction pile will be dangerous

@ rest of the guys - i would love to ride home . its 90 miles on the parkway (60-80mph) so if it is cold out i will prob get frostbite with the windchill gheheh

the seller just said he doesn't mind letting me ride it up to my place on his plates... he'd follow in his truck and take the plates back down so between this option and renting from home depot for a few bucks i should be covered!

wish me good weather everyone =]

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ok martin, you're killin me...you're not riding the bike home on the 20th unless the freakish weather holds (which it might...shouldn't, but might)..don't need you challenging black ice on the GSP or what have you

hollar at me when the date gets closer...think i'm outta town that weekend but if not i can lend a hand or at least loan ya my ramp

i'll pm details
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maybe the seller could return the ramp on his way home

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