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post #1 of 27 Old 01-14-2009, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Bike ramp recommendations?

God forbid something should happen, but if it does, does one normally own some sort of bike ramp for getting the 9er into the back of one's pickup?

I'm about 5'10'' and 175 lbs, and need to be able to load the bike myself.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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find a hill and back up to it or buy one of those big-azz ride on ramps.

otherwise it's a total drag and you need friend to help.

if you're really into it you can temp/mount a small winch in the bed of the pickup.

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God forbid something should happen, but if it does, does one normally own some sort of bike ramp for getting the 9er into the back of one's pickup?

I'm about 5'10'' and 175 lbs, and need to be able to load the bike myself.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all, as always,

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pile dirt up at a 43.3 degree angle and lay a piece of plywood on top of it... park truck approx 37'4" away prefrerably left in neutral... get a 118' running start and hit ramp at exactly 86.223 mph... if all goes well bike lands in bed of truck.. truck is in neutral and will roll forward absorbing the force of stopping the bike against the front of the truck bed...

or just come and order some premade and i will get you my employee discount...

if you try the first method call me first so i can set up the camera...



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pile dirt up at a 43.3 degree angle and lay a piece of plywood on top of it... park truck approx 37'4" away prefrerably left in neutral... get a 118' running start and hit ramp at exactly 86.223 mph... if all goes well bike lands in bed of truck.. truck is in neutral and will roll forward absorbing the force of stopping the bike against the front of the truck bed...

or just come and order some premade and i will get you my employee discount...

if you try the first method call me first so i can set up the camera...
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This is what I use, but need someone to help.
http://www.readyramp.com/full.size.t...bs.rated.ramps

It can be used as a bed extender, which is a big plus.

I've seen some ride-up type ramps at the track that roll up for storage.
Just install a wheel choke in the bed of the truck to catch the front wheel.
Not sure who makes them though.

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It can be used as a bed extender, which is a big plus.
I like that bed extender fnxn. My boys are starting to really campaign for dirt bikes...

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I use a 8 ft long cut of painters 2x10 walk board. I'm 5'11" 190 and have put it in the truck (4x4 Chevy 1500) a couple of times with no problems. It is easier to remove the tailgate first though.

There is a hill in front of my house where I can just drop the tailgate and ride right into the truck too. So a hill works if you can find one.

Edit: If you need to haul a few dirt bikes, you might start looking at an inexpensive 'toy' trailer.

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My wife needed a ramp to load her CRF150R into the pickup, she's 5'2" so the ramp had to wide enough for her to walk next to the bike as she could not stay at ground level and negotiate it into the pickup. I took a 14' extension ladder
and 3 sections of 18" piano hinge to attach them side by side then bolted 3/4" plywood to it. So when opened it's approx 30" wide. This is not the best pic but I hope you get the idea. That's it folded in half if I recall it was a total of about $70.

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My wife needed a ramp to load her CRF150R into the pickup, she's 5'2" so the ramp had to wide enough for her to walk next to the bike as she could not stay at ground level and negotiate it into the pickup. I took a 14' extension ladder
and 3 sections of 18" piano hinge to attach them side by side then bolted 3/4" plywood to it. So when opened it's approx 30" wide. This is not the best pic but I hope you get the idea. That's it folded in half if I recall it was a total of about $70.

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That's ingenious!!! I love it when members come up with cool ways to solve problems.




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This is what I use, but need someone to help.
http://www.readyramp.com/full.size.t...bs.rated.ramps

It can be used as a bed extender, which is a big plus.

I've seen some ride-up type ramps at the track that roll up for storage.
Just install a wheel choke in the bed of the truck to catch the front wheel.
Not sure who makes them though.

+1 on the readyramp. I love mine ! I can load and have loaded all sorts of bikes in my 4x4 sans problem, as long as I have either a bike box or a big bucket to step up on. Great product there !

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I like that bed extender fnxn. My boys are starting to really campaign for dirt bikes...
let me know...



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My wife needed a ramp to load her CRF150R into the pickup, she's 5'2" so the ramp had to wide enough for her to walk next to the bike as she could not stay at ground level and negotiate it into the pickup. I took a 14' extension ladder
and 3 sections of 18" piano hinge to attach them side by side then bolted 3/4" plywood to it. So when opened it's approx 30" wide. This is not the best pic but I hope you get the idea. That's it folded in half if I recall it was a total of about $70.

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Love this idea. Going to take a shot at it.

I especially like the part where the Real Men of the World offer me solutions to my problems and begin with the old "Here's what works for my wife..."

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Rich: When you get time, would like to see a few more detailed photos of the ramp. Would like to add it to the Helpful Topics.
Great idea!

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I'll try and take some more detailed pics of it this weekend. I keep telling Sandy we should put the bike in rear wheel first, that way when she gets to the track she can ride it out.

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I use a 8 ft long cut of painters 2x10 walk board. I'm 5'11" 190 and have put it in the truck (4x4 Chevy 1500) a couple of times with no problems. It is easier to remove the tailgate first though.

There is a hill in front of my house where I can just drop the tailgate and ride right into the truck too. So a hill works if you can find one.

Edit: If you need to haul a few dirt bikes, you might start looking at an inexpensive 'toy' trailer.
+1. I have a 4x4 taco and length really helps. The height if the bed can be intimidating. I use one ramp for the bike and the other to walk next to it. I idle it in and brake it down.

There's a large "pucker factor" with the wooden ramps. It's not the best setup for a 1 man job honestly. But for $40 total, it's by far the cheapest. I bought this kit from atuo zone and 2 rolls of grip tape (this is a necessity.)

I've been eying these up for awhile. They seem slightly cumbersome but might be worth the easier load process. Bring your check book.
http://www.discountramps.com/smc-600...cle-hauler.htm
http://www.discountramps.com/black-w...cycle-ramp.htm

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Hey Rich, you ever get those pictures? I'd be interested in fabricating something along those lines...

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Right now I'm down to one arm, though tomorrow it is not supposed to snow so I will definitely drag it out and take some pics and post them. It will break the boredom of taking hydrocodone and watching 'World at War' almost finished
'Team of Rivals' about Abraham Lincoln. Also got a new scope for my Remington 541T and am itching to mount it, hard to do single handed.

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OK the pics aren't that great but you should get the basic idea. I started with
a very cheap ladder, make sure that both sections are the same width in this case they were 16 inches. This gives you a 32 inch wide ramp when done. I cut the ends so both halves were the same length I settled for 7'2". Had some piano hinges from previous projects and plywood from the garage construction.
The costliest part were the ends $39 at a trailer shop by me.
My wife has no trouble loading her CRF150R by herself and I had a 230lb fellow ride his harley up the ramp and it's still hanging in there.

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I love it! Looks like a good weekend project - thanks for posting the details (I imagine it wasn't easy using just the one hand).

That aside may come back to bite us all.

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Rich: Major props for posting this soon after surgery.

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No problem had Sandy help me position it as it's her ramp. Also managed to mount a scope and zero in one of my .22s, it was in the high 30s which is a veritable heat wave.

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Way cool ramp Rich Simple Idea...And looks like it works wonders. GREAT JOB


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No problem had Sandy help me position it as it's her ramp. Also managed to mount a scope and zero in one of my .22s, it was in the high 30s which is a veritable heat wave.

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Fantastic job, Rich (and Sandy). This is absolutely the way to go for me.

Can't thank you enough for the extra effort with the pics.

I noticed references to your surgery, so I will keep an especially good thought for your continued recovery.

Thanks again,

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