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Jul 7th 2016, 09:06 AM   #1
 
  Jun 2016
  Bothell

  2009 Ducati 1198, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, 1971 Ducati 450
Advice on a motorcycle ramp?

Anybody out there have an F350 or similar that they load their bikes into? If so, what length/brand ramp do you use?

I tried stopping by cycle gear to see if they'd let me put one of their ramps up to my truck but they wouldn't take it out of the wrapping to check the fit and angle.

I don't really feel like dealing with ordering something and seeing if it works only to have to return it.

On a side note, anybody have chocks mounted in their truck that work well?
Jul 7th 2016, 09:36 AM   #2
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

I had a pair of steel Harbor Freight tri-fold ramps that were probably 78 inch length. Packed nice, but too short for comfort with my Tacoma unless I could back up to a hill or curb. Definitely need longer for a full size truck.

http://www.discountramps.com/motorcy...culator/a/b68/

This calculator says my ramps were long enough, but they felt damn steep. I think it only looks at clearing the lowest part of the bike. Everything cleared with my ramps, but I needed at least two people to load from a flat surface and that felt iffy. (55.5 in wheelbase, 5.7 in ground clearance, and 33.5 in tailgate height)

Edited by HalcyonSon on Jul 7th 2016 at 09:53 AM
Jul 7th 2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Loading, darn, I thought you were looking to jump something!?
Jul 7th 2016, 10:28 AM   #4
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
How real men load their bikes

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Jul 7th 2016, 10:31 AM   #5
 
  Jun 2016
  Bothell

  2009 Ducati 1198, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, 1971 Ducati 450
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Loading, darn, I thought you were looking to jump something!?
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How real men load their bikes
You set up a jump, and pay my insurance and I'll jump the Thurxton R, but I want Drone footage! I'll be famous! .........but probably dead lol
Jul 7th 2016, 10:35 AM   #6
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  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
When u jump, keep your legs extended above the bars. that way u can just slide thru back window into drivers seat with the momentum. make sure back window is open!
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Jul 7th 2016, 11:55 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

I don't have a huge truck but it sounds like you are going to need at least 8ft long ramp minimum.
This is the one I'd take a close look at - the ramp is almost 8' and double wide so you can walk your bike right up the ramp. Expensive but worth it since it's got extra aluminum for tight gaps and it's curved which I found to be helpful in loading large bikes.
motorcycle-superstore.com/26035/i/moose-racing-utv-aluminum-ramp - 2 18" wide ones
motorcycle-superstore.com/26038/i/moose-racing-arched-folding-aluminum-ramp - 2 12" wide ones

or get two of these 9ft ramps for $300. it's a straight one though. I would not recommend straight ramp if you have a large bike. curved ramps help keep the bottom or the exhaust pipes from scraping the ramp
mooseracing.com/products/?productId=166630

here's a 10ft long curved ramp - nice!
discountramps.com/motorcycle_ramps/p/MF-12038/

(I removed the http//www. from links to keep pnwmoto from automatically changing the text)
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Edited by Nathan on Jul 7th 2016 at 12:06 PM
Jul 7th 2016, 12:14 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

edit - there's a "ramp calculator" link (green button) on this page: discountramps.com/big-boy-motorcycle-ramp/p/MF2-AMR/
Check out the reviews too most are XL truck owners.


oh yeah regarding chock - I use baxley with tie downs. Heavy duty chock, I don't even bolt it to the truck, tie downs keep it in place
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Edited by Nathan on Jul 7th 2016 at 12:21 PM
Jul 7th 2016, 12:53 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
I bought three of the Cycle Gear single wide ramps that fold in the middle with a slight curve on the top half when they were on sale for $70. Then I bolted them together at the hinge, top, and bottom with washers as spacers between them. I can walk my bike up them (or ride) with plenty of room on either side. It looks exactly like this: Big Boy Folding Arched Motorcycle Ramp - 10' Long | MF-12038 | DiscountRamps.com

I use it all the time on my '89 Dodge 4x4 PU with standard 3" lift. I fold the assembly in half and use a tiedown between the rear stake pockets on the bed to hold it against the tailgate for transport. Its all aluminum, so one person can move it in and out of the truck easily, and the storage tie-down doubles as an anchor to the bumper/hitch assembly so it won't slide off when its being used. The system works beautifully.

Now they have double-wide ramps, so a pair would work nicely to the same effect. Still less expensive than any other option.
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Jul 7th 2016, 01:08 PM   #10
 
  Jun 2016
  Bothell

  2009 Ducati 1198, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, 1971 Ducati 450
Thanks folks, I'll look into your recommendations!
Jul 7th 2016, 01:16 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, Ducati 1198S, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
I bought these and I use 2 x 12 lumber:

https://www.amazon.com/Highland-1125...FSPAKCH7FHGF4K
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Edited by Cougar on Jul 7th 2016 at 01:19 PM
Jul 7th 2016, 03:33 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Buckley

Easy / Ready Ramp I dual use as a bed ext. as well.

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Edited by tchase on Jul 7th 2016 at 03:47 PM
Jul 7th 2016, 03:46 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Des Moines

  M1200s, VFR800 & GSXR750
Might not hurt to consider getting a small winch too. I've only had to do the high loading thing once and that was enough for me. I almost dropped the bike while I was backing it out due to me not properly strapping the ramp to my rig (a pit angel walking by stepped on the end of my ramp just in the nick of time). A winch would have made things a lot easier.
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