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Old 05-13-2016, 03:11 PM   #11
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The best option, (for me), was a pickup truck with an 8 foot box.
Definitely the best option with an Escape... if owning a long-box truck works for you.

The other obvious solution is a "toy hauler" type of trailer, but Escape doesn't make that (although Reace did build one or two, perhaps as an experiment).

One motorcycle-riding friend found an interesting solution: he rode his bike while his wife drove the truck with their kid, dogs, and camping gear. Everyone enjoyed the trip.
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Old 05-13-2016, 04:48 PM   #12
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I haven't tried this, yet, with the Escape; but it's probably doable. Not 100% sure that I can release the hitch with the tailgate down or that the tailgate won't whack the propane cover; but it looks like it will work. While the Escape is heavier, it also has an Anderson hitch ... ought to be a wash.

Of course, my wife rides her own bike and 2 isn't going to work.

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Old 05-14-2016, 05:14 PM   #13
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It looks like there are several folks on this forum who take a fairly heavy motorcycle with them in the back of their truck. What kind of and what length ramp works best? Can one person push the bike up the ramp when the bike has to be loaded from a level ground position? Would a 12-volt winch be useful?
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:43 PM   #14
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I don't own a motorcycle, so perhaps that's one reason that I shudder at the thought of balancing one of these things while rolling it up any ramp into a truck, even though that's where it should be carried. I'm sure I'm not alone in this, and there are some systems to help, although they will all be expensive, complex, heavy, and bulky... at least when compared to a simple ramp.

A Google search for "motorcycle loader" will find some of the alternatives. They vary from a complete telescoping and rolling platform system (e.g. Mountain Master motorcycle loading system) to a simple winched accessory for a ramp (e.g. Cruiser Ramp powered motorcycle ramp system)
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:33 PM   #15
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Wish I could get around this conundrum but it just isn't happening. Thanks guys. Appreciate it.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:42 PM   #16
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I sold my Harley 10 years ago after purchasing my first camper. I found that both would compete against each for my time, particularly on those nice "riding days"- take the bike or go camping. I traded the Harley on my tow vehicle and never looked back, camping is way more enjoyable. If you need to sight see disconnect or take a bicycle with you.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:57 PM   #17
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I loved my Electra Glide. But truth be told it sat too much. I also saw too many people killed or severely injured on bikes. I don't really miss it. Maybe that means I'm becoming an old fuddy duddy?


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Old 05-14-2016, 08:29 PM   #18
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I loved my Electra Glide. But truth be told it sat too much. I also saw too many people killed or severely injured on bikes. I don't really miss it. Maybe that means I'm becoming an old fuddy duddy?


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Or maybe it means you are getting a little more conservative for good reason. A good friend of mine who retired as aviation director for our city had flown copters in Vietnam and was an extremely experienced aviator. I saw him one Friday morning and asked about his weekend plans. Riding the Harley was his answer. That afternoon while riding north of town, an unsecured mattress blew out of a pickup, cleaned him off the Harley and killed him. Lots of times it's the other guy who you can't control no matter how well you ride. I had my motorcycle fun a long time ago and got out unscathed, quit while I was ahead. Never missed it.
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I loved my Electra Glide. But truth be told it sat too much. I also saw too many people killed or severely injured on bikes. I don't really miss it. Maybe that means I'm becoming an old fuddy duddy?


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The key is you are still becoming old. I was hit 3 times sitting still at a stop sign or stop light, once laid it down due to an unexpected ice patch, but when I got clipped on a freeway by a hit and run driver, skidded down the road on my head (ground a 1 inch hole in the helmet and shredded the leathers I always wore) I decided my biking days were over after 26 years.
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True enough Dave, can't control the other guy.

I've a few horror stories too Charlie. Too many to miss riding any more.
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