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Old 05-14-2016, 08:52 PM   #21
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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?
My ramp is 8', folds in half, and is designed for what I do. I drive it into the truck. It's really more of an issue backing it off. The point where the ramp touches the ground gets a bit higher than my inseam and is best done fast. If I can find a small ditch, I'll use it to avoid that.

Been riding for 45 years, with more than a quarter million miles on 2 wheels. I mitigate the risks as best I can and accept the consequences of what I do. I did downsize motorcycles a few years back because of age. The BMW is about 500#.

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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.
For me, the issue is more my avatar. I only take one or the other with me and she wins most of the time.
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:58 PM   #22
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I have trucked a few Vespas around the East Coast in the back of my Tundra. It's a real pain to load with just a ramp. I use to look for made made feature to cut the angle. High curbs, landscaping walls, and even loading docks. It's no easy task. I don't ride anymore, and miss it a lot, but I'm pretty sure I'm done.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:02 PM   #23
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One of the guys who worked for me as a 16 foot mower operator is an Iron Butt. He's about 70 now and still rides quite a bit. He is one of those thousand miles a day guys. He has a lot of experiences to relate and rides with others of his ilk. Not my idea of fun but it takes all kinds. His God given name is Douglas MacArthur and every afternoon as he clocked out, he promised to be at work the next day. You can probably guess his parting statement.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:37 PM   #24
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I'm an Iron Butt guy too, having done the Saddlesore 1000 (1000 miles in less than 24 hours), and the Bun Burner 1500 (1500 miles in 36 hours). But I like to live with the Jimmy Buffett philosophy of "I'd rather die while I'm living, than live while I'm dead". (Really, I do love my motorcycles.) For loading and unloading I ride the bike up or down my ramp. It is 35" wide and very stable.



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That is a nice ramp, looks very stable and wide enough for your feet also.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:51 PM   #26
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That is a nice ramp, looks very stable and wide enough for your feet also.
Yes, it is. I always make sure that I have a rope or strap securing the middle of the ramp to the trailer hitch to prevent the ramp from slipping off of the tailgate. I like to go very slow and make sure my feet are helping to balance me on the ascent or descent.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:30 PM   #28
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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?
I don't know about being a fuddy duddy, but "old" is pretty average for Harley owners now.

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For loading and unloading I ride the bike up or down my ramp. It is 35" wide and very stable.
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That is a nice ramp, looks very stable and wide enough for your feet also.
I had the same reaction: enough width for the feet.
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Old 05-15-2016, 12:20 AM   #29
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I kicked around a lot of ideas about how to take a motorcycle along on our vacations but couldn't come up with anything practical for us. Having to travel inside a car or truck is the only reservation I have about trading our current camper for a 19'. In good weather, I'd rather do 14 hours on the bike than 8 hours in a car. Yes, I have done it but I don't really recommend it. On the other hand I am looking forward to having solid walls, heat, and our own bathroom.

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It all has to do with age and accepting the results. Nancy and I had 15 years of large Harleys, 150K for her and 200 for me, including Key West, North East, a lot of Sturgis and many Hwy 1 trips, much of Western Colorado. When I saw we were only going 3 to 5K per year and we were in the Medicare bracket the bikes were at the next swap meet and were sold with the new couple not even starting them. A good matched pair of Heritage and Fat boy. For a ramp I used a modified U-haul to ride up onto the bed of the cab over hot rod which would draw out the cameras to catch me if I tumbled off the ramp, never happened. Now I question how many years I'll tow a trailer around the country, getting old is not fun.
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