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Old 07-16-2009, 09:57 PM   #15
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Use the ditch method

Crusty has it right! Ditches or small hill berms are everywhere. Drop the tailgate, back into the rising ground and use a sturdy ramp/board/plate to go from the ground to the bed. Ride it on and safely have way less chance of dumping it.

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Old 07-17-2009, 11:10 AM   #16
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This seems like the best and safest bet......
Originally Posted by ScottMac View Post

These photos are from an earlier post. (2008 F-250 long bed)

The bike in the photos is a Suzuki C50 - however, we most recently have used this setup with a Honda Goldwing. (2008 GL1800) and it works great. Unfortunately, I got wiped out in February - the Wing was destroyed and the ensuing health issues have prompted me to give up riding.

The ramp is made by USA Ramp (model A9) - USA Ramp - folding ramps for trucks, vans.

The ramp actually attaches to the hitch shank and works like a charm. I had to make one minor mod to the hitch (we had to grind off about 1/8" to 1/4" of the gusset for the sleeve to slide back far enough on the shank - it was so little that it does not violate the integrity of the shank). They are not "inexpensive", but they provide a wonderful solution to taking a bike as large as a "Wing" with you when you are pulling an Airstream. USA Ramp makes ramps in many different configurations. I spoke with them on the phone extensively before ordering and they were great to work with.

The ramp weight limit is 1200 lbs. Since we are no longer riding, I might be willing to make you a really good deal on the ramp and the attachments. I'm not sure I will ever have a use for it at this point. Check out the website - I absolutely loved this solution. The ramp is actually 43 inches wide - the website says 39, but he started making them at 43 when I bought mine. It is feet down so it is very safe and easy to ride the bike up into the truck.

The motorcycle stayed covered while in tow with a towable cover made by Geza Gear - it will not scratch the bike.

Hope this helps.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:22 PM   #17
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if you haven't found a lift go to rampage lifts. they are about 2500.00. my riding buddy has one for his harly and i will be getting one for my road king. they are the best out there and a safer way then any ramp. good luck.


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