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May 27, 2003, 09:07 AM

Just bougt a quad cab truck to haul my bike. Anyone recommend a good bike-ramp and bike harness?

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May 27, 2003, 09:20 AM

I suggest using the canyon dancer and whatever straps that support a good amount of weight. The ones they sell at bike shops work great.

For the ramp, is your truck a 4x4? The reason i ask is b/c mine is and i bought the kind that folds open and fits the width of the truck. However b/c mine is a 4x4 it sits up kinda high. So when i pull the bike up, the bottom of the bike catches and scrapes the bottom. I am gonna purchase the lil bit pricier arched ramps. They make fold out long ones that will work. If your's isn't a 4x4, then either the single wheel ramp, or fold out kind like mine will work fine.


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May 27, 2003, 09:32 AM

I am not sure how high your 4x4 is - but I went a few years with a single rail ramp; and every time I loaded a bike it was a near death experience. My 99 CBR900 almost came off a few times.
Some people get real good with the solo ramps and have no problems, but if you are not already good at loading/unloading (say from dirt bike experience) bikes then getting a full size tri-fold ramp is the way to go. Getting a sportbike into a 4x4 by yourself on a solo ramp takes some experience; or else you may drop it, and at a couple feet up you are going to do some big damage.

I picked a full ramp up at Colemans a few years ago for $120 and it has made life so much easier when I put a bike in my truck by myself.
It is a tri-fold that can be used for ATVs and riding mowers, but it does make things much, much easier.
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May 27, 2003, 09:37 AM

i use a 7 foot fold up ramp from Advance Auto parts and a milk crate to get my bikes loaded into my Tacoma 4x4. the milk crate is just a step to get into the bed as you walk the bike up the ramp. works like a charm and i dont get causght up.


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For the ramp, is your truck a 4x4? The reason i ask is b/c mine is and i bought the kind that folds open and fits the width of the truck. However b/c mine is a 4x4 it sits up kinda high. So when i pull the bike up, the bottom of the bike catches and scrapes the bottom. I am gonna purchase the lil bit pricier arched ramps. They make fold out long ones that will work. If your's isn't a 4x4, then either the single wheel ramp, or fold out kind like mine will work fine.
I have a Dakota Quad Cab 4X4. I'm a little worried about the short bed lenght, but one of the mechanics at the dealership said his bike fits. Thinking about getting a bed-extender for the additial piece of mind. Definiately interested in the arch ramp - any suggestions that will work w/ a short bed?

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May 27, 2003, 11:15 AM

You could try the ready-ramp...it's a ramp that folds into a bed extender. Pretty slick setup. www.readyramp.com


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I have a set of http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...1&categoryId=0 these. The bed of my truck is 36 inches high, I've had no problem loading my sport bikes or even my 800lb harley. They have a very nice curve so you don't scrape. I use one ramp to walk on and the other for the bike.

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