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Old 10-22-2012, 01:03 AM
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Planning to move back to Colorado soon and to haul the Vee in my truck. My tailgate is 35" off the ground. As frugal as I am, I don't think I will chance using my separated 7' utility ramps. So I was hoping that some of you might kindly make some ramp recommendations. I see that Discount Ramps has the Black Widow nine footer at 10% off, bringing the total cost to just under $340 delivered. Ouch, but there are much bigger ouch's out there. Thanks in advance.
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FWIW, Cycle Gear's 94" long by 18" wide folding ramp (with a 1500 pound capacity) is on sale for $139. I helped a guy load his gold wing using this ramp. Pretty sturdy.

I have a ramp from Harbor Freight I bought a couple of years ago that is about 7" long and (if I remember correctly) is rated to about 750 - 800 lbs. have had no problems loading either the vstrom or FJR using it.
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I bought one of those monster ramps . 3 sections , 1500 lbs. in the middle and 600lbs on both sides. Used it once 6 years ago and it's been sitting ever since. I recommend you save your money, either borrow a ramp to load it or find a dock , hill or some other way. Same thing unloading.
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If it's just a one-time use why don't you make your own wooden partial ramp to extend your current one? Or find a sloping driveway and park at the bottom while you load.

I'm not sure how tall my '08 Tundra's tailgate is, but another guy and I pushed my stock suspension Wee-Strom up and into the bed on a 6' ramp with only a slight slope for assist. If you build a wooden partial ramp to raise your 7' ramp up six inches or so at the bottom I can't imagine you would have a problem even on level ground.

But get some help.
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Rent a trailer, much easier than a truck.
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+1 on the loading dock. Better to ramp down into the bed.


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Rent a trailer, much easier than a truck.
+1 On the trailer U Haul rents a motorcycle specific one and it would probably cost less than the $340 on a 1 way rental plus it will give you a little extra room to haul stuff.
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U-Haul motorcycle trailer is what I did too back last winter when I bought my Strom and had to get it home. It's cheap enough, is very sturdy and has it's own built in ramp.
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He's trying to save money. I'd buy the ramp before renting a trailer. Putting it in the truck by either borrowing a ramp or finding a hill to load is cost free,
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He's trying to save money. I'd buy the ramp before renting a trailer. Putting it in the truck by either borrowing a ramp or finding a hill to load is cost free,
Drop the bike getting it on or off the truck and see how much money you save, this isn't a sub 300lb dirtbike.
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