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post #1 of 22 Old 01-09-2014, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Vee on a Pickup Advice

Hello all, have not posted in a while (winter riding blues). I need a new 4 wheel ride and was considering a pickup so I could haul my bike occasionally.

Looking at various models but particularly like the Ridgeline.

Questions:

1-Do you haul your 1000 bike on a 4 door pick up? If so what one?
2-How do you get it up on the bed
3-Tie downs?

Any information would be great.

Thanks to all who help me out.

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Use a trailer. And if not optional, then you can use pick up bed, but may over hang the tailgate. Always use a ramp, there are a number out there that fold into two. ALWAYS use two people, just have to look at YouTube to see how many fails there are. Various tie downs available on the market, or there are wheel chocks available on fleabay that the front wheel rolls into and keeps the bike upright and prevents it from rolling back and forth, but still use tie-downs. I've always used a trailer, and they are cheap enough, only down side is storage, however I have looked into a bike carrier that uses the vehicle hitch and lets the front wheel sit inside a 'box' with only the rear wheel in contact with the ground, but I would only use it sort short distances............
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I've carried my Harley around in a Dodge Dakota with no problems other than visibility. I prefered trailering it and I trailered my Strom the day I bought it. If you're gonna do it often/frequently, invest in a good ramp and a few ratchet straps. Four or more would be ideal but I've done it with two (all highway, of course).
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Dakota Crew?

Thanks, is your Dakota a Crew Caruser4? If so did you have to have to utilize the tail gate up or down?

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A V-Strom will fit into a 6.5' truck bed if you lift its front wheel onto a auto lift ramp (the kind that you drive the front end of your car onto for a home garage oil change or whatever). Lifting the front end tucks in the rear enough to close the tailgate. I do the same thing with my ATV, but using two ramps.

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Brought my Vee back from the shop in a 4 door Toyota pickup. We used 2 ramps, one for the bike and one to walk up beside it. Fired the bike up and walked it up, with a 2nd guy making sure it was straight on the ramp and operating the back brake so the 1st guy can maintain control. Lots of straps ... we had a handlebar strap then 2 down to the front corners, then 2 from the grab bars to the rear corners of the bed. The tailgate was down and the rear wheel was on the tailgate. We used another strap wrapped around the rear wheel and then connected to the corners. The bike didn't move. Of course strap the ramps to the truck so they don't move, and I'd invest in really good firm ramps. One of ours was cheap and it was kinda bouncy. You can also get full size ramps the width of the pickup bed, but storage of them and your bike in the truck at the same time is a little tricky.

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I'm gonna side with the people suggesting a trailer here...

Speaking from experience because getting home and trying to unload a bike like this sucks:

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I'm gonna side with the people suggesting a trailer here...

Speaking from experience because getting home and trying to unload a bike like this sucks:
yup. just checkout some youtube vids on the subject.

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I went with an older Tacoma largely because I could get a lower bed. What helps much is backing the truck so the back wheels are in the raingutter at the bottom of the driveway. This really brings the tailgate height down to a manageable height. You definitely want another set of hands as a spotter when taking it on or off. I would not do it regularly on a bigger truck myself, and would agree that a trailer is much easier to load and unload.

For tie down I use two simple cam straps and they do fine. I sometimes will use four, but if I do I route the backups to the front of the bed too so that it is keeping the bike from rolling out if there is a failure. No point tying to the back as the bike will just roll out if the front straps go. They also sell webbing in a figure eight pattern that you can route around your forks above the fork tree. Your hooks then hook onto the straps without scratching the finish or damaging handlebars. I can't recall what they are called.

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post #10 of 22 Old 01-09-2014, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Wow that looks crazy Pele2048

Seeing Pele's bike on the pickup makes me change my mind about the trailer idea. I was dead set against it but seeing that beast up on the truck like that makes me sure I would be posting on youtube.

Thanks for all the advice. Particularly the pic.

Motorcycle Farkles so far: Center Stand, Givi V46 top case, Madstad bracket, Caribou Pelican 35L Pannier System, Nelson-Rigg cl-1050 tank bag, Powerlet for the tankbag, Sena SMH10, Vista Cruise Control, GIVI Crash bars, Rick's fork brace, Rick's kickstand foot, Rick's rear wheel spacer, Garmin 550

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