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View Poll Results: How do you get your bike onto a trailer or truckbed
Never trailer my Vstrom 19 39.58%
Push it up the ramp onto the trailer (engine off) 13 27.08%
Power it up the ramp -walking beside the bike 5 10.42%
Ride it up the ramp - Woo-Hoo 10 20.83%
Use a loading dock - or equal - to get bike onto trailer 1 2.08%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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post #1 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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loading bike onto trailer

the several threads don't adequately address the how to of the most important phase - getting the bike up the ramp - so lets try a poll (assuming I can get this right)
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 09:21 PM
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I just ride mine up and hit the front brake as soon as the back wheel leaves the ramp and touches the trailer. Been doing it that way for many, many years. Works good for me.
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post #3 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 09:50 PM
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Riding up make sure the trailer is attached to the truck or otherwise stabilized. First time I tried it I got a surprise as I rode into a teeter totter.

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post #4 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 10:45 PM
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I voted "never load my bike on a trailer", but you missed an option - a drop bottom trailer. Really easy to load - just ride on and tie down.
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post #5 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 10:53 PM
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I have never loaded the Wee on a trailer so far, and hope I never do. I guess it would depend on the trailer I was loading on to for the proper responce.

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post #6 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 11:56 PM
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Depends on the height of the trailer/truck and the type of ramp. I put mine in my brother in law's 4x4 truck once and it was pretty high with narrow slick ramps. For that, we pushed it up. If I was putting it in a lower trailer I would ride it up. FWIW, all the scratches and damages I've put on my bike came from it riding in the back of his truck and not from being ridden like it was intended. I hope to never make that mistake again.

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post #7 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 12:19 AM
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Thumbs down I quit!

Ten times I have loaded my Wee-Strom onto my trailer.
Ten times I have unloaded it after 1500 miles.
Twenty times I have been frightened, and recently
I have had a sore back after each loading and each unloading.
And of course, after loading it, I have 1500 miles to drive.

This time the Wee-Strom stays behind and I'll take the little bike instead.
You know, as soon as I made that decision, my back felt a whole lot better.

Good luck with your trailering. If you are as weak as I am, you will
take every advantage, including pointing the van and trailer down
the driveway and removing the trailer's wheels to make the ramp
as shallow as possible. It's an extra hour of jacking and wrenching,
but I found all these steps necessary for my safety.

I considered using the engine to help me load as I walked beside,
but that was too hairy for me. I just leaned into it and lurched it up.


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post #8 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 02:01 AM
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I use my trailer and an atv ramp with plywood tops added to it. The ramp is
4 foot wide and chained to the trailer so it can't slip off, so I can easily touch my feet down on both sides riding it up. I've seen a whole bunch of bikes dropped by people trying either use narrow ramps or using a piece of wood to load bikes. Riding it up the ramp is fairly easy but trying to stop part way up without putting your feet down is another matter. Ramps not attached to the truck/trailer have a bad habit of coming off that vehicle when power is applied to them from the bike.

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post #9 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 07:04 AM
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I've never trailered my wee, but I have trailered many other bikes up to the Harley Davidson size. I try to find a hill near the road or driveway (like the one in my front yard for years). I back the trailer into the hill, making the ramp as horizontal (and short) as possible. From there, sometimes I ride, sometimes I push.

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post #10 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 07:14 AM
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If it's my own bike I will power it up the ramp and walk beside it
If it's an unfamiliar bike I will push it up the ramp with the engine off.

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