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post #1 of 29 Old 06-21-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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trailering with ramps

figured I should try out the new-to-me ramps I bought last year

here are two photos

it was easy, I just needed a careful hand on the clutch-throttle combo so as to not stall the engine as I inched my way up, for coming down it was engine-off

each of the three ramps have a safety cable to hook them to trailer

center ramp is heavier as it takes the bikes load, with me on it
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No wheel chocks?
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Do the ramps fit in the trailer?
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the ramps fold in half, so, yes, they could fit -

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Do the ramps fit in the trailer?
the ramps fold in half, so yes, they could fit - this session was a test of loading, thats all
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this session was a test of loading, thats all

I have used temporary arrangements for a front wheel chock in the past with my EX250 (sold), but I am leaning to a removable steel wheel chock for the Wee, becasue the Wee is bigger and heavier
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I'd feel better about walking the bike up the ramps...strong ramp on the right for the bike, two lighter ramps on the left to walk on.

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Dammer boy, excuses me but that trailer does not look long enough etc. My advice would be to buy a different trailer with a tilt/tip and forget this setup as it looks like this setup would be tail heavy when loaded with the Strom which is not a good idea and will cause w-e-a-v-e .......

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I'd feel better about walking the bike up the ramps...strong ramp on the right for the bike, two lighter ramps on the left to walk on.
+1000!!! Its harder to drop a bike with your feet planted on something firm... give it some gas, feather the clutch and walk that thing up...

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arched ramps

the arched ramps are a great addition to the rider who uses a trailer or pick up with a higher, off the ground, load surface

it helps in the avoidance of high centering, during the loading process, as you've shown in the above pictures

your WIDE ramp combination also aids the loader by providing a place to, either, walk the bike from either side or ride it up while paddling with both feet

when it comes to mounting things like wheel chocks and tie down rings in a utility style trailer, i've become a great fan of BED BOLTS

Truck Tie Downs | Removable Eye Bolts | BedBolts.com

BED BOLTS can be installed in a wooden floored trailer and pulled down flush so that when you aren't hauling your skooter, the eye bolts can be removed, without tools, to return your trailer to a flat floored hauling machine

for folks who haul their skoots in the bed of a pick up, the remaining BED BOLT HEADS are in the lower troughs of the corrugated bed design and that doesn't interfere with the use of the pick up bed, when the eye bolts are removed, again w/o tools

for just anchoring a chock or center rail, i just use a common 3/8" bolt to secure them, instead of the eye bolts that come with the bed bolts

your wide arched ramp should give you many glitch-less loadings & unloadings

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