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.
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.
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.
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.
I've never trailered my Strom - but I load it into a toybox trailer every night as that's where it lives...no garage so the toybox is my garage.
I walk beside it as I power it up the drop ramp into the trailer.
It seems to me that some guys think you're less than hard core if you trailor your bike. Coming from a dirt bike background, I have no problem with it. I know I'm as hard core as the next guy.
Having my bike on a trailor means I also have my truck. My truck is awesome and has alot of good stuff in it which makes a camp and ride more enjoyable...Like big firewood, some chairs, good tools, and a cooler with ice.
So...yeah....I'll trailor from time to time. I've done bikes only camp and rides on my Wee more than I've used my truck and trailor. Given the choice.....I'm split. Sometimes I like one.....sometimes I prefer the other. You definitely have more stuff when you use the truck.
I voted "push while walking beside" but that's with a 5' wide ramp. Makes a huge difference when the ramp is 1' wide. In that situation, you'd best have a helper. Another ramp to walk up beside the bike is useful too.
I have a single-axel, open utility trailer with one of those tall, wide mesh tailgates that is also my ramp. I've always just jumped on the bike and rode it straight onto the trailer into my Condor bike chock. With the trailer attached to my truck, it's a quick and painless one-man operation. :thumbsup:
I have never trailered the Vee but have trailered other bikes for myself and friends from dirt bikes to goldwings. When my son was younger we would go down to the beach and ride but he was too little to ride the freeways so on the trailer the bike would go. But we always pushed them up, I saw a good friend get VERY hurt by a simple mistake riding his bike up the ramp like he had a 1000 times before.
But we cheat, I use anything I can to get the ramp as level as I can, in my driveway I will put my rear tires (of the truck or trailer) in the gutter. That way the deck is as low to the ground as possible. If you find just the right spot you might not even need the ramps. My driveway with my street trailer I can load even a cruiser in with out a ramp, and yes, then I will ride it in.
Most trailers have a low enough deck height that it's really not a big deal to get it in/on one. Whether I ride it or walk it (either powered or unpowered) just depends on the exact situation.
Now getting it into a pickup or van, that can get a little dicey.
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