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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-09-2016, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Good Afternoon All,
My name is Brian and I am new to the forum, but not to riding. I have been riding for about 16 years and have found myself with a new question which I can not find an answer too. I have a 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600. I have rode it everywhere. This year I purchased a camper and said it sure would be great to take my bike with me to destinations. My dilemma is putting it in my truck. My first question is what ramps do you guys recommend. I saw on discountramps.com a calculator and it recommended a 14ft long ramp, WOW!. Secondly do you guys use the tie down loops made into the bed, or are they not strong enough? The last thing I want is to have my bike rip one from the bed and fall over. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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The Vulcan 1600 is a rather heavy bike and the longer the ramp the easier it is to load a bike. The shorter the ramp the more muscle it takes, unless one wants to take a crack at running the bike up the ramp under its own power, which can be risky unless the ramp is rather wide and the rider makes a quick shot of loading and doesn't make any mistakes.. I've used a 14 foot ramp to load my VN900, a much lighter bike. Also a longer ramp in my experience makes unloading easier and safer. Although the ramp I've used isn't collapsible it may be possible to find a ramp which is.

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The Vulcan 1600 is a rather heavy bike and the longer the ramp the easier it is to load a bike. The shorter the ramp the more muscle it takes, unless one wants to take a crack at running the bike up the ramp under its own power, which can be risky unless the ramp is rather wide and the rider makes a quick shot of loading and doesn't make any mistakes.. I've used a 14 foot ramp to load my VN900, a much lighter bike. Also a longer ramp in my experience makes unloading easier and safer. Although the ramp I've used isn't collapsible it may be possible to find a ramp which is.
Thank you, I have seen some ramps collapsible in the 14ft range. As you can imagine I only want to buy a ramp once so That is the direction I am leaning. the hard part is my 1600 is at 4" base height so definitely don't want to take a quick run up a short ramp to stop hard at the top bottoming out. Thanks I will probably be going the 14ft route. Do you use your beds tie down loops or did you add your own?


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Thank you, I have seen some ramps collapsible in the 14ft range. As you can imagine I only want to buy a ramp once so That is the direction I am leaning. the hard part is my 1600 is at 4" base height so definitely don't want to take a quick run up a short ramp to stop hard at the top bottoming out. Thanks I will probably be going the 14ft route. Do you use your beds tie down loops or did you add your own?

Thanks again,
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I've used existing tie-down loops, but as my bike is a 900 it's much lighter than a 1600. Your concern about bottoming out is a good one - my 900 has the design fault of zerk fittings at the lowest part of the bike and the first time I unloaded it the zerks hit bottom at the point where the ramp and the bed intersect because I was sitting on the bike. Fortunately none of my zerks broke off, but other riders have had them break off. RoadRunner322's post has a very useful link to a good solution. Good luck - it's easy to have an accident while loading and unloading.

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Buy a Yamaha 125cc scooter, I am not joking, I have one and they are a blast to ride and can easily fit on your truck.
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Buy a Yamaha 125cc scooter, I am not joking, I have one and they are a blast to ride and can easily fit on your truck.
A friend in MI has one and loves it. He used to be a wild man on motorcycles and after almost killing himself many times, he won't ride anything more powerful than a scooter now.

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Buy a Yamaha 125cc scooter, I am not joking, I have one and they are a blast to ride and can easily fit on your truck.
I agree. I've got one an it's a blast. Perfect for these scenarios.
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A great video! Two thumbs up... I have a tri-fold ramp which unfortunately doesn't have a hump and when loading my lawn tractor into my truck, the lawn tractor hangs. At least with the tri-fold ramp, it is the width of my bed and I can get my big rear end off the thing and coax it over the hump.

I have always found a single ramp ride-up terrifying as I have imagined all the fails that I saw on the video. I live on a very hilly property and one advantage is being able to park the truck about where the bike comes off flat.

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