I do not think it'll work .... I do not have a caculator with the square root thingy on it... but if you take the square root of 48^2 + 72^2 .... actually that 48 should probably be more 'cause the bed is 48" wide at the wheel well that sticks up (so at the front and rear it's wider), it'll be less then 93.5 (I think) .... the bike will fit with the tailgate dropped ... but I'm not sure how one would get it up there .... ramps might cause the bike to scrape on the way up (coming over the edge of the tailgate).... and then there's the matter of stopping it after the rear wheel comes up and before the front hits the front of the bed. (I aint a big enough dude to be able to push it up) ... I've done it with a 4 wheeler before (driving up ramps) ... but you do not have to worry about ballancing it.... and it's shorter so the timing on hitting the brakes is easy(er).
wow phatboy I like your method...but how big is the hill that a pickup bed will be level with the ground
I'm gonna go looking around for a hill with a parking lot next to it, and if I can get the bed of my chevy to connect with something then I'll definitely try to get my bike up there, I've always wanted it on trips I take out of state but I like to drive all the distance in one day so that's not always easy on a motorcycle.
I fit my '01 Vulcan 800 Classic in the back of my Dodge short wide but it was a bitch. Getting it in is a real pain as mentioned above. A wide ramp would help. Once you get the bike in, you will need to seesaw it (lifting front and rear ends alternately preferably) to fit diagonally. It clears by about 3 inches. Also, have 3 people... one to steady the pivot side and 2 to lift the end being moved. Good luck.
What did you do then, put a big ass cord around it to keep it from tipping?, and where did you put the grips down...and by grips I mean the hooks whose name I can't think of right now (i know my chevy has some available on the inner side
Stuart call a few of the dealers around your town peferably the one`s that sell four wheelers and snowmobiles thay should have a steel ramp to back your truck up to, then load up. Call a dealer where your going and check for a ramp at the other end. Just a thought. Dwaine
I used some ratcheting tie downs to keep it vertical. Oh, and come to think of it... it wasn't all lifting. I jockeyed it back and forth for a while with the tailgate down, then we made the last moves by lifting.
Why dont you save yourself some grief, possible injury to you and/or the bike, and make it easy on your self. Simply get a 'ride on' trailer like the following "" http://www.jwww.com/razor/ "". ( there are many others also ) For a very low 1600$ which can be financed from your local bank or credit union for next to nothing, you can add a whole nuther dimension to your riding !!
IF you get a piece of 3/4" plywood and place it in your truck yo will have t leave hte front of it short of the front of the bed but you can then effectively extend your bed. You can also ge ot a sheet metal place and do the same thing...for a quick fix, or jst buy a boat trailer and a spare tire, soem plywood or sheetmetal and yo have a great bike trailer...
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