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Old 05-13-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Question How to Unload a Bike off a pickup truck?

Hey Guys.. This is probably a stupid question, but I'm gunna ask anyways.

I'm picking up my new bike next week used V-Star Classic.. totally pumped..

To save a couple hundred bucks, I'm going to borrow my buddy's F-150 to pick it up instead of having it delivered. The guys at the dealer are going to load it up and strap it down for me, but is there an easy way to unload it (without buying a $300 ramp?).

I'm a newbie rider, so I don't want to ride the bike 100 miles on the 5-lane highway to get it home..

The only thing I can think of was a 2x6.. But I'm not sure a 2x6 would be able to support 500+ lbs?

Any hints?
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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I think it'd be cheaper if you rent a trailer, like U-Haul. And I think 2x6 can hold a sportbike if properly supported, but not sure about a V-Star
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Old 05-13-2009, 12:45 PM   #3
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It will be easier to unload if you can back up to an embankment of some sort that is close to the height of the truck bed. The angle of a board ramp wouldn't have to be as steep.

If you have access to a low loading dock, that would be ideal, since you could just roll it right off.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:01 PM   #4
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i just use 2 2x6 boards about 10' long clamped together so the ramp is wider. got a couple of ramp end things at lowes and screwed them on. my family used it for lawn mowers and such before i got a bike. it should hold the vstar.

and take dodsfall's advice. i can handle my dual sport by myself on the ramp, but anything heavier takes at least two people. UNLESS i've got some way to reduce the slope. taking the slope down makes it much easier.
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:48 PM   #5
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Guys, thanks for the tips. All are great ideas and cheaper than than a $200 delivery fee.. I love the idea of backing up to a embankment to cut down the height of the truck-bed..
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:11 PM   #6
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Not sure about where you live, but around my parts, there's plenty of closed stores, most have a loading dock out back. Theres also a couple out by the railroad spur where there used to be some grain silos. Take a look around your town and see what's available. Either way, ramps or dock, have a helper or two with you just in case.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:04 AM   #7
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Do you just drive it off? What if it's facing forward? I'd like to know this too.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:56 AM   #8
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Do you just drive it off? What if it's facing forward? I'd like to know this too.
Not recommended, the bike would be wrecked. It may make an interesting youtube video though.
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Don't think the truck cab or hood would like it either. Probably need one of those trials bikes I remember watching on "wide world of sports" Those guys are nuts.
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hahha.. thanks guys for the tips.. and yeah, I may need to bring a vid camera.. just in case a youtube moment comes up like Dodsfall mentioned..
Heck, I may get $10k from America's funniest home videos, and then I could buy a new bike instead of the 9 year old one.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #11
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be careful, nice and slow
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If you can't find an appropriate loading dock that works for you, consider using a ditch (assuming you're in an area where you have ready access to ditches, and your ditches are easily driven into/out of).

Pull the truck down into the ditch. Try to angle it so the rear of the truck is faced towards one side of the ditch, while still keeping the truck fairly level. If you're lucky, the dropped tailgate of the truck will be all you need to unload the bike. If not, you can use the boards and there shouldn't be too much of an angle.

Regardless, make sure you have a swarthy friend helping you out.
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We have a couple threads started about loading bikes into trucks search for "bike in the back of a truck" and you should get a hit or two.
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:11 PM   #14
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I know this sounds like a stupid question, but why don't you just ride the bike home and not worry about putting it in the truck at all?

Edit: I re-read your post. never mind. My bad. Are there back roads you can take instead of the freeway?

As for unloading it, good luck. Reduce theslope as much as possible and take it slow and easy. Get as many people as you reasonably can. You and a buddy aren't going to be able to hold the bike up if it starts to go. It's too heavy.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:31 PM   #15
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you can geta ramo off ebay for like 50 bucks
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:39 PM   #16
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Get several guys and lift it.

I think the loading dock is the best idea.

Enjoy your VStar and post some pics
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I did Baja's idea with my first bike. Find a ditch and unload it from there.
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DO using ramps sound like such a bad idea? Get a friend and a ramp and you are good.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:32 AM   #19
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a makeshift ramp would do. my brother, neighbor, and i loaded, and unloaded a 77 cb750 into a ford f-150. one in the truck to guide the bars/front wheel, and two to lift the bike onto the truck. if you have a couple buddies, it would be a piece of cake! just be careful not to drop it.
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Tractor Supply Store sells ramps fairly reasonable. I think you can buy a single ramp still. I bought a set of tri fold ramps ( go from like 15" or so wide folded to almost as wide as a tailgate unfolded) for about $130 4 or 5 years ago.
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get 2 guys and a 2x6 and it will do juste fine. My katana 600 weights 500+ lbs and it was ok.
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Either of those methods should work just fine
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Probably not the best solution in either case.

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KEEP THOSE GIRLS AWAY FROM MY BIKE!!!
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Hey Guys. Wanted to say thanks for all the advice..
I ended up finding out that a buddy had a ride-up/down trailer I could borrow.. Got my bike, and I didn't have to use the methods in the 2 above youtube videos.. LOL.

Thanks for the advice..

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Hey Guys. Wanted to say thanks for all the advice..
I ended up finding out that a buddy had a ride-up/down trailer I could borrow.. Got my bike, and I didn't have to use the methods in the 2 above youtube videos.. LOL.

Thanks for the advice..

Well thats a shame.




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Old 05-21-2009, 10:14 PM   #28
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i am loving the look of that bike, could you send it to me :P
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Old 05-22-2009, 08:32 AM   #29
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hahha.. thanks John.. I'm done transporting bikes for awhile..
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