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I had found it as easy to walk beside a bike/ scooter when loading, although I have just rode up many times also. I would have to disable the seat sensor on the MP3- but just curious how many here have their own procedure, and why do you do that way. I have 6ft ramps that I put together, and these have prongs that fit into the rear of my trailer-so they won't slip/move. Of course Using these I can only ride up unless I buy (1)more to widen. Then I could walk beside while letting the m/c or scooter powder itself up and onto the trailer.
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I have the wide ramp from harbor freight. Works well. Bad idea to screw with the sensor.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb-capacity-convertible-aluminum-loading-ramp-94057.html
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Not sure I would try this.

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When possible, I like to back the trailer up to a curb so the end of the ramp is raised a few inches. It's much easier to load and unload, whether I'm riding on or pushing a dead scooter.
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ponydrvr wrote:
Not sure I would try this.

Funny every single time I watch it. Thanks for posting Ralph.
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If you choose to ride up be sure to anchor the ramps to the vehicle/trailer to help avoid what happens in the video. I do both but make sure that the ramp is anchored. Also the arched ramps are much better for loading.
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Re: Riding up ramps on trailers
kawzak wrote:
I had found it as easy to walk beside a bike/ scooter when loading, although I have just rode up many times also. I would have to disable the seat sensor on the MP3- but just curious how many here have their own procedure, and why do you do that way. I have 6ft ramps that I put together, and these have prongs that fit into the rear of my trailer-so they won't slip/move. Of course Using these I can only ride up unless I buy (1)more to widen. Then I could walk beside while letting the m/c or scooter powder itself up and onto the trailer.
please have at least 1 video running so it can be added to the best fail videos.
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When I had my truck I road the MP3 up the ramps all the time, no problem. I had 4 2x12 as ramps, so it was wide and I could put both feet down if needed.
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Watching the videos, a very common, apparently unanticipated, problem is the bottom of the engine not clearing the "point" formed by the ramp and the truck bed. The ramps are simply too steep to accommodate the bike. Any such plan needs to anticipate and account for this. Or, back the truck to a suitable hill or other embankment to lessen (or is increase?) the angle.
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I failed to mention that I was speaking of loading onto a trailer, not in back of a pickup. Also I built my trailer so I can put the ramps where/however close or far apart and they will stay in place and anchored. Just wondering what others do.
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my go to method real easy to do
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Re: Riding up ramps on trailers
kawzak wrote:
I had found it as easy to walk beside a bike/ scooter when loading, although I have just rode up many times also. I would have to disable the seat sensor on the MP3- but just curious how many here have their own procedure, and why do you do that way. I have 6ft ramps that I put together, and these have prongs that fit into the rear of my trailer-so they won't slip/move. Of course Using these I can only ride up unless I buy (1)more to widen. Then I could walk beside while letting the m/c or scooter powder itself up and onto the trailer.
I have the Garden Variety Trailer with the Extended Ramp that tilts up on the Rear. I ride up my GTS/300 and MP3/250 and then walk them down sitting on them using the brakes.

I have not tried the MP3/500 Sport yet, but did purchase a 4K lb Winch with a wireless remote control thinking I would attach to the front, and pull it up while holding the remote. Then the reverse going down and sitting. I also figured the winch would be handy for something else.
I need to re-think my trailer to mount the winch... Future project...

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I installed a winch and now I just hook up and use the remote control and winch it into my truck.
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old as dirt wrote:
my go to method real easy to do
That's how I did it when I was younger

When I was ATVing, some of the guys with sport quads would bunny hop their ATV's in to the beds of their trucks. I almost fell over in shock the first time I saw it. Looked for YouTube videos but can't find any.
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After quite a few injury accidents, the Oregon natural resource agencies (forestry, parks, wildlife, etc) have basically banned loading ATVs and dirt bikes by riding them onto a trailer or transport truck. Too many things that can - and did - go wrong.
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After quite a few injury accidents, the Oregon natural resource agencies (forestry, parks, wildlife, etc) have basically banned loading ATVs and dirt bikes by riding them onto a trailer or transport truck. Too many things that can - and did - go wrong.
OMG, talk about NANNY state. Using right ramps how can you wreck an ATV loading it. They would have ban my truck ATV racks, as the ATV racks were on the bed rails so you had to ride up, no other way, not pushing it up.
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OMG, talk about NANNY state. Using right ramps how can you wreck an ATV loading it. They would have ban my truck ATV racks, as the ATV racks were on the bed rails so you had to ride up, no other way, not pushing it up.
Evidently you didn't bother to read what I posted. Private individuals are still free to injure themselves if they want to - big brother isn't looking out for you, whether he should be or not. They (state natural resource agencies) noticed that an unacceptable number of their own people were being hurt, and have done something to reduce that. You can draw any implications you want regarding your own behavior - or none.
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WEB-Tech wrote:
OMG, talk about NANNY state. Using right ramps how can you wreck an ATV loading it. They would have ban my truck ATV racks, as the ATV racks were on the bed rails so you had to ride up, no other way, not pushing it up.
Evidently you didn't bother to read what I posted. Private individuals are still free to injure themselves if they want to - big brother isn't looking out for you, whether he should be or not. They (state natural resource agencies) noticed that an unacceptable number of their own people were being hurt, and have done something to reduce that. You can draw any implications you want regarding your own behavior - or none.
You said, "Oregon natural resource agencies (forestry, parks, wildlife, etc) have basically banned loading ATVs and dirt bikes by riding them onto a trailer or transport truck."

So, the state ban employees while working from ride up or down ramps to unload state service vehicles. That is not what your statement said.

I bet most of those accidents were while unloading and backing off the side of the ramps because they were not paying attention.
It's not hard to ride an ATV up a ramp.

This is how I hauled my ATV's and never fell off the ramps
http://www.diamondbackcovers.com/atv-carrier/ once in 10 years.
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I have found the solution to the pickup loading problem.

What do you think of this?


Here is another solution:


And yet another solution:

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http://www.overbiltlifts.com/sport-loader/
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I have found the solution to the pickup loading problem.

What do you think of this?


Here is another solution:


I like the Lift N Load on the Top the best...

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yeah the first one looks the easiest and is wide enough for an MP3 as well, the other you'd have to do some mods to them for sure.
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Meh. Trailer smailer. Ride the sucker. No one like a trailer queen!

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WEB-Tech wrote:
You said, "Oregon natural resource agencies (forestry, parks, wildlife, etc) have basically banned loading ATVs and dirt bikes by riding them onto a trailer or transport truck."
So, the state ban employees while working from ride up or down ramps to unload state service vehicles. That is not what your statement said.
You're right. I could have been clearer.
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TN_Sooner wrote:
Watching the videos, a very common, apparently unanticipated, problem is the bottom of the engine not clearing the "point" formed by the ramp and the truck bed. The ramps are simply too steep to accommodate the bike. Any such plan needs to anticipate and account for this. Or, back the truck to a suitable hill or other embankment to lessen (or is increase?) the angle.
I did this once. With my BV500, about three years ago.
The sudden stop was, um, rather surprising.
Fortunately I had both feet sort of hanging over the side of the floorboard, so was able to catch myself and sort of float down the ramp.
Since then I put a 2x4 under the front lip of the ramp, and also put the ramp from my scooter lift onto the trailer ramp to stiffen it up.
No problems since, and no damage to the poor BV.
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Or, just do it the easy way.... Razz emoticon


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Years ago, when I picked up my Police Harley at Mike's in Delaware, I brought a landscape type enclosed trailer that the town had. The employees met me out back and supplied a ramp. I rode the bike up the ramp and I was about 2 1/2 feet off the ground on a narrow ramp when I suddenly realized the windshield was taller than the trailer opening. So I hit the brakes and had a very terrifying butt clenching moment when I realized I had nothing but air to put my feet down on. The dealer's employees that were watching were able to rush over and grab me and the bike just as I came to a complete stop. Good thing they were quick.
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scoot_florida wrote:
I don't know what the best way to do it is, but I do know the worst way.

Never, ever, ever ask your wife to help you.
And never have so much life insurance that she calculates in her head "Hmmm... Dead vs. Alive... "
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