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TxGearhead

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Kicking around the idea of a small dual sport motorcycle. Probably no bigger than 250cc. Maybe carry it on a rack on the the front of the truck.
How do you get it on the rack? I realize the rack would/should include a ramp. Do you power it up the ramp while standing next to it? I see all kinds of accidents with that. Or at 70 years old will I be pushing it up the ramp onto the rack?


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A 250 dual sport is pretty heavy. You are looking at over 250 lbs with fuel depending on which brand. The ramps are pretty steep and better to have help unless you are extremely strong and reasonably tall. The biggest issue is keeping it upright while you attach tie down straps.

Have you considered an electric bike instead? They are pretty amazing and much lighter.


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My driveway and lawn have inclines which takes care of half the problem. Bring ramp and ask for help upon arrival or look for grade incline like I do. I have to do this next week on a trip to deliver a scooter to my daughter in OH (600 mi.) I do not want to haul my 7x14 trailer there and back (empty) for 300lbs. No motor, push,at 66 I feel your pain. Best of luck.

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What's the intended purpose? If it's for just around campgrounds, for example, an electric bike would be ideal, as mentioned by another poster. If you're using it to run to the grocery store several miles away, the motorcycle seems like a good bet, however I see 250cc as a bit of overkill. Happy travels.


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Posted: 06/18/21 06:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am setting up my carrier on my new used truck camper rig.

300lbs 250 dual sport

I take the bike for a walk and power up the ramp.

Shut down in gear, lean a bar end against the vehicle to get 1st straps on.

I have a front receiver to install if I don't like it on the back.

My carrier is Versahaul. Best feature is the anti tilt fixture: Anti tilt fixture

Wind therapy on a motorcycle is the best after lumbering around in a clumsy RV.

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Pre stage your straps

Use engine power to get it up the ramp while walking alongside it

Kill the engine

Strap outboard side with slight lean toward truck

Strap inboard side so just barely tight

Tightened outboard side till bike is vertical


Reverse strapping steps to unload and leave bike in first gear with engine off. Roll down ramp with clutch squeezed and use front brake for control. If front wheel tries to slide, release clutch to hold it with rear wheel.


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Honda is making those goofy trail bikes again. Step through frame and single seat. These new ones are 125cc and have an automatic clutch.
Weight 259#
Start shopping elect bikes I think.

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Another option may be the article in this post. Go to the 3rd picture down. Link to Motorcycle rack for truck camper

If you have help, you could push it up. If you are buy yourself, I think your experience can drive it up there standing along side of it. The second and third time will be better than the first. [emoticon]


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Google Ultimate MX Hauler. It has an integrated jack. No ramp necessary. I’ve been using one for 10 years with my 450cc dual sport bikes.

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docjay wrote:

Google Ultimate MX Hauler. It has an integrated jack. No ramp necessary. I’ve been using one for 10 years with my 450cc dual sport bikes.


Interesting.

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