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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2007, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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trouble getting in a pickup

Need some help. I am a newbee. I am 59 years old. Getting the Klr into and out of my pickup it chore. I have a ramp. When I take the bike off backwards, without starting it, can I put it in first gear and let out the clutch using the transmission as a break or will this hurt the transmission. Breaking the front tire helps but as we all know breaking the lead tire helps a lot more. I don't have anyone to help me. I take the bike up and down the ramp without riding it.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-09-2007, 09:43 PM
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It might help if you have a second ramp next to your bike ramp... Maybe a wide wood ramp, or something. that way you are at the same height, loading , or unloading. You can use the motor to load, and not use the motor to unload...

Just my take on the matter.

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post #3 of 15 Old 05-09-2007, 10:09 PM
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You can use two ramps and use the tranny as braking,it won't hurt the tranny under these conditionsHere is another option a friend of mine went too and uses this on the back of a mini van.

He uses the motorcycle carrier II

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post #4 of 15 Old 05-10-2007, 12:21 PM
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I only tried unloading it once, but i just got on it and let it roll back. Maybe its just me but i was able to control it equally as well going backwards as i could going forwards. This probably comes from a few year of practice bmx'ing, we used to hit ramps and come down in the wrong direction, trying to control the bike the whole time.

To make it easiest on you, basically do what Mark said, get a second ramp for you to stand on, use the front brake nice and gradually, and just take it slow. I think this would be the safest and least troublesome way of doing it.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-11-2007, 06:51 AM
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Some folks lead a line from the front forks forward to the bed, around a pulley, and back. This gives them 2:1 purchase as they lower it. It's easy to snub it as well.

If you find it difficult to pull it up the ramp, you can add another pulley, or a double pulley, to keep adding purchase.

You can buy pulleys at any hardware store, but I use harken blocks from a marine store, as they are small and light.

You can also carry a block and tackle in rough terrain to help extricate yourself from a mishap single-handed.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-12-2007, 10:04 PM
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That is tough to do by your self, ( I know), I always try and find a ditch or something to put the rear wheels on the PU in to load or unload.

I'm not sure about using the tranny to keep it from rolling, I guess it would be OK as long as you did it really slow, and not let the engine turn any.

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post #7 of 15 Old 05-14-2007, 06:47 PM
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Yeah, getting the bike into and out of a high pickup can be intimidating at first. But it sounds like you have the getting it out part well in hand. I just ride mine up in, however, I found this is harder is the truck is not level. Whenever possible I just ride the bike to the trails and back, easier on gas too! ;-)

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-21-2007, 01:16 AM
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I am 59 and I bought a wide folding three section ramp from Harbor Freight. In or out of the bed is easy.


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post #9 of 15 Old 05-22-2007, 03:13 PM
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I have a Silverado 2500 and I put my KLR in there by myself. There is a technique that I have come to use which allows me to load and unload my KLR quite safley. I have 2 ramps that I made from 2 x 12 pressure treated boards. I bought aluminum angle pieces for the ends of the boards.(Home depot & Lowes sells these aluminum pieces.) I place one board dead center on my open tailgate and the other board to the left, which I walk up while "driving" the bike up the center board.(just hold the handlebars like you are on the seat and slowly let out the clutch. You won't need to let the clutch out all the way, just enough that it propels the bike up the ramp slowly.) The MOST important thing is to back up your truck so that the bottom of the boards are firmly against something like a parking block in a parking lot or a concrete "lip" of some sort like against the edge of a concrete driveway. This prevents the board from slipping out from under the KLR when you drive it up the ramp. Same technique for unloading the KLR except you just use gravity and the front brake. It will slide down the board even with the front brake applied, but slow enough not to be scary.
Also, very important, when you drive it up the ramp, do it slowly. The board won't kick out because its locked up against something. You just walk slowly up the other ramp.
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post #10 of 15 Old 02-16-2008, 09:46 AM
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Loading in a pick-up truck

Hi, I use 2 ramps, one for me to stand on, and one for the bike. I welded two 3 inch flat bars on the bike ramp to create a channel for the tires to roll in betwen ,just to make sure the bike won`t fall of the ramp. I also take the tailgate off and put the ramps directly on the bumper so that that the ramps are a bit lower to the ground. Takes a little bit of anxiety out of the process
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