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First time loading of Motorbike on Hydraulic Bed


RickS

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Today I had to take my BMW motorbike in for a couple of warranty recall's and got a chance to use the hydraulic loader bed for the first time for this purpose. It was a little more interesting since the angle of the bed is fairly shallow but once the front tire is in the chock it wanted to roll backwards out of the chock. It would have been easier with another set of hands but I find more often than not I'm loading stuff myself. So, I'm going to have to find a way to have a strap ready once the tire is in the chock so it won't roll back even the little bit when the bike is in first gear as it won't stay upright in the chock. Maybe, a little bar with the strap at a arms reach while holding the hand brake? Hmm. Once I got it up found out the wheel tie downs for the Smart Car are not far enough forward so used the SC wheel chock as and anchor point.

 

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Got it! The wheel chocks I have now do have a lock but you have to reach down to lock it. I may even get one of my quick grips out of the garage and hang it on the bar and once its in the chock lock the brake with it. :)

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C'mon. It's a GS fer goodness sakes. You don't need no stinking loader, just leap it right onto the bed. :o

 

Seriously, I use the cheap cradle/rocker units from Harbor Fright. They slip into a couple of e-track fixtures that were intended for a 2x4. That said, I doubt they'd rock far enough to hold on a grade. A simple pedestal to hold the ends of your tie-downs so you can reach them from the saddle would be nice.

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I use ramps..48 inch wide by 12 foot. 3 piece set up

My K1200GT goes straight up and into my front wheel chock. I put the side stand down let her lean over then work the tie downs from side to side. Easy as that.

Now my old 12 foot 2x12 times 2 was a little more tricky getting her up on the deck. Lot less weight with the new ramps to push around.

I do not understand why your bikes would roll ..even with being left in 1st. Mine does not budge at all once the front wheel is in the cradle.

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Yeah, the bike stay's put and upright with these chocks as long as they are on level ground, flat on a deck, or flat on the toyhauler floor. The angle of this loader deck means your trying to tie the bike down on a angled ramp facing uphill and if you let go of the brake it will roll backwards right out of the chock. Just need a way to lock it in place to get the straps on. :)

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