Motorcycle Loading Ramps - What To Look For In A Ramp

By Chris Station

To transport your motorcycle safely in the back of your truck so you can go to a race, for a trail ride, or to show your bike, motorcycle loading ramps are a definite must-have. No doubt you've spend more than a bit of time and money trying to get your bike in top condition. If you look at it like that, now is not the time to cheap out.

You just have to use the right loading ramp. And to figure out which one is the right one, you'll need to look at the height from ground to truck bed, as well as the size and overall weight of the bike. The heavier the motorcycle is then the more challenging it will be to load and unload without a problem. Minimize this risk of damage occurring just by using the right ramp.

Motorcycle loading ramps are manufactured using metal, often aluminum. For better traction, many ramps have holes drilled at equal intervals on the ramp or they may come with a textured surface.

A feature that you'll really appreciate if you are one of the many guys who load and unload your bike by riding it onto or off of your pickup are safety straps. These straps attach to one end of the ramp. The other end of the strap can be connected to the back of your pickup so your ramp won't move while it's being used.

The best ramps come with rubber padding on the part that leans on the truck. This is used to stabilize the ramp during loading and it also helps prevent scratches to your truck.

Motorcycle loading ramps are usually available in one of two main styles.

First of all is the non folding kind of ramp. This kind of ramp is most often made as one single, long, straight span. The material of choice is aluminum. That's because an aluminum loading ramp can handle loads of 500 pounds or greater. Aluminum is the ideal material to use for a ramp as it's both strong and yet is lightweight enough to be maneuvered easily when you're by yourself. Spans on these ramps are frequently perforated. That's so you have better traction when loading a motorcycle.

A second type is a folding ramp. Folding ramps are made so you can fold them into two or three sections. For that reason, they are easy to set up and are equally easy to store. Folding motorcycle ramps are often rated for a greater weight capacity than are comparable non folding ramps. Because of that they're just right when it comes time to load larger motorcycles or bigger ATVs, especially when you need some extra width.

For folding ramps, aluminum is the preferred material because it is much lighter than other metals, and so easier to handle. Aluminum also is resistant to rusting.

Another option is a ramp extender. With an extender on the ramp you get an inclined ramp and a bed extender. This can be pretty useful in a situation where your bike extends beyond the available truck bed.

Motorcycle loading ramps are available in many different styles and designs. With the many added features available, they can make loading or unloading your bike, both easy and safe.

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