Motorcycle Loading Ramps - What To Look For In A Ramp

By Chris Station

To carry your motorcycle safely in the back of your pickup, whether you're going to the trail, the track or to a bike show, motorcycle loading ramps are a true necessity. And its especially true if you have a lot of money wrapped up in your bike. To protect your investment, you should seriously consider getting a top quality loading ramp.

It's important to use the right ramp for loading and unloading. One important factor to look at is the height from the ground right up to the truck bed. Another factor is the size and the weight of the bike. The rule of thumb is that the heavier the bike, the more of a challenge it can be loading or unloading. The risk of any damage occurring can be lessened considerably by using the right ramp.

Motorcycle loading ramps are made from metal, quite often aluminum. To get the best traction, ramps frequently have either a kind of textured surface or else holes at equal intervals along the ramp.

If you are in the habit of loading or unloading your cycle by riding it on and off, a great feature is the safety strap. This strap attaches to an end of the ramp and can then be connected to the back of your truck. This prevents the ramp from moving while you're using it.

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.

When you're looking for a ramp, you'll find that there are basically two main types of motorcycle loading ramps.

One of the main kinds of ramp is a non folding ramp. This type of ramp usually has a long straight span. It is often made out of aluminum. Aluminum is preferred in ramps because it is relatively light in weight which makes it easier to handle particularly when you're by yourself. Generally speaking, an aluminum loading ramp is made to handle loads greater than 500 pounds. Spans are often perforated to give you 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.

With folding ramps, aluminum remains the most commonly used material. Not only is it strong, but it's much lighter to maneuver around compared to ramps made with heavier metals. In addition, aluminum also stays rust free.

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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