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Loading the MV in a pickup bed?

So I'll need to bring the F4 about 150 miles for the 7500 mile service soon, and was planning on putting it in the truck. Also might be trucking it up to the dragon in Sep/Oct. The bed is long enough, and I've loaded bikes up before, but I've always had at least two other guys with me to assist. This time it might be just me, or me and my wife (who's 5'3, 100lb soaking wet). Any tips? I have a set of arched folding ramps, but I'm worried that I'm going to drop the bike.

Also, once it's on the bed...cover it or don't cover it? I'm concerned the wind will cause the cover to rub on the paint. I've never had to transport a machine I cared about this much. lol

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Luke, when I am loading bikes into my very tall pick-up bed, I back the truck up to an elevated area or put the rear wheels into a depression to lower the loading angle.

I then put the running bike in gear and walk the bike up one ramp while walking myself up the adjacent ramp. Use the power of the bike and feather the clutch...cover the brake and just use care.

I use a Baxley Sport Chock in the truck bed and varying methods of restraint for the bike. The setup I have now is MotoCinch. Don't tie things down too tightly if you use a chock.

Do not cover the bike. Your fears about paint rubs are valid. I used Geeza Gear tight fitting covers on a trip south and I ended up with rubs.

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Luke, when I am loading bikes into my very tall pick-up bed, I back the truck up to an elevated area or put the rear wheels into a depression to lower the loading angle.

I then put the running bike in gear and walk the bike up one ramp while walking myself up the adjacent ramp. Use the power of the bike and feather the clutch...cover the brake and just use care.

I use a Baxley Sport Chock in the truck bed and varying methods of restraint for the bike. The setup I have now is MotoCinch. Don't tie things down too tightly if you use a chock.

Do not cover the bike. Your fears about paint rubs are valid. I used Geeza Gear tight fitting covers on a trip south and I ended up with rubs.
Thanks for the tips. That's kinda what I was thinking. I was planning on using a canyon dancer and just tying it down upright.
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You'll be better off if you use something to keep the front wheel centered in the bed.
If you hit a bump and that wheel moves left or right of center, then things go down in a hurry.

I have tied from the rear subframe to the sides of the truck bed to keep things centered if I wasn't using a chock.

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You'll be better off if you use something to keep the front wheel centered in the bed.
If you hit a bump and that wheel moves left or right of center, then things go down in a hurry.

I have tied from the rear subframe to the sides of the truck bed to keep things centered if I wasn't using a chock.
How close does the belly pan get over the tailgate? I know that varies, but generally do I need to be concerned?
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You should only be concerned if you have a very steep incline into the truck

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And you can take the belly pan off easily enough....try that on your Honkawsuzyam !!!!

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I use a three piece nine foot folding ramp. I ride the bike up and down. Wheel chock in the truck bed with 4 tie downs.


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Same as TheX. Driveway on a hill. Back truck up, set ramps, able to "ride up" ramp by walking up into bed. I stradle bike because I have dropped it. Biggest problem is truck bed angles down hill and going too fast can be a problem.
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