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Tacoma ext cab 4.0 VS Tundra RC 4.7 or 4.0

View Poll Results: Which truck would you buy to haul your motorcycle?
tacoma base model reg cab 2wd 0 0%
tacoma ext cab 4cyl 2wd 0 0%
tacoma ext cab V6 2wd 0 0%
Tundra reg cab V6 2wd 0 0%
Tundra reg cab V8 4.7 1 50.00%
Tundra reg cab V8 5.8 1 50.00%
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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Tacoma ext cab 4.0 VS Tundra RC 4.7 or 4.0

Hey folks I'm currently trying to choose a truck to haul my 2008 cbr600rr around to different venues this year around the country. I don't want to waste room with a trailer so I figure a pu truck will do the trick. I've owned a nissan frontier years ago and that thing did not get much better gas mileage than a full size truck. That's why I thought about getting a 2007+ reg cab 2wd tundra with either a v6 or a 4.7 v8 as opposed to getting a 2010+ Tacoma ext cab V6. The 2007+ reg cab tundra has about the same or more space behind the seats than an extra cab tacoma. I will not be hauling anymore than 2 people so I don't need backseats.

I figure the gas mileage between the tacoma v6 ext cab and the tundra reg cab 4.0 or 4.7 won't that big of a difference, I figure no more than 2-3 MPG at best?

Although I've always liked the looks of the tacoma I recently did a test drive in a 2012 tacoma and I found it to be a bit cheap-looking and had a slightly rough ride. from my understanding the 2nd gen tundras ride much smoother and seem to built more solid and have more room.

After doing some research on here I see that most you agree the Tundra V6 is wimpy and gets about the same mpg as the 4.7, maybe a 1 mpg difference. Is that true?

What would you recommend for hauling my bike around the country? I plan on going from ohio to colorado, down to the "tail of the dragon" in NC, colorado pikes peak and a few other places.

So far I'm leaning towards the Tundra RC 4.7 but thinking about the 4.0 Tundra. I figure the 4.0 Tundra could be tough to resell though.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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Yeah that 5.7 is a beast but overkill for what I need. Also, don't really need the 4x4, standard TC will be fine. If I were wealthy I definitely would get the big baddazz truck though. lol
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What kind of venues are you hauling to? Ever loaded a street bike into the bed of a full size truck? Unless you have a dock or ditch to load from, you stand a good chance of dropping it (with a regular ramp).

IMO, a LB Tacoma would be your best option. Better gas mileage, better resale value, etc, etc. Why put a V6 in a full size Tundra? Just wasting the power on the extra weight, IMO.
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What kind of venues are you hauling to? Ever loaded a street bike into the bed of a full size truck? Unless you have a dock or ditch to load from, you stand a good chance of dropping it (with a regular ramp).

Just bike meet-ups.

IMO, a LB Tacoma would be your best option. Better gas mileage, better resale value, etc, etc. Why put a V6 in a full size Tundra? Just wasting the power on the extra weight, IMO.
With a good wide ramp, loading is a breeze, I'm 6ft 1" so that should not be a problem. My bike only weighs 400lbs wet.

Here is vid of a guy loading his bike into a tacoma like a boss:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCNK-Fs4jN4

here's a guy loading his bike on his tacoma like a jackarse (lol):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_K2k9VaklI

Here is a vid of a guy loading his bike on a tundra with a wench (he says he had trouble b/c he's short):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCiUT0oM9nw
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Just bike meet-ups with fellow riders.
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Sorry, I should've been more clear. You stand a better chance of dropping it unloading because you don't have the momentum that the first video shows when you're backing down the ramp. Odds of dropping it are less if you have a ramp (or two) wide enough for you to stand as you walk it up/down.

I'm 6'3, used to race CBRs, and have loaded/unloaded motocross bikes hundreds of times in my Tacoma. A 230lb dirt bike can get dicey going in/out of a truck bed. All it takes is a split second off balance and your CBR will be on the ground. Saving a 400lb bike while standing on the ground is one thing. Doing it off balance while standing on a ramp or trying to do it from the ground while feathering the clutch and throttle is entirely another.

1st video shows a guy easily stepping into the bed while the bike is driving up the ramp. One misstep (stumble, miss the tailgate stepping up, hand slips off clutch, etc) using this method and the bike drives into the back of the cab and then falls over damaging the truck and the bike. Goose the throttle trying to hold on and "save it" and the front tire will go through the back window. I've seen it happen more than once with very experienced riders. You sound like a pro though so it probably won't happen to you.

Back to your original question, I'd recommend a trailer behind a Tacoma or just ride to your meetups based on my experiences. A $13k CBR is worth a $500 trailer but that's just my opinion.



Edit: Should given you a little more helpful advice. Safely loading a street bike in a truck takes 3 guys minimum and the bike is turned off. One on each side pushing it up and one in the bed to take over once it's in the bed. A 4th guy pushing from the back doesn't hurt either. Not sure if there's a video of that on YouTube but that's how the professionals do it.
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Sorry, I should've been more clear. You stand a better chance of dropping it unloading because you don't have the momentum that the first video shows when you're backing down the ramp. Odds of dropping it are less if you have a ramp (or two) wide enough for you to stand as you walk it up/down.

I'm 6'3, used to race CBRs, and have loaded/unloaded motocross bikes hundreds of times in my Tacoma. A 230lb dirt bike can get dicey going in/out of a truck bed. All it takes is a split second off balance and your CBR will be on the ground. Saving a 400lb bike while standing on the ground is one thing. Doing it off balance while standing on a ramp or trying to do it from the ground while feathering the clutch and throttle is entirely another.

1st video shows a guy easily stepping into the bed while the bike is driving up the ramp. One misstep (stumble, miss the tailgate stepping up, hand slips off clutch, etc) using this method and the bike drives into the back of the cab and then falls over damaging the truck and the bike. Goose the throttle trying to hold on and "save it" and the front tire will go through the back window. I've seen it happen more than once with very experienced riders. You sound like a pro though so it probably won't happen to you.

Back to your original question, I'd recommend a trailer behind a Tacoma or just ride to your meetups based on my experiences. A $13k CBR is worth a $500 trailer but that's just my opinion.



Edit: Should given you a little more helpful advice. Safely loading a street bike in a truck takes 3 guys minimum and the bike is turned off. One on each side pushing it up and one in the bed to take over once it's in the bed. A 4th guy pushing from the back doesn't hurt either. Not sure if there's a video of that on YouTube but that's how the professionals do it.
I agree with you that you need a wide ramp (as I stated). With a wide ramp where you can walk up and down with bike. I have small female friend that loads her bike all the time by herself on her frontier, she walks it up and down as you stated. That's the only way I would do it.

I ony have a two car garage and don't room for a trailer nor do I want a trailer junking up my yard or garage. People with pick-up trucks tote their bikes all of the time. Actually, the guy that delivers the bikes from the dealership over here brings them in his pu truck and loads/unlads them himself. It's not that big of a deal unless you are an idiot like the guy in the video riding up the ramp.

PS- why push it up with 3 guys when you can use the motor and walk it up yourself?
Also, a dirtbike sits up much higher than streetbike.


Edit: No need to be a pro....just get this ramp system and ride it up like a boss.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00y6rOpOqv4
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Here's another cool ramp system, probably even better than the rollaramp. $2,500 is way to steep for me though.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOBvasLWmlA
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This is more like it!


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Black widow ramp, only $300


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