Originally Posted by upthemaiden
Ooh, so maybe I misinterpretted your comment. When you said not to load them at an angle, you meant vertically? I was thinking horizontally, as in whether or not the bike runs parallel to the sides of the bed. I see how it could apply if it's just going from corner to corner too though. When I strapped that dirtbike in there the straps obviously weren't symmetric, but I try to make up for it by using a million tie downs haha. I get paranoid about that stuff.
Glad to hear you like the ramp. One other question, any chance it fits across the back seat when it's folded? It's obviously the width of the bed, so it would be a tight fit, but one of the reasons I like my folding ramp is because it easily fits in the back of my access cab. In most situations it wouldn't be a big deal, just toss it in the bed, or even lock it with a cable lock, but I work in a somewhat questionable neighborhood(not to mention 2 blocks from a home depot
with unlimited bolt and cable cutters haha), and on those occasions when I leave straight from work to go pick something up, I don't care to leave anything in my bed. Being able to stuff the ready ramp in my cab would be a huge selling point.
No, you want them in the bed of the truck straight as well. That way their is equal tension on equal length straps. It creates a balanced load, and if you have to get on the brakes hard, the bike is stable.
This is right. Only requires two tie-downs. It's simple, it's proven. It works.
There is no advantage to putting the bike in corner to corner - its just a whole lot more likely to fall over becuase the loads are all wrong. Like I said, you can get away with this with a dirt bike because they don't weigh anything, but a street-bike you want centered and straight. Imagine the tension and stress on that Tiger 1050 if you have to get on the brakes really hard. I've seen a lot of bike topple from this position.
This is wrong. Requires at least four or more tie-downs. The bike is never stable, it sways and tips constantly. This is how a noobe would tie down his bike.
And honestly, I have no idea of my ramp fits in my back seat, and I'm not really inclined to try it - The ramp is dirty and manky and I like the interior of my truck nice and clean.
I'd probably just go buy a thick kyrptonite cable lock.