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Hauling a motorcycle in a short bed double cab....

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ALawrence, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. Jun 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

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    Ah, one of those "I've been doing this longer that you've been alive" types... :jerkoff:
     
  2. Jun 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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    Hahaha. Well makes sense.

    If I backed the bike in the truck, and had the front wheel on the tailgate....?
     
  3. Jun 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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    Andrew,
    Personally I say ride to the rally, but I am more of a purist. Looks like just under 900 miles so 2 days to get there doing 450 miles per day. We used to do 400 miles in about 8 hours going there but I can do the same 400 miles in 6.5 hours with no one following. :D My wife rides her Sporty all day long and loves it, even loaded for the rally.

    As for places to stay in Sturgis, if you are camping I recommend the Rush-no-more campground. It has lots of trees for shade, which a lot of campgrounds do not and it is at exit 37 off 90 and exit 32 is one of the ways to downtown Sturgis. I have stayed there 6-7 times.

    Sorry I can't help much on the haul your bike issue, but feel free to PM me for ideas about what to do when you go.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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    Yeah. We are leaning more towards campin. Thanks for the tip! Definitely going to look into rush no more. My wife says camping is apart of the experience. Does your wife ride on the back of yours? I'm having issues with the Mrs being comfortable. I bought a sissy bar, helped. But she's having issues with her feel falling asleep. And every time she hits a bump she screams. And he says her vagina goes numb. Haha. She got new foot pegs from a friend of hers. But she they look like they belong on a big dresser or something. Big and flat... I really think they are going to look like shit.. It's my bike not hers.... But happy wife happy life right?

    Ever hear of a butt buffer?
     
  5. Jun 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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    If you're really interested PM me. I was kinda kidding but could probably make something work. My place is under construction but has 2 couches left in it I think. The guy moving in with me for next semester has a house too, not sure if he's sold it yet. I'm gonna try to go out there for the first weekend of the rally and possibly could meet up with anyone else out there (just in the taco, I don't think I'll drag my ninja out there just to get made fun of by the Harley guys :D I get to ride all those roads the rest of the year when there isn't so damn many other bikes :cool: )

    As for your original question, my suggestion is just to measure everything. I'm sure my bike is shorter than yours and would just barely fit in my bed with the tailgate down, but I have a toolbox that eats about 2 ft of bed space. Never tried it, but from my measurements it would fit straight and I wouldn't have to angle it. I just bought a trailer instead.

    The tent trailer is kinda a crapshoot. It seems to me their tongues are much shorter than say a boat trailer or my utility trailer for turning with the tailgate down. I've seen a combo pop-up in the back with a utility bed on the front, you could try finding one of those. They seem neat.

    Anyway good luck!
     
  6. Jun 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM
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    I don't think it would make a difference, plus it would be a biotch to load! Keep in mind, I'm in a 2nd Gen and they're known for having weak tailgates. the picture on the page before, notice I didn't use plywood for my bike but it only weighs in at 465 wet. If the tire is actually on the tailgate, I'd use the plywood, if it's like mine where it's at the back edge of the bed, but sticks out just enough so you can't close the tailgate, I wouldn't bother because the load is still being supported by the bed.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM
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    My vote would be to skip Sturgis until you are 40+ years old, unless you are going for the concerts. If you are going for the "party" just think of it as geriatric spring break and you won't be disappointed. I was stationed at Ellsworth and went three years in a row before I got tired of being the youngest person there. If you want to take a trip to the black hills (highly recommended) go a week after Sturgis ends, you can buy all the Sturgis crap for 70% off and avoid the insane traffic.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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    She used to ride on the back but decided she liked being in control. When she was on the back I had a sissy bar and a touring seat so she was comfortable. She would get sleepy and chew gum or we would stop for a few minutes and have some water. As for her butt getting numb, yeah happens to all of us, part of the experience. Again stop, then offer to massage it, to help with circulation of course :rolleyes:.
     
  9. Jun 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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  10. Jun 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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    I don't get it
     
  11. Jun 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM
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    Tinted windows 5%, sill protectors, TRD stubby antenna, weathertech in channel rain guards, wheathertech floor mats, BHLM, Truxedo low pro qt, DTRL deleted, anytime backup camera, bed storage locks, fog lights on anytime, tailgate theft deterrent, painted engine cover, relocated horns, l.e.d bed lights, l.e.d engine bay lights, l.e.d lights above cup holders, in glove box, rear cup holder, in console storage & cubby next to steering wheel, plasti dipped lower valance, Grillcraft grill, 17x9 Fuel Krank wheels, Borla cat back exhaust, map & dome l.e.d's, TRD badge on grill, Redline tuning hood struts, Maxtrac spindles, Bilstein 5100's front set at 1.75 & ext.rear, All Pro expedition leaf springs & 1.5" blocks, extended brake lines front & rear, 1.5" 4crawler drive shaft spacer, Beefed Taco carrier bearing drop, 1.25" spidertrax wheel spacers on rear, Kenwood DNX570 touchscreen with navigation, 30" led light bar in lower bumper opening, 1/4" top plate spacer both sides, TRD skid plate sprayed with bedliner
    How about renting a toy hauler? I dont know how much they weigh or sizes available or even if they rent toy haulers, its just an idea that may solve your problem.
     
  12. Jun 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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    Normally I rent a casita. From tinker AFB it's only $130 for a 3 day weekend
     
  13. Jun 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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    Except that he needs to find a place to park the camper, and with bike week only 2 months away campground space for a big camper is becoming scarce.
     
  14. Jun 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM
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    Yeah, didn't think that far ahead. Haha
     
  15. Jun 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM
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    True. I'd imagine there would be room for a tent
     
  16. Jun 10, 2013 at 7:05 PM
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    If I do rent a camper... There is always Walmart parking lot. Walmarts are rv friendly. Ours here even has water hook ups
     
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    May be a bit late to this one but a good way to save your tailgate is to slide a 6X6 under the frame rails of the bike, takes all the weight off the gate and makes a solid platform for the bike.
     
  18. Dec 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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    Anyone do this with a sportster?

     
  19. Dec 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM
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    Why not just leave a motorcycle ramp in the bed to help strengthen it?
     
  20. Dec 26, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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    My thoughts are that if it will fit length wise you can haul it. I have hauled a 550 pound bike in my old 86 Toyota truck with no problems. Hook your tie downs where they are pulling down and forward toward the cab. The bike must be tied down where there is absolutely no movement in any direction.
     
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