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Transporting a Motorcycle in the Bed

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Performula, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Feb 28, 2012 at 2:39 AM
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    Performula [OP] Six lugs of fury!

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    I keep reading the second generation Tacoma's tailgate is fragile. Will the tailgate crack or bow? Will the composite bed be able to handle 450 pounds on two 2x2 inches of pressure? I could aim/caddy corner each frame rail but in the center would be best.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2012 at 3:21 AM
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    I have carried a Yamaha TW200 and PW80 in the bed at the same time. I have carried a DRZ400 alone. I have carried a SV650 alone.
    Never had a problem.
    The longer bikes I carry caddy-corner just because I like wedging the front wheel in the corner when tying down. The Yamaha dirtbikes go straight.

    I think they beefed up the tailgate in '09. I haven't seen any signs of flexing. I usually position my ramps off-center, so I may not be seeing worst case.
     
  3. Feb 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM
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    How did you tie down the SV without scratching the paint? And did you only use the rear D-Rings? I'm kind of skeptical about removing the two front Torx screws and putting D-Rings under them. I read about people doing that a while ago too.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2012 at 3:52 PM
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    Performula [OP] Six lugs of fury!

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    I loaded my CBR900RR into my 2011 DCSB and had no issues with it. The rear tire just barly sat over the crack from where the bed and tailgate meet. I don't have pics.. I used a ramp that my buddy had for his quads and had 2 people help balance it while I rode it up. Scary shit getting it up there, even more scary riding it down. But it fits fine and my 900rr is a big heavy sport bike.
     
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  8. Mar 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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    Yeah, I know which ramps you're talking about. I've looked into the wider ramp, so I can do it by myself, but I don't know where'd I'd put the ramp. Too worried it would shift and hit the motorcycle. Even with the ramp tied down, just knowing I could potentially damage a $500 fairing, doesn't sit well with me. :)

    Did you tow it in the center of the bed? How did you cinch it down? And at what points?
     
  9. Mar 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    I put one in my 2005 access cab prerunner to transport two WR 450 dirt bikes. I have been using it since 2005 with no problems. I just bought a new one for my 2012 DC LB 4X4 and installed it today. The new ones dont seem as beefy as the old one, and I had to use washers to space it away from the bed so that the center tie down point would clear the factory tie-down rail. The old one had this center tie-down loop welded at the very edge (towards tail gate) and fit just fine up against the factory rail; the new one was welded closer to center, so I had to space it back.
    In the pics below, the old one is faded.
    This works great for hauling 1-3 motorcycles; I have had two full size 450 dirt bikes and a mini 110 once, but usually just the two 450's.

    Jesse


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  10. Mar 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM
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    I have a Yamaha R1 and it doesn't even pass the tailgate and I have a 5ft bed. The trick is just angle the back sideways strapped in. I also have a bed extender and can haul it straight in with no problems. I've hauled it 400+ miles several times like this as well as other bikes I had/have, never had an issue.
     
  11. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    I've been nervous about my tailgate bending when loading the bikes on. It does seem like a bit of a weak tailgate for a motorcycle or two to be riding on. Thankfully I have a long bed so the rear wheels don't actually ride on the tailgate when I'm under way, but loading the bikes I'm still concerned about.

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  12. Mar 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM
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  13. May 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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    Performula [OP] Six lugs of fury!

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    I'd definitely take the bed off, just in case. I'm curious if it would even close.

    Hard to take off? I don't want to scratch anything.
     
  14. May 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM
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    I take it you mean take off the tailgate? I think you could get the tailgate closed if you put the bike in cros cornered; I prefer to put it in straight myself and don't bother with the tailgate. The tailgate is super easy to take off - just ask the thieves. :rolleyes:

    These readyramps are a good idea for those that are worried about loosing stuff out of the bed with a motorcycle or wheeler in there.
    http://www.readyramp.com/
     
  15. May 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM
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    I finally bought a ramp. Does this look too steep? 6.83' in length. Surely someone that has a six footer has made it withough scraping the belly of their sport bike? This DB's look no problem. :)

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  16. May 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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    Looks steep, possibly put it on a curb then ride it up
     
  17. May 16, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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    I'm thinking of removing the tailgate as well. That would drop it down about 4".
     
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    What kind of bike is it?
     
  19. May 16, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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    Performula [OP] Six lugs of fury!

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    Current generation GSXR1000. I was going to remove the tail gate and put the ramp on the rear bumper. Also thinking about a couple boards "stepped" at the beginning of the ramp if needed. I got such a great deal on the ramp ($80) I'd hate to spend another $170-220 to gain another foot.
     
  20. May 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM
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    I'd put it on the curb or put something under the ramp like jack stands then get a 2x12 and put it to the bottom of the ramp, it's like two ramps I've done it before. Just be sure to tie the 2x12 to the metal ramp
     
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