If you own a dirt bike, you’re going to need to be proficient at loading and unloading your bike into a truck. Here’s how to load a motorcycle those times you don’t have a ramp handy.
The Easy Method (works on pretty much any motorcycle)
The easiest way to get your dirt bike into the back of a truck without a ramp is to find a hill/driveway/grocery store loading dock that you can back your truck up to and then ride your bike onto your make shift ramp and then load it into your truck.
If you can’t find something to back up to that is the same height as your truck bed, anything that helps decrease the height your going to have to lift will be helpful. There’s an abandoned Blockbuster a block from my place with a wheelchair ramp up to a walkway that brings the deck height up to about nine inches below most truck beds and we’ve used it countless times for loading all kinds of bikes when our ramp is MIA.
The Hard Method (works on dirtbikes unless you’re a body builder)
Start by standing on the right side of the bike and turning the handlebars to the left, this way the tire will be easier to get into the truck bed and won’t roll out once in and the front brake lever will be easier to grab should you need it. Then, with your left hand on the right grip, use your right hand to grab the axle and lift the front end of the tire into the bed, using your legs like you would when doing squats.
From there, lift the bike up again until both your engine case/skid plate and front tire are resting in the truck bed. Then, reach and lift from the rear axle or swingarm, bringing the back tire onto the truck bed, at which time you should be able to push the bike and guide the front tire into a corner of the bed which, in conjunction with your holding the rear of the bike, should keep it stable while you jump into the bed. Then re-position as desired, strap the bike down as we’ve shown you here, and you’re set.
Obviously, this is all predicted on either having a hill/dock nearby or a lot of extra lifting; so we recommend buying a proper ramp if you’re going to be loading and unloading bikes often.
The Wrong Method
What tips can you share about loading a dirt bike without a ramp? What ramps would you recommend to people that are currently considering a ramp purchase?