Loading Ramp/motorbike Ramp

Discussion in 'General VW T6 Chat' started by Yzfr1, 1 Jan 2020.

  1. Yzfr1

    Yzfr1 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Does anyone have experience with ramps specifically for a motorbike.(Road Sports Bike)
    I'm looking to buy one but I'm clueless as which brand or type are any good and practical.
    Also looking for a foldable one if there are any good ones out there.
    Any feedback would be much appreciated.
  2. Phil_G

    Phil_G Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Ours is just a generic unbranded heavy duty dural channel, 2.5m including the tongues, by 30cm inside the channel, it may have come from M&P, I cant remember. One tip, dont ever be tempted to ride up it into the van. Never, ever! :cry:

    Loading is a two-man job. If you're on your own I'd suggest a small bulkhead-mounted electric winch with a remote.

  3. Yzfr1

    Yzfr1 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Does that ramp give decent grip in wet too? I've always been dubious of checker plate. Don't know why cos I've never stood or driven on it. Just looks slippery.
    I've seen some numpties on YouTube loading while riding....always seems to end in disaster.
  4. Peatey

    Peatey Head Treacle Miner VIP Member T6 Legend

    I bought this off my mate, who for some reason had two of them and used to use it to load his race bike into his motorhome garage.
    I now use it to barrow up into my tipper trailer. Its roughly 2m long
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  5. Phil_G

    Phil_G Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    Grip is fine but really doesnt matter as the bike is being pushed up we dont touch the brakes so grip is never an issue.
    On unloading, the front brake hasnt caused any slippage, and we've raced every w/e in a season in all weathers ;)
    The folding ones I've seen are bent, ie steeper at the bottom like a humpty-back bridge - I dont like that, I like a steady constant load when pushing.

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  6. Yzfr1

    Yzfr1 Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    600 srad.
    My first bike.....wicked.
    Nice to see you have pushed it to its limits and now has a bit of gravel rash(character)
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  7. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Legend

    I used to load my S1000 on my own. If there was a slope I'd park so that the slope helped. Sometimes if I struggled I walked with the bike withe the engine running and feathering the clutch. Never had any problems that way. I would never try to ride it in though.
  8. Daffy

    Daffy Senior Member VIP Member T6 Pro

  9. gavp

    gavp New Member VIP Member

    I use one of these too, came from demon tweeks with a wheel chock and straps, all for about £40 iirc.

    So far biggest bike loaded 1290 ktm adventure, managed on my own but height means had to strap down the front forks and take the screen off to get under the door frame, ok once in.
  10. simonnwt6

    simonnwt6 Member

  11. Dieseldonkey

    Dieseldonkey 150 DSG Shuttle Conversion VIP Member T6 Legend

    Dont know about the quality of this, but considering one as a loading ramp to run the scooter up onto an up and coming bike trailer project. Albeit it will be lower to the ground than a van floor.

    PROWORKS Foldable Loading Ramp 180x21 cm (Now -60%) - XLmoto.co.uk

    The website has a range of ramps at different budgets though, if you need something more substantial.
  12. Ads_Essex

    Ads_Essex Local lowlife VIP Member T6 Legend

    Same - it’s doable on your own, using the engine to drive it in.
    I used a Ready Ramp to load my CBR on to my L200, and they sit fairly high at the back.
  13. copa mick

    copa mick New Member

    On that note, will the rear bumper bar take the load or is it better for the ramp to be over on the load area? If the bumper bar is ok it makes for an easier push as the ramp would sit almost flush with the back & not a step up.
  14. Skyliner33

    Skyliner33 Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Legend

    I wouldnt put it on the bumper bar. And I always attach the ramp to the tailgate catch with a strap the ramp came with.
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  15. Littleblackflash

    Littleblackflash Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru


    I have a folding simple aluminium ramp and load my bikes in easily single handed. I do sometimes start the bike and use the engine to help get the bike up the ramp.
    How many bikes can you get in a SWB. Later in the year I need to take a KTM 790 and a GS750 on one trip. I'm hoping not to have to use my trailer.
  16. Grim Reaper

    Grim Reaper Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Guru

    I have a hard enough time getting the 690 in, I wouldn't dream of trying to squeeze my GSA in there (plus I'd have to remove the screen which would make it a ball ache) that's a heavy bike if anything starts to go wrong.
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  17. Nickdaw

    Nickdaw Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Pro

    this the one i have just used to collect a TL1000, loaded with no problem.
  18. Stevefrs

    Stevefrs Senior Member VCDS User VIP Member T6 Guru

    I have 2 of these. Used for loading a cbr 954 as well as a monster 1200s into my previous kombi.
    1 for the bike and the other to walk up.
    As previous comments, easier to use the bike clutch as you walk it up.
  19. Littleblackflash

    Littleblackflash Senior Member VIP Member T6 Guru

    My 1200GSA has gone, I only keep them 6 months (company bike perk). I'm collecting a GS750 next month which will be much narrower. I also find having a front wheel choc is better than using the side stand. The bike is held more stable and more upright, which hopefully allows me to get both in. Together they will be 350kg which is ok.
  20. OllieGBR

    OllieGBR Member VIP Member T6 Pro

    Are you planning to drive to various locations and then bike trip around? I'm looking at a trip to Eastern Europe this year, (bored of the usual Spain/ France/ Italy jaunts and they are too busy these days) but not sure I want to drive the 1000 miles to Budapest for example.

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