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Old 06-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Heavy M/C Unloading

Just info for anyone who might be interested and has a big heavy bike. I have a Yam RSV dresser, 800lbs. For the past two years I've always had a thrilling time unloading the beast from my 40' Fuzion FWTH, which is high up off the ground. No matter what I tried brake wise, it would come down the ramp like a friggin' rocket, backwards, and scare the s--t out of me every time. Particularly bad unloading on gravel. I finally got on a couple M/C blogs dedicated to just this situation and found some advice and tried it....worked like a charm. Might be old news to some of you but like the husband of a cheatin' wife, I'm always the last to know. Elevate the front end of the TH as far as you can, which changes the angle of the ramp (not so steep), then put the bike in first gear (engine NOT running), and use the clutch to ease it backwards down the ramp. Kind of weird at first because your instinct is to use the front brake, but the clutch and first gear is the ticket. You can totally control the decent speed. I have one word for myself after 40 years of riding bikes....."Duh!"
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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Yup, I learned that trick many moons ago to handle a dirt bike that hasn't quite made it to the top of a steep incline and needs to be turned around. Having the "brake" engaged as a default, rather than having to engage it when you need it, is a great help.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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With my GL 1500 I just leave it in reverse after using it to pop out of the front wheel chock. Slows it down nicely so when I grab a little front brake I can actually stop in the middle of the ramp if I want to. Did it once and that was enough. Better to just control the speed and get off as soon as possible. Not sure if you can do that with the 1800 and most likely not the Yamaha. Too much time and trouble lifting the front end every time I wanted to load and unload. Next rig will have a much more reasonable loading angle.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:25 AM   #4
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Whatever works for you pal, but too much trouble lifting the front end?....pushing a button? LMAO!
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While loading my HD Softail last fall, I somehow dislodged the dipstick from the oil tank. Started the bike and started riding up the ramp slowly - suddenly, the back tire is spinning and I don't know why? Pulled in the clutch, grabbed the front brake and slid backwards to the bottom of the ramp. I don't know if it took longer to clean the ramp/bike or my pants!
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While loading my HD Softail last fall, I somehow dislodged the dipstick from the oil tank. Started the bike and started riding up the ramp slowly - suddenly, the back tire is spinning and I don't know why? Pulled in the clutch, grabbed the front brake and slid backwards to the bottom of the ramp. I don't know if it took longer to clean the ramp/bike or my pants!
Somehow popped the dipstick out? I would look into that, could create some bigger problems if it happened on the road.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:13 PM   #7
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menoble, that softtail dipstick is right under the rider's right thigh and depending on the cap the owner puts on it, I have seen them come off.
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Another Harley note. When hauling over long distance (2-3 days between unloading) the oil in the top end of the rear cylinder can shake down and leave the top end dry as a bone. you'll notice it when you start it up to unload and there's a God awful clatter. Point is, don't haul it for days on end without starting it up. Remember. 98% of all Harleys are still on the road.....the other 2% made it home! I've had them all over the years, that's why I ride a Yamaha now lololol!!
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