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Old 09-13-2013, 12:25 PM   #29
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With my SuperCab F150 I can either leave the tailgate on or take it off. I'm on the fence right now as to which way I will go. I do know that the Fords with the tailgate step have the same issue you do with the high plane. I have read where some placed spacers under the Rampage to clear the tailgate, but then you have the same issue of what good is the tailgate when the Rampage is installed and you are on the road. As you stated you can't close the tailgate. By the same token it can't be lifted and removed or stolen with the Rampage on.

The main thing is we get to take more of our toys with us! No better way to explore new territory than on a bike. Well, maybe not in the big cities during rush hour.
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Mine is the first truck tailgate that is not the same level as the bed level. When closed, the top of the gate is matched perfectly to the tops of the bed, on both sides. But, when the gate is open, and a long straight edge is placed in the bed, the gate is definitely higher than the bed height. What was GMC thinking? It's no big deal as stated since we simply remove the gate while on our trips. I kind of look at this way too. Since it cannot be raised and therefore is of no use, why not protect it by removing it and keep it from possibly sustaining less damage by bouncing rocks, backing into it around camp sites and more?

So, it's off for our trips. By the way, did you see the one I sent Coma? Wow, somebodies going to snatch that one up, if it's not already gone.
Scott

P.S. Just found another one:

http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=100678
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #30
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First off, I don't know your location and, I don't know how much you've been looking for any of the loaders like the Rampage but, I just did a quick search on the net covering many different parts of the states and yep, at present, the good used deals are scarce. But, I did find this one and it's in the Sacramento C/L :

RAMPAGE MOTORCYCLE LIFT

If anyone's looking, that's a seriously great deal. I got mine for $1500 and thought it was great but, this one beats the heck out of mine.
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Nice find! That's a steal. NE Ohio is where I'm looking.
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Coma,
I used to have the Big Boy ramps and loaded my Harley Heritage into and out of my previous Toy Hauler (same height as a pick up). As others have said, you will need boards at the bottom because when the front wheel starts up the ramp your feet no longer reach the ground. The scariest part is rolling down the ramp. I found that by leaving the bike in 1st gear (engine off) you can use the clutch to brake the rear wheel and the front brake to control the decent. Don't even try this if it's raining! My new TH has a ramp door making the ramps unnecessary and I do not miss them one bit!

If I was in your shoes, I'd get the ramp system now and you'll never be sorry.
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Coma ..........

On reading your post, I couldn't help but remember the day my DW took her Motorcycle Endorsement test. She was riding the Matchless 500 single on which she learned to ride.

At the conclusion of the test, the State Patrol officer informed her she had passed. Yay! She asked him if she could put the thumper back in our '50 Chebby pickup. He said, "Sure", so she aimed it at the ramp, got air at the top, and landed with both brakes locked, right on the dime!



Many years have gone by since that day in 1960-something. We now have a 2003 1300 cc Suzuki Intruder, weighing in at 525 lbs. I have two HFT Steel ramps, one for the bike and one to walk on. I think since my 71st birthday, I will no longer load the bike that way. If it starts going over, even towards me, I don't think I could stop it.

If I was to take it on another trip, I would get a classy ramp, no matter the cost. It has got to be cheaper than a night in the hospital, not even counting my allergy to pain. Until then, here's the answer for me . . .



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Coma ..........

On reading your post, I couldn't help but remember the day my DW took her Motorcycle Endorsement test. She was riding the Matchless 500 single on which she learned to ride.

At the conclusion of the test, the State Patrol officer informed her she had passed. Yay! She asked him if she could put the thumper back in our '50 Chebby pickup. He said, "Sure", so she aimed it at the ramp, got air at the top, and landed with both brakes locked, right on the dime!
Wow!




Nice looking bikes, I grew up dreaming of those and Triumphs.

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Many years have gone by since that day in 1960-something. We now have a 2003 1300 cc Suzuki Intruder, weighing in at 525 lbs. I have two HFT Steel ramps, one for the bike and one to walk on. I think since my 71st birthday, I will no longer load the bike that way. If it starts going over, even towards me, I don't think I could stop it.

If I was to take it on another trip, I would get a classy ramp, no matter the cost. It has got to be cheaper than a night in the hospital, not even counting my allergy to pain. Until then, here's the answer for me . . .



Good friends!
No substitute for good friends.

I'm pretty well convinced the ramp can be done safely. I'll have to see if I can do it safely.

Thanks for sharing!
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Use this handy ramp calculator to figure your ramp length:

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Use this handy ramp calculator to figure your ramp length:

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Nice find, Thanks!
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I'm a big fan of the Rampage. I would have never tried to load a big bike without it. I'm going a different route now but certainly recommend the Rampage.



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^^^^^^
Nice looking bike, almost bought one of those.
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I'm a big fan of the Rampage. I would have never tried to load a big bike without it. I'm going a different route now but certainly recommend the Rampage.



gkgeiger, after a 1000 mile or so road trip maybe a little rain along the way how bad is the road film on the bike?
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gkgeiger, after a 1000 mile or so road trip maybe a little rain along the way how bad is the road film on the bike?
About the same as if you rode it 1000 miles under the same conditions. Since I quit riding HD's I wash my bikes much less.
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About the same as if you rode it 1000 miles under the same conditions. Since I quit riding HD's I wash my bikes much less.

makes good sense
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If it rains, my bike needs a wash. At least that is my experience over my first 10 months.
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