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post #1 of 27 Old 09-25-2007, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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getting bike to the track?

next month is going to be my first trackday. i'm riding my bike there this time and prepping it when we get there. and i know i'm going to love riding on the track. i'm looking for some feedback on hauling the bike there in the future. either in my pickup truck or behind my truck full size dodge 1500 which means buying a ramp or trailer. the ramp is cheaper but it looks like a hassle to me and it looks like a 2 person job to do it safely. the trailer is easier 1 person job but theres more money involved with tags and what not's. me i like the trailer, my wife likes the ramp. i'm just seeing what your experience are with the trailer or ramp. thank you.

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If you can get a trailer seeing you are always going solo. I never load my bike bymyself. But the good news is the guys at the track are mostly friendly and will help getting the bike out of the back of the truck. So you could go both ways but I like the trailer idea. Uhaul you can rent a trailor for like $15 for the day that is the best way to go if you ask me. Those are some ideas I guess?

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For me it was a no brainer, decided to go SUV + open trailer.

About 15 months ago I bought this trailer from fleabay (as a kit), for

roughly $ 525.00 ...add like $ 200 for the diamond plate and the jackwheel.

I load/download the bike by myself..no problemo

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Truck does not do it for me.

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I just bought a trailer for the bike and it is definitely the way to go. I loaded the bike in the back of the truck before that and it was at least a two man job. The best way to get it in the truck was to find a ditch and put the rear wheels in it and then the bike would go right in (the extra wide ramps make it easier too). And kneedragger is right, there is always good people willing to help get the bike out and in at the track. The biggest drawback to riding your bike to the track is if you wreck and the bike becomes unrideable for the trip back. But no matter how you get your bike there it will be worth it.
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I guess trailer would be the way to go. As it is low to the ground and easy to load for a one man job.
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A trailer is definitely easier to load/unload and you can take more "stuff" with you but with a good ramp/ramps one person can load/unload a bike from a truckbed. Pretty easily, actually. But I've had plenty of practice from hauling bikes around to trails, tracks, and bike shops over my 27 years of riding. It is kind of scary the first time you take your $10k baby up/down the ramp though.

If I could find a good deal on a 5x10 enclosed trailer, I would buy one but I only do 4-5 trackdays a year now so it's kind of hard to justify the expense.
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I got myself a very low miles Nissan Frontier and after a few times it got easy to load and unload. So I dont have to drive 55 with a trailer. Its easier to park and get around with a truck than hauling a trailer.
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i've always loaded and unloaded my bike in the back of my truck alone...as said earlier..little scary the first couple of times but once you get the hang of it much better then a trailer for getting around...those here in cali understand because the speedlimit is 55 for any vehicle towing a trailer...i bought a decent ramp from autozone and a 2x12x10 from lowes...total cost less than a hundred bucks...i put the board next to the ramp and walk along side of the bike using the clutch and throttle to power the bike up...coming down even easier...walk down the board next to the ramp using the front brake to control the decent with the engine off...no sweat and i'm loading it in the back of my F350 Crew Cab FX4 Dually....which is fairly high....what really made things even easier and quicker is rolling the bike right on the baxley sport chock and using a canyon dancer to help secure it with a couple of straps...usually takes me less then 10 minutes to be ready to go from start to finish..
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I just bought an open trailer for my bike. It is the wire mesh kind with a steel frame. I layed 1/4" plywood down on top of the mesh and bolted it to the frame then had the whole trailer rino lined "spray on truck bed liner" to make it super tough and durrable. Whole think cost $300 for the trailer used. And about another $200 for the rest. It's a nice set up for the price.

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Here's a pic of the trailer "kinda shitty pic" but you get the idea.
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"sometimes in order to truly live life you must risk it."

You hit the lights, I hit the gas...


THERE ARE ONLY THREE SPEEDS, FAST, VERY FAST, AND OH SHIT!
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