How to Haul a Motorcycle in a Pickup Truck

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Whether a motorcycle was just bought, is headed to a repair shop or being transported to Daytona Beach for Bike Week, hauling it in a pickup truck is the easiest way to move it.

Things You'll Need

  • Loading ramp Ratcheting nylon tie-down straps
  • Enlist the aid of a friend and push the motorcycle up the ramp and into the pickup bed. Roll it until the front tire is in contact with the front wall of the pickup body.

  • Position the bike so that when the kickstand is down and locked, the weight of the motorcycle is in the center of the pickup's bed.

  • Put the kickstand in the down position and lean the bike onto it as you normally would.

  • Secure a ratcheting strap to both sides of the handlebar and secure it to the side of the pickup truck. Tighten the straps evenly so the motorcycle remains leaning on the kickstand.

  • Secure another ratcheting strap from each side of the rear of the bike to the truck body. Stake pocket tie-downs work great for this.

  • Attempt to shake the motorcycle from side to side. If there's any movement, tighten the straps tighter.

  • Close the tailgate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Motorcycles are heavy. Don't attempt to load one into a truck bed without help. Carefully explain what you're attempting to do to any and all helpers.

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