Hauling two bikes in a smaller pickup

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9/5/2018 1:11 PM

What is everyone using to manage hauling two bikes in the same smaller sized pickup truck? The bars almost always get in the way of one another. I've used a cinder block up against the front of the bed before and that kind of works, but am wondering of there is something better.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

9/5/2018 1:17 PM

queen of spodes wrote:

What is everyone using to manage hauling two bikes in the same smaller sized pickup truck? The bars almost always get in the ...more

Ccr. Bed buddy, tail.gate down. With bed extender.

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9/5/2018 6:16 PM

I don't have a small truck, but in the back of my truck, I snug one bike down more than the other so the bar ends do not hit. I run a tie down from one front corner, through the front wheel of one bike to the handlebar of the other bike. It takes a while to unload and load, but has worked well for me.

On a different note, I see you are planning a 1987 KX250 build. Do you already own one?

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9/5/2018 6:48 PM

Ive got a Ridgeline and it has the wheel marks in the bed with tie down points. Made for Moto hauls two bikes perfectly with no issues.

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9/5/2018 7:03 PM

I fit 3 in my Dakota, kinda like this "W"
2 facing forward leaned to each side with about 1" between grips
And one backward between them.
Yes it looks funny but it works

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9/5/2018 8:37 PM

Turn the wheels towards each other and tie them down against each other. If I do that and crank them down I can even get the tailgate closed on a 6.5" box.

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9/5/2018 8:42 PM

Use to get 3-4 bikes in the back of 3 of my rangers no problem. Takes a little practice to figure it out but once you do, it’s a breeze

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9/5/2018 9:28 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/5/2018 9:30 PM

KDXGarage wrote:

I don't have a small truck, but in the back of my truck, I snug one bike down more than the other so the bar ends do not hit. ...more

Yes. Don't think this will get the same treatment as my '89 KX125 or 07 KX250 builds tho.. just not much left for these 87 machines. Plan is to do a barebones refurbishing and race it in EVO 3.
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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

9/6/2018 4:03 AM

When i had a ranger id just offset one bike towards the rear a little bit.

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9/6/2018 7:53 AM

kb228 wrote:

When i had a ranger id just offset one bike towards the rear a little bit.

Did you use a cinder block or something else?

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

9/6/2018 8:44 AM

kb228 wrote:

When i had a ranger id just offset one bike towards the rear a little bit.

queen of spodes wrote:

Did you use a cinder block or something else?

Gas can did the trick for me. At the time i had a small red one.

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9/8/2018 10:49 PM

Looks like a good start! You are farther along than me. :-)

Dennis Kirk for the UFO plastics, but they won't have the shrouds.

I have one of those steel ramps. I hate that POS.

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9/9/2018 9:52 PM

I mean I rode one of these 87 KX250's at a dealer in the early 90s once.. but jeez I don't remember them being THIS weird to sit on. Guess new bikes have finally spoiled me.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

9/11/2018 6:45 PM

If Jeff Ward can win on it, you can ride it. :-)

I actually saw him race at the Anderson, SC National on one in 1987. :-)

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