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Old 12-12-2017, 03:11 PM   #1
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Surface on ramp door ???

Do any of you motorcycle owners have issues with the ramp door surface not being rough enough ?
When we take our bikes ( Wifes: 2010 Tri Glide and my 2002 Heritage ) I have very little room to load mine since her trike takes up so much of the space. When accelerating up the ramp the rear tire will spin sometimes, but the worst is when unloading and using the front brake the front tire just slides down the ramp which causes the bike to come out faster than is comfortable One of these days it is going to cause me to dump it. I am short and there is that area when the front wheel is still on the ramp and the rear wheel is in the ground that my feet don't touch and is a little scary when I have no control of the speed in which it comes out. My balance isn't what it used to be.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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My Springer does the same thing, front slides. I started leaving the bike in gear and using the clutch to control my speed going down the ramp, sucks to get started moving but safer.
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:55 PM   #3
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I had the same issue. Do a search on this site I'm sure that I read somewhere of a cheap, quick solution I just never got around to it.
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Old 12-12-2017, 04:57 PM   #4
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Yep, floor is slick and the bigger the engine the slicker it gets.

Going down with engine off and in first gear helps but not much can be done with the ramp to ground height problem.

I keep the Raider in the shed but I now keep the Vstar, with a smaller engine and lighter and lower in the garage.
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Thanks I will try keeping it in gear. That picture is exactly why I don't even try to load my Road King. The Heritage is a lot lighter and shorter. I am working on a fix if it works I will post some pics. Thanks to all for the help
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The bad part about this parking job, I had to swallow my scooter ridin' pride and walk down to the ranch and get one of the cowboys to help me lift it upright.
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Old 12-12-2017, 05:36 PM   #7
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That to be hard to do. I would have never heard the end of it.
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Almost lost my Goldwing one morning a few years back. Remember it like it was yesterday though...

Cool early morning outside Cooperstown, NY. It had been a good trip. Met up with some of my riding friends for a rally up there, but they were all staying at local hotels. And it was early in the season, so the campground was pretty much empty. I was one of only 2 rigs in the entire place. All grass campsites, and it had rained the previous 2 days straight. Was time to leave, and had to load the bike. Grass was wet, and not a dry-patch area in sight. Rode the bike to the edge of the ramp, all lined up for the chock. Twisted the throttle, passed "no-mans" land, and the wet rear tire engaged the ramp-deck. From there, things slowed down into slo-motion.

With throttle still applied to get her up the ramp, the torqued rear tire decided it wanted to go to the right... and that big 980-lb beast began listing hard to port! Keeping in mind that the bottoms of my boots were wet also, how I managed to get my left foot down, keep traction, and keep the entire thing from falling over is still a mystery to me. And of course, there's NO ONE around to help. I think I held the bike in a 20-degree or so lean for at least a minute while I considered my options: drop it & let it fall with no hope of getting it back up before I left in the limited garage space... or try to somehow right it by myself.

Figuring I had nothing to lose (except a lot of broken tupperware & paint on the bike), I decided to at least try the latter. I'm still straddling the bike, so there's no using the one-man squat-lifting/walking it up method... and I can't reach any of my ratchet-straps to even think about at least holding it in place while I dismount. So after another minute or so of this, with my arms & legs beginning to weaken, I put everything I've got into muscling it upright enough to engage the kickstand. Thankfully, I was able to... but, wow!

While not a real solution to the problem, what I later began doing was extending the front landing gear almost fully before loading the bike. Raising the nose of the rig pivots the rear downward... thus providing a much shallower angle on the ramp for loading/unloading the bike... and that worked well for me. Might help you too.
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Yep, floor is slick and the bigger the engine the slicker it gets.

Going down with engine off and in first gear helps but not much can be done with the ramp to ground height problem.

I keep the Raider in the shed but I now keep the Vstar, with a smaller engine and lighter and lower in the garage.
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Old 12-13-2017, 03:47 AM   #10
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Yes, the ramp is too slick. It's really bad when wet. Some have added a material that roughens it up. I've started raising the nose up on the trailer to lower the rear and reduce the ramp's angle. I never use the front brake backing out. Slipping the clutch and using the rear brake works great.
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