There is no reason why you shouldn’t take your motorcycle along with you if you plan to go on a road trip. If there may be situations where you may not be able to ride on it on your way to your destination, or if you are with company but want your motorcycle with you just the same, using a truck or a trailer is your best bet. That way, whether you are alone or not, your motorcycle can be safely transported and you can use it whenever you want to.
Loading your motorcycle onto a truck is not a very difficult thing to do. Just follow a few instructions and you can get your motorcycle loaded up securely and in the safest way possible.
Use a motorcycle ramp. This is the most frequently used method of loading a motorcycle straight into the truck bed. There are ramps that have been specifically designed for this purpose. Try to avoid using planks made from wood or metal as they may easily break during the loading process. This can cause accidents that could damage both your truck and motorcycle, or even worse, can hurt you. Ramps built specifically for motorcycles are designed in such a way that they are slightly bent to avoid damaging the front areas of the engines when they get on top of the ramp.
Use a loading dock. To make things a lot easier, it would be a good idea to begin loading your motorcycle on a loading dock. It would also be good to ask 2 people to assist you while doing this, one person on each side to load it in. Take the truck to the loading dock and back it up, making sure that there is enough space left for its tailgate. Begin to roll in your motorcycle in such a way that the tire in front juts up in front of the truck bed.
Secure your motorcycle. As soon as your motorcycle is safely inside the truck, start to secure it by strapping down its handlebars to the fastening contraptions of the truck. Press down on the motorcycle’s fork suspension midway that will keep it firmly secured but will not give your motorcycle needless pressure. Fasten the back end with straps, firmly affixing them on both sides of the motorcycle’s frame. This way, its back side does not shift from side to side. You may even have to fasten the straps crosswise onto the truck bed to close its tailgate. In some cases where your motorcycle may not fit in diagonally, there is really nothing to worry about if your tailgate is down. As long as it is securely strapped into your truck, it should be safe enough.
If you are using a trailer for transporting your motorcycle instead, the same procedure of loading can be followed. The only problem with a trailer is that your motorcycle is placed on a much lower area than that of a truck that makes it more vulnerable to all sorts of pebbles and other debris. Aside from that, it is also the most unstable area of the vehicle. The best thing to do would be to keep it very secure with its straps and keep it covered with a plastic screen to protect it from the elements. Your motorcycle will be just as safe and in top condition when you get to the area of your destination.