How to Choose a Motorcycle Ramp

Motorcycle ramps come in a variety of styles and lengths, from simple, single runners to full-width, powered systems. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which type of ramp to purchase. To help determine the best ramp for your situation, answer the following questions below.


How large is the motorcycle you are loading?

Single runner ramps are ideal for dirt bikes and smaller road bikes, because they can easily be pushed safely up the ramp. Never ride a bike up a single-runner ramp. Larger bikes are easier with a full-width ramp, since the extra width allows you to ride up the ramp and put your feet down. to balance the bike, should the need arise. Remember to ensure that the ramp being used is rated for your motorcycle's weight.


What are your motorcycle's measurements?

The proper ramp length is determined by measuring the height of the loading surface, and the motorcycle's wheelbase and ground clearance. Wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels. Ground clearance, is the distance from the ground to the lowest part of the bike, which must be measured with the bike upright and not on the kickstand.

These three measurements can then be entered into the Motorcycle Ramp Calculator, which provides the minimum length of ramp needed to clear the loading surface without bottoming out. One thing to keep in mind is that this calculates the minimum length needed, so if you have a bike with a very high ground clearance such as a dirt bike, you technically only need a very short ramp to prevent bottoming out, but a short ramp will be very steep. Use a tape measure to simulate the suggested ramp length and check the angle for yourself.If it seems too steep, a longer ramp will have a gentler slope, which is generally easier to use.

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Do you have someone to help load your motorcycle?

Loading a motorcycle is typically a two-to-three-person job, but if you plan to load your motorcycle by yourself, choose either a full-width ramp to ride the bike up, or an accessory like a trailer hitch step to use with your single runner.

A hitch step allows you to easily walk with the motorcycle into the truck bed while loading, avoiding the point where the bike is too high to reach comfortable and hold steady. THis method is only recommended for smaller motorcycles. For larger bikes, riding up a full-width ramp is the recommended loading method.


How often do you plan to use your motorcycle ramps?

Frequent motorcycle haulers, should consider installing the Alumi-Loc system on their vehicle.

Full-width ramps and powered ramp systems can also save time for frequent loaders. A full-width ramp allows you to quickly and safely ride up the ramp, and a powered ramp system will automatically load the bike for you, hassle-free.

If you will only be occasionally loading your motorcycle, and storage space is limited, consider a single runner style ramp which can fold in half to store conveniently next to your bike.

Knowing the size of your motorcycle, height of the loading surface, measurements of wheelbase and ground clearance, how much lep you'll have during loading, and how often you plan on using your motorcycle ramps are the key ingredients to picking the perfect motorcycle ramp. Go to Discount Ramps to find the perfect motorcycle ramp for your situation. Our huge selection includes ramps in many popular styles with different traction surfaces, weight capacities, materials, storage capabilities, and other features to choose from. Visit Discount Ramps to see our full range, or contact our product experts who can help determine the best motorcycle ramp system for your needs.