How-To Guide

How to Choose a Motorcycle Ramp

step 1

Have an idea of your motorcycle’s size

Dirt bikes, ADVs or smaller road bikes may only require single runner ramps for you to lead them up. Never ride up a single-runner ramp as you could fall and injury yourself. Larger bikes such as cruisers, sport bikes or touring bikes likely need a full-width ramp so that if you ride up the ramp you will have space to put your feet down for balance. Weight also factors into assessing the size of the ramp you need, as not all ramps have the same weight capacity.

Motorcycle Ramp Calculator

Please enter wheel base.
Please enter Ground Clearance.
Please enter Loading Height.
Minimum ramp length = ft. (1:12 Slope)

Measure your motorcycle to determine your minimum ramp length

Three key measurements are needed to determine the proper ramp length for your motorcycle – the wheelbase, ground clearance, and loading height (also known as rise). The wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear wheels. The ground clearance is the distance from the ground to the lowest part of the bike while it is upright (not on a kickstand). The loading height, or rise, is the distance from the ground to the flat surface of your truck or trailer.

Put those measurements into the Motorcycle Ramp Calculator to get the minimum ramp length that you’ll need to load your motorcycle without bottoming out. Please note that the minimum is ramp length is often very steep. Use a measuring tape to assess if a longer ramp will have an easier incline to work with. The longer the ramp, the easier it is to use.

step 3

Determine if you will have loading help

Depending on the size of your bike, loading a motorcycle is typically a two- to three-person job. If you know you will be loading a large motorcycle alone, think about a full-width ramp so you can ride it up. For smaller rides, like dirt bikes, consider also investing in a trailer hitch step such as the Apex Steel Hitch Step so that you can step up alongside the bike as you load it.

Measure your ride

Take frequency of use into account

If you will only be loading your motorcycle up occasionally, a ramp that folds in half for storage might be all you need. For frequent motorcycle haulers who are constantly setting up and taking down their ramps, the Alumi-Loc system is a time-saver because it attaches to the tailgate of your truck and allows you to quickly set up your ramps without worrying about kickback. Some other good options for frequent motorcycle loaders include using a full-width ramp to simply drive the bike up, or consider investing in a powered ramp system to avoid any hassle.