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  • You take the tailgate off?

    Ok, so yet another hauling question, and i didn't find anything searching. Does anyone remove their tailgate when loading there cycle into their truck? I hadn't even thought about this, until i was on a 4X4 Site, and someone on there said it was a good idea? anyones thoughts? thanks guys/girls/ and other.

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    For street bikes, I do remove my tailgate...mainly because I load myself, and my truck actually increases in height as you go further back to the tailgate, so removing it actually saves me a couple of inches in height to overcome. What I did was take some 2X8s and make a little landing that hooks in between the bumper and the bed, resting on the bumper. This gives me a good solid base to ramp up with. Again, I load alone...if you have people to help you, removing the tailgate probably isn't necessary.


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    • #3
      Right, if ur loading and unloading alone.. every inch you can save is helpful.. all the times i've hauled bikes before, I was able to find a nice bank to backup to and just ride on or push it off.. not always the case depending on where you are going though. but keeping the tailgate on allows you to use a bed extender and gain some more space for hauling your gear and what not.

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      • #4
        i keep my tailgate on,the same reasons as above.

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        • #5
          Yup, that's why I leave it on for dirt, and bought this neat little bed extender...


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          • #6
            I have a Ranger so I need to keep the tailgate on 'cause the bike rides on the edge of it. Hmmm...never thought about those chinzy little cables holding all that weight. Might have to rethink this...
            My first aid kit comes with lights and siren

            But sir, we are Navy SEALs, we are supposed to be surrounded...

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            • #7
              no need to remove it if u have this.. wide enough to load / unload urself.. just ride it up/ roll it off

              http://www.motorworld.com/products/2000/rampmaster/

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              • #8
                You said Load.
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                • #9
                  funny funny.... NOT !!

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                  • #10
                    Only if it won't shut and the rear wheel isn't resting on it.
                    '97 YZF1000R, '98 & '02 Bandit 1200's, '72 XS-2, '97 CBR900RR Project, '85 700 Interceptor, '75 RD350

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                    • #11
                      Nope, I leave mine on.

                      Nick www.naskie18.com Googletalk: naskie18 AIM: naskie18

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                      • #12
                        Haha, I shut mine. Put it in a little sideways, use four straps to hold it down, and slam the gate shut. Never had a problem, and it rode without a single problem for 3 hours back there one day. I have a big hill at my house though that I can back my truck up to in order to unload it. I can usually drive around and find some sort of slope to load/unload it too if I'm in a different town.

                        So, I suppose it's whatever is most convenient for you?
                        2002 R1
                        Yoshi TRS exhaust, Undertail, Ohlins Steering Stabilizer, Dark Windshield, Frame Sliders.

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                        • #13
                          i have to keep mine on as the bike wil nto fit with it off.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by naskie18
                            Nope, I leave mine on.

                            Hey, nice looking bike!! I really like the color...haven't seen it before, is it "custom"?? 8)
                            My first aid kit comes with lights and siren

                            But sir, we are Navy SEALs, we are supposed to be surrounded...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by katrider
                              Hey, nice looking bike!! I really like the color...haven't seen it before, is it "custom"?? 8)
                              Thanks I think its a factory color, just either goofy lighting or my camera being funky. Some better pics of it can be found here

                              Nick
                              Nick www.naskie18.com Googletalk: naskie18 AIM: naskie18

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