How Do You Load a Motorcycle on a Pickup Truck?

If you are looking to transport your motorcycle from one place to another, you may find it necessary to load your bike onto a pickup truck. This can be a tricky task as loading a large, heavy motorcycle onto a pickup truck can be dangerous and difficult if not done correctly. Here are some tips for loading a motorcycle onto a pickup truck safely and efficiently:

Step 1: Secure the Pickup Truck

The first step in loading your motorcycle on a pickup truck is to make sure the truck is secure. If you are using a ramp, make sure the tailgate is securely closed and the bed of the truck is free of objects that could cause an obstruction or damage the ramp or bike. Additionally, check that all straps and tie-downs are firmly attached and ready for use.

Step 2: Inspect the Motorcycle

Before loading your bike on the pickup truck, it is important to inspect it for any potential problems. Make sure all nuts and bolts are tight, and that any loose parts such as exhaust systems or foot rests have been secured properly. Additionally, check that tires have enough air pressure and the brakes work properly.

Step 3: Load the Motorcycle

Once you have ensured both the pickup truck and motorcycle are safe for transport, you can begin loading your bike onto the bed of the truck. If you’re using a ramp, make sure it is securely attached to both the back of the truck and ground before attempting to ride up it with your motorcycle. Once at the top of the ramp, use tie-downs or straps to secure both sides of your bike firmly in place.


Loading a motorcycle onto a pickup truck can be dangerous if not done properly. However, by taking precautions such as making sure both vehicles are secure before attempting transport and using straps or tie-downs to attach your bike once loaded, you can ensure that your motorcycle will arrive safely at its destination.

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Stephen Dunn