Putting a motorcycle in the bed of a pickup truck without a ramp is possible, but it requires extra preparation and caution. A few safety precautions should be taken before attempting to lift the motorcycle up into the truck bed.
It is recommended that you have at least two people to help with the task, one to lift and one to steady the bike while it is lifted. Additionally, you will need some form of wheel chock, either commercial or homemade.
Before attempting to lift the motorcycle up into the truck bed, check that the bed of the truck is completely clear of any objects or debris. If there are any items that could obstruct your lifting path, remove them for safety reasons. Once you have confirmed that there are no obstructions, set up your wheel chock by placing it firmly against either side wall of the truck bed.
Next, use a lifting device such as a hoist or winch to raise the motorcycle off of its kickstand and onto its rear wheel. To ensure that your hoist is properly secured, attach it securely to both sides of the frame using tie-downs or straps. Make sure that you have both hands free when lifting to prevent accidental slips or drops.
Once the motorcycle has been lifted up off its stand and onto its rear wheel, carefully guide it towards the wheel chock in order to steady it while in transit. Slowly lower the motorcycle down onto its side and secure it firmly with tie-downs or straps so that it does not shift during transport. Lastly, check all connections before beginning your journey.
Putting a motorcycle in the bed of a pickup truck without using a ramp can be done safely with proper preparation and caution. Always make sure that there are no obstructions in your path before attempting to lift and lower your bike into place. Additionally, make sure to use adequate lifting devices such as hoists or winches for proper support when moving your bike into position and secure all connections with tie-downs or straps once in place.