CRF in the truck bed
  • aaron5s
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    CRF in the truck bed

    by aaron5s » Thu May 25, 2017 8:53 pm

    Does anyone have experience putting their CRF in the truck bed? The reason why I'm asking is that I'm planning to haul my bike using my F-150. Just looking for a good ramp to get my CRF up in the truck, and how to secure it. I like the idea of having a blue ox towing motorcycle sportsloader since it uses an electric motor, but I'm not sure if it will work with my bike. I've seen a carrier also that can be attached to a receiver hitch. Not sure if a carrier with 400lb capacity is enough or a 600lb is a lot better.
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    Re: CRF in the truck bed

    by Back2-2 » Fri May 26, 2017 6:36 am

    Hi, I really like my Fly 7 ft folding ramp for loading in the back of the truck. My truck is quite high so I have to use a milk crate for the step up to the bed. I also have one of those racks you put in the hitch and carry the bike cross the back - but I have never used it. I have had the 450 on it just to test it out & it seems fine. It is one of the Cycle Gear haulers that is 400 lb rated. Built really well but I did add a longer ramp due to my trucks height. Overall I still prefer to use my small cycle trailer for ease of use over loading in the back of the truck.
    Just my 2 cents - :D
    Neil
    Scottsdale, AZ
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    JimDirt
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    Re: CRF in the truck bed

    by JimDirt » Wed May 31, 2017 7:23 am

    Since i have a shell on my bed , and my truck is kind of low , i use a hitch carrier , i got it on eBay for about $85.00 new , i modified it slightly with better tie down points and added LED lights since with the bike on the back its hard to see the tail lights of the truck , its rated at 400 lbs and i have hauled my 450X on it which weighs around 285 lbs with no issues , but with hitch carriers i insist you use a Anti-Tilt-Anti-Wobble Device that kind of secures the insert into the receiver with bolts , it keep the bike from bouncing around as you go down the road https://www.google.com/#q=anti+tilt+hit ... t&tbm=shop , as anything inserted into your receiver will "wobble , with the attachment point in the center , the bike will wobble pretty bad , this almost completely eliminates that wobble , .... i also have a trailer i built that can haul several bikes , so i use that as well

    As Neil mentioned , using a step of some kind that is stable so it does not go out from under you when you jump up on it , is a key factor when hauling in a lifted truck , the longer the ramp the better as it will ease the strain of pushing the bike UP and ease unloading as well , you could build a step out of wood or metal and even buy a pre-made double step out of the last issue of Dirt Bike magazine (it was in the "New Products" section)

    As far as securing it in the bed , there are bars that go across the front rail that will help secure the tie downs , and there should be tie downs built into the bed that should hold a bike or a couple of them with no issues
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    Re: CRF in the truck bed

    by Back2-2 » Wed May 31, 2017 9:27 am

    Jim, good points ! I was always going to make one of those anti-shake devices and just forgot about it. Now I have a project.

    Another thing on tie downs. I like those strap deals that go around the handle bars to keep from scratching the bars with the hooks on the tie downs. I also use the fork brake / block between the fender and front tire.
    Neil
    Scottsdale, AZ
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    Re: CRF in the truck bed

    by aaron5s » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:12 pm

    Thanks guys for replying. I'm thinking of putting a wheel chok also in the truck bed so that hauling my bike will be more stable.
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    JimDirt
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    Re: CRF in the truck bed

    by JimDirt » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:00 pm

    Jim, good points ! I was always going to make one of those anti-shake devices and just forgot about it. Now I have a project.

    Another thing on tie downs. I like those strap deals that go around the handle bars to keep from scratching the bars with the hooks on the tie downs. I also use the fork brake / block between the fender and front tire.
    Yea i use the "Soft Ties" myself , and the fork brace , it helps stabilize the bike so it does not bounce like it would with just tie downs holding it
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