Loading Ramps For Dirt Bikes and Motorcycles
Although motorcycles and dirt bikes are primarily designed to carry us, but sometimes they need to be carried away with the help of a loading ramp to a particular destination. And the reason for getting a loading ramp is not just limited to transporting your motorcycle or dirt bike to the nearest race track or dirt park. At times when a two-wheeler needs some kind of fixing, this ramp definitely comes in handy while loading it on the pickup truck. In addition, if you are planning to buy a used motorcycle or dirt bike from outside the state and want to bring it into your state, you will probably need a ramp to load it.
So, the usage of loading ramp is endless, and we believe that every biker should have one handy in his garage. However, the type of loading ramp you need depends on the type of two-wheeler you own.
Besides, there are many things to consider including its weight, construction material, and the loading capacity. Moreover, you need to go through all the different options available in the market, compare their prices with their features and shortlist one that meets your specific requirements.
Truth be told, that’s a lot of research!
This is why we have put together a list of some of the best motorcycle and dirt bike ramps that can be used while loading and unloading from your pickup truck. Let’s take a look at them.
Best Loading Ramps
Now the first loading ramp we are going to discuss is one of the most convenient and durable one, used and appreciated by each and every rider who has ever bought it. As the name suggests, this loading ramp has steps included along side the slope that allows you to walk besides your bike while loading. Owing to this functionality, riders can now load & unload their dirt bikes quite effortlessly.
Constructed from ultralight weight heavy-duty aircraft-grade aluminum, Step Ramp features knurled, hi-traction stairs and ramp rungs to allow utmost convenience while loading and unloading. And once you are done, this ramp can be folded and locked together with the help of rubberized latch for secure closing.
Moreover, it is quite easy to carry as well. Thanks to the high-quality nylon and rubber handle fitted at the side, once you have securely locked the ramp, it can be carried with the help of this soft handle quite conveniently.
Coming to the safety features, the ends of the ramp are slightly raised with a rubber grip beneath them for a secure grip on the loading bed. In addition, a tie-down strap can be attached to the bottom of your pickup truck that further ensures a secure hold while loading and unloading.
Now, depending on the height of your loading bed, you get two options to choose from. Step Ramp features two models, the SR-B5 and the SR-B6 with 5 and 6 steps respectively. So, in case your pickup truck has a bed height of less than 35 inches, we recommend the SR-B5 model.
And if your loading truck has a bed height of more than 35 inches, we highly recommend going for SR-B6 model with 6 steps that will help reduce the slope angle with respect to the ground. However, due to the addition of an extra step, the SR-B6 will be much longer in length.
As for its longevity; the quality & durability of Step Ramp is exceptional and built to last. For an average sized dirt bike or a motorcycle weighing less than 500 lbs., we highly recommend this loading ramp. Its really easy to use as well as fold and can be effortlessly stowed back into the truck once you are done.
Highlights of SR-B5:
- Number of Steps: 5 Steps
- Weight: 32 lbs.
- Length: 6′
- Width Closed: 16.5″
- Width Open: 33″
- Height Closed: 5″
- Height Open: 3.5″
Black Widow Folding Arched 3-Piece Ramp
Following Step Ramp which offers a simple solution for dirt bikers, Black Widow, a leading ramp manufacturer, decided to come up with a unique solution both for motorcyclists as well as dirt bikers, utilizing the same principle of simplified loading and unloading.
This folding aluminum motorcycle ramp allows you to easily load your bike into the back of your pickup truck without any hassle. In fact, unlike Step Ramp, Black Widow features three ramps in a single package!
These three ramps make Black Widow a versatile folding ramp solution that is perfect for transporting your motorcycle or dirt bike anywhere you like.
With this ramp, riders have two options to load and unload; they can either use the heavy-duty serrated-rung center ramp to safely load any lightweight motorcycle on the pickup truck, or they can simply attach the plate-styled side ramps besides the center ramp to load heavier motorcycles or dirt bikes with a maximum weight of up to 1,500 pounds.
All the three ramps can be connected together with the help of bolts. You even get safety straps that can be attached beneath the truck that securely holds the ramp in a fixed position.
The center ramp (or the main ramp) is built to provide proper traction even during rain. Besides, the side ramps assist you in loading and have a capacity of 750 pounds on each side!
And a good thing about this ramp is that it allows an ease for even those riders who prefer walking besides their bike from the right side. Moreover, due to its versatility, these ramps can be used not just for loading your dirt bikes or motorcycles, but even your ATV’s! What more can we possibly ask from such an affordable loading ramp?
But that’s not all, the best thing about this ramp is that once you are done with loading, the entire ramp system folds in half to fit in the bed of your pickup truck. Alternatively, it can also be disassembled into three separate foldable ramps for more compact storage.
Weighing just 56.5 pounds, this lightweight aluminum ramp is a perfect companion for someone who owns or plans to own both a motorcycle and a dirt bike. Plus, it comes with 1 year warranty!
- Item code: AF-9034-HD
- Length: 7′ 5″
- Width: 33-1/2″
- Height: 3″
- Weight: 56.5 lbs.
- Maximum Capacity: 1,500 lbs.
- Folded Length: 3′ 10″
- Folded Height: 6″
- Material: Aluminum
Black Widow 4-Beam Folding Motorcycle Ramp
To meet the requirements of high displacement motorcycles like Harley Davidson, cruisers with low ground clearance, and heavy adventure or enduro bikes, Black Widow introduced a heavy-duty loading ramp that is based on the same concept as its predecessors but with much more rugged construction.
And just like the previous Black Widow ramp we just discussed, this heavy-duty ramp also folds up in half or disassembles into three pieces allowing you to store it compactly in the back of your truck that has a short cargo bed.
Featuring a curved (arched) design to maximize ground clearance, its 40″ wide base and lip lets you unload your dirt bike or motorcycle in a safe and confident manner. With its three safety straps that come along, you can secure the ramp in a fixed position which further prevents it from falling out during loading and unloading.
And while you’re riding up on this wide ramp, its arched design prevents any kind of accidental high-centering.
One thing that separates this heavy-duty ramp from the standard Black Widow ramp is its ability to withstand heavy weight for longer duration of time. Unlike the standard model, this version includes four beam design to provide a robust platform for your motorcycle or dirt bike.
Owing to this robust construction, the ramp can withstand a maximum load of 1500 lbs.
Furthermore, the evenly placed rungs prevent dirt, gravel, or mud from entering into the loading bed and also ensure maximum traction even during rain.
An added advantage of this loading ramp is its 9 feet length. So, if you are looking for a loading ramp that can be used on your huge pickup truck (more than 36 inches bed height), we highly recommend that you go with this one.
Plus, it comes with 5 years warranty!
- Item code: BW-10840-HD
- Length: 9′
- Width: 40″
- Height: 1-1/2″
- Weight: 89 lbs.
- Maximum Capacity: 1,500 lbs.
- Folded Length: 4′ 7-1/2″
- Folded Height: 6-1/2″
- Material: Aluminum
Big Boy EZ Rizer™ 2-Piece Ramp
Wondering if there is anything for your extra heavy motorcycles and enduro bikes? Good News! With Big Boy Aluminum Folding Arched 2-Piece Ramp, you can now load and unload anything that is limited to 2,500 lbs.!
Featuring two 19″ wide segments, you can use them separately in case you own an ATV or UTV and you can combine them together to load that extra muscular low-floor cruiser or sports bike.
Moreover, the 12-degree offset in the hinge acts like an arch and provides additional ground clearance to prevent grounding while loading.
Constructed with military-grade aluminum, this ramp is both multifunctional and lightweight. Arched for maximum engine and tailpipe clearance with a heavy-duty 12-degree hinge, this ramp is in fact ideal for all kinds of 2-wheelers.
The EZ Traction raised punch plate surface improves overall traction as well as the load capacity. Further its design prevents any kind of mud, dirt, or debris from entering the loading bed. Moreover, the ends are tapered and the center hinge is welded perfectly around the ramp to ensure absolute ease while folding.
Apart from the safety straps that can be fixed beneath the loading truck, you also get a safety bracket that eliminates ramp flex. This safety bracket can be attached on the two ramps to provide a stable slope required while loading heavy motorcycles or dirt bikes.
Featuring 10 feet length, this ramp further reduces the slope angle in case your loading bed is higher than 36 inches. In fact, we have seen many bikers utilizing this Big Boy ramp on their pickups that have over 40 inches of bed height from the ground!
And despite its rugged construction, you have the ease of transportation due to its light weight fabrication.
However, due to its high weight holding capacity and heavy-duty construction, these do not fall under affordable ramps category. But as a plus, you do get 5 years of warranty.
- Item code: MF2-12038-EZ
- Length: 10′
- Width: 38″
- Height: 2-1/2″
- Weight: 106 lbs.
- Maximum Capacity: 3,000 lbs.
- Folded Length: 5′
- Folded Height: 5″
- Material: Aluminum
RevArc MX Ramp & Smart Step
When it comes to loading a dirt bike, of course, there are many different ways and means of doing it. But with RevArc, you can make your loading and unloading process a bit easier, and safer too.
Most of you out there, probably use a dirt bike stand to step-up on the loading bed. But on steep climbs, which is usually the case in rough terrains, it’s often difficult to reach the stand. In addition, the ground needs to be flat for the dirt bike stool or stand to have a stable hold. This is why, a combination of ramp and steps makes loading much safer.
Its working is pretty straightforward: you are provided with a ramp, and the great thing about this ramp is that it is arched, so that makes loading a lot easier. Plus, you get smart steps that help you climb up alongside your bike.
And if you already own a ramp, you do not have to necessarily buy these together. You can also buy the steps separately to compliment your existing ramp. However, if you do not already have one, we highly recommend that you purchase them as a package deal.
Speaking of its functionality, these Smart Steps install quite effortlessly into the tow hook of your pickup truck. More importantly, they can be folded vertically and can be kept upright at all times. As such, the tailgate can still be folded down, which makes this setup quite user oriented.
Coming to the construction, the ramp is built from lightweight premium grade aluminum, whereas the steps are made from durable powder-coated steel. Owing to this heavy construction, the ramp can hold a maximum weight of 500 lbs. and the steps can withstand a maximum weight of 300 lbs. Thus, it is ideal for any 125cc or 250cc dirt bike or a standard motorcycle weighing less than 200 kilograms.
Further, you also get a safety strap included in the package that holds it into position while loading.
- Item code: REVARC-DBLS
- Length: 8′
- Width: 12″
- Weight: 16 lbs.
- Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs.
- Folded Length: 4′ 1″
- Folded Height: 6-1/2″
- Material: Aluminum
Black Widow Single Runner Ramp
Lastly, we present one of the top selling and most economical loading ramps that can withstand a maximum weight of 750 pounds. A single ramp that is effective and efficient in loading almost all kinds of dirt bikes and standard motorcycles.
One of the advantages of going with a single ramp is the ease of storage. So, in case you have a small garage, this compact and lightweight loading ramp would be ideal for your usage.
Made from heavy duty aluminum, this single ramp features a 7′ 5″ length when opened, and folds in half to just 3′ 9″. Besides, the hinge system further reduces its overall size, making it quite easy in case you need to carry it alongside your dirt bike.
It is also outfitted with rubber coated ends that prevent scratches on your loading bed while simultaneously ensuring a strong grip on the tail gate. Plus, it features an arched design that ensures maximum ground clearance, an all-aluminum construction with strong welds, and serrated rungs that deliver excellent traction.
Unlike other standard ramps that are available in the market at the same price, Black Widow offers you a safety strap along with the ramp that provides stable platform while you are loading and unloading your dirt bike.
Coming to the width, this single ramp is around 11″ wide, making it ideal for almost all the dirt bikes and naked bikes you can think of!
However, keep in mind that you may require an additional footstool or a dirt bike stand to climb up, since hoping on the bike while loading is not recommended on single ramps.
All in all, if you are looking for a compact, lightweight, durable, and cheap dirt bike ramp, there is nothing better than a single piece aluminum ramp from Black Widow.
- Item code: AFL-9012
- Length: 7′ 5″
- Width: 11-1/8″
- Height: 2-3/4″
- Weight: 14.5 lbs.
- Maximum Capacity: 750 lbs.
- Folded Length: 3′ 9-1/8″
- Folded Height: 5-1/2″
- Material: Aluminum
Things to know while purchasing a loading ramp
The decision to purchase a particular loading ramp should be made depending on specific factors concerning your requirements, and in particular the type of motorcycle or dirt bike you intend to transport. Based on this, you should choose a ramp with a certain length, weight capacity and construction material. The following factors will help you choose a good loading ramp.
- Construction: When shortlisting a ramp, you should first and foremost look for a sturdy and robust construction. For this very reason, many aluminum models are widely available in the market, as they outperform the steel models in terms of weight and corrosion resistance, but can be more expensive. The reason behind this is because aluminum is more costly to fabricate compared to steel.
- Length: The slope angle decreases as the ramp length increases. This is particularly beneficial for trailers or pickup trucks with a high bed height owing to large wheels. Whereas, a short ramp is usually sufficient for smaller pickup trucks, as they have a relatively small wheelbase. In addition to the ramp length, the ramp or tire width must also be taken into account.
- Loading capacity: All the good manufacturers mention the maximum weight their ramps can withhold. It is crucial that you read that information carefully before purchase and only select the one that can withstand the weight of your motorcycle/dirt bike.
- Weight: Most motorcycle and dirt bike ramps are made of durable, lightweight aluminum alloys. Nevertheless, you should consider buying a loading ramp that can be used as well as transported all by yourself without any assistance.
- Safety: We also recommend that you choose the ramp that has a rubberized rear end that grips firmly to the trailer bed. Further, the ramp should be provided with a safety strap that holds it in a fixed position while loading and unloading. Although, you can purchase this strap separately, but most good manufacturers include them with their product.
- Features: Motorcycle and dirt bike ramps are equipped with various unique features to enhance the loading experience. Therefore, it is essential to understand the features that will benefit you before making your decision. Rubber padding, non-slip design, and the ability to collapse into a compact unit are just a few of the important features that may suit you.
- Price: There are three factors that can influence the price of a loading ramp: maximum load capacity, length, and if they are folding or not. Generally, standard single piece ramps are the cheapest one you can find, with costs ranging from $100 to $150 per unit. While the most practical ramps that are lightweight, foldable, and offer space alongside the ramp to walk are priced around $200 to $600 per unit. But if your requirements are more demanding, a heavy-duty loading ramp will be required that is usually priced around $1200 to $1500 per unit.
So, these were some of the best loading ramps that can be utilized for both your dirt bikes as well as motorcycles. Depending on your requirements, you can choose from any of the product that we have listed above.
With that said, before we conclude, there is one important takeaway you should keep in mind. Always choose a loading ramp based on your current as well as future requirements. If you plan to buy a heavier motorcycle or even an ATV in future, it is better to choose a ramp with a high load capacity. This will allow you to use a single ramp for multiple scenarios, without breaking the bank!
We hope you found this article helpful. Let us know in case you need any further assistance. Good Bye!