Sometimes you have to get your bike from point A to point B, and you don’t want to have to box it up to do so or call for a tow. Unless you have the right truck, ramp and situation, this is probably a dumb idea. In case you doubt that statement, take a look at the below.

There’s clearly a right way…and a wrong way. Here are some tips from The Total Motorcycle Maintenance Manual to make sure you don’t hurt your bike…or yourself:

  • Park the vehicle you’re loading the bike onto in a low spot to lower the ramp angle. You want it to be as flat as possible.
  • Place a sturdy box, about one foot high, between the pavement and the bed of the truck or van. You’ll use it to step up into the vehicle as you load your bike.
  • Use the longest ramp you can get to further reduce the angle and your change of smashing the engine case where the ramp and vehicle’s be meet.
  • Then tell your friends to put down their smart phones and video cameras and give you a hand. You get on the left and they get on the right…and if you still fail, it won’t end up on YouTube!