The definitive guide for those looking to buy a motorcycle ramp.
As a rider, you must always choose the safety of yourself and others first, and choosing a ramp to load your motorbike is certainly no different.
Choosing a motorcycle ramp is something that you might think is a simple choice, however, there are a number of factors that go into choosing the right ramps for your application.
Plus, with so many motorcycle ramps available on our store, how to you know what ramp is best suited to you?
So how do I choose the right motorcycle loading ramp?
There are four key things you need to know before choosing a motorcycle ramp that will determine what ramp is right for you.
1. Loading Height
Every vehicle you are loading the bike on is different to the next and will most likely have a different total height from the ground. This is something you need to factor this into the equation.
If you are loading onto a Four Wheel Drive, you will need a different set of ramps to if you were loading into a van, trailer or onto a Ute as the total height are different.
As a general rule of thumb, a 1:4 ratio is recommended. For example; if your trailer height is less than 730mm high, then a 2.3m long ramp would be suitable.
Remember - the steeper the ramp, the harder and less safe it is to push the bike.
2. Load Capacity
Next, you should never buy a ramp that is not labelled or listed with its load rating (what it will load and how much weight it will hold). If you plan on using the ramp for a number of different motorcycles, then the ramp you choose should have a load rating that covers the weight and load rating of the heaviest motorcycle.
If it is not labelled to load your particular bikes, then you need to find a ramp that is. Your ramp’s style will define where the weight will be distributed on the ramp.
Accuracy regarding vehicle load height, wheelbase, and length, width and weight capacities are the most crucial factors when deciding on the right ramp for the use you need it for.
Systems made for loading motorcycles, sports bikes, dirt bikes and sports scooters, might be curved for loading bikes with lower ground clearances, and although single person ramps are available it is always recommended that two people should load or unload a motorcycle at all times.
3. Connection Points
The connection system is a very important factor to consider when buying a motorcycle loading ramp and there a few different options available to choose from.
Our basic motorcycle loading ramps come with soft tip synthetic coated loading points to protect and grip to your tray while our more advanced motorbike ramps come with a solid loading plate and locking pin to ensure a positive connection - meaning there is no chance of the ramp moving when loading and unloading.
4. Ramp Features
Each type of ramp has it’s different unique features. It’s important to know what features are most important to you.
Some features you should look for in a ramp design include Anti-Slip design, soft tip synthetic coated loading points to protect your tray, made from corrosion-free marine grade alloy, fold away design and support legs for extra stability.
Although most ramps are made from durable lightweight aluminium, it’s important to consider the weight of the motorcycle ramp and know that you’re capable of lifting it into place when loading and unloading your motorbike.
If you still have any questions regarding what ramp will suit your bike, the professional staff here at Ramp Champ will have the answers you seek.