Have an idea of the size of your motorbike
Motocross bikes, ADVs or smaller road bikes may only need single track ramps for you to take them up. Never ride up a single wheel ramp as you could fall and get injured. Larger bikes such as cruisers, sport bikes or touring bikes may need a full width ramp so that if you ride up the ramp you will have room to put your feet down to keep your balance. Weight is also a factor in assessing the size of ramp you need, as not all ramps have the same load capacity.
Measure your motorbike to determine your minimum ramp length
To determine the right ramp length for your motorbike, three key measurements need to be taken – wheelbase, ground clearance and loading height (also known as rise). Wheelbase is the distance between the centres of the front and rear wheels. Ground clearance is the distance from the ground to the lowest part of the motorbike when it is upright (not on the kickstand). Loading height, or rise, is the distance from the ground to the flat surface of your truck or trailer.
Determining whether you will have loading help
Depending on the size of your bike, loading a motorbike is usually a two to three man job. If you know you will be loading a large motorbike alone, consider a full-width ramp so you can ride up it. For smaller motorbikes, such as dirt bikes, also consider investing in a trailer hitch step, such as the Apex steel hitch step, so that you can walk alongside your motorbike while loading it.
Consider the frequency of use
If you only occasionally load your motorbike, then you only need a ramp that can be folded in half for storage. For motorbike haulers who regularly install and remove ramps, the Alumi-Loc system saves time as it attaches to the tailgate of your truck, allowing you to quickly install the ramp without worrying about kickback. Some other good options for those who regularly load motorbikes include using a full width ramp and simply driving the bike up, or consider investing in an electric ramp system to avoid any hassle.