How can I move, all alone, a disabled motorcycle (heavy, no front wheel).
Any ideas? I'm all alone and don't have a pickup. I can rent a truck but
how do I get the heavy bike (rear wheel and engine and frame) onto and off
You can get a 1/2 ton crane that will go in the back of a truck for
$100 at harbor freight. 2 Ton for a couple hundred.
If you're gonna have a bike you might want to pick up a truck or
trailer to cart it around when necessary.
A couple possibilities. A cart (hand truck) like the ones used
to move refrigerators. You might be able to hook it under the front
forks. I'm not sure it would lift high enough to get the frame off the
ground though. An equipment dollie might also work.
You didn't mention what bike you're moving so no guess on the
weight. Bikes can weigh up to 1000 lbs. or so.
Maybe it would work better to rent a van. They aren't as high.
Just give me a call:) I will come over and put it in my van:) Then
happily drive away:):)
What brand bike is it?
Bikers tend to be a friendly group, look for other local bikers they
might help you move it:)
If you don't have anybody to help you, you shouldn't be buying a bike.
This isn't the last time you're gonna have to haul it somewhere.
you can rent a low-profile tilt-bed trailer. It's MUCH safer than trying
to load it into a pickup, wheels or not.
Again, DO NOT try to do this yourself.
Imagine yourself pinned under the thing with a broken leg and
Put the tailgate down.
Set two 4x4s about3 feet apart and fasten to make a ramp from
the ground to the tailgate. I would suggest 10 foot lengths.
Lay the bike on the 4x4s sideways with the rear wheel over one
and the engine over the other, at ground level. Try to get it so it's
more or less evenly weight distributed....
Walk the bike up the ramp -- one side a foot or so, then the other
side a foot or so. If necessary, use a prop, or a rope, to keep the
bike from sliding back.....probly not necessary with 10 foot ramp
This will take about 10 or 15 minutes, a little at a time, but you
will work it up. Then use the 4x4s for a nice garden border in the
With a pile of wood and some rope, you can fashion about any
sort of ramp you want. That's how they built the pyramids....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
Before buying/renting equipment, first call around to wrecker companies,
and other companies that specialize in moving quipment and find out what
they would charge. Such a job would probably a simple thing for them,
and cost less than you would spend trying to do it yourself. Larry
Buy a junk front wheel and tire that will fit the front fork you have,
or is that missing too? Is the bike worth moving? Unless it is a
collector bike, basket cases usually go cheap around here. May be better
off to sell it and start over once you relocate.
U-Haul rents box vans with powered lift gates and a cargo floor that's
lower than the typical pickup truck bed and U-Haul also rents very low
motorcycle trailers with loading ramps.
Once your don't have a front wheel at all, snag an abandoned
supermarket shopping cart and hacksaw the basket part off so you can
rest the motorcycle forks on the wheeled bottom half of the cart.
You can probable use the axle clamps on the bottom of the forks to
secure the motorcycle to the shopping cart when you have to maneuver
the motorcycle around the garage.
Sawed-off shopping carts are good for moving engines around the garage
Also, while you're scrounging shopping carts, get a few plastic milk
crates to store parts in. Impecunious motorcyclists have been using
milk crates for motorcycle workstands since the Beatles were a
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