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2018 Honda Goldwing Tour DCT Airbag
Yeah,Something scary (to me) about a GW pointing almost vertically at the sky , no matter what is going on!
The very first time I engaged the Rampage to lift the Wing in to the bed (my '08 which is heavier than the '18) to say the least, I was a bit anxious. But, after about 2 or three times, my anxiety calmed down to basically just nonchalance. You learn to trust your instincts and equipment. If a tie-down is questionable, shi..can it or in my case, I simply sew up brand new ones due to the fact that I have a commercial sewing machine that will sew anything I throw at it.
Using a U-haul or any enclosed or non-enclosed trailer is fine, if, IF, the circumstances apply. And by that I mean if maybe you're single, as in NOT MARRIED and this is how you can move the bike from place to place for riding in different areas without riding to them. AND, you don't have a lot of demands surrounding your life. We haul the Wing in the back of our truck using the Rampage because we travel using a motorhome and surely love our conveniences not only when we arrive at a destination but also while in the traveling part. And we love having the Wing for riding at various points in travel without riding it continuously.If it was me I'd rent the U-Haul 5x9 Utility trailer. Make sure you get the 5x9 Utility w/ramp and a front chock for the front tire (they have them with & without). I have used this type of U-Haul trailer for my 2018 GW several times, two different trips over 700 miles each, no issues at all.
And, one more important point. Early on in my retirement, we purchased a United V-nose 7' wide x 16' long enclosed tandem axel trailer to haul our '02 1800 back then. It worked great. That is until the weather went south. We're not foul weather riders, not even close. If we get caught in it, that's a whole different story but, we don't aim to ride in it. So, having ONLY a Wing for transportation while traveling, just didn't work for us.
"Build a 2 x 4 frame"???? What exactly would that do? You still need to get that 900 lb. machine up and into the bed. Unless you're speaking of building a ramp from 2 x 4's. Good luck on that too. I'll sit back and while eating snacks, watch a 900 lb. Wing AND a 250 lb. rider try and climb some sort of 2 x 4 ramp into the bed. Yeah, that would make for a good youtube.Excellent idea. Building on that (believe it or not, no pun intended), that would be great in combo with a Condor wheel chock, which is adjustable for wheel size and tension.
Not trying to be too condescending here but folks, you HAVE TO REALIZE THE weight and mass of a Wing. And then add the drivers weight. If anyone wants to take a chance loading a very expensive and ultra heavy Goldwing by any means other than a Rampage or a copy of it, be my guest. It's your money. And, it's your back or legs that can easily be broken if things go south which, we've all seen quite a few times on youtube with idiots trying to save a buck by doing dumb stunts.
As for the use of a 5.5' bed (like some pickups have), well, that's approaching a DANGER zone! The new Jeep Gladiator has around a 5' or even shorter bed but, the folks at Rampage say their unit will work in that bed. Yep, the Wing would definitely be sticking out quite a bit. Now, the first thing that folks need to realize is that like I stated way awhile ago was that the geometry and physics of the stress on the bed and Rampage, is all taken into account when that Rampage is FASTENED to the bed. The front of the pickup bed is sandwiched between the mount plate of angle iron and the stationary section of the Rampage. When the load is spred out like I have done, you have a very secure and ultra strong loading system. We have loaded and unloaded two different Wings and also my 548 lb. 2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports DCT many, many times and it always attracts onlookers if we're out and about.
One more thing. That yahoo that damn near killed himself by loading that Yellow Wing did just about EVERYTHING WRONG you can do. WHO, IN THEIR RIGHT MIND, would drive or ride up a wet, SLIPPERY ramp made of metal with no traction aid like Non-slip coating or any other aid, in the wet and snowy conditions? And second, he did it at speed which, is also a very stupid thing to do because you have ZERO time to react for any given situation which, happened.
And third, he had to load it at speed because apparently clutching that thing slowly up a SLIPPERY RAMP was not going to work. Fourth, if you understand the simple dynamics of what's going on, you'd realize that as you start going up any ramp, YOUR FEET WON'T TOUCH for a given distance in that short time, NOT GOOD!!!! And, on the other end, at the top of the ramp, the average Wing sits REAL LOW so, the potential for high centering is quite certain, given the angle of the ramp and height of the truck.
And finally Fifth, once you've hopefully accomplished loading it into the bed without killing yourself and damaging your precious baby, YOU HAVE TO OFF LOAD it at some time. Riding forward in a precarious situation is one thing. Backing it down that Rube Goldberg ramp system is a whole 'nother world!
Folks, take whatever chances you feel might be worth it. It's your bike, your legs and back, and your money if things go south. There used to be a fella that would load his full dress Harley in the back of a Ford Ranger, using a Rampage and he did it for several years and many, many thousands of miles. All he did for the truck was install a set of air bags in the rear so he coul bolster the weight carrying capability of the truck. He had ZERO problems with this set up for years.
Here's a video of the Rampage in use.
Demo of the Rampage Power Lift for Motorcycles - YouTube