Dirt bike(s) in the bed? | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations

  • Register Today It's free! Once registered you can join the Elite Explorers to eliminate ads from the website.

Dirt bike(s) in the bed?

TipsyMcStagger

New Member
Joined
July 13, 2009
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
City, State
FL
Year, Model & Trim Level
1963 Rambler Classic
Would like feedback from those with experience hauling a thumper (or two) in the Sport-Trac's bed...if it's even possible.

Would appreciate pics too.

TIA.

Tipsy
 



Join the Elite Explorers $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.



fencelizard

Member
Joined
July 13, 2009
Messages
12
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brick
Year, Model & Trim Level
NJ
Hey Tipsy,
I have an 08 and have hauled my last 3 ds bikes, a 2004 KLR 650, a DRZ400 and a Husky te450. All fit with the tire on the klr650 being closest to the edge of the tail gate but not in danger of falling off. You should be fine. You can probably fit 2 but they might bang around a little.
 






TipsyMcStagger

New Member
Joined
July 13, 2009
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
City, State
FL
Year, Model & Trim Level
1963 Rambler Classic
Hey Tipsy,
I have an 08 and have hauled my last 3 ds bikes, a 2004 KLR 650, a DRZ400 and a Husky te450. All fit with the tire on the klr650 being closest to the edge of the tail gate but not in danger of falling off. You should be fine. You can probably fit 2 but they might bang around a little.
Good to know fencelizard. Thanks!

Those are exactly the size bikes I'm talking about. I just sold a DRZ400 in favor of a KTM 450 EXC and my buddy has a TE450.

What are you doing for tie downs? Do your rear tires rest solely on the tailgate or do you place some kind of board or rail underneath?

Tipsy
 






fencelizard

Member
Joined
July 13, 2009
Messages
12
Reaction score
0
City, State
Brick
Year, Model & Trim Level
NJ
I use 4 ratcheting tie downs to the inner bed cleats for 1 bike. Tires are on the tailgate with a few inches to spare. The lip on the ramp will be under your tire but I just yank it out. I have trailered 2 bikes with one in the bed. I just onload the trailer first then put the ramp from bed to trailer without unhitching the trialer. Works well.
 






TipsyMcStagger

New Member
Joined
July 13, 2009
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
City, State
FL
Year, Model & Trim Level
1963 Rambler Classic
I use 4 ratcheting tie downs to the inner bed cleats for 1 bike. Tires are on the tailgate with a few inches to spare. The lip on the ramp will be under your tire but I just yank it out. I have trailered 2 bikes with one in the bed. I just onload the trailer first then put the ramp from bed to trailer without unhitching the trailer. Works well.
Excellent info...thanks!

If it's not too much trouble, please snap a pic or two the next time you load the bike(s) in the bed.

Tipsy
 






Cafe-Dave

New Member
Joined
June 26, 2009
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
City, State
Wichita, Kansas
Year, Model & Trim Level
2007 ST
I've hauled my 420lb streetbike ~ 200miles before, using the ST bed. No rail under the tires. Just centered it up, Ratcheted it down to the tie-downs IN the bed. Grabbed onto the Handlebars in front to compress the front forks. Then tied to the Pass Peg / Exhaust hangers in the rear, to the Rear tie-downs.

I always back up Ratcheting tie downs with standard, non-ratcheting tie downs. The Ratchets are good for getting things into place and secured initially, but I do not trust them for anything beyond that. On the last trip the ratcheting ties loosened up a little with just the wind making them resonate, add in some road vibration and you'll be having a pretty bad day when the bike falls over in the back of the bed :D

It may not be an issue with dirt bikes though, long travel suspensions and light weight might make them a little more tolerant to tie-down movement.

Good luck.
 






04gixxer6

Member
Joined
November 19, 2007
Messages
13
Reaction score
0
City, State
Columbus, OH
Year, Model & Trim Level
01 Sport
Thinking about trading up from my 01 Explorer Sport to a newer Sport Trac. I'm so glad I would be able to fit my YZ250F in there. Thanks, this post helped me out too.:thumbsup:
 






Joined
May 31, 2009
Messages
24
Reaction score
0
City, State
Turlock, CA
Year, Model & Trim Level
07sporttrac
Sort of an older thread but i do have pictures. I have hauled a honda crf250x with a yamaha wr250 at the same time, no problems at all. All i do is two tie downs in the front and call it good, no problems yet.

Bikeintruck.jpg
 






Top