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Its amazing how things workout sometimes. Seems like forever my wife and I have talked about and planned to sometime tour Nova Scotia on the bike. Last year we set that trip to happen this month. To make a long story short, years ago my wife had a bad car accident that ultimately ended with a cervical fusion and then got re-injured when a horse threw her due to an inexperienced handler. From this she's physically limited and I've noticed she's has been slowly curtailing her riding time, but she insisted on doing this NS tour, even though, for months I've been coming up with alternative vaca's and giving her every opportunity to not do such a long ride.... Well in true wife style she comes to me in tears and says she can't handle all riding of the Nova Scotia trip....a week before we're do to leave... WTF!? I restrained myself from blowing my top and we worked it out...like this.

As it turned out a few days before this I had picked up a Wheeldock from @wspollack . When I was there Bill mentioned the transport capabilities of the chock(I half listened because I thought I'd never use it for that purpose)...Haha the joke was on me....in the "I can't go to Nova Scotia" conversation with my wife it popped into my head that I could use the Wheeldock in my pickup and transport the bike to NS, that would save her the ride there and back and we'd have backup transportation should there be any issues. She loved the idea and as we tossed it around we realized some other benefits of transporting the bike, we can each take full luggage(no underwear washing stops..lol) and my wife's "neck pillows", we can still get out even if there's storms and if the bike has a break down we're not totally screwed.

I did need a load ramp, did a little research and found good reviews on the Titan 40" wide, 1500 lbs capacity ramps and it would arrive in time for the trip. So I ordered one.
I was always about riding to my destinations and never gave much thought to transporting but if this works out it might open a whole new touring world for me or at least where and how much my wife goes

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That is awesome that you are able to make it still work. I have considered similar scenarios as well. Camping with the bike is getting to be a bit too uncomfortable due to old injuries and just old age. We were thinking of getting a small toy hauler/RV camper thing. The only problem I have been challenged with is the steepness of the ramps that are on these things for getting the bike up and then (rolling backwards) down the damn things. They are fine for a 4 wheeler, or a dirt bike, but an 800+ pound bike is a bit daunting. Putting the bike in the bed of my silverado would be a great idea as well, but again, I am not comfortable with the idea of riding/rolling the bike backwards down the ramps.
My question to you is have you tried this and if so, how did that work out?
Also looking forward to hearing about the Nova Scotia trip....a place I have always wanted to visit on a bike.

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Its amazing how things workout sometimes. Seems like forever my wife and I have talked about and planned to sometime tour Nova Scotia on the bike. Last year we set that trip to happen this month. To make a long story short, years ago my wife had a bad car accident that ultimately ended with a cervical fusion and then got re-injured when a horse threw her due to an inexperienced handler. From this she's physically limited and I've noticed she's has been slowly curtailing her riding time, but she insisted on doing this NS tour, even though, for months I've been coming up with alternative vaca's and giving her every opportunity to not do such a long ride.... Well in true wife style she comes to me in tears and says she can't handle all riding of the Nova Scotia trip....a week before we're do to leave... WTF!? I restrained myself from blowing my top and we worked it out...like this.

As it turned out a few days before this I had picked up a Wheeldock from @wspollack . When I was there Bill mentioned the transport capabilities of the chock(I half listened because I thought I'd never use it for that purpose)...Haha the joke was on me....in the "I can't go to Nova Scotia" conversation with my wife it popped into my head that I could use the Wheeldock in my pickup and transport the bike to NS, that would save her the ride there and back and we'd have backup transportation should there be any issues. She loved the idea and as we tossed it around we realized some other benefits of transporting the bike, we can each take full luggage(no underwear washing stops..lol) and my wife's "neck pillows", we can still get out even if there's storms and if the bike has a break down we're not totally screwed.

I did need a load ramp, did a little research and found good reviews on the Titan 40" wide, 1500 lbs capacity ramps and it would arrive in time for the trip. So I ordered one.
I was always about riding to my destinations and never gave much thought to transporting but if this works out it might open a whole new touring world for me or at least where and how much my wife goes
My wife struggles mightily to mount/dismount the XC because of left knee problems (she's nearly due for a total knee replacement at 35 years old.)
Both of us want to ride out west some day, and hauling the bike sounds like the most viable solution. My wife understands your wife's frustration. And I understand yours.

BUT! It sounds like it's all worked out for you two, so have fun and be safe!

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put a board under the ramp where it meets the pavement. So you don't catch the regulator. That way you shouldn't bottom out getting over the hump.
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Glad you are figuring out a way to make the trip work! Sometimes it's difficult but you can't let life beat you!

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I did need a load ramp, did a little research and found good reviews on the Titan 40" wide, 1500 lbs capacity ramps and it would arrive in time for the trip. So I ordered one.
I was always about riding to my destinations and never gave much thought to transporting but if this works out it might open a whole new touring world for me or at least where and how much my wife goes
- The bike going to fit in the short bed?

- How you going to mount the WheelDock: drill holes in the bed, put some plywood down, or what?

- You look at WheelDock's front-wheel straps and other stuff ( https://wheeldock.com/collections/main )?

- Try to park by a lawn or driveway, etc., with a steep slope at the end, for a more level ramp experience. (I had a trailer for a year, about 20 years ago, and that helped a lot.)

- Hey, @JPokerwinski, any words of wisdom for @PaiN?

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I have purchased a few things for my Kubota Tractor from Titan . Great company , top quality items and super fast , free shipping .
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I know these are pricey options but they're certainly; options. Especially for the timid about rolling backwards off the ramp with such a big and heavy motorcycle. Being at home with help around in comfortable situation to load and unload a motorcycle is one thing. But being far away from home with just the one or two of you, these options make a lot of sense.

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I'm also looking forward to reading about your trip!

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