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Will probably be picking up a new to me RC in the next week or three. I know that the canyon dancers are recommended, but I do not know which size to get.

I assume that a front wheel stand would also be needed. I was thinking of attaching one of the stands to a sheet of plywood sized for the bed of my truck. Has anyone else done this? (good idea or not?)

And last, does anyone know how long the RC is from tip of tire to tip of tire? My truck bed with liner installed is 6' 4". Trying to determne if the RC will fit into the bed and I can close the gate, or if I'll need to drive home with the tailgate down. One of the bikes I am thinking of getting is roughly 700 miles away.
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I assume that a front wheel stand would also be needed.
You can secure it with a stand you buy or make yourself out of wood - doesn't need much. You can even wrap ratchet straps around it & strap those to the front corners of your bed. Best thing is a front wheel stand, though. Although I recently hauled mine home from a little over an hour away with nothing holding the front wheel itself We strapped the bike down while leaning on its kickstand ... waaay more secure, doesn't move side-to-side at all, and I just checked the handle bars via my rear view mirror from time-to-time. 10 hours is a lot longer, though, and I'd do your plywood and wheel stand idea for that.

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I was thinking of attaching one of the stands to a sheet of plywood sized for the bed of my truck. Has anyone else done this? (good idea or not?)
That's a fine idea. It won't take much to keep it secure.

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And last, does anyone know how long the RC is from tip of tire to tip of tire? My truck bed with liner installed is 6' 4". Trying to determne if the RC will fit into the bed and I can close the gate, or if I'll need to drive home with the tailgate down. One of the bikes I am thinking of getting is roughly 700 miles away.
In my Nissan Titan King Cab, the tailgate missed closing by about 2 inches. I could've angled the bike into the front right corner to make it fit, which would also have helped stabilize the front wheel, but leaving the tailgate open didn't bother me. My trip was just way shorter than yours.
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Mike , that is what I did and it works great . I have a small GMC Canyon extended cab 4X4 off road w/ a 6' bed . What I did was cut a 4X8 ft sheet of 3/4 " AC plywood and fit it around the wheel wells and on to the tailgate , because you have to leave the gate down . Fit a Pitbull wheel chock in the front to help denting up the front of the bed, and to keep the bike locked in . When I use it I throw the plywood in and the chock and roll it up the ramp and tie it down using GOOD ratcheting straps with Loop straps to keep the ratcheting straps from rubbing on the fairings . I bet the canyon dancers you can purchase from our sponsor RIDERS DISCOUNT would be the balls . Just use the hooks on the bed tie downs . I did just purchase a used hardly used www.readyramp.com for the weight of our bikes . Rides in the bed with no problems Rides in the center of the bed .

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This is the ramp I have and I'm assuming it should work fine. Still don't exactly know how to load it though. In having my CBR for 4-5 years I still haven't needed to take it anywhere it didn't get to by itself.
http://www.harborfreight.com/1200-lb...amp-60333.html
I use this ramp every winter as I haul a large Husqvarna snowblower around and do driveways. I put the snowblower in gear and just walk it up the ramp.

This is the wheel chock I was thinking of getting:
http://www.harborfreight.com/self-lo...ock-60392.html
or maybe even this one as I just need it for one trip and it would be screwed to the wood.
http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-97145.html
Or maybe even this one as it looks like the dual disks wouldn't be impacted.
http://www.harborfreight.com/motorcy...ock-97841.html
I'm sure the Pitbull stand is great, but I'm not sure I can justify the extra $ for one use considering it looks like it works the same way.

FWIW I have a GMC extended cab pickup 2wd, so the back isn't at high up as a 4x4 would be. It has the 6 1/2' bed, but the liner takes away a couple inches. I have tie downs on the bed sides and not on the floor like the Fords do. (I've been told this is better though for transporting a motorcycle.

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I haul my RC51 and vintage racer in my Dodge Dakota Quad cab. I do have to leave the tailgate down though, the bed is only 60 or so inches long. I use a Ready Ramp, which doubles as a bed extender at the rear. This lets me the air tank, gas can and whatever else in the bed of the truck with the bikes. At the front, I've got a bar bolted to the front of the bed, with notched to put the front wheels into, that has loops to attach the straps to. It also keeps the front of the bed from pushing into the back of the cab. I can't remember what the bar is called, but it is commercially available for this purpose. I've also found that the Canyon Dancer works, but use the 18 inch individual bar straps as they seem to be a little easier for me to use. The best tie-downs, bar none, are the Erickson, self retracting straps. They ratchet and don't pose any problem with loose ends.

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Mike, with that straight ramp your fairing will prob come very close to hitting on the ramp as you transition on the truck ... If your truck is high and or if you have your body weight on the bike and / or if the ramp is short-ish like it looks, it probably will hit. Just be aware. If you ride it on, try to stand up off the bike as soon as possible as it transitions onto the bed.

BTW I also used those canyon dancers ... didn't know they were called that, & I had forgotten about them; seller I bought my RC from sold me his cheap ... but yes they work great. They put the force where it should be, downward, rather than the usual way of one strap on each side trying to pull the grips off.
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I use canyon dancers and a wheel chock. I bought a cheap chock from cyclegear and used a few self tapping screws to secure it to the truck. I've done this many times on the way to the track. 4 hours for almost all tracks from my house in Fl. I use ratchet straps to secure and my bike never moves an inch.
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Mike, with that straight ramp your fairing will prob come very close to hitting on the ramp as you transition on the truck ... If your truck is high and or if you have your body weight on the bike and / or if the ramp is short-ish like it looks, it probably will hit. Just be aware. If you ride it on, try to stand up off the bike as soon as possible as it transitions onto the bed.

BTW I also used those canyon dancers ... didn't know they were called that, & I had forgotten about them; seller I bought my RC from sold me his cheap ... but yes they work great. They put the force where it should be, downward, rather than the usual way of one strap on each side trying to pull the grips off.
Crap. I guess I'll have to practice getting up and down the ramp on my 600. I know when you add the kind of weight that a bike and I would weigh to the back of the truck, it sags a good 3-4 inches I'd guess. I can step up on the back bumper so it's not like it is that high. I'm hoping that as soon as I get weight onto the back on the ramp that the truck dips some and it makes it easily.

On the photo with the bikes across the bed corners, how do you secure it from moving given the now odd placement of the tie downs? Plus, the back of that Ford looks shorter than my truck. I'm thinking that is a 5 or 5.5' bed. With my luck I'd get it in and it will be one inch too long to close the gate.
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