Motorcycle Ramps: Buy Or Build?

If you have a motorcycle, you will need a ramp at some point to load your bike into the bed of a truck or onto a trailer for transport. Finding a ramp to borrow or rent can be difficult, especially if you live in a small town or rural area. Plus, the need for a ramp may show up unannounced in the form of an emergency or repair need. As a result, it is a great idea to have a motorcycle ramp of your own. You may not have the extra funds hanging around waiting to be used on such a purchase. There are many guides to help you make your own motorcycle ramp for less than $50. However, in many cases, a DIY motorcycle ramp isn’t always the best choice.

Monetary Cost

A pre-built motorcycle ramp will cost you several hundred dollars, depending on the type of truck you drive and what type of motorcycle you own. Some of the more frugal motorcycle owners balk at this cost and build their own to save on the upfront cost of the ramp. Depending on which blueprint you choose, you can build your own motorcycle ramp for under $100 in supplies. However, you need to consider what your time is worth. If you spend a lot of time building a ramp, it may not be a wise investment after all.

Assembly Issues

With a pre-built ramp, the work is already done for you. All you have to do is get the ramp home and use it. When you build your own ramp, you have to decide whether the time expenditure is worth the money you save. The actual assembly of the ramp will take a couple of hours. In addition to the supplies needed, you will also need to ensure that you have the proper tools on hand. You may also need a friend or two to help you take measurements and then build the ramp.

Safety Considerations

If you purchase a pre-built motorcycle ramp and install it according to the directions, you can be assured that your ramp is safe. You can load your motorcycle into your truck without worry of your bike falling off the ramp, or the ramp collapsing and damaging your bike, your truck or even you. If you build your own ramp, it is still possible to have a safe and secure motorcycle ramp to help you load your bike onto your truck. However, it is important to take your time, don’t skimp on materials due to cost, and follow the ramp building plans of your choice to the letter.

To learn more, contact a company like Cruiser Caddie