Make Sense of Dirt Bike Ramps

Dirt Bike Ramp Buyers Guide

One of the least exciting parts of riding a dirt bike for me is to take my dirt bike ramps out and load up the bike into my truck.  All I want to do is ride, and I have to go through all this work to get the bike into the truck. 

At the end of the riding day, when I am exhausted from riding, I still have to put the dirt bike back into my truck.  The wrong dirt bike ramp can make this a miserable process.

I have gone through a couple of different dirt bike truck ramps that I quit using for one reason or another.  I tried just grabbing the cheapest one I could find, but then it was quickly replaced with some that were too short.  If you spend some time thinking about what ramp to buy and don’t just make an impulse purchase you will save yourself time and money in the long run.

This guide will go through some of the most commonly asked questions about dirt bike ramps and offer some recommendations at the end.

How do I use a dirt bike ramp?

The easiest way to see how to use a dirt bike ramp is to watch it being done.  There is a YouTube personality named Rado with Dirt N’ Iron that does a great job of showing this.  If you are into YouTube, you should look him up as he has some great videos.

Here is how he explains loading a dirt bike into a truck and is a great place to start.

How does my truck dictate the dirt bike ramp I choose?

The height of your truck is going to determine in large part the kind of dirt bike ramp that you are going to want to buy.  The distance from the ground to the tailgate is going to dramatically affect the angle of the ramp, and as such the amount of work that you have to put into getting the bike on the ramp. 

If you have a low riding quarter ton truck then you can probably get away with a short piece of 2×8 wood.  If you, like me, have a lifted ¾ ton truck, you are going to need something quite a bit longer and more substantial.

What should I look for in a dirt bike ramp?

Length

The key thing that you should consider is the length of the ramp.  I would recommend a minimum of 7.5 feet.  A 7.5 foot dirt bike ramp will work for most pickup trucks.  If you have a taller truck, get a longer ramp.  The longer the ramp, the less work you need to do to get the bike in the bed of the truck.

Width

The second thing you should consider is the overall width.  If you have a ramp that is 8 inches or a foot wide, then that is fine for rolling the bike up, but how are you going to get up in the bed while maintaining control over the bike? 

One method is to offset a cooler or your dirt bike stand and make a running start, hopping on the cooler or stand and then hopping on the tailgate as your bike glides up the ramp.  This takes some practice. 

I prefer to have a wider ramp (think 2 or 3 feet wide) that allows me to walk up the ramp with the bike as it is loading into the truck.  These types of ramps are going to be more expensive and have fewer options, but it is my preferred way to go.  Another way is to get two of the same ramp and walk up one ramp while maintaining control of your bike that is on the other ramp.  If you have ATVs that you ride as well, this is a no brainer way to go.

Aluminum Ramp or a scrap piece of wood?

Most ramps commercial ramps these days are made out of aluminum.  Aluminum is light weight, won’t rust if you leave it in the rain, and won’t rot.  They are easy to maneuver into the back of your truck and take some of the chore out of loading up a bike.  They are also super strong which is important when you have a long piece of material.

When I first started riding I loaded and unloaded my truck with a piece of wood that I found around the house.  This was a real pain.  The wood would bow in the middle, kind of acting like a spring.  I was definitely not in control when I was loading up the bike.  A scrap piece of wood should be your last option.

To fold or not to fold?

Another feature on a long of dirt bike ramps these days is to fold in the middle for easier storage and transportation.  If you have anything less than a full 8 foot bed, you will need a folding ramp.  The math just doesn’t work out otherwise.  Since this article is designed to help you make the best decision, get a folding dirt bike ramp.

Which Dirt Bike Ramp Should I Buy?

That is completely up to you.  Below I have reviewed several of the most popular models of ramps and tried to find them in varying price ranges. 

As I have gotten older, I have realized that I am too poor to buy cheap tools.  I want to buy once and keep things a long time.  On the other hand, if you are just testing the waters with dirt biking, you might be better off getting a cheaper ramp. 

Ultimately the goal is to get the bike into the back of the truck, so don’t be overwhelmed by features and marketing speak.

On to the recommendations…

Titan Dirt Bike Ramps

At the top of the list is a Titan dirt bike ramp.  This is the best option if you have the money.  Titan is a brand that is known for high quality and expensive ramps.  They have a lot of options, but we will investigate their bread and butter option, which is the 10 foot folding aluminum dirt bike ramp. 

This ramp has a capacity of 600 pounds which will load basically any dirt bike you are going to find without breaking a sweat.  Since most commercial 2 stroke 450s are in the 250-300 pound range, you won’t even be getting half way to the max. 

These ramps are super lightweight, coming in at only 22 pounds.  Additionally they fold and include a safety strap to ensure your ramp doesn’t slide around while you are loading.

You can check the latest pricing on Amazon here.

If you want to go for a pair of the titan ramps (if you have an ATV or prefer to walk alongside your bike while loading it), they have a set here which is generally cheaper than buying them individually.

The reviews for Titan ramps are outstanding.  The people who own them absolutely love them.  The next time I need a ramp, I am going to buy a pair of Titans and not look back.

Pit Posse Ramp

Pit Posse is a company that is laser focused on two wheeled sports.  They offer a ramp that is almost 7.5 feet long (89 inches to be exact) making it a perfect mid-tier ramp for half ton trucks. 

It weighs in at 16 pounds and is made out of aluminum.  It can also support 750 pounds, which is more than the Titan ramp.  Both of these seemingly better stats are just a result of the fact that it is shorter than the Titan ramp reviewed above.  Never the less, it gives plenty of strength at a light weight making it great for normally sized trucks.

These ramps fold for easy storage and include a safety strap.

You can check the price of these ramps on Amazon.  I could not find a pair of ramps in a set, so if you want too you will likely need to buy them individually.

The reviews of these ramps are equally impressive to Titan.  Definitely a good option to consider if you don’t need or don’t want the extra length of the Titan ramps.

Yaheetech Ramps

Yaheetech is a no name brand of ramps.  They have the same features as some of the above ramps, but don’t have the marketing behind them which makes them fall on the lower end of the price spectrum. 

The Yaheetech ramps appear to be copies of the Pit Posse ramps.  They have the same length and max capacity as the Pit Posse ramps, so they are likely made from the same material. 

You can check the latest pricing on Amazon.

These ramps have great ratings as well.  If all you need is a basic seven and a half foot ramp, this is one to consider.

Wrapping up the Round Up

This guide has laid out the key things to look for when selecting a dirt bike ramp.  We have talked about how to use the ramp, materials, specifications, and some recommendations.

Now it is up to you.  There are a lot of options in a lot of different price ranges out there for dirt bike ramps.  After you know what to consider and what method of loading will work best for you it is time to go out there and buy one.  If you have been using a board, time to upgrade.  If you just bought a dirt bike, don’t use a board.  Stay safe out there!

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