Step 2: Driving Aboard

Drive the front wheel up the ramp and stop. Line up the back wheel with the ramp if it is not already. It needs to be exactly in line otherwise it may climb up the side of the channel and fall off. It's quite easy to hold the bike like this - leave it in gear and use the clutch and front brake to control the motion. You don't need the back brake.

When everything is lined up properly, start the bike and drive it quickly up the ramp, stepping smartly aboard while holding it upright.

I secure the bike to the port side shrouds, and cover it with a tarpaulin to keep spray off. In heavy seas this area can get very wet, and salt water is not good for bikes. I have not had the motorcycle aboard in these conditions but I used to keep a bicycle there and it was seriously degraded by the experience. Now I keep it across the stern, but that's not an option for the motorcycle (unless I built a special rack for it).

<p>What about rust? Doesnt the salt air get to the motorcycle or have you had it onboard long enough yet to see any effects. I know bikes will rust like crazy unless you constantly treat them and or put them in a bag on deck.</p>
<p>I had a Downeast 32 and am starting to look again...but meanwhile, I've learned to ride and LOVE IT! Now I don't want to choose between the riding and the sailing. I was convinced I was not alone but all my rider friends and sailor friends all said &quot;can't be done&quot; Of course it can! My bike is 320lbs and I'd been thinking, Sling &amp; Halyard but this seems easier. I'm only 100 lbs myself so not sure if it would be easier for me but as soon as I acquire my sailboat, I'll let y'all know! Thanks for the info!</p>
<p>I dunno, I'd attach a halyard line to that scooter for back up. </p>
I did that the first time. It just gets in the way. Normally I secure the boat close enough to the dock so that if I did drop the bike, it would fall on the dock not in the water. I haven't dropped it yet. The most ridiculous thing I did, which I'm not going to repeat, was getting the bike onto an island with about a 3ft gap and the boat bobbing around in the waves. I think I did rig a halyard that time.
<p>here the problem now u need to counter weight the motorbike on the boat some how, the pedal bike wont flip yr boat. but the motorcycle might.</p>
<p>The boat weighs 6 tons. The 200lb bike is insignificant. I wouldn't try it with a sailing dingy. I also have a small catamaran I've adapted to take the bike (might write that up), where placement is a bit more critical.</p>
Much safer to get someone to help and push it up the ramp. I did that riding thing a few times. The last time the tires were wet and the back tire started spinning on the ramp. The motorcycle (720 lbs.) and I (220 lbs.) both started going over the side. I was lucky, there was a very strong young man that caught me and the bike so neither got hurt. But his back bothered him for several weeks. I always get help and push it up now, much safer.
<p>I agree with SandLizard. It's always very tricky to ride a bike onto a trailer. I have a very low two bike trailer, and I live the trailer by a curb, so my foot can always touch ground as the bike goes up. As long as your feet can touch something solid the entire time the bike is lifting up, you're okay. If that's not the case, winch it up with a strong person on each side as the bike moves forward. We made sure there was something I could step on the entrire distance in getting two Harley's onto the trailer - and it still was tricky. A lot of clutch action is used.</p>
What makes this work is the relatively short ramp. Same as loading a bike in the back of a pickup truck, if the ramp is too long the bike has more opportunity to wander off the edge of the ramp. In the video you can see the front tire is almost at the top of the ramp when he checks the rear tire for alignment on the ramp. with a short enough ramp you can ride the bike up the ramp by: SLOWLY while both feet are on the ground advance the bike up the ramp until you can move your feet from the ground to the tailgate of the pickup in one step. I used to do this every weekend until I learned that it is better to stay sober and just ride your bike home that night rather than haul it the next day ;-)
Kudos on the can-do attitude, but if making a regular operation of this maybe you should look into a davit that could be stowed when not in use. Or even some stowable davit-like assembly that would use an existing winch would be cool.
Wow, that would've been so fail if the board broke. LOL! Nice job taking your motorcycle on your boat with you. Wish I had both of those. : D
The board is a steel beam; no way that will break. The risk is of slipping, losing balance, and dropping the bike on the dock. Worst case, falling with the bike on top. That's why it's important to do it quickly and not mess around halfway up.
No kidding! my uncle used the same technique to unload his new motorcycle from the rented delivery truck and ended up dropping a Kawasaki KLR on himself. It broke a rib. Be careful with those things!<br />
Great instructable! There are very few people out there who will probably ever put this to use, but I am one of them. I've been around bikes and boats for almost my whole life, and occasionally the two means of transport intersect. I'll file this one away for future use.

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