How To Build a Motorcycle Ramp Out of Wood?
Need to load your motorcycle into your truck but don’t have a ramp around?
Or you have a limited budget that doesn’t allow you to invest in a brand new ramp? If yes, we have a workable idea for you.
Using pieces of wood hanging around your garage, you can come up with a simple wooden ramp that safely loads or unloads your bike from the truck.
Find the tutorial below…
Things You’ll Need:
How To Make A Motorcycle Ramp Out of Wood:
Assuming you have gathered all the necessary materials as listed above, follow these instructions to help you come up with a simple wooden motorcycle ramp:
Step 1. Prepare the wooden studs
Start by working on the wood pieces. Essentially, you need to cut your studs at 90 degrees. For the 1 x 4” pine, cut it to 13—2ft., for the 2 x 6”, cut it to 2—87.5”, and for the 2 x 2” stud, cut it to 2—80.5”.
By now, you might have already figured out that the 1 x 4s will be your cross members. Be sure to prepare them as well by drilling their screw holes.
Step 2. Screw the pieces together
Once all your boards are ready, it’s not time to put them together and come up with a basic frame.
Begin by putting the end pranks together, and fasten four screws closest to corners in. Try to remain as much square as you possibly can at the joint.
At this point, you already have a basic frame in play. Get its diagonal measurements using a tape measure; if they differ by more than approx. 1/8, consider adjusting your structure. Adjusting is as simple as pushing the two corners with the longer diagonal closer to each other.
Once you have obtained the ideal basic frame, drive in the remaining screws for the two cross members.
Also, install all the other cross members to complete the picture of your final ramp. Work your way from one end and use a 1 x 4” as your space to make your work easy.
With all the cross-members in place, you can now proceed to the next step.
Step 3. Make the ramp feel stiffer
It’s a no-brainer that a wooden ramp is sure to suffer a lot of deflection, unlike the commercial motorcycle ramp for pickups that are made of sturdy steel or aluminum.
This can even lead to the breaking of your ramp, risking your own safety as well as that of your bike.
This step is all about stiffening your wooden ramp to enable it to reliably hold up to the weight of your bike and minimize potential breakages.
To make your ramp stiffer, you simply add the 2 x 2 board to the underside of the two 2 x 6” members. Put the 2 x 2s around 3 ½ inches from either end of the center planks of your ramp and then drill through them as well as the 2 x 6s to make it easy to bolt them.
Now install the bolts in the first and fourth gaps from either end of your ramp. And remember to use the fenders to prevent possible damage to wood.
TIP: To ensure the bolts don’t add too much stress to wood, consider drilling your holes near the center of the ramp.
Step 4. Install the ramp ends
If you have reached this step, you’re almost done making your wooden ramp. The ramp ends are crucial for this ramp as it gives it something to stabilize it and prevent it from when you place the ramp on the tailgate
Grab the aluminum ramp ends we mentioned in the materials list and use it as a guide to help you drill 5/16 holes the wood from the underside and screw them together. Remember to use fenders to project the wooden ramp from damage.
Now place your ramp against your truck/trailer tailgate and drill up to 4 holes for the ramp ends’ pins.
Step 5. Test if it works
You have now completed your wooden ramp project, and it’s ready for use.
Before you can actually use it to load or unload your bike, however, you’d want to test it out on a small incline to ensure it works reliably.
If it works…congrats! You have just made yourself a motorcycle ramp!
Make your own wooden ramp today!
Coming up with a simple and economical homemade motorcycle ramp has never been easier. Follow the above tutorial to build a reliable ramp out of wood that lets you easily load or unload your bike from the truck or trailer.
Note that the cost of making this ramp is quite low compared to the commercial models, enabling you to save a significant amount of money.