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I love this kendon trailer, the price was right and it fits in my garage. The problem is that the ramp onto the trailer is very dangerous. I don't like to load the bike by myself, but I may be in a situation down the road where its a must.

Any ideas on how to rig this to have a wide ramp, to put my feet on for stability. I have read too many stories of situations where people fall off either side even with help. Especially loading the big cruisers. Some people recommend milk crates, but that seems like a stretch, plus they take up quite a bit of space. Kendon has a ramp for $600 they built after they got feedback on this issue.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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So that last pic is the ramp you are supposed to ride your bike up or push it up?
 

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I purchased the ramp kit from Kendon. Makes life easier.

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That is an amazingly horrible idea for a ramp. I bet it makes things interesting to load/unload if wet out. I'd do 1 of two things:

1. Get a local sop to shear some good HD expanded metal and take weld it to the existing ramp.
2. Jettison the Kendon ramp and buy another ramp that has some traction included and modify it to fit.
 

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That is an amazingly horrible idea for a ramp. I bet it makes things interesting to load/unload if wet out. I'd do 1 of two things:

1. Get a local sop to shear some good HD expanded metal and take weld it to the existing ramp.
2. Jettison the Kendon ramp and buy another ramp that has some traction included and modify it to fit.
Yep its fairly dangerous....I can find someone to help me load, even tip $10 for 5 minutes of their time and still be ahead
 

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Looks like your existing ramp needs a piece of 3/4" plywood bolted to it with some nonslip skateboard tape on top of it.
 

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does that ramp kit include the enlargement to the trailer width in the back? For $600 I would consider
or maybe just sell my existing trailer and get a different one...for what I could sell this one for....
Attached are the retrofit instructions. You basically get a new ramp, and reuse the diamond plate from the original ramp. You also get a three piece ramp that attaches to the new ramp giving a low ramp angle to ride up. Also included is new coupling hardware to attach the individual ramps to the trailer.
 

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Attached are the retrofit instructions. You basically get a new ramp, and reuse the diamond plate from the original ramp. You also get a three piece ramp that attaches to the new ramp giving a low ramp angle to ride up. Also included is new coupling hardware to attach the individual ramps to the trailer.
Thanks for your help. Are you happy with it?
 

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Thanks for your help. Are you happy with it?
Yes, I'm happy with it. This retro fit allows you to ride up the ramp until the front tire is in the chock and with a fair amount of acreage around you for your feet.. I didn't have the cajones to ride up on the original skinny ramp.
 
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The ramp tongue goes BETWEEN the tubes on the end of the trailer, not on top. I have been using Kendon trailers for years and have never had a problem with ramp stability/safety when the ramp was attached as designed.
 

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The ramp tongue goes BETWEEN the tubes on the end of the trailer, not on top. I have been using Kendon trailers for years and have never had a problem with ramp stability/safety when the ramp was attached as designed.
So you ride up the ramp or do you have someone help? I have gs adventure 1200.
 

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The ramp tongue goes BETWEEN the tubes on the end of the trailer, not on top. I have been using Kendon trailers for years and have never had a problem with ramp stability/safety when the ramp was attached as designed.
By the way someone cut an opening in the ramp where the ramp is
 

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That ramp is not designed to be ridden up; however, it is easy enough to walk the bike up with engine assist. Mine has been used to carry bikes from small dirt bikes all the way up to Goldwings.

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I put a lot of bikes in and out of my van with a 15" wide 10' long ramp, all the way up to monster touring bikes. I don't ride them but will use the engine if it's a running bike. (I often buy non runners) With bikes that don't run I have help getting it past the hump going up. Odd how helpful the seller is getting them gone! ;^) Front wheel over the hump apply brake climb in van roll it into the chock. Unloading is nearly always solo, can be a bit tricky if the front brake doesn't work! I also have a light weight trailer with a short narrow ramp same procedure. I added self adhesive grip strips to the aluminum trailer deck where I stand, walk. Available at every home center.
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Rare case where I used a second ramp to unload, in my defense It was a solo job and a 900 lb K1200LT That step stool is handy, if possible use local terrain to your advantage. Note; van front wheels up on ramps. I always use a strap to attach ramp to vehicle.
 

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I also purchased and installed the $600 kit to make the ramp the same width as the trailer. I am delighted that they came up with this, it absolutely solved all my worries and I use the trailer more than ever, I easily ride the bike up the new ramp onto the trailer. I take off the seat to give me more leg room, and I ride it up slowly; it works great. I've had the trailer for 16 years so the kit works with pretty old models, like mine.
 

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I also purchased and installed the $600 kit to make the ramp the same width as the trailer. I am delighted that they came up with this, it absolutely solved all my worries and I use the trailer more than ever, I easily ride the bike up the new ramp onto the trailer. I take off the seat to give me more leg room, and I ride it up slowly; it works great. I've had the trailer for 16 years so the kit works with pretty old models, like mine.
thanks, mine is a 2004.
 
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