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Servicing & Transporting Your Machine

Loading Your Machine (Using a Winch)

STEP 1:

Always wear your safety gear (including your helmet) when loading and unloading your machine.

STEP 2:

Choose a flat area that’s free of obstacles and remove any cargo from your machine.

STEP 3:

Position your loading ramps so they’re secure, centred and stable on the trailer or tail gate of the truck.

STEP 4:

Use a winch to load your machine onto the trailer or truck bed whenever possible. With the machine in neutral, attach the winch to your truck or trailer and use your winch to pull the machine up the loading ramp (or ramps) onto the trailer or truck bed. You’ll need a truck winch to do this. Or, you can attach your machine’s winch to the back of the truck bed with a ratchet strap or strong chain.

STEP 5:

Once loaded and centred on the trailer or truck bed, put the machine in park. If the machine has a manual transmission you’ll need to engage the parking brake.

STEP 6:

Secure the machine to at least four anchor or “tie-down” points, using tie-down straps, harnesses, blocks and/or chains. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific tie-down points on your machine. Don't use rope as it may stretch out during  transportation. Then give the machine a good rattle to make sure it’s solid.

STEP 7:

Remove and securely store the ramps in the trailer or truck bed - don’t forget them on the ground! You'll need them when you get where you’re going.

RIDER SAFETY TIP: TRUCK BED TRANSPORTATION

 Can I just load my machine into the bed of my truck?

Sure you can, riders do this all the time - but it requires skill. Whenever possible, load your machine using a winch rather than by driving it up the loading ramps. Seriously, far too many OHV-related deaths have occurred because the driver made a mistake while loading, or because the angle of the loading ramp was too steep for the machine, resulting in the machine falling backwards on the rider. Never load a machine into a truck bed without a buddy there to help in case things go a little too… vertical. And remember, if the truck bed isn’t big enough, the tailgate won’t be able to close.

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