Originally Posted by FireWire
I have an 09 1250 Bandit.It weighs about 550. I carry it in the back of my truck from time to time.
I load it by letting the bike do the work. I have the engine running in 1st gear.
I have 1 ramp for the bike and 1 for me. I walk up the other ramp while holding the bike and feathering the clutch and the bike climbs the ramp.
It sounds a bit scary, but works well.
I try to find a hill to back up to when I unload to cut the angle the ramps are at.
I have never worried about the strength of the cables. I believe they are more than strong enough. A guy at my work once pushed down on a tailgate with a forklift by mistake. The tailgate bent in the centre, and the cables held.
The Bandit is one of the best (and highly underrated) bikes out there. I had a '99 B12 - best motor EVER!
I owned an '04 Hayabusa after the Bandit and now have an '07 BMW R1200RT.