How feasible would it be to transport a Versys 650 in the bed of a Ram 1500? I've seen a few things about putting a bike in a truck bed, but have never attempted it myself. The tailgate would have to be down, unfortunately.
I'm thinking about getting this ramp: http://www.amazon.com/Raider-BCS-100...ct_top?ie=UTF8
And then two packs of these ratchet tie-downs (for a total of four of them): http://www.amazon.com/Keeper-05723-H...xgy_263_text_y
Amazon shows soft loops as a frequently bought item, but I'm not sure what the point would be: http://www.amazon.com/Tie-Down-Worki...xgy_263_text_z
What do you think? Possible to do? Any tips? I'm more than a little nervous about putting a brand new bike in the truck bed with the tailgate down (I'm visualizing the straps coming loose and the bike falling out!).
Hauling bike in the bed of a truck, is scarier, than it is difficult.
Yes you do need ramps. However you will need 2 ramps, 1 for the bike, and one for you to walk up. I do not like the ramp you posted. The ladder rails will make it jerkier for the bike going up and down, vs a solid deck. Also when walking on it, you don't want to fall through the rungs.
I like something like these. They are arched, to prevent you from bottoming out, and a solid deck.
As for strapping the bike down, I prefer to use 5 straps.
-I put a strap hook around the fork tube just above the lower triple tree. These are attached to the front corner of the bed.
-I attach another strap towards the rear attached to the rear trellis. These straps also are attached to the front of the bed pulling forward.
(If one of the four straps pulling forward were to break, you still have 3 making sure it will stay put.)
-I attach the last strap from the rear bed corner, over the seat and to the rear bed corner.(Keeps the bikes rear from bouncing or moving.)
I would prefer a strap like these. The smaller hook will attach to more truck beds. The ones you posted would not be able to attach to my dads Tacoma, and maybe other trucks.
Last you need to secure your front wheel with a chock.
I use this chock from Harbor Freight.
I took a piece of plywood about 18" deep and cut it to the width of my truck bed. Attach the wheel chock to the plywood with 4 bolts and your front wheel cant slip on the bed of the truck.(I had a bike fall over on a trailer once, when I didn't have a wheel chock
First couple times loading the bike definitely have someone thee to help you. After a few times, its easy to load alone. Always park with the truck facing down a hill to reduce the ramp angle, or even better if you have a ditch you can put the truck in.