I'm tired of just laying my bike in the back of my sporttrac.
What I want to do is try and install some kind of bike rail with tire holder like some hitch mounted racks I've seen
The front tire would need it's own rail system so I can close the tailgate.
You could put the front wheel in one of the front corners of the bed and use tie-downs on the bars (like hauling a dirtbike) then put the whole bike angled in the bed so the tailgate shuts......here is a kinda overhead view [/] or [\] then use 2 pull-cinch straps to hold the bike vertical.
Normally, I do hang the front end over the tailgate, but it scratches up the paint. Im hoping to be able to fit another adult bike plus two kids bikes in a similar fashion
Get a tailgate cover. My buddy has a Dakine one for his Dakota. It's padded and won't scratch your truck, and is cheap, and easy to put on and take off, takes less than a minute. That's what I'll be doing when I buy a truck. I just can't bring myself to sell my wrx first lol