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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 9:48 am Thread Starter
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Wheel Chock / Bike stands???

I have a small area in my garage for my K12GT so when I put the bike on the center stand (saying a prayer each time so the damn thing doesn't snap off) it puts the bike close to a foot back from the wall. I saw an ad in the MOA magazine for a wheel chock stand made by Baxley's that look well built but pricey ($180). I also ran across another one called the Black Widow on Amazon that looks very similar but considerably less money ($80).

Anyone have suggestions, opinions, real world experience with either of these products or similar ones???

Many thanks - links for each are below.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846

Baxley Sport chock
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 10:56 am
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I picked one up from Harbor Freight for less than $50 with coupon and works ok for me. I don't have it on concrete - it's sitting on dirt and held my GT up just fine. It also held up me 250R dirt bike. I DID have to "anchor" it use some tent stakes to keep it from sliding on the dirt when I put the bike on it.

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I have a pair of condors in the trailer (pricey)

And the harbor freight one in the garage - wish they were available when I got the condors I could have gotten 7

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Thanks guys!
I looked at the one from Harbor Freight inline and it looks OK but a little "spartan" - I'm leaning towards the Baxley but the Black Widow looks very similar and $100 less...

Ugh! I hate not being able to touch and feel things before I buy them

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Hey Jeff, I know the Baxley product very well. Made in the USA, strong, robust, sturdy, heavy duty. I looked at the Black Widow and it didn't appear as substantial as the Baxley. Believe one of the three reviews on Amazon mentioned that as well. If you owned a lighter weight Japanese bike I might suggest to save the $100 and run with the Black Widow. The K1200GT is a big bike and I'd hate to have you come out to the garage only to see it on its side.

No disrespect to those that have the Harbor Freight chock but I'll bet every motorcycle I own it's made in China. Everything I purchase at HF seems to break or go belly up after a short time. Not a fan of HF even with the money saving coupons.

Ok, you're really not going to like my suggestion. I say forget the front wheel chock and go with a rear wheel stand from Pit Bull. This will work slick as snot and the quality made Pit Bull stand will hold your K1200 in place even during an earthquake. Well, maybe not an earthquake but you get what I mean.



I use this stand all the time on my Ducatis and before I bought a K1600GT, this worked fabulously on my K1200GT for removing the rear tire, performing a final drive service, changing rear brake pads, etc... In other words it does much more than just keep your bike upright in your space constrained garage. Also, with the stand engaged you can push your bike around to get it perfectly placed. I know it costs a little more but in the end it's worth it.

Good luck buddy!
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One More Thing...

I should have mentioned if you choose the rear Pit Bull stand make sure to score it from Jerry at The Pirates' Lair. His prices always include shipping and since this is a bad a$$ beefy stand, shipping & handling can eat away at your wallet.

http://www.pirateslair.net/pitbullS.htm

See, I'm actually trying to help save you money!
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Reviews of chocks on Webbikeworld
U.S. General Motorcycle Stand

Baxley Sport Chock

Titan Bulldog Moto Cradle

I have this one for the trailer
Acebikes Steadystand

There are several more reviews listed on the right side of the page.
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Thanks guys - this is all VERY helpful. I had looked at the Pit Bull and it too looks like a great item - that is until my kids open the door to my wife's Honda Civic into it

I'll give those reviews a look - I've read a few online...
Thanks again for all the great feedback!
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