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Who prefers the Baxley, and who prefers the Condor wheel chocks? I'm curious enough, that I will probably use one in the garage and in the trailer if the need arrises. Just not sure how easy they are to back out of when my legs might not have the length needed to push the big K out of one. :(
 

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Thanks Rick,
My local dealer has a few bikes in them on the floor, and I may have to go test one out. I'll admit I've seen more of the Baxley than the Condor.
 

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I think either of the three will do the job. The black Baxley is actually $215 and the colors are $225. The Condor is $235. The Bike Grab $190. To me, this is close enough that you should buy what you want.

I looked at the Baxley and Condor at last years Cycle World Show. The Condor demo was much more impressive with guys (from the crowd) pulling on the handle bars trying to tip the bike over....no go! The Baxley would lift off of the ground making you think it was less stable. After learning more about them, I believe it is due to the clamping action of the Baxley and, in retrospect the lifting was not a real problem.

Looking objectively at the two here are my observations:

Condor - Pros - Superior construction. Folds down for storage/transportation. Aluminum and stainless with rubber coated parts that contact the wheel (well the tire actually!). No maintenance.
Cons - Doesn't clamp the tire, but is extemely stable anyway.

Baxley - Pros - Unique design since it clamps the tire as it pivots into place.
Cons - All metal is powder coated paint. I have seen many chipped and rusted. The "fingers" that allow the two pieces to slide together when it clamps the tire need to be lubed periodically. Doesn't fold up for storage/transportation.

I have not used the Bike Grab, but it also looks like it would do a great job. It appears to me that the tire "wedges" itself into the upper V groove that is formed by the painted tube frame (they say it clamps like a vice), so it doesn't have an active clamp like the Baxley. The Condor does a similar thing but into a rubber coated "V". It seems that the paint will eventually wear off. It also appears that it doesn't use the rocking bottom plate like the other two so I wonder if it is as stable since it grabs the bottom, not the rear of the tire.

Good luck!

Randy
 

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On the Bike Grab, the 2 flanges holding the front tire are adjustible. There are markings which help you size it to fit different tire sizes. I originally set it to fit the KGT. Once it grabbed the tire, I could not get the bike out by myself and had to loosen the plates. Re-adjusted for a more comfortable fit. Have had no problems.

Sorry about the price on the Baxley but I got the price from their web site.
Yuan
 

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Condor works well for me

The condor chock is rock solid. Once the bike is in, I can barely move it around. Great feature because I don't feel rushed to get the bike strapped down. I also like the thought of not having to compress the shocks. It doesn't have a way to secure the wheel to the chock but you could easily take a strap and lash the two together - I've never felt the need. It does take a good tug to release the tire from the rocking arm cradle and a little bit of momentum to get the bike in and engage the pivoting arm. I have the steel version which is for trailer use only. It is powder-coated and is very durable - no rust yet. The aluminum version has an extra bar that I believe allows it to be a free-standing unit for shop / garage use.

I use our 3 horse gooseneck trailer to haul the bike around. I have the detachable steel plate mounted to the floor so I can unfasten the chock when not in use and put the rubber floor mats back in the trailer with just a little bit of a bump. The plate is probably about 0.5" thick. I had to buy different mounting bolts and drill out recesses so they would be flush with the top of the mounting plate. I also bought some great eyebolts (Bed Bolts) which are removable tie-down attachments. This was necessary for the horse trailer.

Check them out here: http://www.mackieenterprises.com/

I got my Condor off of eBay for about $150.
 

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I have the full on baxley chocks with the traler kits. The full size ones will fit any bike.

Very pleased with them so far. No experience with the other brand.
 

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Check out the wheeldock as an alternative

I've equipped my trailer with a wheeldock (www.wheeldock.com) for my K1200GT and other bikes. In my opinion, it beats all other wheel chocks out there, hands-down and is worth every penny.
 

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Mark,

Thanks for the link....I have never seen this brand before. It does look like it is a superior design, not that the others don't work, but, it does take some effort to get the bike back off after being in the chock a while.

Randy
 

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Just a heads up if dealing with Condor directly, DON"T. Buy their products through a retailer or at the bike shows. I ordered a chock for my trailer earlier this year and it was the transaction from hell. No response from my emails, they lost the order twice, endless phone calls to them as they wouldn't call back. After 3 months I got my chock and won't deal with them directly again. All that said they do make a good quality product.
 

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I just bought the Bike Grab and feel like I should say something nice about it. It's a beautifully made product and the service was exceptional; it was here two days after I ordered. I used it for the first time to haul my bike for its 600 mile and the thing was rock solid. Note that I was talked out of ordering the mounting plate. The person I spoke with advised me to use another (cheaper) method of mounting it on my trailer...now I can put the thing on and take it off in minutes. I have no experience with the other brands but this new thing of mine is good.
 

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Thanks Mark,
The Wheeldock looks pretty interesting. Seems to be a lot less needed to get the bike out of, which is what my short legs need. ;)
 

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Bike Grab Wheel Chock...

I bought the Bike Grab. It came from Driven Gear in NC out near Pirate. Works great, recommend buying the quick release mount if you have a trailer that you use for chores other than hauling the two-wheeler. I don't yet have a trailer, but purchased the chock for a trip in a rented trailer. Worked great, would however mount the chock next time instead of just putting it in trailer. Also, the only issue is getting the wheel in the chock by yourself can prove difficult if the chock isn't mounted or held in place. Steep ramp at front will cause chock to push. Adjustability is great, I can put either the front or the rear wheel in the chock if I so desire...

Good luck! :tim

http://www.drivengear.com/prodbg.asp
http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-wheel-chock/
 
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