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post #1 of 11 Old Nov 18th, 2014, 7:55 pm Thread Starter
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Wheel Chocks

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Has anyone been successful using a wheel chock with their LT? I bought one from Cycle Rider and finally installed it last month. The chock has three slots to mount the pivot point. Using a trick another BMW (non-LT) rider recommended was to drape a plastic shopping bag over the wheel stop to ease getting the tire to unseat, as tires tend to stick to the stop without the bag - see picture).

I first tried the rear-most slot, thinking that position would secure the bike the best, but found that I couldn't get the bike out of it by myself. My former weight-lifter neighbor and I struggled and finally got the bike to back out of the chock (I couldn't get the reverse gear engaged, as I couldn't rock the bike back and forth to engage the gear). My neighbor left and I changed the pivot point to the front slot, and although the bike's front tire is nearer the pivot point, I still cannot get the bike out of the chock by myself. Any pointers? At this point, I don't plan to use the chock and go back to just using the hydraulic center stand as I've done since I first got the bike. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old Nov 18th, 2014, 11:34 pm
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Re: Wheel Chocks

I use the Baxley Sport Chock on my LT. Works very well and I have no issues getting out of the chock. The Baxley has a lock feature that also holds the tire tight.

Baxley Trailer Sport Chock

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Re: Wheel Chocks

Hi, I didn't mount mine . I use mine in different places and is handy to hang on my garage wall when I'm not using it. I mostly use it when changing the tranny oil. The rest of the time my '02 sits on the side stand.
To back it out, I can get it in reverse because it isn't mounted solid and it'll scoot a bit to let me engage the reverse gear. I then have 2 blocks of wood(left over from building my pole shed garage)that are 8" x8" x 14"s long. One on each side so I can place my feet on them and lift to the rear as I push the starter(reverse button). Works great for me.
I've never parked in mine long enough to worry about it sticking.

If I remember right, there is one position just for our 17" wheel. Less chance of it coming out on it's own, like on a trailer. Mine doesn't have a lock so I use a strap to tie the wheel to the front of the chock.

Just my .02's on the topic.


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Re: Wheel Chocks

If you have a welder and it was that difficult for you, I would try welding a lever on the part that the tire sits on that you could push with your foot to get the bike off
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Re: Wheel Chocks

Thanks for the replies/suggestions. I went to the Progressive MC Show in Long Beach last weekend and saw a bunch of Condor wheel chocks in use and liked their apparent build quality. I also just got back from Cycle Gear, where they offered to exchange my WC for another one or offered to apply the purchase price and give a 15% discount on a Condor. I don't know if I still want to go the WC route now and if I do, is the Condor worth the net additional $180Ö. Decisions, decisions.

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Re: Wheel Chocks

I have used the Condor wheel chock for a few years. Bought one on the spot after seeing a very effective demo at an IMS. Mounted the bracket to my m/c lift in the garage, and mounted a second bracket (extra cost - maybe $20?) to a utility trailer. It's easy to move the chock from one bracket to another, plus the chock will stand freely on a solid surface. I usually have no problem pulling it out of the chock while seated on the bike, but if I do I get my wife to push it from the front.

The Condor is adjustable for a variety of wheel sizes.
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Re: Wheel Chocks

I have a HF work stand wheel chock. $60.
Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

I cannot back the bike out by hand either. I have to use reverse. The trick is this less expensive stand does not have good grip to the garage floor and the first time I used it with the LT it just dragged along until I got to the end of the garage and it finally let go.
Since then, I've added some heavy duty rubber grippers to the bottom of it so it stays put when I back the bike out. But I usually just use the centerstand for most of my work as well.

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That's good to know...I have a trailer with a Harbor Fright chock I use with my HD Ultra, and knowing it will work with my (new to me) 2005LT is reassuring


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I have a HF work stand wheel chock. $60.
Motorcycle Stand/Wheel Chock

I cannot back the bike out by hand either. I have to use reverse. The trick is this less expensive stand does not have good grip to the garage floor and the first time I used it with the LT it just dragged along until I got to the end of the garage and it finally let go.
Since then, I've added some heavy duty rubber grippers to the bottom of it so it stays put when I back the bike out. But I usually just use the centerstand for most of my work as well.
been using this one for a while now......I put 2 anchors in the garage floor to hold the chock in place, also found out the hard way that the bike won't necessarily stay in the chock, so I wrap a tie-down strap around the front wheel to the 2 eye bolts.
as a side....you can't see the chock when you are sitting on the bike so I hung a tennis ball on a string from the ceiling to help me line-up on the chock.


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Re: Wheel Chocks

Well, here's my final solution to the wheel chock issue - I traded the cheap chock in at Cycle Gear for a Condor; installed one wood block in front of and two behind the Condor's front rail to keep it from sliding forward and aft; hung a tennis ball from the rafter to hit the windshield just before the stop point; and used non-skid strips on each side of the bike and placed wood blocks on them so I can get leverage when backing it out of the chock. I also used the fore-most recommended slot for the cradle adjustment and can now get the bike in and out fairly easily. Thanks again for all the suggestions!
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The condor was a good choice. I use mine on my lift table and on a trailer.

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