Remember the bike spinner I built to turn my bike around in the garage?
Works well in theory.
Round and round.
It worked well enough but it does have its flaws, the first involves getting the bike up on it. Once the front wheel is on the spinner I dare not turn the handlebars or the spinner will start to spin creating a very dangerous situation. I have to keep everything straight until I get the rear wheel up on it too. I never did figure out a way to lock it into position without drilling a hole into the concrete floor.
Next is the width, I designed it to accommodate the kickstand on either side so I wouldn't have to turn it around every time I took the bike off of it. I can ride off and close the garage door then when I got home simply use the garage door opener and ride up on it and spin it around to be ready for my next ride. Unfortunately with it being so wide this means whenever I want to work on the bike I either have to stand back from the spinner and lean over or stand on the spinner which is unstable at best.
Another problem with it being so wide is with the center pivot it has to sit center stage of the garage and getting anything past it like Trobairitz's bike or pellets for our stove is a chore. Not to mention not having any room to use my table saw and chop saw to do most important trim work, renovation and honey do projects.
A third problem is the steel bearing type rollers I used for stability on the underside.
They are beginning to etch the garage floor making it difficult to spin the bike.
Instead I was remembered an AMA Member-Tested product review of the Pit Viper Motorcycle Dolly in an issue of American Motorcyclist Magazine by the AMA .
|Pit Viper Motorcycle Dolly|
|Harbor Freight Motorcycle Dolly|
I decided to try it and instead of a Lexus in my living room, I had an unassembled motorcycle dolly.
|Moves to the side and out of the way.|
|The rear ramp in 'up' position.|
I then kick up the front of ramp and pull on the handlebars toward me to bring the bike 90º then shove the rear of the bike to complete the 180º turn.
I then kick the front ramp down and she's ready to roll in the morning. I assembled it so the kick rods for the ramps were on the left side of the bike so I didn't have to walk around the bike to set the ramps into position, the instructions stated the opposite side.
It's like trying to turn a big dog, or giant cat in this case, around in a tight spot. Once you realize they're not going to follow direction, a little shove with your knee is enough persuasion to accomplish your task.
The advantage is that I can push Brandy's bike up on it, spin it around, move it sideways and back Max into the corner of the garage for the week. Then roll Lucy up on it and spin her around for the morning commute or move her about the garage to check tire pressure, chain tension or use my workbench, table saw or whatever without tripping on anything. Well worth the investment.
Here is my quick demo video.