Trailering my Wing


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Trailering my Wing

Postby dj70sscamino » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:33 pm



Does anyone have experience with the Condor wheel chock in connection with carrying my 94 GL1500 Aspencade on a trailer. This looked to me the easiest way to put on a trailer for transport. Any comments appreciated. Thanks, Dave



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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby dingdong » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:18 pm

A wheel chock is probably a good thing to have if trailering. There are some out there for mucho $$ less than the Condor.
Edit: But you asked for experience didn't you? I have none.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby robb » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:16 pm

I took a 4x4 and cut 2' wide. Cut it down to 3x4. Bolted 2 pieces together for 4x6 by 2' wide. Pump up rear, slide under bike and let the air down. Solid as it gets and with 4 straps it's not moving. More solid than on center stand on solid ground.

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:49 pm

Wings are ment to be riden NOT trailered. :lol: Sorry no help here. :roll: Any time I have ever had to trailer a bike I just used 4 straps, 2 pulling forward and 2 pulling rearward, both wheels on the deck and in low gear.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby dummysales » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:24 am

I have a 1983 1100 Aspencade that I trailer when needed. I bought a front wheel chock (don't remember the manufacturer) that I bolted to the lightweight utility trailer with the mesh deck. Used the main frame iron for the mounting, though.

Chock makes it easy to load the bike myself, then I strap it two to the front around the crash bars because the fairing and levers obstruct the handle bars. Two to the back luggage crash bars to keep the rear wheel from sliding across the mess (lousy on tire wear!).

I had it proven to me years ago that it really only needs the front two straps for a solid mount when the front forks are compressed during strapping; I just don't trust two straps and want to preserve the rear tire rubber. It also serves to maintain the balance of the load. Wouldn't want to be taking a curve and have all that weight suddenly shift to the outside, even if the front wheel stays in the center.

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby 2008retiredplb » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:46 am

I have a Condor wheel chock and it is so stable, I think if I was brave enough to try, it would hold the bike even without straps. It works well using only two ratchet straps to hold the bike from coming out of the cradle. I use it for trailering my GL1800. But it will work with most cycles. Not sure if it will work with choppers as they make a special chock for them.

Yes it was somewhat expensive, but so is my bike. I would highly recommend them.

I got the "Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop & Trailer Adaptor Kit". You mount the trailer bracket on the floor of your trailer and when you need to use it you just slide the chock into the trailer bracket, install a thumb screw and you are ready to go. When not using it in the trailer (the only thing you leave on the trailer is the small bracket), you can use it to hold your bike upright in the garage. Or you can fold it up and hang it on your garage wall.
If you do not plan on ever removing the chock from the trailer, get the "Trailer-Only Chock" and permanently mount it on your trailer. That will save you a little cash.
The "Pit-Stop" Chock is made completely out of aluminum except for the cradle and pins. The weight is only 30 lb.. I think it is almost indestructible. I don't think you could destroy it if you tried.

I just happen to live about 30 miles from the factory so I went there and picked it up.

I put off purchasing it for a long time because of the cost, but after getting it I think it was a very good investment. I don't trailer my bike that much but plan to in the future when I take it to warmer weather in the winter where I can ride. It is mounted on an Aluma tilt bed trailer.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby themainviking » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:54 am

I spect if I was goin to buy a wheel chock that cost that much, I would be goin with this one:

http://www.wheeldock.com/?gclid=COG9qse ... NAodrlT1bQ
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby 2008retiredplb » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:37 pm

themainviking wrote:I spect if I was goin to buy a wheel chock that cost that much, I would be goin with this one:

http://www.wheeldock.com/?gclid=COG9qse ... NAodrlT1bQ


The one you show will work but they asked if anyone had experance with the Condor (Pit Stop) brand.
The Condor is more expensive than the one in your link, but it is more versatile, lighter and can be removed from the trailer in two minutes. It also can be used in the garage to hold the bike upright for storage or cleaning.

I know this because I have one.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby Tolkacevic » Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:30 am

I too have a Condor chock and it's well worth the cost. I have it mounted in a standard trailer, and since it's very quick to remove I only need to install it when needed. I also trailer several different bikes and the ability to adjust to wheel size make it even better.

Well worth the expense

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby wgnut1 » Wed May 02, 2012 8:08 pm

So where is the best place to tie down a Gl1800?

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby Steve L » Wed May 02, 2012 8:49 pm

There are only 2 places on the bike to tie it down if you want to do the job properly. At the front of the bike, you need to attach the 2 front straps to the triple trees. These should then be attached to the trailer at a slightly forward angle to pull the bike forward and down (compress a bit) into the wheel chock (you would, imho be crazy to trail an expensive bike like a Goldwing without using a good wheel chock!).
You need to attach the 2 rear straps to the frame, NOT to the engine guard bars. The engine guard bar mounting bolts are not designed to withstand the downward and outward forces that the tie downs exert when trailering. Find a convenient spot where you can loop a soft tie around the frame and it can't slide around on the frame, then attach your tie down straps to the soft ties. On my 2012 Goldwing I remove the 2 side covers which exposes a good attachment spot to the frame.
Leave your bike in 1st gear. Re-tighten the straps after about 100 miles, and then check them again every time you stop for gas and in the morning before setting off again.
Make sure that your soft ties and tie-down straps are top quality, with a heavy duty ratchet mechanism and have a load rating of at least 3 times the weight of your bike (3,000lbs for a Goldwing). Go cheap in this department and it could end up costing you mega-bucks when a strap breaks!
Last but not least, check that every singly nut and bolt on your trailer is tight every single morning if you are trailering long distance. Use lock tite on all of them. Trailers vibrate a lot and nuts tend to come loose in the strangest places, especially near the axle and mud guards!
Follow these guidelines and you will have many years of trouble free trailering! :D

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby dummysales » Thu May 03, 2012 4:22 am

Good point, Canada, on the engine guard bars not made for the stress of trailering. Hadn't thought about the side cover frame locations. Have to give that a try. Loose nuts and bolts; never heard of such a thing!!! Maybe that's why I had to replace three this past week (:( Trailer on!

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby bohdan » Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:39 am

Hmmmm. I have just procured a couple of Condor SC2000 chocks for my bike and my wife's trike. Yes, pricey, but it appears to be great. Picked them up at Daytona Bike Week. Stupid me, should tried my bike on the one they had out there. But, now after I ordered, I have the front fender extension. Does anybody know if this will be a problem? have a Great Day!

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby 2008retiredplb » Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:56 pm

bohdan wrote:Hmmmm. I have just procured a couple of Condor SC2000 chocks for my bike and my wife's trike. Yes, pricey, but it appears to be great. Picked them up at Daytona Bike Week. Stupid me, should tried my bike on the one they had out there. But, now after I ordered, I have the front fender extension. Does anybody know if this will be a problem? have a Great Day!


I don't think so, but with so many adjustments in the cradle for the front wheel you should be able to adjust it to fit the bike with the extended fender. If you look at the website http://store.condor-lift.com/products.p ... Only-Chock
picture shows an 1800 Goldwing with the fender extension (Kuryakyn) sitting in the chock. It looks like it is adjusted one hole from the rear and in another picture it is two from the rear, of the adjustments. I have the PSTK-6400 Condor Pit Stop/Trailer Stop with Trailer Adaptor Kit. I have the extension on my GL1800 and it has no problem of it interfering with the cradle.
Start with it adjusted all the way to the rear and then move it forward one hole at a time until it is where you want it.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby bohdan » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:32 am

thanks 2008. I looked at the pix and you are right. it does have a fender extension. I have a 2013 and it seems that the fender extension goes down further than this one. great pix. I wonder why the one has an outward lip on the upmost part of the cradle in the side pix.

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby 2008retiredplb » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:17 am

bohdan wrote:thanks 2008. I looked at the pix and you are right. it does have a fender extension. I have a 2013 and it seems that the fender extension goes down further than this one. great pix. I wonder why the one has an outward lip on the upmost part of the cradle in the side pix.


It is somewhat of a ramp for the front wheel to go over so it is not hitting the sharp edge of the cradle.

I have an advantage over most people as I live about 30 miles from the plant that makes these. The are made in a small town in northern Illinois called Cortland, about 60 miles west of Chicago. I went directly to the plant and picked mine up.

Woke up this morning to about 4 inches of snow on the ground, and its still coming down. Not what I wanted to see after we just got most of the snow melted and it was in the upper 60's last week. Just can't get away from winter. My bike cries out everyday asking me to " please take me out for a ride". It has been a very Loooooong winter. I am ready to ride.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby bohdan » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:48 am

Hey 2008, Easy response to that question, move to Florida like I did. can ride 24/7/365! Have a Great Day!

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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby 2008retiredplb » Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:54 pm

It has been on my mind often this winter.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby crock4 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:53 am

wgnut1 wrote:So where is the best place to tie down a Gl1800?

I also have the same condor chock. I use it to secure my 1800 on my ALuma fold up trailer. I trailer it back and forth between Florida, and Ohio every year for 4 years now. I also have a heavy duty cover for the bike that keeps it dry, does not flap in the wind, and has slots in it for the tie down straps to go through.
As far as tying it down the GWRRA gold book has a great step by step for all Goldwing s with pictures. If you want a copy PM me with your address and I will send you my Gold book from 2014, I just got the new one.
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Re: Trailering my Wing

Postby wgnut1 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:53 pm

I have the Gold Book, Thanks




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