Garage Bike Trolley.


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Garage Bike Trolley.

Postby Simon Lovell » Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:19 pm



G'day from Sydney , OZ. Does anyone have any ideas for a trolley that you can wheel / ride the bike onto then set the centre stand once on the trolley. I'm thinking of using heavy wt wksp castors with friction brakes with a checker plate drop deck. This will allow me to move the bike in the garage and also 180 the bike so I can ride in and ride out, saving the need to reverse down a long drive way. By the way I have a 97 1500 SE. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers. Simon



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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

Postby gipsy42 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:49 am

Good morning Simon, welcome to the fórum, enjoy this neat place where you'll find lots of info. As per your request take a look at: [youtube]7_jD4V4fVqo,[/youtube] there are several dollies that may suit you.
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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:53 am

While making something like you describe wouldn't be too difficult if you have the materials and skill to fabricate the dolly/trolley, I've never seen one. It seems to me the challenge would be making it rigid enough so the weight of the bike doesn't deflect the platform downward so that it drags on the floor, and yet light enough so that it doesn't weigh so mush it is painful to store it while not in use.

I'd probably overhang the ramp(s) on either end so when you ride up on it, they tip enough to hold the dolly against the floor so it's stationary and then once the bike is on the center of the device it returns to the "clearance" necessary to roll it around. With a ramp at either end, you can ride on and off after turning the bike 180 degrees in the shop. A tubular steel frame covered by (what we Yanks call) diamond-plate, with the castors underhung at the four corners should work. If you make the frame and then find out it isn't quite rigid enough, you can always add stiffeners as needed to make it suspend the required weight. You could also use small diameter pipe for the frame, which would probably reduce cost of materials. Thinking about it, I'd probably go with 6 castors. The weight of a Goldwing would probably ensure all six make contact with the floor, even if your fabrication isn't perfect and will probably also compensate for irregularities in the flatness of the floor. I'd miter the corners and butt-weld the stiffeners to the frame and tack the top just enough to hold it in place. The castors can be attached by short pieces of channel iron or through-bolted into the frame itself.

I'd love to see photos of whatever you build. I don't know what the overhead of the shop is built out of, but it may be easier to hang a chain fall and lift / rotate the bike than to spin it on castors...

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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:45 pm

Harbor Freight here in the US makes such a thing, so if they make it, I'm sure it's available elsewhere from other manufacturers:




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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Feb 17, 2015 12:04 am

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Re: Garage Bike Trolley.

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