January 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm #3673
anybody have one- or know someone who does?
Pro’s/Con’s compared to a rear wheel stand is pretty much what I’m after- its half the price at 55 bucks and really I won’t do much beyond chain cleaning for the time being kind of seemed like a decent idea. They fit in the ‘storage’ space (for those of us who don’t really have them!) and hold up to 750 lbs.
Trying to figure out if I really want one or should have someone make me one or just suck it up and buy the rear wheel stand.
TIAJanuary 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm #24240AParticipant
Might drop your bike easier, too..January 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm #24241
Build 3 miles from my house. GREAT product. If you didn’t see the T-Rex label, you’d swear it was Pit Bull. Recommend the entire product line.January 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm #24242briderdtParticipant
I’m thinking resting the bike on anything that rolls is just asking for it.January 27, 2010 at 3:59 am #24250
… so it looks like it may stay in place fairly well. But, that being said, they do mention to keep one hand on the bike while rotating the wheel and to enlist the help of a friend to further help stabilize the bike.
I am thinking about ordering one for my wife’s bike. I have a center stand on mine, but she doesn’t. There is a Motorcycle Show and Swap this coming weekend in Colorado. I am hoping maybe they will have a booth and demonstrate it.January 27, 2010 at 5:32 am #24251SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Looks like the cool kind of gizmo that you love using until that one time when you scrub the rim a bit too hard and the bike falls over onto your wife’s car.
I’ll pass and either roll the bike up a couple feet or use the centerstand — which my bike has because that was on the “must have” criteria. (yeah, it sounds smug, sorry)January 30, 2010 at 6:28 am #24280jcwhiteParticipant
hmmm, those are mighty cheaper than a lot of others. How small a bike will those fit? I ride a CBR125, and have heard of a couple of people having trouble with the rear stand not accommodating such a thin wheel (100/80 rear tire).January 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm #24285
yeah its flat on the bottom so it doesn’t really roll-just the barrles the wheel sits on. I think the concept is sound- but pracitcality might not match to reality which is the idea I’m getting.
Let me know if they show up at the show and what you think!
My friend who used to ride a lot after I texted him a picture said DON”T BUY IT lol but didn’t give me any good reasons just said he would weld me up a rear wheel stand. I don’t have the room to be rolling back and forth in my condo-
I’m already on the shit list here for having an ‘oversized noisy truck’ (stock 2001 Dodge 1500- so smallest fullsized truck you can buy) and then we have the two CBR’s …. anyway my condo bitches aren’t the point… but we can’t just roll around dripping WD40 and chain lube/cleaners etc all over- my gay neighbor WILL complain. (the complained bout the kick stands and we had to have the pads under them to prevent the damage to the asphalt… yeah this was done in october- its WINTER morons)
And our Honda’s aren’t graced with center stands (WHY NOT DAMNNNIT)
Anyway so I really need to be able to spin the wheel freely-and I’ll be alone mostly to clean the two bikes- my roommate is very busy and will be leaving for a year shortly and I’ll be in charge of the bike so its a one man job for the time being
Thats reallly what it boils down too- figured I’d ask ya’ll! thanks!January 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm #24289
Are you asking about the T-Rex stands? I don’t know…they should fit anything…not all stand’s out there will adjust “in” enough, but these certainly should.February 2, 2010 at 5:51 am #24352
Yes, it is flat on the bottom and has a non-skid pad attached. It is more solid and heavier than it looks in the photos as well. I don’t think it will slide out from under the bike.
If you don’t line up the rollers under the tires properly it can shift a little side to side. I saw a video on it where the dude had it a little diagonal to the tire instead of straight underneath it and of course the tire shifted left and right as he rolled the tire forward and back. I think if you are a little more careful about how you line it up and at least get it fairly straight it could work well.
Alternately, I have seen some folks post comments to the reviews and have mentioned the Harbor Freight Tools Motorcycle Stand. It looks like it could do the job as well and is cheaper than the Wheel Jockey. The Harbor Freight Tools stand only has a 500lb capacity though while the Wheel Jockey claims 700lbs. But it is $30 vs $50 for the Wheel Jockey.
I am guessing your friend probably just figures its $15 worth of parts in a $50 package. But thats kind of true of anything you buy retail. If you have a friend who has the gear to weld you up one I am sure that will be a much cheaper option.February 2, 2010 at 11:56 pm #24359
yeah someone on another forumn pointed out the harbor freight one.
and that it was ridiculously heavy for its size… both my bike and my roommates bike are only 400ish so weight isn’t an issue there for us.
definitly I’ll go with the harbor frieght one if I can’t get boyo to weld me up a rear wheel stand by spring when I’m going to be cleaning cleaning cleaning. I don’t have time to wait after that!
thanks for the comments!February 4, 2010 at 4:13 am #24390
The one advantage of the Wheel Jockey over the Harbor Freight model would be portability. The wheel jockey is heavy for it size, but if you were going to be doing some cross country touring it *could* be packed and brought with you for chain maintenance. But likely not necessary for most folks needs.February 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm #24416
well- lucky me I am no way in hell going long distance on a CBR… just not my cup o tea.
Its looking a lot like I’ll be going to Indy Moto GP on back of said bike and I think its 9 hrs and that’ll be more than enough for me… I didn’t buy Sophia for touring for sure…
I supposed if I get a standard I’ll look into it for that- but till then it’ll be harbor freight or the rear wheel stand- depending on the welding! crack that friend whip ah aha I gotta bribe him with cookies or beer something!February 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm #24420
FWIW…I know several people who have finished the Iron Butt Rally on sport bikes. A good friend was a top 10 finisher a few times on a VFR…there was a finisher on a ZX-10 recently, and back in the early years, a guy on a GSXR (I think) finished.
LD riding is all in your head. Ok, a little is in your butt, I’ll admit…February 6, 2010 at 5:50 am #24433
lol I won’t disagree- my friend rode all the way across country on his Aprilla…it can totally be done but I’m a big fan of the right tool for the right job… and while it can be done- if I’m going to spend all that time in the saddle I’d prefer to have the right tool and I’m pretty sure Sophia aint it!
But I’m sure my cheap ass will be making some long trips on this bike just because I don’t want to buy a standard until I’m ready to consistenly go for long hours instead of just the once or twice a year *long* trip!
should be fun- I used to do long distance horse racing (50-100 miles in a day) and I ran cross country in HS (I know its not a marathon but training aint no joke!) and distance is like 90% mental and 10% phsycial…. lol. I love distance stuff very relaxing to me for some reason- zen like if you will.
Ugh I coudln’t imagine doing the iron butt stuff on a gixxer. Whew no thanks for me!!! more power to ’em
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